ST to host screening of 7 Letters for its subscribers

A film still from Kelvin Tong's Grandma Positioning System (GPS) in the film anthology 7 Letters.
A film still from Kelvin Tong's Grandma Positioning System (GPS) in the film anthology 7 Letters.PHOTO: COURTESY OF KELVIN TONG

More than 2,000 subscribers to The Straits Times, as well as partners of the newspaper, will get to catch a special screening of the acclaimed movie 7 Letters on Aug 29.

The newspaper is giving away tickets to the event at Golden Village cineplex in VivoCity to thank subscribers for their support and to celebrate its 170th anniversary.

Bringing together seven of Singapore's most illustrious filmmakers, 7 Letters is an anthology of heartfelt "love letters" to Singapore to celebrate SG50.

It features the work of directors Royston Tan, Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong, Boo Junfeng, Tan Pin Pin, K. Rajagopal and Jack Neo, and celebrates the nation's 50th year of independence with seven stories illustrating Singaporeans' lives through different decades.

"It's always been the film- makers' wish that this film is made accessible to as many people as possible," said Mr Royston Tan, 38, the executive producer of the omnibus.

"The public has been very supportive so far and we hope more people will come and watch. "

Subscribers can log on to the Singapore Press Holdings Rewards Portal (www.sphrewards.com.sg) to download a voucher from today to Sunday.

Each voucher can be used to redeem a pair of tickets on Aug 29, from 2pm to 5pm, at a booth near the box office.

Around 1,000 pairs of tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez said: "This talented group of Singapore directors have done a great job in capturing aspects of Singapore life. It is an enjoyable film, well worth watching, and we are happy to be able to share this with our ST subscribers and partners."

Seven Golden Village cinemas began screening the movie yesterday, and will do so till next Wednesday, after the overwhelming response to six free screenings at the National Museum of Singapore, which saw more than 1,200 tickets snapped up within three hours.

This followed the gala premiere at the Capitol Theatre last month, when all 6,000 tickets were taken up within two hours of release.

Mr Boo, 32, said: "The best way to watch 7 Letters is to share the experience with others in the cinema, there's something about it that connects people.

"I'm glad more people will be able to experience that now."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'ST to host screening of 7 Letters for its subscribers'. Print Edition | Subscribe