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Diving into the golden age of Singapore cinema


Published: 30 Apr 2021

Time taken : >15mins

Podcasts reproduced with permission from National Library Board.

Tales from the golden age of the Singapore silver screen

Many would know that the 1950s and 1960s was a golden age for Singapore Malay cinema. But this period was also thriving for Mandarin and dialect cinema in Singapore. There were several productions in Singapore and local talents were involved in the productions in Hong Kong including directing, songwriting, acting and others.

Dive into the conversation between National Library Board's Chinese literary arts librarian, Goh Yu Mei, and her guest, Su Zhangkai. Su is an independent researcher on the history of entertainment in Singapore. He has published several publications such as 《雪霓芳踪:庄雪芳》 on the Queen of Amoy films, Zhuang Xue Fang in 2017 and 《弟喂, 做人阿甲阿甲就好:王沙和野峰的90个人生故事 = Agak-agak: 90 stories of Wang Sha and Ye Feng》on the well-known comedians Wang Sha and Ye Feng in 2019. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia from this era such as posters and song albums. 


  1. Getaran jiwa performed and composed by P. Ramlee, lyrics by S. Sudarmaji. Listen on MusicSG
  2. Read more about Zhuang Xue Fang on MusicSG 

Radio DDC
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