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World Film Locations: Singapore

A vibrant city and country nestled at the foot of the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore has long been a crossroads, a stopping point, and a cultural hub where goods, inventions, and ideas are shared and traded.

Though Singapore was home to a flourishing Chinese and Malay film industry in the 1950s and 1960s, between independence in 1965 and the early 1990s, few movies were made there. A new era for cinema in the sovereign city-state started with the international recognition of Eric Khoo’s first features, followed by a New Wave comprised of graduates from local film schools. In recent years the Singapore film industry has produced commercially successful fare, such as the horror movie The Maid, as well as more artistic films like Sandcastle, the first Singaporean film to be selected for International Critic’s Week at Cannes, and Ilo Ilo, which won the Caméra d’or at Cannes in 2013.  Covering the myths that surround Singaporean film and exploring the realities of the movies that come from this exciting city, World Film Locations: Singapore introduces armchair travelers to a rich, but less known, national cinema.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2014

World Film Locations

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Table of Contents

Singapore: City of the Imagination

Toh Hun Ping

Malay Screen in a Predominantly Chinese Singapore

Jan Uhde and Yvonne Ng Uhde

Scenes 1-7: 1910-1958

The Outsider’s Singapore: A Brief History of ‘Western Film-makers’ Expeditions in Singapore

Ben Slater

Scenes 8-14: 1961 x-1966

A History of Saying No: Singapore International Film Festival and Censorship

Daniel Huti

Scenes 15-21: 1967-1990

Eric Khoo

Silvia Wong

Scenes 22-28: 1995-2002

The Cultural Materialism of Singapore in Jack Neo’s Cinema

Stephen Teo

Scenes 29-35: 2004-2009

A View of Public Housing in Singapore Cinema

Warren Sin

Scenes 36-42: 2009-2013

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