Private Project

Lady in Red

A young airport-cart collector goes on a journey of self-discovery when he decides to search for the Lady in Red - an angel who's said to grant one their heart's desire.

  • Darren Tan
  • Darren Tan
  • Mark Alexander
  • Shermaine Chang
  • Charlie Goh
    Key Cast
  • Emily Chan
    Key Cast
  • Samuel Lee
  • Andrew Sobrielo
    Director of Photography
  • Tan Ming Jie
  • Aloysius Norman Benjamin
    Art Director
  • Shaun Yee
    Sound Designer
  • Marshall Forbis
    Sound Designer
  • Jason Gelchen
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    22,000 USD
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    Digital (ARRI Alexa)
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Director Biography - Darren Tan

As a director, Darren strives to hone his skills, improve his craft and develop his natural intuition as a director through his films. He seeks to entertain audiences through a fusion of relatable characters and unique concepts, with a wholesome story at the heart of it all. He aims to be able to direct a wide range of content, spanning across different genres.

An avid fan of Hong Kong and Japanese Cinema, he enjoys and draws inspiration from films made by directors such as Johnnie To, John Woo & Takashi Miike, whom he considers among his top favorites. He admires their ability to tell stories that range from stylistic action to even the bizarre complexities of the human mind.

Darren is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

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Director Statement

Lady in Red was conceptualized back in 2013, when I graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Film & Media Studies (Singapore). I remembered struggling to discover my identity and purpose in life, which I explored with this short.

I encompassed many of my characteristics and principles into the characters. Leung is a representation of the mundane and aimless time I experienced while in the Army, having a desire to discover my direction in life. Yu was a representation of a childhood crush whom I never had the courage to pursue. Mr. Han represented a walking encyclopedia of my morals and principles, while Raj represented my candid manner at looking at issues in life and learning how to appreciate the little things; and the Lady in Red embodied the spiritual essence of the lady I met on my trip, who sparked emotions in me and made me understand and see love and desire with a new perspective.

I hope audiences will walk away with the understanding that sometimes who we desire may appear as someone we least expect, and may have been right in front of us all along if we can learn to focus on what’s important. As Bruce Lee once said: “Don’t think. Feel. It’s like a finger pointing at the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all the heavenly glory.”