Returning for its 32nd edition this year, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will run from November 25 to December 5, 2021, presenting a diverse and inclusive plethora of over 100 films by filmmakers from more than 40 countries.

Among the array of films and categories, from Films in Competition (Asian Feature Film and Southeast Asian Short Film), to Singapore Panorama, as well as five new film sections, a very interesting feature that caught our eye and perhaps something for you indie music lovers, would be – ‘Scene UnSeen’.

This feature comes as both a heartfelt documentary and live performances after the screening.

Comprising interviews, archival footage and animation, Scene UnSeen captures the pleasures and pains of Singapore’s underground music scene, as shared by icons from the punk, hardcore, metal and alternative genres. The diverse set of bands, artists, gig organisers and fans featured in the film also candidly delves into issues of discrimination, disenfranchisement and the disillusionment posed by making art in a hypercapitalist and highly surveilled city. Lovingly stitched together by the filmmakers, this honest and heartfelt documentary proudly wears the DIY ethos celebrated by the community.

This special feature will take place for one night only on 28 November at the Esplanade Theatre. Film-goers will not just be treated to the world premiere of Scene UnSeen, but also enjoy special performances by pioneering rock band The Oddfellows, as well as Singapore’s first all-female hardcore band, Obstacle Upsurge, which follows the screening. There will also be Q&As about the film and the music.

SGIFF’s Programme Director, Thong Kay Wee, says,

“We are also especially thrilled to offer a special presentation of the feature film Scene UnSeen, on Singapore’s underground music scene, which will include a one-night-only showcase by two of Singapore’s beloved indie bands. I hope these accompanying experiences will continue to ignite our audience’s curiosity and bring different communities together at our festival.” 

Tickets are priced from $15 – $25 and can be purchased via Sistic.

For more information about the Film Festival, visit SGIFF.