Berita Singapura (1963–9) and Hong Kong Today (1967–73)

Ian Aitken

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This chapter will provide an account of two official film series: the Berita Singapore series, which was produced by Cathay Film Services for the Government of Singapore, and Hong Kong Today, produced by the Hong Kong Film Unit for the colonial government of Hong Kong. The section (Part one) on Berita Singapura is written by Ian Aitken and that on Hong Kong Today (Part two) by Seth Henderson.1 This chapter will delineate these two series and then compare and contrast them in order to arrive at conclusion on how these series articulated the needs and policies of a post-colonial ‘authoritarian capitalist’ state, in the case of Singapore, and a colonial authority, in the case of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe British Official Film in South-East Asia
Subtitle of host publicationMalaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong
EditorsIan Aitken
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781137493446
ISBN (Print)9781137493439
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

User-Defined Keywords

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  • Colonial Authority
  • Singapore Government


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