Asean Film Festival: Plan Ahead

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This is your opportunity to plan ahead.

One of the exciting aspects of living in or visiting a city is the ability to attend film festivals. From 17-19 November 2023, The Asean Film Festival will be hosted by The Bioscope at 44 Stanley.

The Jack Rose (JR), situated in the heart of Rosebank, is the ideal location for your accommodation. Safe parking on the property as well as easy access to transport if needed. Affordability is also a key consideration.

New Management: Rosebud

Buffet breakfast at the Rosebud - no additional charge for those spending the night at the Jack Rose

We are also thrilled to announce that our restaurant – The Rosebud is under new management. David who is a chef as well as the new manager has revamped the buffet breakfast as well as the menu.

For those who weren’t in the know, there is no additional charge for the buffet breakfast for two – for those who are spending the night at the hotel. Reserve your room today! Call JR Reception on +27108240876 for the best price.

The restaurant hours are 6am – 3pm, however, dinner can be organised by prior arrangement – especially for groups. Corporate functions, with menus designed according to your needs, are also on offer. David is more than willing to share his expertise.

Please note: No pork products are served or stored on the premises. Macon replaces bacon on the breakfast menu.

ASEAN Film Festival

Venue:  The Bioscope – 44 Stanley

In collaboration with the diplomatic missions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, The Bioscope will be hosting the Asean Film Festival from 17-19 November 2023. Entrance is free but reservations are essential.

Please note: If you have booked and are not going to be able to attend please email so that your seats can be allocated to others.


Fri 17 Nov: 12:30pm

Opening Ceremony (by invitation only) followed by Thailand selection: ‘Bad Genius’.

Directed by: Nattawut Poonpiriya.

Genre: Heist Thriller.

Dur: 2hr 10mins.

Bad Genius is being screened at the Asean Film Festival. Plan ahead and book todayInspired by true events, ‘Bad Genius’ is a tale of a genius, her friends and their mission to make millions from exam papers.

Welcome to an exam-cheating business run by ‘Lynn’ (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying)! She is a straight-A student who gets the idea for her business after helping those who who can’t get the grades they need. Lynn’s business skyrockets and the money starts to flood in as scores of students offer her cold hard cash in exchange for exam answers.

One day, Lynn is offered the opportunity to make millions of Baht proposed by two of the students she had assisted. However, assistance will be needed and she has to convince another genius to assist her.

What does Lynn have to do to convince him to overcome his moral dilemma and help them? How BAD will this GENIUS become?

Book now

Fri 17 Nov: 4:30pm

Malaysia Film Selection: ‘Eraser’Eraser is the Malaysia Film Selection at the Asean Film Festival

Directed by: Mark Lee See Teck.

Genre: Drama.

Dur: 1hr 42mins.

‘Eraser’ is a journey of  survival. It is a tale of love and a family with different cultural beliefs.

It focuses on respect and humanity united by love. One starry night two females manage to escape from the the place where they have been staying. One is the mother – Ah Yoke, 48 holding onto an old suitcase while her other hand grasps onto her daughter. The other is 15-year-old Xiao Li.

Ah Yoke is battered and bruised. She’s escaping from her brutish, abusive husband. Luckily, the two of them are rescued by a tombstone maker who is driving by. To tell you more would be to spoil the tale.

Safe to say, however, this film depicts the concept of unconditional love, mutual respect and patriotism  through a simple tool – Malaysia flag eraser. “If friction persists between races, the country will gradually diminish.”  

Book now.

Sat 18 Nov: 11am

Plan ahead and book for The Attachment - Myanmar Film Myanmar Film Selection: ‘The Attachment’

Directed by: Ban Gyi.

Genre: Drama.

Dur: 1hr 43mins.

‘The Attachment’ is based on a true story about a Buddhist novice –  Shin Wunnathiri. He meets Pyae Sone Khin, a deeply religious lady who becomes chief lay-supporter. However, her beauty becomes a distraction which leads to the monk becoming a hermit in the woods.

Book today.

Sat 18 Nov: 1:30pm

Vietnam Film Selection: ‘Dream Eyes’Dream eyes from Vietnam is a romantic drama at the Asean Film Festival

Directed by: Victor Vu.

Genre: Drama Romance.

Dur: 1hr 47mins.

This epic love story touches upon themes of time, unrequited love and devotion. It tells the tale of two six-year-olds who spend their childhood together – first love!

As with all love stories there are hills and dales, highs and lows – it’s for you to discover more.

Book today!

Sat 18 Nov: 4pm

Indonesia Film Selection: TBA Reserve your seat.

Sun 19 Nov: 1pm

Plan ahead for the Asean Film Festival 7 Letters is the Singapore selectionSingapore Film Selection: ‘7 Letters’

Directed by: Eric Khoo, Boo Junfeng, Jack Neo, Kelvin Tong, K. Rajagopal, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan.

Genre: Drama.

Dur: 1hr 56mins.

Representing seven heartfelt ‘love letters’ to Singapore from award-winning local filmmakers, ‘7 Letters’ captures each director’s personal and poignant connection. These letters tell tales of lost love, identity, inter-generational familial issues, unlikely neighbours, and traditional folklore.

The collection presents an emotive anthology of the lives and stories of Singaporeans. It was released in 2015 in celebration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence.

The film features:

  • ‘That Girl’ by Jack Neo
  • ‘Parting’ by Boo Jun Feng
  • ‘Pineapple Town’ by Tan Pin Pin
  • ‘Bunga Sayang’ by Royston Tan
  • ‘The Flame’ by K Rajagopal
  • ‘Cinema’ by Eric Kho
  • ‘Grandma Positioning System’ by Kelvin Tong. Reserve your seat today!
Sun 19 Nov: 3:30pm

Philippines Film Selection: ‘The Two Mrs Reyes’Revenge is core in the Two Mrs Reyes - Philippines Film Selection at the Asean Film Festival

Directed by: Jun Lana.

Genre: Comedy.

Dur: 1hr 44mins.

Considered as a modern and progressive Filipino comedy, ‘The Two Mrs Reyes’ teaches love, acceptance and forgiveness.

In a situation which must be too difficult to bear, Lianne and Cindy discover that their husbands are having an affair with each other. They decide to team up to stop their husbands from attaining the happiness which has been denied to them. Reserve your seat!

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