Jack Neo takes ST readers on nostalgia trip

Local film director Jack Neo (left) took 200 Straits Times readers on a trip down memory lane last night at a special early screening of his new film, Long Long Time Ago. It follows the story of a Singapore family in the 1960s and 1970s. After the ev
Local film director Jack Neo (left) took 200 Straits Times readers on a trip down memory lane last night at a special early screening of his new film, Long Long Time Ago. It follows the story of a Singapore family in the 1960s and 1970s. After the event at Golden Village VivoCity, readers were treated to an intimate dialogue session with the director and lead actor Suhaimi Yusof (right).ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Local film director Jack Neo  took 200 Straits Times readers on a trip down memory lane last night at a special early screening of his new film, Long Long Time Ago.

It follows the story of a Singapore family in the 1960s and 1970s. After the event at Golden Village VivoCity, readers were treated to an intimate dialogue session with the director and lead actor Suhaimi Yusof.

Moderated by The Straits Times movie reviewers John Lui and Boon Chan, the discussion drew laughter from the audience as the pair talked about how the scene in which actress Aileen Tan retrieves worms from her children's buttocks stemmed from real-life experiences.

Suhaimi said: "That kind of thing was very common back then, when we lived in the kampung and had poor hygiene. I got a really long worm out of my butt once and it was so long, it split in half."

The screening was organised by The Straits Times and Golden Village Pictures, as part of an initiative to reward readers. Long Long Time Ago opens in cinemas today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2016, with the headline 'Jack Neo takes ST readers on nostalgia trip'. Print Edition | Subscribe