Malaysia’s Film Industry

December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Malaysian film industry has come a long way since its Golden Age in the 1950-s and 60-s, where big names like P. Ramlee and Saloma would draw huge crowds. Then it hit the doldrums in the 1990-s largely due to the TV and VCR and the conditions imposed by the authorities regarding the storyline, content and issues that were “not encouraged”.

Musly Ramly acting as P. Ramlee in P. Ramlee the Musical. Malaysian films have come a long way since its Golden Age during the 50s and the 60s

One person, however, persevered and came up with several hits in the 1990-s. He is none other than Yusof Haslam and he kept the industry going despite the lack of technology. Nowadays, thanks to new technology, we have big ticket draws, including animation and indie movies like Nasi Lemak 2.0 and Ais Kacang Puppy Love to name a few.

A recent article has reported the latest Malaysian movie to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which had yet to hit cinemas in Malaysia, relates the emotional bond between three siblings.

The Malaysian film industry may not be as renowned as those in other countries, but local movie-makers are trying to raise the standard as movie-goers become more and more discerning.

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Malaysia has chosen the “Bunohan” film directed by Dain Said to be screened at the Asean Film Festival (AFF) in Bali on Nov 16 and 17.

The film, which had yet to hit cinemas in Malaysia, featured Faizal Hussein, Zahiril Adzim, Bront Palare and Namron.

“Bunohan”, which relates the emotional bond between three siblings, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, recently.

Host Indonesia will screen “Di Bawah Lindungan Kaabah” (Indonesia), which was nominated for the Academy Award 2011 for best foreign language film.

Other films, which will be shown, are “Eternity” from Thailand, “Only Love” (Laos) and “Emir” (the Philippines).

Finas director-general Mohd Naguib Razak will present a paper entitled “Film Financing and Funds: Supporting Local Film Industry” at a seminar to be held in conjunction with the AFF.

Other panel members are Gabrielle Kelly, associate arts professor, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia (Singapore) and Jose Miguel De La Rosa, executive director of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Indonesia Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu said the AFF could spur the development of the film industry in the region which was dominated by movies from the United States, India, Japan and China.

Source: Bernama

Photo (c) Wan Leonard

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