Crimewatch 2014 Ep5: Sextortion Behind The Scenes

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Reason Behind The Taking-up of Crimewatch 2014:Sextortion

“Eh, are you sure you want to take up the role? You have to strip and it’s a negative portrayal you know!”
“Don’t take up such a role, it’s bad for your image!”
“Eeee… why did you cheapen yourself?”
crimewatch2014_ep5_header These were the very first comments when I was asking around for opinions if I should take up the role of Christine, one of the victims of the Crimewatch 2014 “Sextortion” episode. When I wrote this article, I thought I should address some of the above comments and questions.

First, I thought this is something different from the roles I used to do. From teachers, to girlfriends, to horror victims, the character of Christine is somewhat a self-victimized or should I say self-inflicted victim, a role who did something silly and got her “punishment”.
crimewatch2014_ep5_1Second, taking photos of ourselves (aka #Selfies) is something VERY common nowadays (Yes, that’s me taking one in the Mediacorp Make Up Unit). Some couples do take naked selfies and send them to their partner. But the cyberspace is so dangerous and transparent nowadays that these photos can turn up anywhere! So, if taking up this role can serve as a good reminder to all the women out there, why not?

Home “Alone” Take-A-Naked-Selfie Scene

There were actually some “stripping” scenes which are censored by MDA to make the show PG (Parental Guidance) rating, as I have friends who were asking if I really stripped etc, I thought I will share some behind the scenes photos of the filming, as well as the involvement of the National Crime Prevention Council, so that more people will know what is going on behind the non-profit organisation too!

P.S. Yes, the NCPC funds the Crime Watch TV programme!
crimewatch2014_ep5_3 This is a scene which was removed (sadly) from the video, where I come out from the bathroom, drop my pink towel and take a “naked” selfie in front of the mirror for “Adam”.

crimewatch2014_ep5_7 Well, I wrote “naked” which means NOT-exactly naked! I was actually wearing stick-on bra as well as nude coloured tights beneath. The pink towel is SUPER duper long and I could literarily wrap it around thrice!

crimewatch2014_ep5_2This is actually the scene that took the longest to film as we are dealing with mirrors! I’m supposed to block the camera with my head and when I drop my towel, my hand was supposed to cover my chest area so that it will seem like I’m completely naked!

crimewatch2014_ep5_8So I actually had to keep looking at the screen to know exactly where I am supposed to angle my right arm to get that effect.

crimewatch2014_ep5_6When I was filming this scene, I was thinking how my parents and relatives will react if they were to know about it (Yes, I hid it from them :P)… Similarly, I think it is important for everyone to think of the possible consequences of sending such explicit photos to strangers.

From what I understand, besides sending selfies, the real “victims” actually sent photos of their naked body and private parts to the so-called “Adam”. In case you are wondering how old these “victims” are, they are not young naïve teenage girls but adults aged 25 and above, some are 30+, some even held relatively-high positions in companies!
P.S. Which was why I didn’t get the main role as I didn’t look old enough. 🙁

crimewatch2014_ep5_4Yes, that’s how “alone” I was, when taking the supposedly-alone scene. And yes, I felt awkward initially having to remove my towel in front of (or should I say: behind) so many people, but I was actually well-covered, and after a few takes, it was like taking off a towel with me in bikini. 😛

crimewatch2014_ep5_5To be truthful, I was glad a fellow actress friend, Maria was there physically accompanying me. The filming took place in her house, and having some female presence helped a lot!

Hotel/Outdoor Scene

crimewatch2014_ep5_9Here’s Mohammed Shafie, an experienced theatre actor who acted as the sex-extortionist Mani Velmurugan. We had the meet-and-threaten scene somewhere between Little India and Bugis. The casting director did not want to do an open casting for this role as there were some sensitive scenes and she did not want the actresses to feel uncomfortable acting with an inexperienced actor.

crimewatch2014_ep5_10He was really professional throughout the interaction, and I love this particular scene he did (which I think was cut off as well). He was supposed to move on top of me and get me to have sex, but in real life, he was actually moving on top of the camera!

The Interrogation Scene

crimewatch2014_ep5_12This scene was filmed in one of the offices of the Police Headquarters at New Phoenix Park. I was feeding Victoria (the police acting as SIO Ai Ming) with my lines, and I don’t know how the photographer captured that particular expression of mine. I’m wondering what I was thinking at that time!

But anyway, I personally feel that the girls should not have sent explicit photos of themselves to online acquaintances. I received some feedback from some audience about how the girls might not have report to the police if the real extortionist was a Westerner instead of an Indian.

I hate to agree, but this was my exact thoughts when I went through the audition too. The women who sent the photos SHOULD know what they are in for when they sent such photos to strangers, and also the possible consequences! I can’t emphasize how important it is to be ALERT and be AWARE of “sextortion”!

crimewatch2014_ep5_11I thought I would be able to witness a real interrogation room when I received the call-sheet for this scene. But sad to say, it is just an office space! The oversized outfit made me looked really old, and together with the curls, I looked like a 30 year-old? T.T

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

crimewatch2014_ep5_17Aside from filming, I had a mini tour around the NCPC (National Crime Prevention Council) – SPF (Singapore Police Force) office area, and got to know more about what they do.

The NCPC depends entirely on donations and sponsorships to run its programmes and activities which aim to help raise the level of public awareness about crime; examine, develop and recommend crime prevention measures suitable to the public through campaigns, regular exhibitions, seminars, workshops and talks on crime prevention. They even had online game- called the Cyberonia, to educate young children on cyber wellness such as online security, anti-gaming addiction and dealing with inappropriate contents.

Photos with Cast and Crew

It’s a wrap! Here’s some of the photos with the casts and crew… do watch the video below and feel free to give any feedback!



Catch the Episode on TV

English Version – Channel 5 – 20 July 2014 (Sunday) at 9 pm
Mandarin Version – Channel 8 – 25 July 2014 (Friday) at 8.30 pm
Malay Version – Suria – 31 July 2014 (Thursday) at 8.30 pm
Tamil Version – Vasantham – 3 Aug 2014 (Sunday) at 8 pm

Watch the episode Online

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16 Responses to Crimewatch 2014 Ep5: Sextortion Behind The Scenes

  1. Crimewatch 2014 Ep5: Sextortion Behind The Scenes - says:

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  2. Mani Velumurugan says:

    U are really a great hollywood actress

  3. Bhuboy says:

    Wow, didnt know your into acting, and you’re such a brave person to take the role

  4. sinyee0504 says:

    I am not sure why some people will think you should not take this role. I think you did a good job. Keep it on Tiffany.

  5. Francine A says:

    We have this in the UK! It is great because its a great way of showing awareness about things happening! Good on you xo!

  6. Eng Tinkham says:

    Hoping to spread this movie to school and other private organization..

  7. Eliz@MirthandMotivation says:

    I wish everyone would have a chance to see this and view the video… It makes me so sad every time I read about a kid dying because some idiot harassed them over a private video…

  8. Hina Naz says:

    Very bold role. Surprised you did so. But you did a realistic act. Hats off to your work

  9. franckxethee says:

    It was a bold move on your part but I’m sure it’s all to convey the message of the story. Nice showing us behind the scene.

  10. Justin Torres says:

    I wish this movie is done to educate and to inform not just for the sake of doing it,

    • tiffanyyongwt says:

      Hi Justin, Crimewatch is a local docu-drama based on real crime cases made to show and educate the public. Not a movie “just for the sake of doing it”.

  11. LerLer says:

    It is quite relatively safe to have the whole crews with you when shooting this kind of documentary show. Great acting. Hopefully ladies can learn to be more smart and aware of all the scam.

  12. Joanna Sormunen says:

    Great episode! This is such an important topic and something that people really need to know! You did a really great job and should be proud of your role! Great acting!

  13. MapleMouseMama says:

    I say if you are comfortable doing something that others are not that is none of their concern. Do what makes you happy!

  14. Fari Wu says:

    I’m surprised you did the role! But if you felt comfortable with it, then at least it’s a new and different role from the usual roles of wife/girlfriend/lovers quarrelling. The crying at the end of your interrogation was very realistic, good job 🙂

    • tiffanyyongwt says:

      Thanks Fari! Haha… I’m surprised I took it up too! Luckily there wasn’t too many negative feedback!

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