Distant from the wealth and glitter of Singapore, Invisible Stories shines light upon the alienated characters of the lesser-known neighbourhoods in Singapore. Including the lives of migrant workers there. Sudip Biswas Deep from Bangladesh plays the character of a Bangladeshi migrant construction worker in this HBO original anthology.
This six-episode half-hour drama is entirely filmed in the locations of Singapore. Each episode follows each resident as he or she lives through everyday life and challenges. The stories include ups and downs of a mother and his son with autism, a man who is a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night; a banker who is a husband and a father but this dark secret comes alive late at night and many more.
A film that hits home
This HBO Originals will take place in the Housing and Development Board public housing blocks. The places are very well close to the series creator Ler Jiyuan. Despite being one of the best and famous new directors in Singapore, the creator has a very humble lifestyle and childhood himself.
“Eighty per cent of Singaporeans live in HDB flats. I myself grew up in one in the ’90s in a three-room flat. My father was a taxi driver.”Ler Jiyuan says
He further added that he spends most of his time here until now. It will be an interesting concept to open up to the international audience about a different Singapore. A “non-crazy-rich” side of Singapore.
The multicultural perspective of the ‘other’ side of Singapore
This series is starring actors from a multicultural identity background. This enhances the importance of Singapore by itself despite the diversity, Singapore portrays. The regional cast is from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.
Sudip Biswas Deep portrays the role of a migrant construction worker in Singapore. This will essentially hold a very strong portrayal of what it is like for Bangladesh minorities to earn their livelihood in different countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.
HBO Asia has also arranged a short film competition inviting all the other uprising filmmakers to submit their untold stories in their neighbourhoods. This will empower the rise of new storytellers of a generation who will showcase and portray different angles to their environment.
Invisible Stories premieres on January 5th, 2020.