Brainchild Pictures is a story-based content creation company. We strive to create educational content that relates to our Asian roots, and yet transcends cultural boundaries to reach out to audiences around the world. Our forte lies in producing quality family content that showcases Asia’s rich and colourful cultural diversity, at the same time touching hearts, inspiring minds and entertaining the world.
Being screened at the Singapore Discovery Centre for over 5 years, our maiden project Wa Is For Wayang (40min), is a short film about an Indian boy on a quest to learn Chinese opera. Wa Is For Wayang is the first short film in Singapore to run for more than 2 years at a commercial theatre (October 2011 to July 2014).
Brainchild Pictures was also the co-organiser of Let’s Go Xiqu!, a grand extravaganza that took place over a span of 3 days in September 2012. Presented by the National Library Board, this event was a three-day fiesta that showcased the exquisite world of Chinese performing art, as well as to promote our traditional heritage to the young generation.
In October 2014, Brainchild Pictures also launched a bilingual picture book Little Wayang Kid, adapted from the short film Wa Is For Wayang. This colourful picture book, consists of high quality illustrations with a simple description in English and Chinese, is supported by “Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism”. Also, with the support of Media Development Authority of Singapore, a full feature-length movie Wayang Boy, which is an extended cinematic version of the original characters from Wa Is For Wayang, has been released in Singapore on 13 November 2014, and Malaysia and Brunei on 25 December 2014. The movie chronicles a boy from India as he settles into his new home in Singapore and stumbles upon an art form alien to him, traditional Chinese Opera. The movie won Best Foreign Comedy Feature in 2015 International Family Film Festival in USA.
In celebrating SG50, we also released a 10-episode animated webseries entitled Wayang Toons, which chronicles the rise and fall of Chinese opera in Singapore. The story is told in non-linear way from the eyes of 4 young kids, who discovered the heritage art unwittingly.
In 2018, Brainchild Pictures produced yet another cultural- heritage theme movie, entitled The Wayang Kids. The Wayang Kids continues to spotlight the traditional Chinese art form of Beijing opera with actors from diverse cultural backgrounds, while focusing on the universal themes of family and friendship. In the film, an unlikely friendship forms when a Eurasian girl from China enrols into a primary school in Singapore and befriends an autistic boy. They represent their school in an international Chinese Opera competition and overcome cultural and language barriers along the way. The film stars TV presenter Christopher Downs (夏克立) of Chinese reality TV show Dad, Where Are We Going? fame and Singapore’s Jocie Kok, among other actors. This movie is proudly supported by Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.
Brainchild Pictures aims to blend the rich and colourful Asian cultures into artistic projects that cater not only to audiences regionally but also internationally. Our passion is to educate, entertain and inspire.