Anti-Communist moving images and Cold War ideology: on the Malayan Film Unit
Hee, Wai Siam
Date of Issue2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Malayan Film Unit (MFU), a film organization affiliated to the British colonial government, produced a large number of anti-communist films accompanied by multilingual recordings and commentaries. The ultimate goal of the MFU was to interpellate Malayan identity in order to eradicate the threat posed by communist ideology during the Cold War era. This article considers films made by the MFU alongside Cold War archival materials gathered from the UK and Singapore, and reportage on the MFU in the US, UK and local newspapers of the time. It will explore how Malayan communists and Chinese New Villages settlers were represented in semi-realistic/semi-fictional moving images during the Cold War period. This article aims to reconsider the question of whether the aim of the MFU really was to hasten the end of empire, or if it was an extension of the imperialist machinery of state in South-East Asia.
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
© 2017 The author (published by Taylor & Francis). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the author. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649373.2017.1391471].