Real cops on C.L.I.F. share filming stories

POLICE DRAMA: Staff Sgt Cheah (left) got his lines wrong a few times, while Supt Ang (centre) was fined $6 after filming a chase scene. As for Supt Chan, he found the first season "terrifying".


    Sep 27, 2016

    Real cops on C.L.I.F. share filming stories

    CHANNEL 8's police drama C.L.I.F is now into its fourth season.

    C.L.I.F. stands for Courage, Loyalty, Integrity and Fairness and is airing on Channel 8 on weekdays at 9pm.

    We speak to real-life policemen acting on the show about their most memorable filming experiences.


    Having acted in the same show as veteran actor Li Nanxing in Heroes In Black when he was just 11 years old, the 26-year-old is back on set with him in C.L.I.F. 4.

    The community policing officer said he was impressed with Li, 51, for being so patient with him.

    Staff Sgt Cheah, who plays Xie Zhao Quan, an investigation officer from Jurong Division, said: "I had to film this hospital scene with Rui En and Li Nanxing, but I was super nervous and got my lines wrong a few times.

    "Instead of getting annoyed, Li Nanxing actually came over and taught me what to say and how to act."

    The staff sergeant also gave tips to actors like Elvin Ng.

    Staff Sgt Cheah said: "He was acting as a Community Policing Officer and I was one myself. So I gave him some information on cycling and approaching civilians."


    Supt Ang, who is in her 30s, sprinted to her car once she heard the word "saman" (meaning "to fine" in Malay).

    This happened when they had just ended filming a chase scene around the Beach Road area for C.L.I.F. 4.

    Supt Ang had parked her car nearby and had put parking coupons, but had underestimated the time filming took.

    But her sprint was in vain - she was fined $6.

    She said: "Everyone told me my expression was priceless and I would have completed it in one take."

    Supt Ang has been a regular on-screen spokesman for the Singapore Police Force, appearing in productions such as RazorTV's i-Witness, Crimewatch and C.L.I.F. 2, 3 and 4.

    Acting as Nico Phua, an investigation officer with the Special Investigation Section under Rui En in C.L.I.F. 2, 3 and 4, she felt that some of the cases she had to handle in the show were quite relatable.


    The initial plan was for him to just provide a story idea to executive producer Chia Mien Yang for C.L.I.F. 1.

    Instead, the 42-year-old got roped in to act as the deputy commander of the Police Coast Guard.

    The commanding officer of Bedok North Neighbourhood Police Centre said: "C.L.I.F. 1 was terrifying.

    "The first time I was supposed to act, I thought I would be fine. Instead, I became terrified because I realised the cameras were staring right at me."

    He then became a seasoned cameo, starring as the director of the Criminal Investigation Department in C.L.I.F. 2 and 3, and finally, as director of the Commercial Affairs Department in the latest season.

    "It was overall an enriching experience with the crew," he said. "Not only did I get to learn from them on set, but I also got to share the real police experience and to clarify certain myths with them as well."