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A Frame In Time

48:12 Min
Singapore 1965. Food was prepared, sold and enjoyed on the streets. Itinerant, illegal hawkers moved around with wooden pushcarts, while temporary stalls were setup along alleys and five-foot ways. But all that was about to change. Post-independent Singapore introduced new laws and much importance was given to food hygiene. The streets needed cleaning up and the illegal hawkers had to go.
A Frame In Time

A Frame In Time - S1E1: Here They Come

12 Apr 2020 10:00pm
Singapore 1965. Food was prepared, sold and enjoyed on the streets. Itinerant, illegal hawkers moved around with wooden pushcarts, while temporary stalls were setup along alleys and five-foot ways. But all that was about to change. Post-independent Singapore introduced new laws and much importance was given to food hygiene. The streets needed cleaning up and the illegal hawkers had to go.

A Frame In Time

About the show:

In Season 2 of A Frame In Time, we continue to tell stories of Singapore’s past, pausing at poignant moments in the 1970s and 80s.

Film auteur, Kelvin Tong helms the series again, interweaving fiction and non-fiction for a unique approach to documentary story-telling.

In Ong Kim Seng’s ‘Night Calligrapher’, we see a man seated and presumably at work in a long alleyway. The narrative spurs an exploration into the past world of letter-writing.

Widely regarded as one of Singapore’s most important artists, Liu Kang’s painting of a ‘Young Girl with Discus’ is infused with a playful energy. This portraiture initiates our conversation about women in sports, featuring Patricia Chan, Glory Barnabas, K Jayamani, among other sporting icons.

The last episode features a mixed media abstract collage, ‘Hunting Elephants in the Batik Forest’ by artist Tumadi B. Patri. We trace the origins of wayang kulit puppetry in Singapore and explore its eventual demise to the likes of radio, cinema, and television.

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