Remembering the Golden Age of Malay Cinema: P. Ramlee

Do you have fond memories of visiting Rex Theatre on a Sunday night and immersing yourself in the world of Malay cinema? Perhaps you recall being captivated by Maria Menado, bursting into laughter at P. Ramlee's antics, and feeling your heart swell with emotion while listening to the music of Zubir Said. During the late-1940s to 1970s, Singaporeans revelled in an unprecedented wave of Malay-language cinema, brought to life by the talented filmmakers, actors, and composers of Malay Film Productions and Cathay-Keris. This illustrious period is often referred to as the "Golden Age of Malay Cinema". This era holds a treasure trove of stories and memories that deserve to be cherished and remembered. Whether you possess photos, posters, annotated music scores, TV or radio shows, your contributions can help us weave together a comprehensive narrative of this pivotal age in our cinematic history. This collective effort ensures that future generations can appreciate and learn about this remarkable time in Singapore. We invite you to join us in preserving the legacy of Malay cinema in Singapore!

[Contribution Period: 22 Mar 2024 - 31 Dec 2024]

What we are looking for:
We are collecting materials documenting the Golden Age of Malay Cinema. This includes materials related to Golden Age celebrities, film casts and crews, cinemas and cinematic works, etc.

Accepted formats:

  • Photos
  • Posters
  • Magazine articles
  • Letters/correspondence
  • Annotated music scores
  • Recordings of TV or radio shows
  • Any other relevant memorabilia from the Golden Age of Malay Cinema


We would love for you to provide as many details in your description as possible - this helps other users understand the origin and content of your contribution.

Guiding questions to describe your contribution:

  • What is being captured in your contribution (e.g. events, activities, people, creative works)?
  • When was your contribution created or captured?
  • Why was your contribution created or captured?
  • Who are the notable individuals featured in your contribution, and what are they doing?
  • [For audiovisual contributions] Are there conversations or dialogue being captured in your contribution? What are they about?
  • [For audiovisual contributions] Are there creative works (e.g. music, films) captured in your contribution? What is the title of the work, and when was it created?



  1. We accept physical works in addition to digital works. Contact us for more information on physical works contributions.
  2. We understand you may not hold the rights to the video and audio works. Please let us know at the submission page if you do not hold full rights to the submitted works.

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