Sink / 10min 42 sec / 16mm / 2009
by Kirsten Tan
Kirsten is a refugee from Southeast Asia – more precisely, from middle-class Singapore, a tiny island lying smack on the Equator marked by a heady mix of relentless summer, an insistent ubiquitous rash of shopping malls, and Asian groupthink, which, amongst other notable attributes, continues to classify filmmakers as… exotic. Despite this, Singapore’s national broadsheet, The Straits Times, has exhorted Kirsten as a ‘rising film director to look out for’ and her work has been screened in over 20 film festivals around the world, garnering several international prizes and awards, including the “National Prize” at the Kodak Film Awards in 2005, the “Special Jury Prize” and the title of “Best Director” at the Singapore International Film Festivals of 2006 and 2007, the “Best Concept” award at the Czech Republic’s Brno Sixteen Festivals of 2006 and 2007, and most recently, a “Special Mention for Direction” at the 2008 Asian Film Symposium. She is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she is pursuing a Masters in Film Production at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
I first saw in my head an image of a sink sitting in the middle of an ocean. Since I was going through a period of loss at that point, I wove a theme around that image and expressed it in the form of a relationship between a boy and a sink.
A sink sitting in the low tides. A boy playing by the beach. A chance meeting. “Sink” is a distilled exploration of innocence and experience, love and loss; an intimation of what might lie beyond.