An officer cadet opens a can of worms when he declares “302” to the Singapore army.

Context: Singapore only recently repealed a colonial era anti-gay sex law in November 2022. LGBTQ representation in mainstream media continues to be practically non-existent.

  • Leon Cheo
  • Leon Cheo
  • Ser En Low
  • LC Lim
  • Abdillah Goh
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  • Darius Tan
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    "Colonel Roger Tan"
  • Kelly Lim
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    "Aaron's Mother"
  • Fadhil Daud
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    "Medical Officer"
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Director Biography - Leon Cheo

When Leon Cheo was growing up in Singapore, he wanted to watch the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” movie but his parents forbade him to because they thought that it was violent and unsuitable for children. He was devastated because all his cousins could go. But that did not stop him from falling in love with movies and developing an interest in queer stories, family drama, and the human cost of government policy.

Now based in Los Angeles, Leon is the creator, writer and director of the Emmy-nominated short form series “People Like Us”. Most recently, he was selected for season two of the Hillman Grad / Indeed Rising Voices program in which he is mentored by Destin Daniel Cretton to make “The 25th Filial Exemplar” which premiered at Tribeca 2022.

Other highlights include: “SIN-SFO” which competed at the Oscar-qualifying 25th Austin Film Festival, and won Best Live Action and Best Director at the 2019 National Youth Film Awards in Singapore; “The Three Sisters” which won ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2012 NETPAC-Jogja Asian Film Festival; “Move Out Notice” which broadcast on the Lifetime (Asia) channel and nominated for Best Script at the Singapore Short Film Awards.

Commercially, Leon has worked with KFC, HSBC, 7-Eleven, Channel NewsAsia, Pink Dot SG, and government ministries and agencies. A graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Creative Producing, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a diploma in Film, Sound & Video, Leon is also an alum of Berlinale Talents (2014), Asian Film Academy (2013) and Talents Tokyo (2012).

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Director Statement

"302" was born when producer Ser En approached director/writer Leon Cheo to make a short film based on her friend Bryan's experience of declaring his homosexuality to the Singapore army. Openly gay servicemen face a glass ceiling and are unable to be commissioned officers or hold “sensitive” positions. We hope that the film can stir conversation and more importantly, change.