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HIDDEN HISTORIES

For the most of this year my wife and I have been shooting a documentary about the Johor Sultans.
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After my wife and I completed the documentary on Johor Bahru, which means New Johor, we thought the natural sequel was to look at the little village over on the Johor River that was called Old Johor.

We knew little about its history and so ended up spending the best part of the year researching and filming this documentary about it. It proved to be a larger task than we had imagined and even now, at ninety minutes, we feel we have merely touched the surface of a long and some times glorious history. At one time Johor Lama was the centre of the most powerful empire in the region, rivalling the Portuguese, Dutch and the British and anyone who wants to understand anything about colonial history, not to mention a lot of contemporary politics, would do well to watch our film.

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Above is a reasonable depiction of what Johor Lama looked like when it was a major trading centre.

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Despite our lightweight equipment, shooting in the hot and humid heat was a challenge. My trusty co-producer and cameraperson, often collapsed in a heap. And if the heat was too much for her, it proved even worse for the camera!

Trying to focus an overheated camera is not an easy task and inevitably the best take, was the one when the camera decided to call it a day and refused to play until we found an air-conditioner to restore its powers.

We filmed in the jungles,

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We filmed on the beaches

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We filmed on the rivers…

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Our motto was, never surrender until we had the full story, or at least an alarmingly red face despite copious amounts of sun-lotion.


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The sun was not all we braved. There are monsters in the rivers here!

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Big ones and little ones. But for your edification, we braved dengue fever, swatting mosquitoes where no man had swatted them before.

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So please go and watch The Hidden History of Johor Lama.

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THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF JOHOR LAMA

And don't forget to take a look at our previous documentary

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF JOHOR BAHRU