Clara is a 40 year old ‘tai tai’ (wealthy lady of leisure) who, faced with an unhappy marriage and empty life, decides to run away to the only place that has ever made any sense to her – shopping centres. There she crosses paths with other ‘creatures’ of the mall, a latchkey kid, an angst-y twenty something skiver and even an old flame. They lead us through a journey of love, loss and lunacy though the heart of Singapore where they find that their dreams can be bought and broken.
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Derek Elley, Variety
Gone Shopping ... would make a good addition to any Asian-focused fest looking beyond the usual suspects like Royston Tan or Eric Khoo. Elegantly shot on HD, and with a semi-fairy-tale atmosphere, this is something small but fresh from Singapore’s tiny industry.
11th Shanghai International Film Festival – Official Nominee, Asian New Talent Award
31st Asian American International Film Festival – Official Nominee, Emerging Director in Narrative Feature Award
28th Hawaii International Film Festival - In Competition
5th Osaka Asian Film Festival - In Competition
10th Udine Far East Film Festival - Official Selection
12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival - Official Selection
13th Kerala International Film Festival - Official Selection
Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Museum - US-Asian Film Festival, Opening Film