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Panel Discussion

The Curious Case of the Local English-Language Movie

Proving to be an exception rather than the rule, the box-office success of 1996’s comedy Army Daze failed to result in further box-office achievements for subsequent English or Singlish-language Singapore films. In the landmark year of 1998, four local films – Money No Enough, The Teenage Textbook Movie, Tiger’s Whip and Forever Fever were released. Money No Enough, the only film in Mandarin-dialect-Singlish, became the all-time highest-grossing Singapore film till 2012, raking in more than the other three films put together.

Most of the more successful titles in recent Singapore film history, whether in terms of box office returns or film festival awards, all largely existed within a vernacular story. What is the reason for this dismal appeal for local English language films even with English as Singapore’s default lingua franca? More importantly, how has the market, media and linguistic patterns of society over time affected the reception and production of such local films?

This panel discussion featuring cultural studies academics and pioneers in the media field will reflect on this phenomenon and consider any cinematic cultural turn for the reflection of the English or Singlish-language experience within the local film industry.

Prof Wee Wan-ling
Dr. Edna Lim
Glen Goei

Date and Venue:
Saturday, 10 November - 2pm
National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre B1

Free admission with registration


About Singapore Classics Reignited
Released in 1998, the three films - Forever Fever, Money No Enough and The Teenage Textbook Movie - have been digitally restored in 4K by the Asian Film Archive using the original surviving film elements and presented, in partnership with the Singapore Film Comisssion, through digital cinematic projection for the first time since the films' release.

Singapore Classics Reignited is part of Singapore Media Festival 2018 and is co-organised by Asian Film Archive and Infocomm Media Development Authority.
Sat Nov 10, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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Panel Discussion at National Museum - 10 Nov, 2pm FULL
Venue Address
93 Stamford Road Singapore
Asian Film Archive

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