Hailed as Singapore’s most important independent band, The Observatory and their brooding, brilliant and confounding music are explored in this quietly contemplative music documentary.


Tracing the footsteps of the group’s core members, THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY looks back at the country's early nation-building period, when native music faced a clampdown by the government, which accused it of 'western decadence', to understand the creative process of one of Singapore’s longest-surviving outfits. From Bali to Bergen, THE OBS highlights the constant struggle between artistic vision and pragmatic realities; an unwavering commitment to evolution versus a society that unforgivingly favours the mainstream.


More than a music film, THE OBS is a tale of uncompromising passion, the power of companionship, and the costs—and invaluable rewards—of being creative.




22 June 2019, 7.30pm | Warna. Nada. Skena. ("Color. Tone. Scene.") [Jakarta, Indonesia] | kineforum | Indonesian Premiere
25 November 2016, 6pm | 7th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) | Lostgens Contemporary Art Space 
25 September 2016, 6pm | 牛遊:不再希登 Ngau Trip: Hidden No MoreExperimental music, independent film screening (Hong Kong) | 談風:vs:再說 tfvsjs.syut 
16 September 2016, 11am | 26th Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival (Fukuoka, Japan) | PomPlaza Hall | Asian Remix programme | Japanese Premiere
13 August 2016, 9pm | 10th DORF Festival of Music Documentaries (Ozalj, Croatia) | River Kupa Cinema | Secret History of Rock programme | Balkan Premiere
23 July 2016, 2.30pm | 13 Little Pictures Showcase (Singapore) | The Projector 
11 June 2016, 7pm | .gif x 'The Obs' (Hong Kong) | Focal Fair | Hong Kong Premiere
5 May 2016, 7.30pm | 14th Urbanscapes Festival (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) | The Bee, Publika | Arts programme | Malaysian Premiere
19 April 2016, 8pm | 17th Bare Bones International Music and Film Festival (Muskogee, OK, USA) | Music Documentaries programme | Studio Broadway | American Premiere | Nominated for the Bonehead of Excellence Award 
20 February 2016, 7pm | Huat Art Market (Singapore) | Sri Mariamman Temple
18 November 2015, 8pm | 14th Cinedays Festival of European Film (Skopje, Macedonia) | Music Dox programme | Pocket Cinema | International Premiere
2 July 2015, 7pm | 2nd Arts Lab (Singapore) | Ngee Ann Polytechnic
31 January 2015, 10pm; 1 February 2015, 7.30pm; 7 February 2015, 10pm; 8 February 2015, 7.30pm | The Projector (Singapore)
6 December 2014, 11am | 25th Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore) | Singapore Panorama programme | National Museum of Singapore | World Premiere