First published on 19 Mar 2012. Updated on 20 Mar 2012.
Jacky Lee has contributed his cinematic skills to top local indie films such as Royston Tan’s 12 Lotus and Kelvin Tong’s Kidnapper. A part-time lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design, he’s currently working on a coming-of-age romantic comedy which is due to start filming this March.
- ‘The HDB Tampines Stockpile (Tampines Ave 10) is where the Housing Development Board [HDB] stores its sand, and it’s the closest thing you’ll find to a sand dune in the city. There’s no way you can miss it driving down the road, though it is a restricted site.’
- ‘Junkie’s Corner (94 Jln Senang; 9791 2607) is one of my favourite places in town to pick up vintage furniture or home decorations for a period film. I like that it is messy and difficult to manoeuvre through because I always end up being surprised with what I can find, often in the tiniest corners.’
- ‘A quarry lake used to sit off Tampines Avenue 10. Its entrance has since faded into the surrounding developed areas, so it’s no longer as easy to find. If you do find the opening near the HDB Tampines stockpile, you’ll find it quite a sight to behold, especially during sunrise and sunset. Though not as spectacular as Little Guilin, it’s a charming, charming place.’
- ‘The former Queenstown Bowl/Cinema (248 Commonwealth Ave) is an interesting, varied structure with triangles, irregular shapes, textured walls and muted colours. The sunlight creates beautiful shadows of the building on itself and the ground it sits on. As a filmmaker there is always a strong connection with abandoned cinemas, but I doubt this place will be around for much longer. I expect it’ll be torn down in the near future.’