World Film Locations: Singapore (Book)

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 travellers to a rich, but less known, national cinema.

Category: Film Studies

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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 in Singapore. 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 travellers to a rich, but less known, national cinema

Lorenzo Codelli is a contributor to Positif and a Cannes Film Festival advisor.

Maps/Scenes

Scenes 1–7 – 1910–1958

Scenes 8–14 – 1961–1966

Scenes 15–21 –1967–1990

Scenes 22–28 – 1995–2002

Scenes 29–35 – 2004–2009

Scenes 36–42 – 2009–2013

Essays 

Singapore: City of the Imagination – Toh Hun Ping

Malay Screen in a Predominantly Chinese Singapore – Jan Uhde and Yvonne Ng Uhde

The Outsider's Singapore: A Brief History of 'Western' Film-makers' Expeditions in Singapore – Ben Slater

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

Eric Khoo – Silvia Wong

The Cultural Materialism of Singapore in Jack Neo's Cinema – Stephen Teo

A View of Public Housing in Singapore Cinema – Warren Sin

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