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Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Glitzy Screen Singapore 2011

Singapore is set to have 8 days of glitzy star-studded events when celebrities from Hollywood, Asia and Bollywood descend upon the island on June 5 - 12.

Screen Singapore 2011 is the first international film event held here and besides exclusive red-carpet premieres, there will be "In Conversation" panels, workshops, and an exhibition for film industry people to network with their peers. During the week, there are even sneak previews for the non-trade professionals and movie fans held at various Golden Village/ Shaw/ Cathay cineplexes.

A mix of movies and stars from East and West will either have their World, International or Asia-Pacific premieres during the event. The list of movies include HK's "Treasure Inn" (directed by Wong Jing), India's "Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told", Japan's "Paradise Kiss", France's action-movie, "The Assault" and Hollywood's dramedy "Larry Crowne".

For "Larry Crowne", veteran and award-winning actor Tom Hanks will be visiting Singapore the first time and walking the red carpet on closing night June 11th, together with Korean star, Lee Byung Hun, TV actor Archie Kao and local stars like Adrian Pang and Xiang Yun.

Others set to walk down the red carpet for their respective films are Japanese actress Aya Omasa ("Paradise Kiss"), and singing celebrity May'n - who is no stranger to Singapore, having visited the country before.

And just yesterday, it was announced that Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame will grace the event as well. Not only will she walk down the "Larry Crowne" red carpet with Tom Hanks, she has earlier been named as event ambassador of Screen Singapore together with directors Oliver Stone and Wayne Wang.

Naturally, there are also Singapore-made films that will be featured. "Where the Road Meets the Sun" and "Jesus Henry Christ" will both be showcased during Screen Singapore.

Held mostly at the Capella Sentosa and at various major cinemas on the island, the schedule of events and celebrity attendees may seem ambitious for the inaugural event. However, it would be interesting to see if the various trade professionals and media folks will find Screen Singapore worth attending a second year round.

Red Dot Diva has got a press pass for Screen Singapore, and will try to get as much scoop as she can. Stay tuned!

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