Twisted Ambitions

Singaporean director Chai Yee Wei is looking to put Singapore cinema on the international map with his new feature, Twisted

by Raymond Tan

As I approach the office of Shaw Pictures, I was greeted by a Shaw executive, who led me to a staircase where Chai Yee Wei was happily perched on, fiddling his cellphone. He gets up, smiles and gives me a firm handshake.

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Tell us about your character, Carol Ferris.

Carol Ferris is an incredible character, especially in this genre of film. I always grew up loving comic book films. She's unique because she's not the damsel in distress; she is an equal with Hal. They're the two best fighter pilots in the world. She runs the aviation company that Hal works for. She grew up, they were best friends and they were each other's first love; so there's a lot of tension with the two of them and a bit of a rivalry. They're always challenging each other and sparring and I love that relationship. In a lot of ways she has to save Hal when he's feeling weak, because he is only human. She's there to kick him in the butt and help see and realise his full potential. I love that, because I think that that's much more true to real life. There aren't heroes and the people that stand by their side, everybody is leaning on each other and helping each other. Seeing a woman full of such strength and character, she's a fighter pilot, and I think that that's really great that she was able to not just be the woman in the lab or the woman on the train tracks. I just loved her. I thought that she was really gutsy and unlike any character I've ever seen in this sort of film.

Is that what drew you to the project? Did you know about the Green Lantern before this?

No, I didn't know about the Green Lantern before this. I realised very quickly how naÃ
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