1st Edition

Singapore Cinema New Perspectives

Edited By Kai Khiun Liew, Stephen Teo Copyright 2017
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.