Transnational utopias: Baz Luhrmann and Australian cinema

Cook, Pam (2010) Transnational utopias: Baz Luhrmann and Australian cinema. Transnational Cinemas, 1, (1), 23-36. (doi:10.1386/trac.1.1.23/1).


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Drawing on original research conducted in Australia, I explore the industrial context, collaborative working practices, transnational ethos and aesthetic of Australian film-maker Baz Luhrmann’s Sydney-based independent production company Bazmark Inq. I trace the potential and limitations inherent in Bazmark’s relationship with major Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox, covering issues of copyright, branding and artistic autonomy. I look at the way structural developments, new technologies and the re-emergence of popular art cinema have allowed directors such as Luhrmann to cross over into mainstream territory while operating from a small-scale artisanal base. My argument is that Luhrmann and his team actively engage with digital technologies and the complexities of global media production and consumption to give value and visibility to Australia as a local centre for creative endeavour. This is achieved by projecting utopian visions of their set-up, working methods and output as arenas of cultural innovation. While these practices may not cohere into an ideal, they make a significant contribution to debates about national identity and visibility in contemporary global film culture

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1386/trac.1.1.23/1
ISSNs: 2040-3526 (print)
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Keywords: baz luhrmann, australian cinema, transnational utopias, art cinema, new technologies, local and global production
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 72688
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2010Published
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:04

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