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Tilman Baumgartel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083602

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083602.001.0001

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Hinterland, Heartland, Home

Hinterland, Heartland, Home

Affective Topography In Singapore Films

(p.33) 3 Hinterland, Heartland, Home
Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Alfian Bin Sa̓at

Hong Kong University Press

This essay focuses on the representations of an urban-rural dialectic in contemporary Singapore cinema, particularly in the films of Eric Khoo, Royston Tan’s “15” (2002), Kelvin Tong and Jasmine Ng’s “Eating Air” (1999) and Djinn’s “Perth” (2004), which negotiates the definition of a city vis-à-vis its antithesis: the country, or hinterland. It will explore how independent Singapore, devoid of a national hinterland, constructed a surrogate in the form of a ‘heartland’, a largely discursive incarnation which is interrogated in many contemporary Singaporean films.

Keywords:   Southeast Asia, Independent Cinema, Singapore, Malaysia, Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Djinn, Kelvin Tong, Jasmin Ng

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