IIAS Newsletter 48 Summer 2008

From 'Doghouse' days to 'Limitless Space': independent filmmaking in Malaysia

Gaik Cheng Khoo

In 2004, Malaysia’s independent film industry was in its infancy. Keen filmmakers were plunging into production, self-financing low-budget shorts and features, seemingly with or without training, motivated by a sheer DIY drive. Many of the talents involved now work in the advertisement and gaming industries or film production houses. Others returned to the theatre and visual arts, or continue to work behind the scenes. Four years on, and the industry is more mature - the envy of its Southeast Asian counterparts - and built on solidarity and a collective mode of working.

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