Music, Film

Twinkle Dammit!

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Featuring Margaret Leng Tan, a film by Chuang Xu
  • Date:
    1 - 14 Apr 2021
  • Time:
    Premieres on 1 Apr, Thu, 8:00pm (Available online until 14 Apr, 11:59pm)
  • Duration:
    1h 10min
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A rare profile of a leading figure in avant-garde music, TWINKLE DAMMIT! is an intimate and authentic record of Margaret Leng Tan's life. The film allows Tan to express in her own voice about the development of her life and career as well as her singular impact on avant-garde music, one created partly through the incorporation of the toy piano into her performances. It also features exclusive insights into her archive, along with a peek into the creative process of musical genius George Crumb, with whom she embarks on an iconic collaboration in the film. Challenging the myths behind the 'cult of the artist' and taking an incisive look into the risks inherent in creative pursuits, TWINKLE DAMMIT! strips away the facades of success to lay bare the anxiety of leaving behind a meaningful legacy in life and in art.

TWINKLE DAMMIT! was finalist in the Florida Film Festival 2020 and was elected for the Media Library 2020 at Versions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Vienna Independent Film Festival 2020, while director Chuang Xu was nominated for Best Director at the same festival.

More recently, TWINKLE DAMMIT! won Best Director in the Feature Documentary Category at the 2020 NÒT Film Fest (Italy) and Best Foreign Language Documentary at the 2020 Kadoma International Film Festival (Japan).

Twinkle Dammit!