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Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington * Drama Studies
Jim Barratt begins his "cultography" of Peter Jackson's Bad Taste with a near-parody of the New Historicist anecdote-introduction. In 1882, he notes, a large shipment of lamb, mutton, and pork arrived in England on a refrigerated ship, the Dunedin, bringing New Zealand into the world market. A little more than one hundred years later, Peter Jackson imagined an intergalactic fast food chain choosing earth as a source for their mean need, starting a film career that would place him at the centre of the world film market. By contextualising Bad Taste in such a manner, Barratt makes a fairly arch equivalence between historical and cinematic bridges between New Zealand and the world; whether sheep or cinema, there exists an appetite for the particular flavour of New Zealand cultural productions.