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“[A] tale of an alternative Singapore, expressed through the eyes, words and instruments of these incendiary—and at times inscrutable—musicians. It’s a parable of the city, one in which the fury of the common folk bubbles without boiling over.”

Time Out Singapore

“Must-watch…The story of Singapore’s hardest working and longest-surviving indie band, The Observatory, is told through archival footage and interviews in this contemplative documentary by filmmaker Yeo Siew Hua on what it means to think like an outsider in a society that favours the mainstream.”

The Business Times

“[An] insightful peak into the band’s development over the years, how it weathered changes in creative direction, to evolve and to produce arguably the local scene’s most inventive music. Not just for the fans, it’s a story about the Singapore experience. Through archival footage and interviews, this is the closest one can get to The Observatory.”

Bandwagon

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“Thoughtfully and patiently created by director Yeo Siew Hua and co-producers Adeline Setiawan and Dan Koh, THE OBS is an insightful, if slightly meandering, watch which will definitely satisfy the band’s fans, but which remains also accessible enough to resonate with anyone concerned with what it means to make art, and to daily live the urban experience, in modern Singapore with deliberate sensitivity and thoughtfulness.”

SINdie.sg

“The Observatory is not your typical hipster indie band so don’t expect THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY to be your average rockumentary. Filled with archival interview footage, it tracks the band’s rise from outsider status to its current status as darlings of the alternative music scene… Director Yeo Siew Hua also paints a bigger picture of the local music industry, looking at how it peaked in the Sixties, when it had a strong following and abundant airplay on the radio, before things started going downhill in the Seventies and the struggles faced by bands like The Observatory to revive it ever since then.”

The Business Times

“THE OBS explores the question of why the band, formed around frontman Leslie Low (formerly of 1990s rock group Humpback Oak), get so little attention in Singapore, despite—or perhaps because of—their reputation as uncompromising musicians.”

The Straits Times

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“Being a musician in Singapore, as you know, is tough enough, and more so for a band like The Observatory, who’ve boldly insisted on going at it their very own way. And here’s proof in Yeo Siew Hua’s documentary which uncovers the band’s uncompromising artistic vision in the face of pragmatic realities.”

—ZIGGY

“At this week’s SGIFF, the enthusiasm to tell stories is multifarious and apparent: we see THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY, a documentary about a local rock band”

—The Bangkok Post

“A must-catch for diehard fans of local experimental and electronica band The Observatory, THE OBS pays homage to the group’s development and creative evolution in a pragmatic climate where pursuing art is a constant struggle. For young local artists and singer-songwriters alike, the documentary’s archival footage and interviews will likewise serve as good reference material for their careers moving forward.”

The Muse

ST_4 Dec 2014

“How special does a band have to be to have an entire documentary made about them? Pretty special.”

R.AGE

“The documentary, directed by Yeo Siew Hua, was the official selection of multiple film festivals, and it depicts the band’s music-making process and their place in the context of the Singaporean music scene.”

JUICE Malaysia

“The films include THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY, about local veteran indie band The Observatory that was a sold-out sensation at the Singapore International Film Festival.”

The Business Times

This mapping of the intimate with the grander national rhetoric provides a voice that is often unheard of to mainstream audiences, or rather, not heard enough… Inspiring…gives me some perspective on a quiet kind of violence that caused such an amnesia in our collective consciousness.

ArtHop

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