Tiong Bahru premiered at the National Museum of Singapore in a series of special screening programmes throughout October 2010 before embarking on a tour of selected cinemas in the UK and selected film festivals.
In January 2009 when UK-based filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy walked into the Tiong Bahru estate for the first time, they were immediately struck by the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the estate and hawker centre and knew they had found a great location for a Civic Life film.
TIONG BAHRU is an engagement with the residents of Tiong Bahru and the traders and users of the Tiong Bahru hawker centre to creatively explore, both physically and imaginatively, this special neighborhood. The thoughts, reflections and responses of hundreds of Singaporeans gathered since early 2009 informed and shaped the making of TIONG BAHRU. The resulting 20 minute film was shot on location in the Tiong Bahru estate in June 2010.
Directed by Joe and Christine, lensed by leading Singaporean Director of Photography Daniel Low and featuring a cast of over 150 local volunteers, the film tells the story of 3 Tiong Bahru residents over the course of a single day, as they reflect on who they are, who they want to be and the meaning of home, family and community.