Kinda' Hot : The Making of "Saint Jack" in Singapore
This book tells, for the first time, the extraordinary story behind the making of "Saint Jack" (1979), the only American film to ever be entirely shot on location in Singapore. An adaptation of Paul Theroux's celebrated novel about pimps and prostitutes in the Lion City, it was shot in secret, with a local amateur cast and crew working alongside brilliant film-making talents from Europe and the US. Bank-rolled by B-movie legend Roger Corman and executive produced by "Playboy's" Hugh Hefner, the director was Peter Bogdanovich, one-time Hollywood golden-boy whose career was a in a downward spiral. Saint Jack was his chance to get back on top. The star was Ben Gazzara, the powerful method actor, who along with Bogdanovich would immerse himself into the world of brothels in the name of 'research'. Ben Slater has tracked down everyone from chief crew members and lead actors, to the humblest extras in order to uncover the hilarious, fascinating and poignant tale of what happened when Hollywood came to Singapore for five months in 1978.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 129.5 x 195.6 x 15.2mm | 226.8g
- 03 Aug 2006
- Times Editions
- Singapore, Singapore
About Ben Slater
Hailing originally from England where he was born in 1974, Ben Slater is a writer and curator who has been based in Singapore since 2002. A former magazine editor and art-house cinema programmer in the UK, he has written about film for a number of publications in the UK, US and Singapore, including The Straits Times, BigO, Vertigo, Film Threat and Indiewire. He has also done time as a performance and digital artist, a film producer, a new media festival director, and currently teaches film and theatre at two of Singapore's universities (NUS and NTU). Ben moved to Singapore to be with his partner, whom he married in 2003. They live in the east of the island. Kinda' Hot is his first book.