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Singapore on Film

We explore ethnicity, class and identity, and portrayals of colonial Singapore in Hollywood films. Newly-discovered home movies offer a rare, intimate glimpse of everyday life in a time of change.
Singapore on Film

Singapore on Film - S1E2: A Time Of Change

02 Feb 2019 10:00am
We explore ethnicity, class and identity, and portrayals of colonial Singapore in Hollywood films. Newly-discovered home movies offer a rare, intimate glimpse of everyday life in a time of change.

Singapore on Film

About the show:

Singapore on Film explores the earliest footage of Singapore, dating back to 1900. The films include 'Coolie Boys' and 'Ananas', filmed more than 100 years ago by the Pathe Brothers. Much of this remarkable archive has never been seen before, and has been specially restored and digitised by the British Film Institute. 

This fascinating archive shows that Singapore was a multi-cultural melting-pot, but life was grindingly hard for the majority. We see coolie dockers, rickshaw pullers, Sikh policemen and child labourers. Rare films of a grand Peranakan funeral and Hindu fire-walking show scenes both familiar and unfamiliar. Newly-discovered home movies shine an intimate light into the lives of the elite.

Through interviews with historians, writers and filmmakers, we reveal stories both epic and intimate. The programmes are narrated by renowned British actress Jenny Agutter, with the archive brought vividly to life through cutting-edge graphics and an evocative, specially-composed score.

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