Sandi Tan is a film critic, writer, and filmmaker. After attending the University of Kent, she wrote as the film critic for The Straits Times. Her first short film, Moveable Feast, was her entry in the 1996 Singapore International Film Festival.
From Sundance to The Independent Spirit Awards, filmmaker Sandi Tan is on the slab this week to discuss her Netflix documentary, SHIRKERS. You won’t want to miss getting to know her and the strange, true stories behind her award-winning, making-of documentary!!
Filmmaker Sandi Tan joins Chronicle senior digital arts editor Mariecar Mendoza to talk about "Shirkers," a Netflix documentary about a film that was stolen from Tan when she was a teen. Tan was 19 years old when she made the movie in Singapore. Her professor and mentor figure stole the footage and disappeared. "Shirkers" tries to solve that mystery, and make sense of a senseless act.Produced by Peter Hartlaub. Music is Mozart's Symphony 40 in G Minor by Blue Dot Sessions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sandi Tan was 19 when she wrote and starred in a film directed by her 40-year old mentor. But then her mentor disappeared and took the film's footage with him. 20 years later, Tan got the footage back. She revisits the mystery of her mentor's disappearance and the film that was never made in a new Netflix documentary 'Shirkers.' In 'Burning,' Steven Yeun plays a mysterious South Korean playboy who may or may not be murdering his girlfriends. "To this day, I'm the only one who knows who Ben really is," he says of the character. He spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg chooses 'nationalist' as his word of 2018.
“With Shirkers, Sandi Tan . . . revisits the long-lost footage from her unfinished narrative feature shot in Tan’s native Singapore in 1992, also called Shirkers, and in the process reckons with both why the film was never finished and how several relationships were forever changed in its wake,” Eric Hynes wrote in our March/April 2018 issue, about Sandi Tan’s Sundance prize-winning film. For our latest Film Comment Talk at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Tan sat down to talk about her experience making Shirkers, joined by FC contributor Farihah Zaman, also a filmmaker. Shirkers opened October 26 and is available to view on Netflix.
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Aug 3rd, 1972
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