#HerWorldHerStory: The SG filmmaker who wants to make positive change to society with her films

by Cara Van Miriah; Hayley Tai; Cheong Wen Xuan  /   April 11, 2020

She went from selling ice cream door-to-door to becoming a filmmaker

#HerWorldHerStory is a collection of 60 women sharing their successes, passions, challenges, inspirations, hopes and dreams. Together, they give a snapshot of what it is to be a woman today.

Every month from March till August, we present 10 women navigating their lives now – and in their own words. This is Ang Geck Geck’s story…

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Filmmaking has given me a voice as a woman in a male-dominated industry. My films are largely driven by emotion. If you ask me, a woman’s emotion is not her weakness but her best gift in telling a compelling story.  I never dreamt of becoming a filmmaker because I was never exposed to films when I was younger.

Before filmmaking, I took on various jobs from selling ice cream door-to-door to selling clothes at a department store! All I wanted to do was to earn enough money to give my grandparents a better life. They raised me after my parents divorced.

I was an arts student in college, and I chose film as a major at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), because painting , which is my passion, wasn’t available among the options.

I felt out of place in university as I had no prior film background, compared to my peers who majored in film in polytechnic. At one point in school, I was also weighing my career options, as I was given roles such as styling and makeup during group productions. I couldn’t see myself working in those jobs later on.

Then one day, I got a chance to direct my first film. After it was screened, my professor clapped and told me he loved it. He selected it as one of the “Best Takes” to be shown at ADM’s 2010 year-end show. I knew at that moment I’d make a career out of filmmaking. It gave me a sense of purpose.

I’m working on my first feature film, Ah Girl, which is in its development stage and it’s a story that highlights the issues faced by children of divorce.

To me, the greatest achievement as a filmmaker isn’t getting awards, it is when you can make a positive change to society with your work.

This article was first published in Her World’s April issue. Grab a copy today!