Martyn See is a Singaporean filmmaker and the current Executive Secretary of Singaporeans for Democracy.
Life and Career
Martyn See has a lengthy career of being a feature editor for films, some of which include Mee Pok Man (1994, Eric Khoo) That One No Enough (2000, Jack Neo) I Do I Do (2005, Wen Hui, Jack Neo) Singapore Gaga (2005,Tan Pin Pin) Just Follow Law (2007, Jack Neo), Money No Enough 2 (2008, Jack Neo). Since 2004, Martyn is prominently known for making the 26-minute documentary film Singapore Rebel, about Dr. Chee Soon Juan, the leader of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
In March 2005, government movie censors ordered the withdrawal of his film from the Singapore International Film Festival. See was put under police investigation by the Singapore government, and threatened with prosecution under the Films Act, requiring him to surrender his video camera, taped footage of the documentary and materials related to the production. See could face up to two years in jail or a fine of up to S$100,000.
In 2006, Martyn See made a new 49 minute documentary entitled Zahari's 17 Years on Singapore's ex-political prisoner Said Zahari, who spent a total of 17 years in detention without trial as a result of Operation Coldstore. The film has been banned by the Singapore Government.
On 14 July 2010, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts banned his latest film, 'Dr Lim Hock Siew' about Dr Lim Hock Siew's similar plight.
- "Director withdraws documentary from festival on government "advice"". International Freedom of Expression eXchange. 2005-03-23.
- "Singapore bans film about ex-political detainee". Reuters. 2007-04-10.
- "Singapore bans film about ex-political detainee". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007-07-11.
- "Film on ex-leftist leader Lim Hock Siew banned". Asia News One. 2010-07-14.
- A Copy of Martyn See's Banned Documentary about Lim Hock Siew
- Martyn See's blog
- Amnesty International description of Singapore Rebel issue
- Singapore Rebel on Google Video
- Zahari's 17 years on Google Video
- Speech Acts – Censorship and Documentary Filmmaking in Singapore
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