Interview with actress and producer Kiều Chinh at her residence in California (USA). Image c/o the project.

While much has been viewed, written and discussed about war-time Northern Vietnamese cinema, the cinema of pre-1975 South Vietnam remains elusive and hardly accessible, its people, films and stories scattered across time and space.

Saigon Cinema 1954–1975 is thus a research project that seeks to illuminate a forgotten period in Vietnam’s cinema history, undertaken by film writer/journalist Le Hong Lam (author of the book 101 Best Vietnamese Films). Backed by a research trip in the US that enabled the writer to meet with and interview Southern producers, directors and actors/actresses (including those associated with My Van Films and the company’s ongoing film-restoration undertakings), the project will culminate in Spring 2020 with a book release and a planned screening programme of relevant works.