Singaporeana! Symposium


Event details:
Friday, 27 September
9am - 5:30pm
Oldham Theatre
*the cost of the symposium covers tea breaks and lunch

Taking its name from a colonial-era 1950s Straits Times column that observed the unique quirks of the 'Lion City', Singaporeana! is a film programme that explores the ways in which Singapore has been represented and fictionalised by international filmmakers, peaking in the late 1960s, but with notable examples from the 1970s and 80s. 'Singaporeana' evokes the country's myths, history, varied cultures, particularly when seen through the exoticizing gaze of the curious visitor.

The Singaporeana! Symposium is a lively one-day symposium of panels and talks that will complement the film programme in a deeper exploration of key themes that emerge from international productions in Singapore, as well as comparing them with how Singapore filmmakers explore their own country through various conceptural lenses. Academics, researchers, students and independent writers will be presenting papers on authenticity, identity, architecture, nostalgia, sexuality, Orientalism and the unusual use of loctions in key films. Films to be discussed include: Saint Jack, Pretty Polly, The Virgin Soldiers, So Darling So Deadly, Crazy Rich Asians, Two Sides of the Bridge, Ricochet, They Call Her... Cleopatra Wong, Shirkers and many more!

Welcome & Opening Address

Special Presentation (on Skype)
Shanghaied in Singapore: A Statistical Approach to the Analysis of Orientalist Cinema
Dr. Philippe D. Mather, University of Regina

Tea Break

10:45am - 12:15pm
Panel 1: Authentic Imaginings
Chaired by: Ben Slater, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Set in Singapore: authenticity and representation in super-spy films
Dr. Edna Lim, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Pimps and Princesses: Hollywood's Portrayal of Singapore in Saint Jack (1979) and Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Ron Yap, NTU

Contesting the City Archive: Representations of 70s Singapore Urbanism in Three Films
Alfonse Chiu



Panel 2: Nostalgic Spaces
Chaired by: Professor Adam Knee, LASALLE College of the Arts

From Imaginations to Documentations: Cinescapes of Singapore's malls
Dr. Liew Kai Khiun, NTU

Matching the Past: Attempts at Projecting Singapore Accurately in Local Movies
Lai Chee Kien

Panel 3: Foreign Encounters
Chaired by: Dr. Edna Lim, NUS

Missing, Alive and On Netflix: Reopening The Case of The 'Singapore' Film, Shirkers
Yang Yanxuan Vicki

Far Eastern Tales: How 20th century depictions of Singapore in the West shaped the sexual gaze
Jamieson Benjamin McKee (Jamin), Yale-NUS College

"Going Native": Exploring the expatriate 'hero' in the Singapore landscape.
Ben Slater, NTU

Tea break

3:45 - 4:30pm
Special Presentation: Obscure Locations
Hun Ping in conversation with Ben Slater

Researcher Toh Hun Ping will take us on a journey through film locations chosen for international productions shooting in Singapore, which performs an alternative topography of the island.

Final comments & wrap up

*Schedule and titles of papers are subject to change

  • The event description was updated. Diff#475567 2019-09-24 02:26:42
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Venue Address
1 Canning Rise Singapore
Asian Film Archive