At breaking point? Challenges for Australian film policy through the lens of genre (horror) films

Ryan , Mark David (2009) At breaking point? Challenges for Australian film policy through the lens of genre (horror) films. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, 8-10 July 2009, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.


Cultural policy settings attempting to foster the growth and development of the Australian feature film industry in era of globalisation are coming under increasing pressure. Global forces and emerging production and distribution models are challenging the “narrowness” of cultural policy – mandating a particular film culture, circumscribing certain notions of value and limiting the variety of films produced through cultural policy driven subvention models. Australian horror film production is an important case study. Horror films are a production strategy well suited to the financial limitations of the Australian film industry with competitive advantages for producers against international competitors. However, emerging within a “national” cinema driven by public subsidy and social/cultural objectives, horror films – internationally oriented with a low-culture status – have been severely marginalised within public funding environments. This paper introduces Australian horror film production, and examines the limitations of cultural policy, and the impacts of these questions for the Producer Offset.

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ID Code: 26572
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian film industry , cultural policy , genre movies , horror genre , Mark Ryan
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2009 01:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:10

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