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The British Official Film in South-East Asia: Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong

The British Official Film in South-East Asia: Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong Explores British documentary films broadcast in Malaya/ Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong during the Cold War from 1945 to 1970’s. Defines distinguish forms of the British official or sponsored documentary films, covering the Griersonian films, post-war expository, colonial, late colonial and post-colonial films. Looks at hidden expression, propaganda, governmental management of culture, post-colonial agendas and civil service genre shown in those films as traditions of official film-making in Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong. Exhibits a case of Singapore Regional information Office (1947-61), the use of official films in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong (1957-73) along with the roles of British Information Services. Highlights 2 official film series: the Berita Singapura or Singapore News produced by the Cathay Film Services for the government of Singapore; and Hong Kong Today produced by Hong Kong Film Unit for the colonial government of Hong Kong. Compares polices articulated in those films where the post-colonial authoritarian capitalist state shown in the Singapore’s, but the colonial authority conveyed in the Hong Kong’s. Indicates a turning-points of the official films in this regions by an emergence of television industry and the persistence of authoritarianism.