After decades of weaning its population away from potentially decadent forms of popular entertainment, the Singapore government is now promoting local pop music and films, on its own terms, of course.
Excerpt of report published in the Straits Times, July 5, 2005
See Singapore morph from bucolic rural backwater to buzzing urban metropolis next month.
Screen Singapore: A Festival Of Singapore Films celebrates the nation's 40th birthday with a celluloid feast that serves up 31 feature films and 14 short films.
The programme runs the gamut from classic P. Ramlee films to controversial new offerings like Royston Tan's gangster movie 15.
The main attraction is a long-lost film from 1973 called Ring Of Fury. Directed by Tony Yeow and James Sebastian, it stars Singaporean karate master Peter Chong. But it was banned because of the storyline, which deals with a hawker facing extortion from a gang. It is receiving its Singapore debut 32 years after the fact.
Peter Chong from 70s homegrown flick Ring Of Fury, Straits Times, July 5 2005
Organised by Phish Communications, the festival is sponsored by the Singapore Film Commission and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
Click here for the list of films to be shown at Screen Singapore. (Note that there are no local films at all from the eighties)