Riot Island

Episodic Information


A near-deserted island is transformed into a prison without bars, holding some of society’s most hardened gangsters.

During the early 1960s, Singapore undertakes a revolutionary social experiment – to rehabilitate its most feared mobsters through sheer hard work. These young detainees, who have been held without trial, build a remarkable prison complex with their bare hands and it becomes the envy of world. Pulau Senang is a hailed as a beacon for prison reform but just three years later, the detainees riot.

The attack sends shock waves around the world and sets in motion one of the largest criminal trials of the age. Secrets from Pulau Senang are soon revealed, where all is not what it seems.

Awards and Accolades: 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2023 -

History & Society (Gold)

Best Direction (Silver) 

Docudrama (Bronze)

2023 Asian Academy Creative Awards National Winners -

Best Cinematography - Prison In Flames (Aaron Tan & Wade Muller)

Best Direction (Non-Fiction) - Prison In Flames (Tom St John Gray)

14th Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards (2023) -

Docudrama - Prison In Flames (Silver)


Episodes: 2 x 60 minutes

Languages: English

Production year: 2022