UPDATE: The Faith of Anna Waters has been moved to May 12. Watch this space as we bring you the latest on this movie.
Did you know that three Hollywood movies were filmed in Singapore last year? There was Singapore Tourism Board promotional video Hitman: Agent 47 (see our review) and dystopian romance Equals, starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.
The third one is the first Hollywood-financed movie directed by a Singaporean film maker, and it opens in Singapore next month. It’s called The Faith of Anna Waters, and it’s directed by Kelvin Tong, best known for movies like Eating Air, The Maid and It’s A Great, Great World.
It was meant to have starred Twilight‘s Nikki Reed before she dropped out, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. Reed was ultimately replaced by Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Rice (hello, Roger Sterling’s daughter!), who stars alongside Matthew Settle (best known for Band of Brothers). There’s also a fair number of local stars in the cast, from Adrian Pang to Pamelyn Chee to Tan Kheng Hua.
The movies has a US$5 million budget, aided by a hefty grant from the Media Development Authority, and will be distributed internationally by the Los Angeles-based Highland Film Group. Here’s the movie synopsis according to IMDB:
“When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister’s and must join forces with her sister’s husband in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.”
Surprisingly, none of our media outlets seem to have picked up on the local version of the trailer, which was released last month. The production itself was covered in detail by the mainstream media, but we haven’t seen much by way of a marketing campaign, other than a Facebook page.
The trailer (thankfully) stays away from the typical loving shots of Marina Bay (though it can’t resist an aerial shot of the Singapore Flyer). It looks like most of the action unfolds in a black and white bungalow, in what appears to be Whitley Road.
In a bit of genius casting, Adrian Pang plays priest Matthew Tan. Quiet frankly, we’d watch anything with him in it, but we’re hoping for solemn expository monologues where Pang can dazzle us all with his actorly acting.
The international version of the trailer also features a few shots of what looks like Chinatown.
There are many tropes present that will be familiar to horror movie fans: demonic possession, Catholic rituals, exorcism, scary children, etc. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but the trailer makes it all look a bit like a low-rent version of The Exorcist.
Nevertheless, we’re rooting for Tong and the movie. Cinemaniac Diana Othman, our resident horror geek, will be there to review The Faith of Anna Waters when it comes out. And you just know you can trust her taste, cos I’m pretty sure she’s watched every damn horror movie out there.
The Faith of Anna Waters Singapore release date has been set for March 3.