Reflection: looking to the future of global media

A global imagination now plays a crucial role in how people engage with their everyday lives, consider their options and make decisions within the new configurations of social relations that are no longer confined to local communities but potentially span, either directly or indirectly, across national boundaries (Rizvi 2009 in Mills & Green 2013, p. …

Film Festivals: challenging Hollywood and inspiring cosmopolitanism

Hollywood has been constantly criticised for its lack of diverse voices and faces, and this year is no exception. At the start of the year, the industry faced major backlash about the lack of racial variation in key creative roles, and there were calls for industry leaders to boycott the Oscars in response. Alternately, this …

Co-productions: nurturing or hindering Australian cultural identity?

Film co-productions emerged after the Second World War, and increased significantly during the 1990’s due to globalisation. The convergence of global industries has allowed different countries to collaborate on film production, but more importantly, to share financial, technical and creative resources (Baltruschat, 2002). Since 1986, Australia has established co-production agreements with France, United Kingdom, Canada, …

Looking at Animals: for entertainment or conservation?

Animals are becoming increasingly evident throughout global media and popular culture… however this starkly contrasts with their continuing disappearance from our everyday lives, and from Planet Earth entirely. Consequently, it is important to analyse how animals are portrayed in the media, and how humanising species can be both advantageous and detrimental to animal and environmental …

Feminism and the Power of Selfies

Selfies are front page news, subject to intense, widespread public and private scrutiny, shaming and revelation. - Jerry Saltz, 2014 Four days ago, Kim Kardashian, true to form, posted a nude selfie on Instagram. Unsurprisingly, a myriad of responses ensued, from both the general public and well-known female artists, actresses and public figures. Both the image posted and the responses to it, raise questions about …