A few days after Netflix dropped the trailer for its so-called docu-series Singapore Social, which Netizens thought wasn't very Singaporean, comes a HBO show about folks from the other end of the socio-economic spectrum.
Invisible Stories is a six-part anthology series that “digs deep into the underbelly of familiar neighbourhoods in Singapore, telling the stories of marginalised and alienated characters, all living in the same public estate,” says director and EP Ler Jiyuan (Code of Law).
Filmed entirely in Singapore, the series features a regional cast that includes Malaysia’s Yeo Yann Yann and Gavin Yap; Singapore’s Sunny Pang and Wang Yuqing; Indonesia’s Sekar Sari; Thailand’s Suchada Muller; Taiwan’s Devin Pan; and Bangladesh’s Sudip Biswas.
The episodes to look out for are episode 1’s Lian, which will make its world premiere at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival on Nov 16. That ep — about a single mum (Yeo Yann Yann) and her autistic son — and episode 2’s Chuan, starring Wang Yuqing as a taxi driver-cum-medium, will be showcased at the Singapore International Film Festival on Nov 28.
The series’ soundtrack is by homegrown singer-songwriter Leslie Low, the former frontman of indie bands Humpback Oak and The Observatory. Low also guest stars as a busker.
To mark the launch of Invisible Stories, HBO Asia is also organising a short film competition to invite budding filmmakers to share their own heartland tales. The competition opens from now till Jan 17, 2020. For details, click here.
Invisible Stories premieres Jan 5 , HBO (Singtel TV Ch 420 & StarHub Ch 601, Toggle), 10pm; and HBO Go. Here's the official synopsis of each episode...