Shape-Shifters: independent producers in Scotland and the journey from cultural entrepreneur to entrepreneurial culture

MacPherson, Robin (2009) Shape-Shifters: independent producers in Scotland and the journey from cultural entrepreneur to entrepreneurial culture. In: Scottish Cinema Now. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp. 222-239. ISBN 978-1-4438-0331-1


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This essay examines the changing composition and relationship to public policy of the independent film and television sector in Scotland since the early 1980s. It looks in particular at Scottish film and television producers' problematic engagement with the increasingly hegemonic creative industries discourse and the dominance of industrial over cultural and social arguments in the framing of the sector's relationship to bodies such as Scottish Screen and the Scottish Government. The sector's reluctance to address issues of national identity in constituting its own positions is considered as a source of tension in articulating its collective interest. The essay concludes that there are contradictions in the film sectors' relationship to the field of public policy, resolution of which may become critical to its survival in the context of recession and pressure on public film funds.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-1-4438-0331-1
Additional Information: The author is Professor of Screen Media at Edinburgh Napier University and Director of the Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scottish Cinema Film Policy; Scottish screen; independent film; television; national identity; funding;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 338 Production
700 Arts & recreation > 790 Sports, games & entertainment > 791 Public performances
Library of Congress Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2810
Depositing User: Professor Robin MacPherson
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2009 12:42
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2013 15:09

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