The Global Film Book
By Roy Stafford
Routledge – 2014 – 368 pages
The Global Film Book is an accessible and entertaining exploration of the development of film as global industry and art form, written especially for students and introducing readers to the rich and varied cinematic landscape beyond Hollywood.
Highlighting areas of difference and similarity in film economies and audiences, as well as form, genre and narrative, this textbook considers a broad range of examples and up to date industry data from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America.
Author Roy Stafford combines detailed studies of indigenous film and television cultures with cross border, global and online entertainment operations, including examples from Nollywood to Korean Cinema, via telenovelas and Nordic crime drama.
The Global Film Book demonstrates a number of contrasting models of contemporary production, distribution and consumption of film worldwide, charting and analysing the past, present and potential futures for film throughout the world.
The book also provides students with:
"Global Film is as much about business as it is about cinema, society, and enculturation. The text's ideological bent, which evokes Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School, gives it a political-economy-of-film veneer… [it] is a comendable effort to chart this ephemeral and inexhaustible trove of cultural riches." - Tony Osborne, Gonzaga University, Communication Research Trends
Introduction 1. The development of global film 2. The Hollywood studio model 3. Approaching films from different cultures 4. National Cinemas in Europe: contrasting experiences 5. De-centring the Hollywood domination debate: Japan and South Korea 6. Middle East without Borders 7. International art cinema and the festival circuit 8. Cinema that needs to be different? 9. Global television 10. Diverse Indian cinemas 11. Chinese cinemas 12. Looking to the future
Roy Stafford has taught film in further, higher and adult education in the UK. He is now a freelance lecturer working in cinema-based film education. He is co-author of The Media Student’s Book (5th edition, 2010) and has written widely on film including Understanding Audiences and the Film Industry (2007) and study guides on La haine (2000) and Seven Samurai (2001).