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Dan Koh

The Obs: A Singapore Story

Logline

Hailed as Singapore’s most important independent band, The Observatory and their brooding, brilliant and confounding music are explored in this quietly contemplative music documentary. Tracing the footsteps of the group’s core members, THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY looks back at the country’s early nation-building period, when native music faced a clampdown by the government, which accused it of ‘western decadence’. More than a music film, THE OBS is a tale of uncompromising passion, of culture and of belonging, and the costs—and invaluable rewards—of being creative.

Talent
Dan Koh
Role of participant
Producer
Director
YEO Siew Hua
Producer
Dan KOH, Adeline SETIAWAN, YEO Siew Hua
Screenwriter
YEO Siew Hua
Status
finished
Year of production
2014
Running time
98 min
Genre
Documentary (Creative)
Country of Production
Singapore
Production Company
13 Little Pictures
Website
https://facebook.com/obsDocu/
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Festivals and Awards

In Competition, Bonehead of Excellence Award, Bare Bones International Music and Film Festival (USA) 2015

Official Selection, Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2016 (Japan); Festival of Music Documentaries DORF 2016 (Croatia); Urbanscapes Festival 2016 (Malaysia); Cinedays Festival of European Film 2015 (Macedonia); Singapore International Film Festival 2014

Permanent Collection, Fukuoka City Public Library Film Archive (Japan)