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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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Revival Cinema: ‘Other’ Singaporeans in (An)other Singapore

Revival Cinema: ‘Other’ Singaporeans in (An)other Singapore

(p.139) 7. Revival Cinema: ‘Other’ Singaporeans in (An)other Singapore
Celluloid Singapore

Edna Lim

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that films of the revival engage the national through a relational force of counter-performative strategies present in the narrative, film style, use of language such as Singlish, depictions of spaces like the Housing Development Board’s heartland, and the prevalence of heartlanders as ‘other’ Singaporeans left out of the state’s performance of success. Together, these films not only produce different Singapores. They perform (an) other Singapore.

Keywords:   National, Revival, Singapore, Singaporeans, Singlish, Success, Heartland, Heartlanders, Housing Development Board (HDB), Other

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