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Mat Magic (12A) + Introduction from Asian Film Archivist Chew Tee Pao

Cinema Restored

Still from Mat Magic

This classic of Malay cinema, tells the story of Mat, an amateur magician who by chance, encounters the famous American magician John Calvert and invites them to perform on Ghost Island, for the King.

The film is part of a series of films featuring Mat, played by celebrated performer and director Mat Sentul, which was made for Singapore’s Cathay-Keris Studio, a famed studio responsible for 60 films made between 1959 and its closure in 1975.

In order to digitally restore the film, it would take 2,650 hours on work which would include scratch removal, stabilising, deflickering, and colour correction. Additional audio processing such as noise, clicks, and hum removal had to be carried out to ensure a better auditory experience.

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Singapore 1971 dir Mat Sentul & John Calvert 96 mins

With thanks to the Asian Film Archive.

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