Pearry Teo

Pearry Teo

Film-maker, 35

Think Singapore’s only claim to fame on the silver screen is Anthony Chen? You must not have heard of Pearry Teo, the first Singaporean to direct a full-length Hollywood feature film. Propelling Teo into the limelight is the Gene Generation, a dystopian sci-fi thriller that stars Bai Ling and Academy Award-winner Faye Dunaway. Other genres in his oeuvre include spine-chilling horror (Necromentia and Dead Inside) as well as fantasy. In Witchville, an original movie he directed for Universal’s SyFy channel, Teo imagines a stylish, medieval-feudal period packed with heart-stopping action. Despite the dark nature of his films, Teo believes there is a softer side to film-making. “There are so many things we can learn through films,” he says. “About humanity, love, acceptance…you begin to realise that we all share one thing in common: We’re humans. It’s a beautiful revelation and I hope to share it with others one day.”