Tastemakers Singapore: 3 minutes with Eric Khoo

08 August 2016


Cultural Medallion recipient and award-winning filmmaker of Zhao Wei Films/Gorylah Pictures, Eric Khoo has been credited for reviving Singapore’s film industry. Having bagged awards in Fukuoka, Pusan, Singapore and Hawaii, his film, ‘12 Storeys’ was the first Singaporean film to be invited to officially participate in the 50th Cannes Film Festival (1997).

In a blazing questionnaire, we pick Eric’s brain on his creative process and Singapore’s filmmaking industry:

Which is harder to curate: the opening shot, or the closing shot?

The closing shot as that’s what the audience will leave the cinema with.

How has your environment influence your creative voice, work style and ethics?

Local Singaporean food has inspired me.

Who is your biggest critic?

My eldest son who is also a filmmaker.

Other than your own films, is there a film that you find yourself re-watching from time to time?

Somewhere in Time‘ (1980).

What do you think is the biggest mistake being made by young, aspiring filmmakers today, particularly in Singapore?

Too much vanity.

If there was one thing you could change about the film industry in Singapore, what would it be and why?

Wish we had a population of 50 million, so we would have more admissions!

Are you creatively satisfied? 


What camera gear do you travel with?

My iPad.

Who is your biggest mentor?  

My mother. She got me hooked on cinema.

Watch Eric’s full story in Tastemakers Singapore 2016, Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 9:30pm MY/SIN/HK. 

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