Anthony Chen was born in Singapore. He is a graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnique’s School of Film and Media Studies and the National Film and Television School, UK. His short films include Ah Ma (07), Haze (08) and The Reunion Dinner (11). Ilo Ilo (13) is his feature debut.
Unfolding during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Anthony Chen’s autobiographical feature debut follows an ordinary Singapore family struggling to hold things together under increasing domestic and financial pressures. When the family finds a Filipina nanny to reign in their misbehaving child, they discover that they may have inadvertently hired a surrogate mother.