Framing Creative Production Networks: Trans-Border Film Production After Cepa

Authors: Jun Wang*, City University of Hong Kong, Xu Zhang, Wuhan University of Technology
Topics: Political Geography, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Transnational production of culture, motion picture, mobility,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Transnational co-production of motion picture unfolds multiple processes of mobility that are always entangled, entailing trans-border mobility of capital, production, screen labours, cultural ideas, and products in their ever-expanding geography of distribution and exhibition. This entangled-ness has been further complicated by state intervention through co-production treaties or arrangements, which is a strategic move to establish a bilateral reciprocal relationship between two sovereign governments. With the state intervention, trans-border co-production cannot be reduced to a simplified version of the international order shaped by neoliberal globalisation, or a romantic fantasy that predicts a smooth emergence of new power in the global landscape. Situated in this concern, we aim to unravel the actual process of HK-mainland China co-production that has been explosive after the promulgation of “Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement” (CEPA). This study will chart the network construction and trans-border collaboration of studios, creative staffs, and production to illustrate the impact of multi-scalar regulatory reform on the evolution of cross-border production networks in the motion picture industry. We argue that CEPA is among the series of national regulatory reforms to enable marketisation and liberalisation of the motion picture industry within and across the border, and further, the construction of an imagined new identity of Chinese culture at the supranational scale.

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