‘Imagination can be a damned curse in this country’
Material geographies of filmmaking and the rural
in Cinematic countrysides
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This chapter explores the material practices of filmmaking and to what extent the dreams and representations are reflected in reality. It sketches out the processes through which film is made, concentrating on the organisation of the 'back of camera' activities. The chapter outlines the changing process of film production and the rise of what has been termed 'runaway production'. Runaway production is considered, on the one hand, a threat to Hollywood and, on the other, an opportunity for many global locations that hope to benefit from a migrant film industry. The chapter also explores the contradictions of location shooting for rural areas. It reviews some of the relevant debates in the literature. The chapter considers the potential for different forms of rural film production that are led by cultural rather than economic agendas.

Editor: Robert Fish


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