Singapore Film Locations Archive

Sejoli / Lovebirds (1951)

Original film title in Malay: Sejoli
Literal English translation of film title: Lovebirds

Directed by B. S. Rajhans
Written by A. R. Iyer
Language: Malay
Starring: Kasma Booty, Neng Yatimah, P. Ramlee
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)

Film Locations:
Clifford Pier and Telok Ayer Basin North Pier
‘Great World’ or ‘New World’ Amusement Park
Runme Shaw’s Villa (34, Queen Astrid Park)
Outram Prison (or Pearl’s Hill Prison)

 

SEJOLI BEGINS WITH A JOYOUS SCENE of the marriage between Zubaidah and Ismail. But the story soon makes a turn for the worst when Ismail, under the influence of his friends, forsakes Zubaidah when she becomes pregnant. She is harassed and forced to leave her house when she couldn’t pay rent. Distraught, she roams the streets and abandons her baby girl in a rich family’s villa. The family adopts the poor girl and fate decrees that she will meet her biological mother when she grows up.

Various Singapore locations appear in the film. The Clifford Pier and Telok Ayer Basin was where Ismail’s friends receive him. An amusement park (‘Great World’ or ‘New World’) was where characters in the film found recreation and entertainment. Runme Shaw’s villa at 34 Queen Astrid Park was where Zubaidah abandons her child. The Outram Prison was where Ismail’s wayward friends were imprisoned for their crimes.

 

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Further Reading:
1. Film review by Victor Staines. The Straits Times, 17 June 1951, p. 13.
2. Clifford Pier. Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board, 2004.
3. Great World Amusement Park. Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board, 2006.
4. Outram Prison. Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board, 2010.

Film Images:
© 1951 Malay Film Productions
© 2002 Music Valley

Digital Map Source:
Great Britain. Royal Air Force, Singapore photomap, National Library of Australia, MAP G8041.A4 s6 1950. [http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-vn502375]

Photographs:
© 2013, 2014 Toh Hun Ping

 

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