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Is Fann a bad actress?
by Charlene Chua

WINNING Best Actress for the local movie Dance Of The Dragon at the inaugural West Hollywood International Film Festival (WHIFF) is not always a good thing.

Singaporeans raised doubts about the festival's credibility days after news broke of Caldecott darling Fann Wong's win in August.

Joshua Wong wrote on the TNP Postwoman website: 'Do we even know what WHIFF is? I obviously don't.

'WHIFF brings to mind those dubious reviews and quotes on B-grade movie ads, such as '5 stars! - a movie critic'.'

The 37-year-old actress had a flu when we contacted her.

She said: 'It would have been great if I was there to receive (the award) personally...'

She joked: 'And I'm disappointed that I'm celebrating in bed with dosages of medicine instead of champagne, haha.'

The film swept 10 awards including Best Festival Movie and Best Actor.

Too bad Fann got no love locally.

The movie, which was directed by Australian John Radel, opened here on 1 May and bombed at the box office, raking in a meagre $170,000 despite an aggressive publicity campaign.

But all is not lost. She another chance to prove herself in her upcoming movie, The Wedding Game, in which she stars opposite her fiance, actor Christopher Lee.


This article was first published in The New Paper on Dec 30, 2008.

readers' comments
First, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder... she pretty? Not to me.

Acting? So so.. after all these years, no improvement. Popular? Because she's luckier than others, everyone knows in entertainment circle, one needs luck. So many local drama by her, viewer ratings so so...

Look at Little Nonya? Broke record! I must emphasize it is really not entirely Jeanette Aw's credit because the storyline is interesting, many are curious to know about Peranakan. Then again, if she's lousy, no matter how good the storyline is, it probably will not break record, and 5000 fans there for the artistes. Credit goes to many, but, main lead create the first sparks.
Posted by SYTeoTammie on Thu, 8 Jan 2009 at 15:27 PM
She is just lucky n slighty pretty.
Posted by matthewlh on Sat, 3 Jan 2009 at 23:11 PM
She has been in the industry so long because we have no alternative. She is just a pretty face who tries to act. And it is so obvious that she's acting... in other words her acting is so bad that it's hardly convincing. And her repertoire of facial expressions are pitifully limited for a professional actor. Sometimes you can't help noticing that plasticky botox feel in her facial expressionsi
Posted by bienni2008 on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 18:36 PM
She does try... but a good actress she is not. Who is WHIFF anyway... never heard of them. She's withstood so long ... because we have a dearth of real talent in Singapore.
Posted by noiar on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 17:55 PM
Fann is one of the better actresses in Singapore. No one can cry as beautifully as her! Heard that she's very professional at work too. No tantrums, shows up on time, doesn't give trouble.

Yay Fann!
Posted by SomethingISaid on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 17:44 PM
Well, if she can be classified as "good" by us, it means our standard is really low !!
Posted by Songshus on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 17:05 PM
She has lasted in the acting industry all this time, it's quite hard to believe she's a bad actress.
Posted by Forum goddess on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 16:31 PM
Definitely no. She's a good actress.
Posted by scooby_don on Fri, 2 Jan 2009 at 13:50 PM

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