Cinematic Realism - Documentary Film Website

  • DEPREZ, Camille (PI)
  • AITKEN, Ian (PI)

Project: Digital scholarship project

Project Details


Project co-developed with the University Library.

The documents available for scrutiny on this website have been collected over the course of more than five years. The research was funded by six Hong Kong government grants and various internal HKBU grants, and covers the colonial official film in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Malaysia and India. The majority of the documents were written by government officials and deal with the use of the official film in the South and South-East Asia region over the period from 1945 to the 1970s. These documents reveal the process of colonial withdrawal from the region, the project of nation building and the role played by the official film in that. As such, they offer insight into the region at the end of empire and during the first phase of independence. 

1. The National Archives (UK): These documents from the UK National Archives consist of 1,787 pages of official reports and correspondence between officials relating to the use of the British official film and official information services in Hong Kong, Malaya/Malaysia and Singapore over the period 1945-75.

2. National Archives of India: These documents from the records of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting held in the National Archives of India consist of 2,233 pages of official reports, memos and correspondence between Indian officials relating to the use of the official documentary film and its relationships with the private film industry, public television services and art cinema in India over the period 1948-75.

3. The Private Collection of Mr. Jagat Murari: These documents belong to the private collection of documentary film pioneer Jagat Murari, who worked for the state-sponsored Films Division of India (in charge of the production and distribution of official documentary films) and for other public film organisations, such as the Film Institute of India.

This website was originally named as "The Documentary Film in South and South-East Asia Research Website."
Effective start/end date22/01/1627/04/16


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