Published on 27 September 2017

Utter is an annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) initiative which adapts the best of Singapore writing to a film platform. This year’s Utter 2017 highlights the best local poetry before 1986 – the year SWF was founded as Writers’ Week.

Two Cultural Medallion recipients J.M. Sali, and Tan Swie Hian, the comparatively less-known Gregory Naplon and former deputy prime minister S. Rajaratnam have been selected as the featured writers. These four Utter shorts (two live action short films and two animation shorts) involve local filmmakers K. Rajagopal, Lee Thean-Jeen, Jerrold Chong and Henry & Harry Zhuang. The stories revolve around interracial love, societal pressure, dealing with a tormented past, and exploring the unknown.


This seventh edition of Utter is presented by the National Arts Council, and is produced in collaboration with The Filmic Eye, a film education initiative run by David Lee and Eternality Tan. It Is also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth as well as the Singapore Film Society.

Tickets are still available for a September 30 screening at GV Suntec and they are sold here.

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