Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie

in The Cinema of Small Nations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625369
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671151 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on the revitalization of Singapore cinema over a period of approximately two decades. Three tendencies are seen as characteristic of this period, namely cultural nationalism, technocratic nationalism, and ambivalent nationalism. Specific films are shown to have been shaped by and thus to illustrate these tendencies. Films produced by Raintree Pictures within the context of a regional film paradigm are seen as especially revealing, as are independent productions by such filmmakers as Erik Khoo and Royston Tan.

Keywords: Singapore cinema; cultural nationalism; technocratic nationalism; ambivalent nationalism; Raintree Pictures; Erik Khoo; Royston Tan

Chapter.  7685 words. 

Subjects: Film

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