Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

It's been exactly a month since Speakers Cornered was submitted to the Board of Film Censors (BFC). I have yet to receive any word about its status. Meanwhile, the folks who run the BFC, i.e. the Media Development Authority (MDA), ostensibly wants to show off how efficient and transparent their ratings system are by graciously availing themselves in a public event.

Those good servants of MDA, lest you forget, had awarded me a 15 month-long police investigation, some worldwide publicity and two banned films. I think an appreciation of their role in publicising my profile is well overdue so I shall honour their effort by showing up at the forum.

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED - Censorship Uncensored

FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY at 7.30pm The Picturehouse Lounge

Find out more about CENSORSHIP IN SINGAPORE for yourself! Curious about the whole film rating process? What are the steps a film must go through for a rating? What does an NC16 rating mean for a film? Join us at The Picturehouse Lounge for a open dialogue session with a panel of industry players who will breakdown the local ratings system and sharing some of their own expereinces with the censorship process. Speakers include the Chairman of the Consultative Panel at MDA, a representative from a Major Film Distribution company and local independent film maker.

RSVP your place at to avoid disappointment. Subject line:RATED Explores.

A review of the forum (updated 14 Feb)
This Film is Not Yet Rated - Censorship Uncensored

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please pay attention to per capita (per head from Latin) numbers as they are more meaningful.
2007 popn lineup:
China (1.3b); US (0.3b); Sin (4.5m).
China/Sin: 286x; China/US: 4.33x; US/Sin: 65.9x;
GDP/PCAP: China: US$8,928; USA: US$45,144; Sin: $35,817
PMSin pay US$2.5m; US$percap: 0.55; PMSin gets this pay per year from everyone in Singapore.
USPresident pay US$0.4m; US$percap: 0.0013; USPr gets this pay from everyone in USA.
SinPM gross pay: 6.26x USPr
SinPM pay per capita: 411.8x USPr.
China GLC per cap: US$1,000;
Sin GLC per cap: US$28,552;
Sin GLC per cap: 28.55x of China.
GLC: Govt linked company
Interpretation: Based on per cap income, USPr will need to work 411.8 years for one year SinPM worked. Conversely, since in one year everyman has 24/7 x 52wks; USPr is stressed out 411.8 times that compared with Sin PM.
If SinPM were to get his pay per cap as that of USPr, Sin PM will receive: US$6,070.
Conversely, if USPr were to get Sin PM pay; US Pr will receive US$164,726, 553 a year. To do this a plebscite will be called.
Pay/GDP/CAP: US Pr: 8.86x; Sin PM: 69.8x. This means USPr makes 8.86 times GDP/CAP(USA); SinPM makes 69.8 times GDP/CAP(Sin).
2007/1959: GDP/CAP Sin :US$35817/$400= 89.5425 times
That's how Sin PM salary is arrived at!

How is it that Singapore PM needs a Mentor who is his father and is paid as much? US$2.5 millions? Is it true LeeKY and company combined assets is the same as Sin GDP? 130 billion US$! WOW! How does LeeKY manage to amass such a fortune and yet uncorrupted! One needs a mentor when one is an apprentice! How then an apprentice get paid the same as a mentor?