Pretty When I Cry is a collaborative effort of students from Temasek Polytechnic for our Final Year Project (FYP). Touching on relevant but often disregarded topics in Singapore, the film aims to bring to light and create awareness of these topics.
Our film takes on twists and turns as we create intensity and suspense to this psychological drama. Get ready to feel uneasy as you watch the film and sit by the edge of your seat attempting to predict the plot.
Venus, a famed social media influencer, has to emotionally manipulate her sister during the course of sibling road trip to prevent her from exposing her sexual scandal and ruin her reputation.
Upon discovering that Venus has been exchanging sexual favours for grades with her professor, Irene threatens to report it, putting Venus' social media influencer status at stake. Venus convinces Irene to take a road trip with her to mend their strained relationship.
Throughout the road trip, they rekindle the sisterhood they once had. However, their vulnerability opens up wounds that eventually leads to disaster.
The fundamental motivation of every filmmaker is to tell stories, and we want to do just that with this thesis film, and do it well. Producing Pretty When I Cry will be a long and demanding process for us, but we are all buzzing to create and push our limits. There will be many challenges to tackle, just like every other production, but with my committed and passionate team, I am positive that we will be able to deliver something that will leave a mark for us, and hopefully the world.
Pretty When I Cry is the biggest production that I will be directing to date, and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t equal parts worried and exhilarated. Working on this psycho-drama has unlocked the opportunity for me to explore and experiment with storytelling techniques and make them a reality: but we need YOUR help.
Being entirely self-funded, every dollar will help to ease our financial burden, allowing us to focus on executing our creative vision to the best of our ability. Even if you can’t contribute monetarily, sharing our project with your friends and family will help tremendously. My team and I are eternally grateful for any help that we receive.
Thank you again and stay tuned!
~ Elizabeth, Tan Ruiqi
Relevance to society:
The making of this film stems from certain taboo topics that are stigmatised despite how real the problem is.
- Media literacy
With the facade that social media provides, the youth are being misled by glamourised images online which leads them to unrealistic expectations of life.
This then highlights the problem of not being able to differentiate what is real from what is simply portrayed. With arising competitions due to glamourised portrayal, many have gone beyond ordinary efforts and also beyond actual capabilities to increase their potency over social media.
- The topic of loneliness
Awareness to the state of loneliness that might be plaguing the youth of today which may, and tend to, be overlooked with its detrimental effects brushed aside.
Many youth these days suffer in silence and brush their own feelings of loneliness due to its stigmatisation and society's view of loneliness being an ‘overly dramatised’ matter.
- Certain mental health issues
Bipolar, Schizophrenia, depression and anxiety are issues that are not unfamiliar and is very common among youth these days but is not spoken enough about or even spoken openly about due to its stigma and is often disregarded in Singapore.
The necessity of bringing these issues into the film is not just to show possibilities of these issues but also the possible effects of these issues if pushed aside and ignored any longer.
Self acceptance is becoming rare due to many factors, some mentioned above, and is very prevalent in the youth of today. We would like to highlight the importance of self-acceptance in the film.
With the fact that we are bringing to light taboo and often dismissed topics in our film, we hope to allow the youth of today to understand that they are not facing this alone and that they can finally accept what they have brushed aside to blend into societies views.
Where the funding will be poured into?
The funding will be poured into a diverse number of departments within the original expenditure. It will assist in funding from equipment and art all the way to the actors and talents we hire.
We appreciate every bit of support we get because it shows us that our passion to create awareness of these very real topics won’t go unnoticed and hopefully inspire more stories tackling these issues to come to light.
Aim and Vision:
Our production team aims to bring this film together with us everywhere because of the topics that it touches and we would like the film to travel far to show certain issues that may have been tackled in film but not tackled within the youth.
- June - October 2019: Fundraising and Script-writing
- October - December 2019: Finalising casting, locations and pre-production preparations
- December 2019 - January 2020: Production
- January - March 2020: Editing and post-production
- March 2020: Screening at Temasek Polytechnic Design Show