The year in review - Lifestyle

Long live the indie spirit


Home-grown talents leave their mark in movies, music, fashion, food and drink

The nation's indie game was strong this year, running as it did through movies, music, fashion, food and drink. It is a sign of confidence, of artists and audiences willing to take risks, to embrace the edgy and unfamiliar, never mind if there is no pay-off.

In reel life, Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel by Singapore-born Kevin Kwan, made a big splash at the box office, with its focus on the shiny, gilded part of the East. The world looked at Asians with new eyes - the men are hot, the women steely and sophisticated, the shenanigans world-class. Singapore, where the movie was set, looked impossibly glossy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline 'Long live the indie spirit '. Print Edition | Subscribe