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Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625369.001.0001

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(p.127) 7. Singapore
The Cinema of Small Nations

Mette Hjort

Duncan Petrie

Edinburgh University Press

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

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