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The British Official Film in South-East Asia

Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong

Authors: Aitken, Ian

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  • Based on extensive primary research into previously un-researched documents
  • Explores the ways in which the British official film was used in British South-East Asia from 1945 to the 1970s
  • Looks at how the British official film, and British information agencies, adapted to the contexts of the Cold War and the end of empire
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This book explores the ways in which the British official film was used in Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong from 1945 to the 1970s. Aitken uncovers how the British official film, and British official information agencies, adapted to the epochal contexts of the Cold War and end of empire. In addition to an extensive introduction, which touches on a number of critical issues related to the post-war British official film, the book provides an account of how the tradition of film-making associated with the British documentary film movement spread into the region during the post-war period, and how that tradition was contested by a ‘Colonial Office’ tradition of film-making. The volume concludes by covering the rise of television in the region within the context of developing post-colonial authoritarian states in Singapore and Malaysia, and the continuation of colonial authoritarianism in Hong Kong.

About the authors

Ian Aitken is Professor of Film Studies at the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. His most recent book publications include Hong Kong Documentary Film (2014), Lukácsian Film Theory and Cinema: An Analysis of Georg Lukács’ Writings on Film 1913-1971 (2012), and the Routledge Concise Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, (ed.) (2012).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The Forms of the British Official/Sponsored Documentary Film

    Aitken, Ian

    Pages 1-44

  • Diverging Jurisdictions: The Influence of ‘Griersonian’ and ‘Civil Service’ Traditions of Official Film-making on the Malayan Film Unit (1946–57) and Hong Kong Film Unit (1959–73)

    Aitken, Ian

    Pages 45-85

  • Delusions of Regional Superintendence at the End of Empire and the Case of the Singapore Regional Information Office, 1947–61

    Aitken, Ian

    Pages 87-115

  • The Use of the Official Film in Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, 1957–1973, and the Role of the United Kingdom Information Services, British Information Services, British Council and Hong Kong Government Information Services (with Ka Yee Teresa Ho)

    Aitken, Ian

    Pages 117-156

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

    Aitken, Ian

    Pages 157-192

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-49344-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49343-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The British Official Film in South-East Asia
Book Subtitle
Malaya/Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49344-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49344-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49343-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 248
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