Crossing the ditch: Trans-Tasman film expatriates

O'Regan, Tom (2015). Crossing the ditch: Trans-Tasman film expatriates. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand (Ed.), Directory of world cinema: Australian and New Zealand 2 (pp. 228-233) Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect.

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Author O'Regan, Tom
Title of chapter Crossing the ditch: Trans-Tasman film expatriates
Title of book Directory of world cinema: Australian and New Zealand 2
Place of Publication Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Directory of World Cinema
ISBN 9781841506340
ISSN 2040-7971
Editor Ben Goldsmith
Mark David Ryan
Geoff Lealand
Volume number 19
Chapter number 19
Start page 228
End page 233
Total pages 6
Total chapters 23
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
When Australian trade unionists were blamed for infiltrating the New Zealand film labour movement, and putting the production of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (2012) at risk (Conor 2011), commentators overlooked the extent to which the New Zealand and Australian film industries are, and have always been, intimately connected. Many so-called 'New Zealand' films are actually strongly anchored in Australian expertise. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Jackson, 2001-03), for example, while often celebrated as a flagship for national identity, employed Australian cast and crew members and benefited greatly from expertise generated by Australian productions such as The Matrix (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 1999). Similarly, films such as The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993), funded by Australian and French investors, directed by an Australian-trained New Zealander and featuring American and New Zealand actors, reflect the convergence of Australian and New Zealand film-making as well as representing a new paradigm of international art cinema (O'Regan 1996).

Australia and New Zealand are identified and brought together by the idea of the Antipodes, a term which traditionally refers to the places of the globe which are diametrically opposite to Europe...
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