Secret lives of Asian Australian cinema: offshore labour in transnational film industries
Author: Lobato, Ramon
Source: Studies in Australasian Cinema, Volume 2, Number 3, December 2008 , pp. 213-227(15)
Abstract:This article examines some of the material dimensions of Asian Australian cinema through an analysis of selected regional production and post-production flows since 1980, and the debates surrounding them. It begins with a theoretical discussion of the role of labour within the global film industry, before moving on to consider controversies around the offshoring of film production to lower-cost destinations. Specific examples of production relays between Asia and Australia are analysed in the context of models of cultural labour offered by Toby Miller et al. and Ben Goldsmith. The author proposes a definition of Asian Australian cinema that seeks to attend to cross-border collaboration at a variety of levels and to render visible below-the-line Asian Australian interfaces that do not necessarily register on screen.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Melbourne.
Publication date: December 2008
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