A Future in Penang for the Film Industry

loading Mencari Rahmat won Jafree the Kuala Lumpur Film Critics’ Circle Award and will be screened in local cinemas this June 18. Photo: Al Jafree Md Yusop.

THE HISTORY OF Malaysian cinema began along Jalan Ampas in Singapore in 1933 with Leila Majnun, a rendition of a classical Persian story about two ill-fated lovers, directed by B. S. Rajhans and produced by Motilal Chemical Company of Bombay. After a sequence of development and decline following World War II, the industry relocated to KL in the 1960s, with the establishment of Merdeka Film Studio. But it was not until 1963, when the television was introduced, that the local film industry truly experienced a shock; and with the introduction of coloured television and VHS in the 1970s, Malaysians realised ...

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