Biography

Sean Li-wen Cheong is a Singapore-based director/writer/producer of content for TV and video.

He is the Series Director / Writer for the comedy series, Working Class and the third season of Food Detectives.

He has directed and/or written programs such as 2025, Food Detectives, The Missing, Changing Mindsets @ Work, Heroes, Whispers of the Dead, In Cold Blood, Action Sports, Chakia and SneakersConfessions of a Crime 2, Undercover Happiness, Testube, Once aPawn a Time, Incredible Tales, Crimewatch, On The Red Dot, Talking Point (Mediacorp Channel 5), Sports Replay, My Roots 2, okto Cup, Can You Make Sense Of It, Don’t Try This At Home, Bugsville Singapore Supersized, Groom My Room, Memento Singapore, Vintage Hunter (Mediacorp OKTO), Money Mind, Back from the Brink, The Centennials, Millennials, Asians of the YearThe Maverick, The Property Hunter (Channel News Asia), Race Me To The Stars, Testube (Channel U), Instageram, Trendy-tional, TV-grafi, Cinderlela (Mediacorp Suria), Let’s Get Married, Cheap Eats in a Big City (Mediacorp toggle+) and NBA 3x (Supersports Arena / NBA TV).

Commercials directed for both TV and web for clients such as Milo and Standard Chartered Marathon 2013.

He has also produced corporate and business communications videos for clients and events such as Singapore Airlines, Nestle, Julius Baer, Singtel, Housing Development Board, CK Tang, Singapore Sports Council, DP Information Group, Spring Singapore, Rendezvous Hospitality Group and United Overseas Bank.

He has written for other media such as radio, most famously for the series of Subaru Radio Commercials featuring “Ah Seng” the aquarium owner and for print media as a film reviewer for FiRST Magazine.

With the Media Development Authority of Singapore, he is an award winner in the Scriptwriting Competition (2004, 2005) as well as a 5-time recipient of the Singapore Film Commission Short Film Grant.

Starting out in the industry at the age of 18 as a Production / Casting Assistant for kids dramas and working his way up across the various production jobs, Sean is extremely grateful for all the opportunities that has led him to where he is today.

He is a current Associate Member of the Australian Writers Guild and an Adjunct Lecturer in cinema studies and media to tertiary institutions.

Lecturing / Teaching

As a Lecturer, he presently teaches at two tertiary institutes.

At the Singapore Institute of Management University (SIM University) where he as an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences, teaching in the Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Literature). He teaches “Film Art”, “Film and Gender” and “Shakespeare in Film”. He also teaches in the Bachelor of Communications programme.

At Curtin University (Singapore) as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts. He teaches in the Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) program to Film and Television majors. Modules Taught include “Documentary Film” and “TV Commercials & Music Video Production”.

Sean’s key interest as a Lecturer is how Cinema serves as a Cultural Communication medium. His vision for his students is to make them understand that “History did not start the day you were born”.

As a course developer, he is part of the curriculum writing team for WDA WSQ-accredited courses.

Education and Training

Sean Li-wen Cheong graduated with a Masters in Film Studies from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 2010. Some of his focus areas in this course was in Screenwriting, Performance on Screen and European Film

Sean also graduated with an Honors Degree in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University (where he also minored in theatre and performance), Diploma in English from the University of London and a Diploma in Mass Communication from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

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