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Celluloid SingaporeCinema, Performance and the National$
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Edna Lim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402880

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402880.001.0001

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Nation-building, a Nun and a Bionic Boy

Nation-building, a Nun and a Bionic Boy

(p.69) 4. Nation-building, a Nun and a Bionic Boy
Celluloid Singapore

Edna Lim

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter initiates the book’s study of the post-studio 1970s as an important turning point that marks the transition from the pre-national cinema of the golden age to the post-national one today. It explores the socio-political context of post-independent Singapore, such as the state’s efforts at nation-building, the global focus of its policies and the arrival of television, which resulted in a changing audience and the development of a different cinema that was also internationally oriented. Like the country within which it operates, this is a cinema in transition and the films perform a Singapore that is either absent or foreign.

Keywords:   Independence, Nation-building, State policy, Global, Television, International, National, Singapore, Bionic Boy, Performance

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