A few days ago, I went to the Gala Premiere of the film 'Apprentice' , and special thanks to Clover Films for the invitation! The Gala Premiere was held at Singapore's most iconic theatre, The Capitol!
I felt great watching this local Singapore production at the Capitol Theatre, as it is a historically significant building in Singapore.
'Apprentice' is a drama film directed by Boo Junfeng and it took him 5 years to write this script. He immersed himself into researching the hangmen and the families of those who have seen relatives executed on death row. In this movie, the characters were surrounded by death. More specifically, the film conveys how the protagonist deal with death that occurs due to Capital Punishment - The Death Penalty.
This movie revolves around the newly appointed prison guard - Aiman (played by Singapore actor, Firdaus Rahman) who is a young correctional officer who has recently transferred to Singapore's top prison. He lives with his older sister, Suhalia (starring local actress, Mastura Ahmad) in a modest housing estate after both of their parents passed away.
At his new workplace, he befriended a long-serving Chief Executioner of the prison, Rahim (played by Malaysian actor, Wan Hanafi Su). When Chief Rahim's assistant suddenly resigns, Aiman was given the opportunity to take over his place to become his apprentice.
Aiman's sister was upset upon learning about her brother's new position as their father was executed by Chief Rahim and Aiman knew about this all along.
The cinematography was dense and dimly lit from within the walls of the prison, but I felt it was done pretty impressively.
'Apprentice' sends out a strong and powerful message about capital punishment in Singapore. The message conveyed is raw, bleak and powerful, as most Singaporeans are not really aware of what happens during an execution.
Do show some support for this local production, and remember to catch the 'Apprentice', which will be premiering on the 30th of June 2016.