The Cinema of Small Nations

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3. IRELAND

Martin McLoone

Between them, the film industries in Ireland and Northern Ireland turn out on average about ten feature films a year and support the production of very many more short films, animations and documentaries. This is achieved through collaboration and co-operation across borders and involves a complex mix of internal sources (state-funded production agencies, the broadcasters, independ ent producers and the increasing number of schools and colleges that now teach filmmaking) and external provision (larger supra-state funding agencies as well as the international commercial film industry). In this regard the Irish film industry resembles that of most other medium- and small-scale European industries, in that film production is the result of a complex structure of national and transnational funding initiatives in a mixed economy with private capital. As in other European industries, in Ireland state support for film production is designed to promote an indigenous film industry and to develop a more pluralist film culture in a country where cinema screens are dominated by Hollywood films.

Ireland, however, differs from most other small-scale European national film industries in one major respect. Although the native language (Irish Gaelic) is still spoken in small pockets of the country, Ireland reflects its status as a former colony of Britain in the fact that it is now an overwhelmingly English-speaking culture with an Anglophone cinema. There is an Irish language television channel in Ireland (TG4) which produces a range of bread and butter television material as well as some occasionally excellent documentaries, and there are funding schemes in place for Irish language shorts, but the overwhelming

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Europe 21
  • 1. Denmark 23
  • 2. Iceland 43
  • 3. Ireland 60
  • 4. Scotland 76
  • 5. Bulgaria 93
  • Part Two - Asia and Oceania 111
  • 6. Hong Kong 113
  • 7. Singapore 127
  • 8. Taiwan 144
  • 9. New Zealand 160
  • Part Three - The Americas and Africa 177
  • 10. Cuba 179
  • 11. Burkina Faso 198
  • 12. Tunisia 213
  • Notes on Contributors 229
  • Index 233
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