• Short Summary

    Tropical island becomes prison camp where delinquents from Singapore will be reformed.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Delinquents Reclaimed".

    Singapore Island.

    L/S Singapore. L/S crowded waterfront. Various shots teenage delinquents getting out of bus and onto prison boat which leaves harbour. L/S island of Pelau Senang. Various shots prisoners getting out of a boat onto the island and walk through jungle. L/S temporary camp on the island. C/U guard giving orders. Various shots young prisoners being put to work: clearing jungle and building brick quarters for prison camp. Various shots prisoners clearing land and cultivating it: we see them plant vegetables and tapioca. More shots prisoners building quarters, they learn brick laying skills. Various shots prisoners lining up for meals, we see them eating bowls of rice.

    Next section is filmed some time later: M/S corrugated iron being laid on roof of huts. C/U man painting wall of a building. Various shots prisoner operating electrical generator the prisoners built for themselves. Various shots prisoner switching on light. Various shots prisoners in classroom learning how to read. Various shots prisoners playing basketball. Various shots prisoners harvesting vegetables in camp gardens. Various shots prison guard distributing letters to prisoners. One of the prisoners is unable to read, a guard helps reads his letter to him. Various shots prisoner being released for good work: he shakes hands with Camp Commandant, collects his belongings, waves to his friends and leaves island by motor boat.

    Cataloguers' note: item seems like propaganda - all prisoners very happy and guards suspiciously friendly!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:14:00 / 01:31:26:00

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