Netflix’s Shirkers is a punk feminist documentary gem The “original” Shirkers was Singapore’s first indie film. In 1992, Sandi Tan and her friends shot a quirky film on the streets of Singapore. In the new Netflix doc, Sandi Tan reclaims its history — and her own. In this sincere, engrossing documentary, director Sandi Tan looks back a quarter of a century at Shirkers, a quirky indie film she helped make that captured a mostly bygone Singapore.
The fragments of the teenagers’ original project are like remnants of a broken vase in the hands of director Sandi Tan , who originally wrote and starred in the group’s movie. Then the footage disappeared, sending her on … Then the footage disappeared, sending her on a hunt for answers. But in the new experimental documentary, “Shirkers,” there’s a peek into a movie that once was before it was stolen from the hands of its young women filmmakers. In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie. Shirkers, a Sundance documentary now streaming on Netflix, is about Sandi Tan, who as a teenager in Singapore made a road movie that was stolen by her director after its completion.