Ya Hui & Desmond Tan shine at 1400 gala

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
12 Feb 2016

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie

Photos: Vogue Films

If you haven’t heard of the movie 1400 yet, it’s about time you did. The local film has been in the pipelines for the longest time and director Derrick Lui had to resort to crowdfunding in order to complete post-production.

The result: a poignant yet relatable tale that weaves through four stories on love. After premiering at the Festival des Films du Monde, it went on to clinch the Best Feature Film at flEXiff 2015 and will also be featured in the upcoming Venice Film Week.

1400’s gala premiere on our little red dot took place yesterday (Feb 11) at GV VivoCity and was attended by stars Desmond Tan, Ya Hui and Angeline Yap, among others. In their segment of the film, Ya Hui and Desmond play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively. This project wasn’t the first time Desmond worked with Derrick – the two paired up for the latter’s short film When Night Fa11s in 2009, which was also lauded at film festivals.

Derrick shared, "5 years in pre-production and 2 years since we started principal photography in Dec 2013; this has been a long and arduous journey. Although 1400 had its World Premiere in Montreal and won an award in Sydney, I was nervous as this is the first time it was shown in Singapore. I was overjoyed at the end though, as the audience thoroughly enjoyed the film!"

While the night’s events weren’t nearly as glitzy as our annual Star Awards, the big smiles on the faces all around showed that dreams – big and small – do come true every once in a while.

Click or slide on for more pictures of the 1400 gala. 

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
12 Feb 2016

Desmond Tan

Desmond expressed, "I'm pleased to be able to work with Derrick again after a long time, since our first short film when I was new in the industry. I took up the role as Rain without hesitation because I felt like I owe Derrick a favor for having the courage to use me in his short film when I was an inexperienced actor. That made me grow as an actor in terms of my confidence, exposure and experience, leading me to more projects thereafter."

"I'm truly happy for Derrick to materialise his dream for his very own feature film. Kudos to his wild and bold concept of 1400. Making films locally is a challenge and he does it with respectable courage and determination."

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
12 Feb 2016

Desmond Tan

Continuing, Desmond added, "Derrick's shooting style is very different. Working with Derrick is as good as following a leader through a jungle, full of unknowns yet filled with surprises.

For 1400, Derrick wrote the scripts in English as guide and gave us the liberty to interpret and translate the lines into Chinese. It was challenging because it worked on the chemistry of Ya Hui and I; we had to react to each others' lines impromptu based on our own interpretations."

"On top of that, Ya Hui and I were given the circumstances with visual and and hearing impairments for our roles. (To make things even harder), the entire film was shot on a tight schedule of 5 days. I'm proud of Derrick who did this film against all odds!"

"As an audience during the gala, I'm intrigued by the film to think deeper on the definition of the big word 'love'. Many at times, our sights are blurred by concepts of life/death, lust/love, reality/perception. I believe audience at the gala had different takeaways, mine is "What's your chase in life"?""

Angeline Yap
Angeline Yap
12 Feb 2016

Angeline Yap

Angeline Yap plays Moon in 1400. She shared, "1400 is my debut feature film. Watching it on the big screen 2 years later touches my heart and brings back many fond memories. Big thank you to everyone who made this happen!"

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
12 Feb 2016

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie

(L-R): Maria Alexandria, Alan Tan, Angeline Yap, Derrick Lui, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health, Ya Hui, Desmond Tan

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
12 Feb 2016

Ya Hui

Ya Hui plays Summer, a blind florist, in 1400.

Maria Alexandria
Maria Alexandria
12 Feb 2016

Maria Alexandria

Maria Alexandria plays Janice in 1400.

Ya Hui
Ya Hui
12 Feb 2016

Ya Hui

Ya Hui plays Summer, a blind florist, in 1400.

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie
12 Feb 2016

The two Mediacorp stars play a blind florist and deaf pianist respectively in the local movie

(L-R): Derrick Lui, Ya Hui, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health, Desmond Tan

WATCH: 1400 Gala Screening Highlights

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