11 QUESTIONS with Denise Khng - Short Screenplay Finalist
1. What is your screenplay about?
Police Commissioner Joshua Wong is the quintessential frontrunner of the Singaporean Dream. Or was. As the 2016 elections near in an anarchic, economically-polarised Singapore, tensions between opposition supporters and police turn violent; Joshua's order to open fire against protesters results in the death of charismatic opposition activist and former junior college classmate Lee Kai Jun. With opposition supporters out for blood, Joshua's secretary books him the first flight out of the country. However, Joshua's intended escape is interrupted by the arrival of another former classmate – Kai Jun's ex-girlfriend, Sarah – whom he holds a torch for and whose agenda he is unsure of.
2. Why should your script be made into a film?
Because the film will set your heart racing.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I wrote this for a screenwriting class last summer so I'm guess I'm pretty new at screenwriting.
4. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Titanic. And maybe Terminator 2.
5. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?
6. How many screenplays have you written?
This is my first screenplay.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Travelling the world and writing scripts that get made into great films. Hopefully I would have published a book or a graphic novel by then too.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
No fixed routine. I try to write whenever I'm not meeting my university deadlines, so that means I usually write during pre-dawn hours when my brain gets all manic.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Art, music, dance.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
My screenwriting instructor sent out an email so I submitted my script on a whim.
11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
I don't think I'm an experienced enough writer to be giving advice but if I have to I guess it'd be to keep yourself continually inspired.