Featuring movies not necessarily set in Malaya, this series explores the practices of colonial censorship through film and what that reflects about colonial governance and societal norms, dictated by the colonial censor.
This page is managed by Ashish Ravinran.
The Freshman (1925)
A light-hearted comedy featuring Harold Lloyd as Harold Lamb, a naive freshman who enters university with rose-tinted glasses (literally) only to become the laughing stock of the university, it was nevertheless censored by the colonial censor.
The Hollywood Revue (1929)
A box-office smash and a “Best Picture” Oscar nominee, this is not the narrative-driven film we are accustomed to today. Basically a mish-mash of major studio’s stars performing musical numbers in light of the novelty of talkies, this film caused a mini-saga in colonial Singapore with some of its more sensual costumes.