Shirkers — Official Trailer


added: Wed, Sep 19th '18

Winner of the Directing Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Shirkers" is a new Netflix original documentary that explores the strange history of a lost Singaporean road movie that was made in 1992 by a couple of amateur teenage filmmakers.

Sandi Tan, who now lives in Los Angeles as a successful novelist, recounts a bizarre story from her youth. While living in Singapore in the early '90s as an aspiring teenage filmmaker, Sandi wrote and starred in a small, self-financed road movie about a young traveling killer.

Sandi had a terrific time making the film with her friends, Sophie and Jasmine. Unfortunately, they entrusted the film to an older, shady American expat named Georges Cardona, who not only directed the movie, but stole all the footage and kept it hidden for decades.

Fortunately, Sandi was able to get her hands on the footage 25 years later. And while the sound was never recovered, Sandi was able to use the footage for her award-winning documentary "Shirkers," which is part personal diary, part cautionary tale, part bizarre true-crime mystery, and part fond remembrance of a bygone youth.

"Shirkers" premieres October 26th, only on Netflix.

An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic -- or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared.

More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.


directed by   Sandi Tan

release date   October 26, 2018 (on Netflix)

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