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Singapore Cinema

New Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Kai Khiun Liew, Stephen Teo


204 pages

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This book outlines and discusses the very wide range of cinema which is to be found in Singapore. Although Singapore cinema is a relatively small industry, and relatively new, it has nevertheless made an impact, and continues to develop in interesting ways. The book shows that although Singapore cinema is often seen as part of diasporic Chinese cinema, it is in fact much more than this, with strong connections to Malay cinema and the cinemas of other Southeast Asian nations. Moreover, the themes and subjects covered by Singapore cinema are very wide, ranging from conformity to the regime and Singapore’s national outlook, with undesirable subjects overlooked or erased, to the sympathetic depiction of minorities and an outlook which is at odds with the official outlook. The book will be useful to readers coming new to the subject and wanting a concise overview, while at the same time the book puts forward many new research findings and much new thinking.

Table of Contents

Part I: Cine-Pasts

1. Malay Cinema’s Legacy of Cultural Materialism: P. Ramlee as Historical Mentor, Stephen Teo

2. Singapore Cinema: Connecting the Golden Age and the Revival, Edna Lim

3. Converge and Slippage between Film and History: Reviewing Invisible City, Zahari’s 17 Years, and Sandcastle, Loh Kah Seng and Kenneth Paul Tan

4. Independent Digital Filmmaking and Its Impact on Film Archiving in Singapore, Karen Chan and Chew Tee Pao

Part II: Cine-citizenry

5. Jack Neo, Conformity and Cultural Materialism in Singapore Film, Stephen Teo

6. Sensuous Citizenship in Contemporary Singapore Cinema: A Case Study of Singapore GaGa (Tan Pin Pin, 2005), Sophia Siddique Harvey

7. Popular Music and Contemporary Singaporean Cinema, Liew Kai Khiun and Brenda Chan

8. Off with the shaking heads!Reel-izing ‘the Singapore Indian’ in the local Tamil films My Magic and Gurushetram-24 Hours of Anger, Nidya, Shantini Manokara

Part III: Cine-cityscapes

9. Foucault vs. Singapore: Biopolitics and Geopolitics in Contemporary Queer Films, Jun Zubillaga-Pow

10. Mapping Singapore’s Cinemas, Charles Leary

11. Going to the Movies in Pardes, Anjali Gera Roy

About the Editors

Stephen Teo is an Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Liew Kai Khiun is an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General