Invisible City is a documentary about documenteurs. The director interviews photographers, journalists, archaeologists, people propelled by curiosity to find a City for themselves. The documentary conveys how deeply personal their search is and how fragile histories are, hanging on only through their memories and artefacts. Interwoven with the interviews is never seen before footage and photos of the City culled from their private archives. In Invisible City, you witness the atrophy of memory, you see a City that could have been. Invisible City opened in Singapore on 19 July 2007 and it ran for a sold-out four weeks at The Arts House.

It is directed by Tan Pin Pin, one of Singapore’s best known filmmakers. She directed the critically and commercially acclaimed Singapore GaGa as well as the multi award-winning Moving House.


60 minutes • Video • In Mandarin, Japanese and English, with Chinese and English subtitles • Directed & Produced by Tan Pin Pin • Rated PG

Invisible City is made with the help of the following crew and supporters including Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore Film Commission, Asian Network of Documentary (Pusan International Film Festival), Mindwasabi, Naresh Mahtani

Editor Inez Ang
Script Consultants Tan Siok Siok, Jasmine Ng Kin Kia
Associate Producer Lim Tiat
Photography Ryan Seet Tan Pin Pin
Additional Photography James Teo
Additional Editing Martyn See
Production Support Lian Tsui Yee
Research Tan Wen Ling
Editing Assistant Cheryl Koh
Transcribing Zhang Kang Min, Candace Zhou

Japanese voice over Fuwa Tomoko
Sound Designer Nigel Woodford
Colourist Pang Wei Fong Blackmagic Design
Grading Co-ordinator Hazel Ngiam
Graphics Elena Ho
Chinese Subtitles Lim Woan Hui 林琬慧, Eva Tang 邓宝翠
Publicity Suryahti Abdul Latiff, Teng Qian Xi
Legal Advisor Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva
Brand Strategy & Marketing Mindwasabi

Theatreworks 72-13, Substation, the National Archives of Singapore, The Tangent

Lim Chen Sian
Wee Sheau Theng
Yeo Kang Shua
Chua Ai Hua
Ivan Polunin
Siew Yen Polunin
Han Tan Juan 韩山元
Chan Cheow Thia 曾昭程
Teng Siao See丁劭诗
Guo Ren Huey 郭仁惠
Ho Meng Kit 何洁明
Izumi Ogura
Ng Chun Kit
Marjorie Topley (Ethnographer)
Marjorie Doggett (Photographer)
Koh Tai Ann
Ong Chang Woei王昌伟

Footage Courtesy of Ivan Polunin
Reproduced with kind assistance from National Archives of Singapore
Aboriginal footage originally featured in “Paradise in the Mud”

Photographs of Buildings
Published in Characters of Light: A Guide to the Buildings of Singapore by Marjorie Doggett
First Published by Donald Moore, 1957
Reprinted by Times Books International, 1985

Photographs of Students during the “5/13 Incident”
Courtesy of The Tangent

Thank You
K Kesavapany, Russell Heng, Man Shu Sum, Tan Hui Leng, Ong Ken Sen, Tay Tong, Lo Mun Hou, Tan Tarn How, Arun Mahizhnan, Lee Huay Leng 李慧玲, Peter Barber, Grace Li, Ng Yoke Lin, Tan Lay Gin 陈丽仁, Braema Mathi, Asad Latiff, Terence Chong, Russel & Gozde Zehnder, Ho Sheo Be 何惜薇, Yoshikai Yuki, Yvonne Tham, Rohaizad Suaidi, Shireen Mahtani, Lorenzo Codelli, Ben Slater, Kevin Tan, Lai Chee Kien, Chong Li-Chuan

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