Do Not Disturb

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What really happens between a man and a woman within the confines of a budget hotel room? Is sex automatically assumed, or is there more than meets the eye?

These are but two of the probing questions posed in the new English-language television drama series, DO NOT DISTURB.

Shot like mini art-house films, with each episode set in the exact same hotel room, DO NOT DISTURB takes a voyeuristic look at what unfolds between seven couples behind closed doors, presenting heartfelt, in-depth and sometimes hilarious stories of the inevitabilities and complexities of relationships between a man and a woman in contemporary Singapore.

The series was conceived by actress and producer, Tan Kheng Hua and directed by one of Singapore’s leading film-makers, Kelvin Tong (Boku Films).

DO NOT DISTURB features Singapore talents from various creative fields, including scriptwriter, Chong Tze Chien (playwright, The Finger Players), production designer, Aamer Taher (architect, Aamer Taher Design), styling consultant, Daniel Goh (editor, Style Magazine), music composer, Joe Ng and music arranger, Alex Oh, as well as the vocals of local singer, Wendi Koh. The cast of TV and stage actors includes: Mark Lee, Lim Yu-Beng, Chermaine Ang, Adrian Pang, Andrea De Cruz, Sol Foo, Chio Su-Ping, Koey Foo, Noorlinah Mohd, Yeo Yann Yann, Andy Keegan, Serena Ho, Timothy Nga and Casey Lim.

 

THE PERFECT TEN

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Two virgins who have saved themselves for their wedding night three days away check into the budget hotel as a quiet and convenient space to discuss last minute arrangements for their nuptials. After eight years of courtship, the “moment” they’ve been waitiing for, in more ways than one, is coming. Like all good Singaporeans, they have meticulously planned every detail of their wedding but soon, they will discover not all things are within their control. And the result? Madcap mayhem and hilarity.

 

HEN NIGHT

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One would think any hot-blooded female would love being locked up in a room with a gorgeous male stripper paid to oblige her every whim and fancy. Mui Leng, a prissy and timid female accountant, who finds herself in this situation when her friends decide this is a perfect hen night gift, does not think so… at first. As the night wears on, she uncovers shocking revelations about herself with her new-found sense of empowerment.

 

LUNCH HOUR

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An office affair between a smooth talking lawyer and his beautiful legal assistant finds a love nest in a budget hotel room near their office. they are in contented marriages but after giving in to a night of passion, find themselves incredibly bound to each other. They find themselves falling for each other but are both unable to leave their spouses. Best of both worlds or belonging to none?

 

HAPPY SWEET FORTY

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Valerie, a high-flying, successful but single workaholic approaches her fortieth birthday feeling as if she’s accomplished nothing, her virginity a painful reminder of missed romantic opportunities. Determined to make a last ditch attempt at discovering a bit of romance, and a lot about lust, she orchestrates a meeting at a budget hotel room with her ex junior college classmate, Rodney, the stud of the class.

 

THE BREAK

The Break

Some of the darkest, ugliest and greyest sides of a relationship are revealed when two long-time partners head towards a break-up – especially when one wants out and the other does not. When Meng offers little reason for wanting to run off to London by himself, he and Kris check into a budget hotel to avoid arguing in front of the kids. they descend into the depths of broken promises, renegotiate new aspirations, wants and dreams in the course of one intensely painful and probably the longest night of their lives.

 

ONE NIGHT STAND

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Two young, attractive strangers, a seemingly naive girl from Malaysia and a backpacker from Australia who don’t even speak the same language, burst into a budget hotel room in a state of heightened lust, eager to experience everything a one night stand promises – great sex with no commitments. But anonymous intimacy can be a dangerous game, and as the night progresses, it becomes obvious that the two have found their match in each other. Who will win in the game to achieve their own hidden agendas?

 

THE PRANK

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A car mechanic mysteriously holes himself up in a budget hotel room for weeks, refusing to see anyone, idling his time away. Nothing seems to get him out of his rut. By accident, he lets a massage girl into the room and she stubbornly refuses to leave him alone. She soon becomes intrigued by his inexplicable behaviour and he starts to seek solace in her company while they spend their time making inane prank calls. This bittersweet tale shows how something infinitely meaningful can emerge from the unlikeliest of moments.

 

RECOLLECTIONS

The budget hotel is slated for demolition. A new, swanky five-star establishment is in the pipeline to take its place. Rodney, the architect from HAPPY SWEET FORTY, is in charge of the construction and design of this project. As research into the experience others have had of the budget hotel room, Rodney invites some past occupants back, and with their permission, records their recollections of the time spent in this place. In doing so, how the lives of our seven couples have evolved since they walked out of Room 545 is revealed.

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~ by kelvintong on April 2, 2007.

4 Responses to “Do Not Disturb”

  1. I missed this TV series 😦 Is there a DVD available?

  2. where can i watch this tv series?

  3. Hi both, thank you for your interest in Do Not Disturb. This series is shot for Arts Central and I’m afraid there is no talk of producing the dvds. Hopefully they will have a re-run of the series soon. (Fingers crossed)

  4. Hopefully the soon is soon enough 🙂 It will be a shame if we can’t enjoy a collaboration work of good talents. If DVDs will be available, it will be even better for someone like me that lives in the States.

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