Reprise

Emotionally withdrawn 17-year-old Nathan is pressured by his mother, Hannah, to quit dance. She consistently pleads him to focus on his studies to get into a ‘good local university’. However, Nathan yearns for a life pursuing his passion and decides to audition for a dance academy in secret. In the days preparing, he meets with Annie, a teacher who provides him emotional guidance. But when Hannah uncovers his secret, Nathan is forced to choose between his identity as a dancer or his family.

  • Tan Yan An Lucas
    Director
  • Tan Yan An Lucas
    Writer
  • Lye Hui Yang Juliana
    Producer
  • Jaron Boey Rui Yu
    Director of Photography
  • Pang Guo Rui, Clamus
    Editor
  • Koh Jia Sheng
    Key Cast
    "Nathan"
  • Karen Tan Bee Lin
    Key Cast
    "Hannah"
  • Kee Li Tjin, Laura
    Key Cast
    "Annie"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ProRes 422
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University
Director Biography - Tan Yan An Lucas

Lucas Tan is a Writer and Director based in Singapore.

Since discovering his father’s 35mm film camera, he developed an interest capturing stories, emotions and moments in time within a frame. This passion has evolved from stills to the moving picture, where he sees the power of storytelling and empathy intertwine to help us understand about our own identity and the relationships we share within our culture and society.

Lucas currently studies communication studies in Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and is set to graduate mid-2021. He has also interned at Big3Media as an assistant producer, where his keen eye for storytelling showed through as he brought ideas into reality. As part of his final-year project, he wrote and directed his debut short film, Reprise.

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Director Statement

Reprise portrays an adolescent boy’s coming-of-age in the mid 2000s. It follows an emotionally withdrawn junior college senior, Nathan, who struggles to pursue his passion in dance amidst constant disapproval from his mother.

Growing up in Singapore, a majority of parents often advocate a ‘practical mentality’ and want their children to get sustainable jobs. Economic success has always been such a forerunner in raising a child that their dreams often end as the victim as they desperately try to balance ideals of filial piety and their own pursuit of passion.

Reprise considers the consequences that may stem through adolescence to adulthood. It explores the struggles pursuing the arts and the regrets that may come from an estranged relationship with our parents. Although this could often be saved through a simple and honest conversation, it is often marred through misinterpretation or pride.

The film gives an intimate look into Nathan’s maturation through his adolescence. He comes to regret mistakes and grow through lessons, the culmination of which I hope becomes an emotional catharsis which provides our audiences an opportunity to reflect on their own lives and familial relationships.