MEDIA & PRESS INTERVIEWS
4 Feb 2016 - SINDIE: Homeground film review
"Homeground is, on instant viewing, visually more polished, colour-graded to perfection, cinematographically refined by today’s conventions and so cleanly-scripted, it could pass off as a national campaign commercial...
...It documents a string of regular soccer games played at several venues in Singapore from Chinatown to Bukit Timah, from Serangoon to Seletar. Through interspersing these different stories with each other, ‘Homeground’ paints an informative cross-section of Singapore demographics. There are racial representations of each kind (even Ang Mohs), women, foreign workers and even seniors like the film’s anchor character, taxi-driver, Steven Wong (photo below). it is almost like a utopian world of soccer enthusiasts of every background who are all united by their love for soccer."
Read the full review here.
4 Nov 2015 - BERITA HARIAN: Remembering Football Places
Void decks and basketball courts are where many young people show off their soccer talents. (Article in Malay)
28 Oct 2015 - THE STRAITS TIMES: Homeground: For the love of the game
The Straits Times video interviewed us about the process of making the film. "Do you call it soccer or football?"
Watch the video here.
28 Oct 2015 - THE NEW PAPER: Local film-maker gets to the heart of local football
"Homeground is Tan's fifth football-related film and was inspired by the basketball court in Serangoon, where he has played football at with his friends for the past 20 years."
Read the article and video here.
25 Oct 2015 - Homeground on The Straits Times
The Straits Times covered our successful premiere screening at *SCAPE.
"This film is not about professional players or superstars, but about everyday footballers who play the game week in and week out, for the love of the game"
Read the article here.
21 Oct 2015 - Production Talk with SINDIE
Read our interview with SINDIE, a local film blog here. We talk about production on the film and some views on the local football scene.
21 Oct 2015 - Scape: Kicking the ball in his homeground
Scape online featured us, we talked about shooting Tak Giu vs Homeground ten years later. Read it here.
28 July 2015 - BONDING THROUGH FOOTBALL - TODAY
Read the full article about Homeground on Today here.
25 Feb 2013 - LIONS ALL THE WAY ON GOAL.COM
A Goal.com interview about Jacen's film on Singapore football fans, 'Lions All The Way'. See here.
24 Aug 2011 - HOORAY, HOSAYWOOD! - MYPAPER
"The beauty of Tan's films is that they are unabashedly Singapore-centric. The film-maker is unafraid to present social commentary as tongue-in-cheek sketches and his films have been hailed as engaging, relatable and spot-on."
Read the full MyPaper article here.
6 Sep 2011 - MORE SINGAPOREAN THAN A POT OF CURRY - 8DAYS
Here's a review from 8Days for the Hosaywood DVD.