TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 20, 2018
If you ever had the ambition as a youngster to make movies, you're not alone. The new Netflix documentary Shirkers chronicles the story of a young woman from Singapore who got the chance of a lifetime: To shoot a movie that she wrote using her and all of her friends in the cast, and best of all, a real deal director to make the movie.
If that all sounds too good to be true, unfortunately for Sandi Tan it was. Tan has now turned her story into a documentary about how she and friends Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique were taken in by American film instructor Georges Cardona. Cardona made their film then absconded with the footage and dropped off the face of the earth, literally. The guy went missing.
It's very interesting subject matter, and as someone who made movies with his friends in his backyard, this story hits me right in the gut. I can't imagine how much validation these girls felt in making the film, and then to just have it all disappear without a trace, it must be really difficult to deal with. The documentary is being produced by Tan as well as Jessica Levin and Maya Rudolph.
Shirkers premieres on Netflix on October 26, 2018, just in time for Halloween.