Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A historical walk down memory lane at No. 8 Jalan Ampas

                                         A worn-out looking gate that leads to the entrance of the Jalan Ampas Studio

No. 8 Jalan Ampas. Located amidst the high-rise buildings that surround its compound, was where Malay films were produced back in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Established in 1937 by the Shaw Brothers Pte Ltd., Jalan Ampas Studio was built with the hopes of catering to the growing demand for Malay Films in Singapore.

During the war, movie production ceased temporarily but picked up again in 1947, when Shaw reopened its studio at Jalan Ampas and started a new company named Malay Film Productions (MFP).           

Their prolific output ranged from six to ten films per year, entertaining the audience in Singapore.

Over a span of twenty years, the MFP produced over 160 films at the No. 8 Jalan Ampas movie studio.

What led to its downfall

As a result of strong competition from other movie production companies such as the Cathay Keris, as well as the appearance of black and white televisions in Singapore, audience for the Malay films declined.

Unable to retain its audience despite filming its most expensive fully coloured movie,
Raja Bersiong, Jalan Ampas Studio finally ceased production in 1967.

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