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Film Fete 2003, organised by The Centre for the Arts, NUS in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, brings to light the presence of an exciting Dutch film industry, known only to a few outside Europe, in a progressively global audiovisual landscape dominated by Hollywood.

This collaboration, owing partly to the growing international relations over the past decade, also allows the works of amateur talents to be showcased alongside those of distinguished filmmakers.

Film Fete showcases acclaimed movies about the Dutch East Indies including Rubber, Tropic of the Emerald, The Battle of the Java Sea, and Max Havelaar from 10-15 February at the University Cultural Centre Theatre, NUS.

The collection of movies records one of the best-known episodes in the Dutch maritime history and comprehensively depicts the eventful Indonesian history.

The Battle of the Java Sea (1995) traces the dramatic defeat of the Allies by the overwhelming Japanese force.  And The Great Post Road (1997), a documentary-film, tells the story of Pramudya Ananta Tur, one of today’s most important Asian writers, and a 1000 kilometre road that runs through the heart of Java.  Laid by the Dutch in the early 19th century, that road cost the lives of many construction workers.

The Singaporean works by talents from nu(STUDIOS) reveal the peculiar experiences of young Singaporeans in a complex, challenging era.  Among the films screened are Danny, a film about a latchkey child, Hype, a romantic tragicomedy cum satire on the advertising industry, and Eye to I.  The latter tells the tale of I, who caught in a rigid, oppressive, circuitous and yet static environment, desires liberation. 

And the other two films underlined here were selected for competitions overseas: Danny participated in the 9th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (Israel) and the Singapore Short Film Festival 2003; and Hype took part in the Deauville Film Festival 2001 in Normandy, France.

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5 January 2003

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A woman naval specialist's body has been recovered and three others are missing after a collision between the 460-tonne RSS Courageous, a anti-submarine patrol ship, and 52,000-tonne Dutch-registered ANL Indonesia, a container vessel. The accident, the worst single accident in the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) history, happened late on Friday night in Singapore waters just 1.5km north of Pedra Blanca. The three missing crew are women specialists in weapons and communications. Eight male full-time navy personnel were injured slightly in the collision. (1)

Chief Justice YONG Pung How noted that lawyers were still being indiscriminate about the number of documents they filed, despite his warning last year that substantial court costs would be imposed against them. He cited a recent example in which a lawyer whose firm filed more than 2,000 pages did not refer to a single page during his 75-minute submission in court. CJ YONG added that in future, the court would not hesitate to exercise its discretion in making errant lawyers pay for costs arising from any irresponsible conduct. (3)

The Government has decided to freeze tuition fees for university and polytechnic students at the 2001 level, said Education Minister TEO Chee Hean yesterday. This academic year, 1,729 out of 32,000 NUS students have asked for bursaries or loans, up from 1,598 in 2000. At NTU, 667 students are seeking aid this academic year, down from 701 students in 2000. (4)

Mr Philip Jeyaretnam, 38, Mr LEE Seiu Kin, 48, Mr LIM Teong Qwee, 67, Ms Indranee Rajah, 39, and Mr Andre YEAP, 41, were appointed as Senior Counsel yesterday. They will add to the elite numbers of 31 Senior Counsel - Singapore's version of Britain's Queen's Counsel - who are appointed each year by a select committee. The scheme started in 1997. (26)




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London: More than 20,000 British troops would be ordered to the Gulf and 7,000 reservists mobilised this week in preparation for a war in Iraq, the Daily Telegraph reported. It said defence chiefs were given plans on Friday for the deployment, which included a Royal Navy Force led by the aircraft carrier Ark Royal and a reduced-strength armoured division. (6)




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