The Listener

Based on a True Story

By Kelvin Tong

indian mother looking sternly at her son in a dimly lit room
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Geetha is a hotline counsellor for Tinkle Friend which reaches out to young children in Singapore. Her story intertwines with a primary school boy Ravi who is left at home by himself. The film is inspired by the volunteers behind Tinkle Friend, a helpline for primary school-aged children.
Rated PG

The film is dedicated to Singapore Children's Society

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Singapore Children’s Society protects and nurtures children and youth of all races and religions. In 2018, the Society reached out to 78,433 children, youth and families in need. Established in 1952, its services have evolved to meet the changing needs of children. Today, Children’s Society operates 12 service centres islandwide, offering services in the four categories of: Vulnerable Children and Youth, Children and Youth Services, Family Services, and Research and Advocacy.

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About the film director

kelvin tong

Kelvin Tong started out as a film critic, writing reviews for The Straits Times. His first feature “Eating Air” was critically acclaimed. “The Maid”, a horror thriller, broke the box office record in Singapore for the horror genre, and remains the highest grossing horror film in Singapore. Kelvin’s short film for the “7 Letters” omnibus (2015) for SG50 received special attention. In 2016, Tong became the first Singaporean director to helm a Hollywood horror film, “The Faith of Anna Waters”.

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