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Underaged boys ‘disappointed’ with local filmmaker’s latest showing

Posted on 11 March 2012

When Aaron Lim decided to click watch the latest local video to get hit by the NC16 rating, he expected much more.

“C*eebye, where are the tits????!!!!!!”, he said over fluent singlish to New Nation.

Describing his boredom on the clip, a 15 minute video produced by Martyn See documenting Dr Chia Thye Poh’s first public appearance since his release in 1998, Aaron said that he was ‘disappointed’ at the ratings given by the Media Development Authority (MDA).

According to MDA regulations, a movie rated “NC16″ should have contained at least partial nudity and mild violence.

“KNN, bluff me lot! Some chao unker talking cock on stage only. He kenna detention 32 years only what! My friend ah huat kenna boys home, then jail for 5 years liao, but no one make movie…” he wrote, after wasting 3 minutes scrolling through bits in the clip looking for graphic scenes.

Other underaged students have also complained that the “NC16″ label has been dished out too liberally by the MDA lately. This has led to confusion over the quality of videos circulating online.

“When I see a movie kenna NC16, I immediately think: wah, this thing must be worth watching,” said Iris Ho, an River Valley High student who watched the clip on her iPad during recess time.

But like Aaron, Iris was disappointed at the sheer dryness of watching an elderly man giving a speech about history.

“Of course everyone knows Lee Kuan Yew sucks la. It’s all over Temasek Review Emeritus, so what Dr Chia said is nothing new to us. I’m extremely disappointed at the NC16 rating. It gave me a false sense of hope and I had to skip eating during recess just to watch that clip. Wtf lor. Might as well have just eaten the pages off my history textbook,” she complained.

According to an email by MDA to See, which he posted on his Facebook wall, a total of $10.80 was spent on marketing the clip as an indie video for rebellious students keen to show off their knowledge of obscure films. This amount excludes the taxi fare needed for See to collect his video from the MDA counter. New Nation estimates that a total of $30 was spent on promoting the film in all.

But was the cash worth it?

Professor Ambrose Kuah Dian See from the Department of film studies in the National University of Singapore thinks not. He says that more mileage for the movie could have been squeezed if the clip was banned.

“Anything banned locally is eventually bound to be a hit,” he said, pointing out that most items considered contraband in Singapore could be obtained in Johor Bahru anyway.

“Martyn should have tried for the ban instead of NC16. NC16 has lost its meaning over the years. Now it is kind of like a wannabe label, for the movies that are not quite cool but pretend to be.”

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