More than 2,200 subscribers and corporate partners of The Straits Times (ST) were given a special screening of the critically acclaimed movie 7 Letters last night as part of the newspaper's 170th anniversary celebrations.
Tickets for the event, held at the Golden Village cineplex at VivoCity, were given out on a first-come, first-served basis to those who downloaded a voucher from the Singapore Press Holdings Rewards Portal. The vouchers were redeemable at ticket booths at the cineplex between 2pm and 5pm yesterday, and queues started forming from 1.30pm.
7 Letters, an anthology of short films celebrating SG50, features the work of prominent local directors Royston Tan, Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong, Boo Junfeng, Tan Pin Pin, K. Rajagopal and Jack Neo.
The film started its limited run at selected Golden Village cineplexes last Thursday and has been extended to Sept 2 due to popular demand.
Long-time ST subscriber Eddie Tan, 58, watched last night's screening with his wife, and said the film's short stories, which are set in different decades in Singapore, brought back old memories.
"I liked it a lot; there was a lot of reminiscing, especially with Jack Neo's kampung story," he said. "Thanks to ST for giving us these tickets. My wife saw it in the newspaper and I'm glad we came."
Sales manager Jean Tham, 29, also enjoyed the film. She said: "There are so many sides to Singapore that I've never seen before. I'm glad that I got the chance to see this; it helps me to appreciate my country more."
Tiffany Fumiko Tay