Lure of the Big Screen

Cinema in Rural Australia and the United Kingdom

Karina Aveyard

Lure of the Big Screen
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Karina Aveyard

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200 pages | 17 halftones, 3 tables | 7 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781783203826 Published February 2015
Lure of the Big Screen explores contexts of film exhibition and consumption in rural parts of the UK and Australia, where film theaters are often highly valued as spaces around which isolated communities can gather and interact. Going beyond national borders to highlight transnational stratifications in the rural cinema sphere, this book examines how film theaters in areas of social and economic decline are sustained by resourceful individuals and sub-commercial operating structures. Systematic analysis of cinemas in nonmetropolitan locations has yielded an original five-tiered clustering model through which Karina Aveyard recognizes a range of types between large commercial multiplexes in stable regional centers and their smallest improvised counterparts in remote settlements.
List of Tables and Images
List of Abbreviations
Cinema Case Study Sites
Chapter 1: Hierarchies of Rural Cinema
Chapter 2: Rural Cinema as a Business
Chapter 3: Rural Cinema and Public Policy
Chapter 4: Rural Cinema and Grassroots Movements
Chapter 5: Rural Cinema as a Social Event
Conclusion: The Lure of the Big Screen
Appendix A: Methodological Notes
Appendix B: Industry Interviews and Correspondence
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