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How the Lion Rock Was Tempered: Early RTHK Dramas, Social Bonding, and Post-1967-Crisis Governance

University Library (October 20, 2020)

CONFERENCE / SYMPOSIUM : Fall Symposium on Digital Scholarship 2020

How the Lion Rock Was Tempered: Early RTHK Dramas, Social Bonding, and ...
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MAJOR SPEAKER : Ng, Kenny Kwok Kwan
LENGTH : 35 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : In the wake of the 1967 riots in Hong Kong, colonial officials became alert to the failure of communication that had apparently developed between the government and Hong Kong people. In November 1967 Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) began its operations by providing free-to-air terrestrial television channels in the city. Meanwhile the popularity of television as an entertainment and information medium for Hong Kong citizens had captured officials’ attention to the propaganda potential of television for government publicity and education. In 1972 the government established Radio Hong Kong Television (RHKTV)—then reorganized to be Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) in 1976—in a bid to produce government-induced programs and disseminate public information to win the minds of the local citizens. Under the big picture of the changing broadcasting policies adopted by colonial authorities as post-crisis social management, the talk explores the early RHKTV / RTHK television series Below the Lion Rock in the 1970s. Produced with little commercial concern, the producer and young filmmakers could make use of the television series to articulate the voices of the common people, using the new form of television film to tell contemporary Hong Kong stories. Below the Lion Rock had quickly become the training ground for young talents, paving the way for the Hong Kong New Wave and Hong Kong cinema in its ongoing saga.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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