Cinema in a small country : a comparative analysis of New Zealand and Scotland
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University
4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
AM201, Amenities Building, Lingnan University
The production and consumption of moving images are intrinsic to a global system of exchange in an international market dominated by American corporate interests and mainstream Hollywood product. At the same time, moving images remain intrinsic to questions of national identity and national projection. The problems of nurturing and sustaining a national cinema - particularly in small countries with a limited domestic audience and meagre resources for funding local production - are therefore considerable. Yet given Hollywood dominance, such national cinemas continue to survive and even occasionally seem to thrive. Moreover, in recent years a number of small nations have made their mark on the global cinematic stage in spite of the economic and cultural difficulties of sustaining an industry, cultivating audiences and engaging with the needs and complexities of specific national formations. By considering in a comparative analysis the development of cinema in Scotland and New Zealand as examples of contemporary ‘Small National Cinemas’, this seminar will address such key issues as the cultural importance of small national cinemas, their role in the on-going construction of a ‘national imagination’ in a changing world and the institutional challenges that need to be faced if they are to be nurtured and circulated.
Petrie, D. (2005, February 22). Cinema in a small country: A comparative analysis of New Zealand and Scotland. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/233