The multicultural nation in New Zealand cinema: production-text-reception

Huijser, Hendrik (2009) The multicultural nation in New Zealand cinema: production-text-reception. VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany. ISBN 978-3-639-17582

Abstract

This book is about representation and the importance of visibility and inclusivity in the stories we tell each other about ourselves. It is therefore also about power and local access to the means of representation in an increasingly globalised world. This book uses one film, 'Broken English' (1996), as a case study to explore in depth 'where New Zealand is at' as a nation. This choice is based on the proposition that this feature film at the time presented a significant 'break' in New Zealand cinema: where feature films before 'imagined' New Zealand overwhelmingly in either monocultural or bicultural terms, this film specifically and deliberately provided a multicultural perspective. By analysing this particular film on different levels and from many different angles, this book works through issues of national identity, by using concepts like ethnicity, race and diaspora. Through interviews with key people and a series of focus groups, the book explores where policy makers, film makers and viewers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds situate themselves and others within contemporary Aotearoa/ New Zealand.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 791.430993 Hui.
Depositing User: Dr Hendrik Huijser
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2009 04:22
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiculturalism, New Zealand cinema, audience reception, race, diaspora, national identity, postcolonialism
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200211 Postcolonial Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200207 Maori Cultural Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5560

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