The Lord of the Rings and transformations in sociospatial identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand
in Cinematic countrysides
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This chapter sketches out aspects of the economic and cultural dimensions of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) 'films in space', and explores the 'spaces in the films', most particularly its rural spaces. It focuses on the notions of 'spaces of film' and 'film in space' to examine rural socio-spatial identities being performed within and around the film industry of New Zealand. New Zealand has been described as 'Britain's Farm' and it may well be that the imagined geographies of the rurality of New Zealand and England are for many people not as distinct as their spatial differentiation might suggest. The chapter also explores one particular space of film by considering the economic and the cultural impacts of the film in Aotearoa/New Zealand. If the films enact an imaginative geography involving movement through differing constructions of rural space, they also enact movement through imaginative geographies of nature as well.

Editor: Robert Fish

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