There are studios in Sydney and Melbourne and high budget foreign screen production has become a significant part of the economics of the local industry. These incentives are available for both production expenditure and for post-production utilizing the services of Australian companies that compete internationally for such work.
Australia as a location is aggressively marketed through the national organization AusFilm and through state film agencies and state business development ministries. This could be seen as an inevitable outcome of that aspect of globalization affecting trade and investment flows between nations, as all kind of manufacturing and services industries move around the world seeking the most efficient utilization of resources and markets. More than ever before the financing and production of American films has been globally dispersed. If this suggests Local Hollywood is an attack on Hollywood domination of the world film industry, similar to that of David Puttnam in The Undeclared War 2 , this is not the case.
This work is about globally dispersed high budget film and television production, but it is not told from the perspective of the motives and strategies of the major studios. Instead, it takes the perspective of the places that have chosen to engage with Global Hollywood, in this case the Gold Coast, and in the process become a Local Hollywood. Global Hollywood, they argue is simultaneously global and local.
Little time is spent on discussing it as a theoretical concept. Instead the authors get down to business by describing how the history of global film production on the Gold Coast and at the studio is an example of how Local Hollywood can work. Certainly, the term is not meant to just describe the economic presence of the major studios activities in a particular place; nor is meant simply the importation of Hollywood production methods and budgets. Those things happen, but what is described is a much more complex interweaving and intersection of industrial, political and some aesthetic considerations.
The authors use the idea of Local Hollywood as a stepping off point to a detailed historical case study with a series of timely insights into how the emergent global film economy works.
They begin by locating the invention of the Gold Coast studio development in the context of the changes occurring in international film production and distribution in the eighties — such as the rise of the independent production companies like De Laurentis, Carolco, Orion and Cannon, the growth of the multiplex driving a resurgence in cinema attendance, the effect of the VCR on finance and distribution, the growth of cable television in the US and expansion of private television in Europe and Asia, the integration of the major studios into industrial conglomerates.
In Australia it was the time of the corporate raiders, the share market bubble, the boom in tax incentive investment in film production and the success of Crocodile Dundee. In Queensland De Laurentis was attempting to do what he had already done in Wilmington, North Carolina; build a film studio in a location not previously associated with film production using generous assistance from the state government to build studios and attract production.
While De Laurentis failed the studio survived with the intervention of Village Roadshow. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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While many of these productions are still made in southern California, the last twenty years have seen new production centers emerge in the US, Canada and other locations worldwide. Global Hollywood has been made possible by this growing number of Local Hollywoods: This new book gives an unprecedented insight into how the Gold Coast became the first outpost of Hollywood in Australia. Local Hollywood makes an essential contribution to the field of film and media studies, as well as giving film buffs a behind-the-scenes tour of the film industry.
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While many of these productions are still made in southern California, the last twenty years have seen new production centers emerge in the US, Canada and other locations worldwide View or edit your browsing history. However, what would have been useful would have been a statistical presentation of the number and value of the productions that have used the studio and the Gold Coast as a location to get a better sense of how the local production economy works. Global Hollywood has been made possible by this growing number of Local Hollywoods: Television and British Cinema.
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