Movies as Heritage

I watched Two Sides of the Bridge ???? at the Arts House last night mainly to catch a glimpse of 70’s Singapore. But after the screening I had more questions. I was curious about its genesis. Who funded it? Who was it made for? (for it was obviously an anti-capitalist film) What was its reception? And what did its reception say about Singapore at that time? The Singapore Heritage Society is organising a talk “Movies as Heritage” which will touch on meanings that can be mined from films (and hence why they are worthy of preservation). Speakers may show excerpts from hard to see, never seen before films about/shot in Singapore which in itself is already a good enough reason to attend. Sat, 29 July, Free
From their flyer:

Recent publications on Singapore ?lms seem to suggest that the history of the medium is written only by Western writers, with a disturbing lack of interest by local researchers. This forum puts to rest that assumption as it brings together passionate cinephilies to talk about the politics and the popular in our ?lmmak-ing heritage. Moderated by historian Lim Cheng Tju from the Singapore Heritage Society, this forum features the following speakers:
presents

DR. LAI CHEE KIEN
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Early Hollywood movies set in Singapore:
from Singapore Sal to Saint Jack
MS. ONG SOR FEN
Film Correspondent, Life! The Straits Times
Losing treasures of Singapore ?lm making history:
the need to preserve our movies as heritage
DR. KENNETH PAUL TAN
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore
and Chair, Asian Film Archive
Stereotypes in contemporary Singapore ?lm
DR. TIM BARNARD
Associate Professor, Department of History, National University of Singapore
Beyond Heritage:
Malay Films as Historical Text

Venue Possibility Room, National Library (Level 5), 100 Victoria St
Date / Time Saturday, 29th July 2006, 1.00pm 4.30pm
Admission Free & Open To The Public