The Virgin Soldiers (1969) | Singaporeana!

  • September 27, 2019 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: John Dexter
Runtime: 96 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Rating: M18

Set during the Malayan Emergency, this British blackly comic ‘anti-war’ film revolves around a group of British National
Service recruits sweating it out in post-war Singapore (in Selarang Camp). We follow naïve, virginal Brigg (Hywel Bennet) as he attempts to cope with the stifling culture of military life, and his fumbling attempts to hook up with a local sex-worker (Tsai Chin). Meanwhile he falls for the Major’s frustrated daughter, Philippa (Lynn Redgrave), who is embarking on her own journey of discovery. However, the brutal, unforgiving violence of the Emergency is just around the corner, building to the film’s intense and devastating conclusion. The excellent soundtrack is by Ray Davies of The Kinks, and there’s a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance from a young (and not-yet-famous) David Bowie.

To Note:
– All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
– Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. Click here for opening hours.
– Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
– Please check the film rating before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).