Moonlight To Be Screened In Singapore (But Only For Those In NUS)

Kyle Malinda-White
Moonlight Oscars Best Picture - Popspoken

Students and staff from the National University of Singapore (NUS) now do not have to wait long to watch the Oscars Best Picture winner Moonlight in Singapore.

The film, which has had an uncertainty over its release in Singapore, will be screened next week at the private, closed-door Diversity uTown Film Festival hosted by Filmbusu, a film appreciation group within the NUS Tembusu College.

The festival – the first such film festival within NUS to explore themes of sex, gender, and identity – is also in partnership with tFreedom, a group concerned with gender and sexuality issues within the Tembusu College in NUS.

Moonlight will be the opening film of the week-long festival, which will also play host to other films such as Carol (Todd Haynes), Sandcastle (Boo Junfeng) and Bugis Street (Yonfan).

The film will be followed by a post-show dialogue with LGBTQ+ support group Oogachaga and youth group Young Out Here.

Unfortunately, the festival will not be opened to members of the public as the screening is part of course curriculum, according to the festival’s Eventbrite page.

So, members of the public will have to wait a little bit more for the film to see the light of day; Popspoken understands several efforts are currently being held to try and bring the movie into Singapore.

If Moonlight comes to Singapore, it may not be a “red card kind of film” for censors despite the plot centered around a black gay character, said Mr Eternality Tan, managing director of film education initiative The Filmic Eye.

“It’s one thing to have gay themes or characters in a film, and another thing altogether to have sexually explicit scenes between gay characters,” said Mr Tan, who said the film is not in the vein of censored lesbian film ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ but more of Andrew Haigh’s film ‘Weekend’ with gay characters and explicit but infrequent sex scenes.

Students and staff of NUS and Yale-NUS can get their tickets for the festival via Eventbrite.


Read our review of Moonlight here.

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