Dad's love for family inspires award-winning short film

Gladys Ng won the Best Singapore Short Film award for My Father After Dinner, inspired by her foodie father. Former England football star David Beckham was a surprise guest at the Silver Screen Awards last night. A beaming Michelle Yeoh with her Cine
A beaming Michelle Yeoh with her Cinema Legend Award at the Singapore International Film Festival’s Silver Screen Awards, cheered on by veteran film producer Terence Chang and actress Zoe Tay.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Gladys Ng won the Best Singapore Short Film award for My Father After Dinner, inspired by her foodie father. Former England football star David Beckham was a surprise guest at the Silver Screen Awards last night. A beaming Michelle Yeoh with her Cine
Gladys Ng won the Best Singapore Short Film award for My Father After Dinner, inspired by her foodie father.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Gladys Ng won the Best Singapore Short Film award for My Father After Dinner, inspired by her foodie father. Former England football star David Beckham was a surprise guest at the Silver Screen Awards last night. A beaming Michelle Yeoh with her Cine
Former England football star David Beckham was a surprise guest at the Silver Screen Awards last night. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Silver Screen Awards honour excellence in film-making in S'pore and the region

An honest, heart-warming film about food and a father's love has won the award for Best Singapore Short Film at the Silver Screen Awards.

Organised by the Singapore International Film Festival, the Silver Screen Awards honour excellence in film-making in Singapore and the region.

Film-maker Gladys Ng's My Father After Dinner was inspired by her relationship with her foodie father. The 15-minute work tells the story of a man who tirelessly prepares lavish meals for his children when they visit him at his home every weekend. After dinner, when his children have left, he refrigerates the leftover rice so that he can use it to make fried rice the next day.

Fresh from her win at the glitzy award ceremony held at Marina Bay Sands yesterday evening, Ng, 27, told The Sunday Times backstage: "My dad cooks for our family every Sunday and he also has tonnes of leftovers after each meal.

"I saw that as an act of love, the fact that even though he always knew he was preparing too much food, he would continue to overcook anyway because that's something he wants to do for me and my siblings. And that's what inspired me to make this film."

Ng's father is a security guard and her mother is a provision shop owner. She is the youngest of their four children.

Her award, which falls under the South-east Asian Short Film competition, comes with a cash prize of $4,000 as well as post-production facility packages at various studios.

The biggest award of the night, Best Film, went to The Fourth Direction by India's Gurvinder Singh, which explores the Sikh separatist movement in 1980s India.

The Best South-east Asian Short Film award went to The Fox Exploits The Tiger's Might by Indonesian film-maker Lucky Kuswandi. The 25-minute work about two pre-teen boys discovering their sexuality also earned Kuswandi Best Director in the South-east Asian Short Film category.

The Best Director award in the Asian Feature Film category went to Japan's Ryusuke Hamaguchi, for Happy Hour. The prize was presented by a surprise guest, former football superstar David Beckham.

An Honorary Award was presented to Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who is described by the festival as a "singular figure in the legacy of Iranian cinema", and whose work has become "a cultural weapon" against oppression.

The Cinema Legend Award, a new award that recognises Asian actors and their "achievements in bringing Asia's story to life on screen", went to Malaysian Michelle Yeoh.

Yeoh, who starred in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and The Lady (2011), dedicated her award to her late father, who encouraged her to "live my life to the fullest".

Before the ceremony, the elegant 53-year-old walked the red carpet alongside stars such as British actor Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire (2008) fame, and veteran Hong Kong producer Terence Chang, who is known for producing blockbusters Face/Off (1997) and Mission: Impossible II (2000).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 06, 2015, with the headline 'Dad's love for family inspires award-winning short film'. Print Edition | Subscribe