Film Societies: A Place where the Global and the Local Connect

By Dorothy M. Jenkins.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Neither globalism nor its closely associated concept, globalisation, is a new phenomenon. From early historical times, people have applied these concepts with varying degrees of intensity and success across diverse fields of human activity. Similarly, localism with its strong ties to the security of traditional practices and values, at times rigidly imposed, is characterised by historical longevity. Generally, throughout this long history, the relationship between the global and the local tends to have been explored and compared within an adversarial framework, with the advocates of each concept staking claims for its superiority. However, such claims ignore the potential richness of ongoing conversations between the global and the local thus attributing minimal value to their interconnectedness, and giving scant recognition to their potential for creating new knowledge based on integrating global and local experiences. Using historical, narrative style, this paper explores some of these issues with particular reference to the motion picture industry. It commences with an overview of the industry’s growth and development which quickly established itself as a global phenomenon. Then the focus narrows to the impact of this industry on Australia and its response to the industry’s globalising influence. This national perspective leads into a discussion and description of a local response to this globalisation, through the film society movement, using a particular film society in metropolitan Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, Australia, as an example.

Keywords: Globalism, Localism, Film Industry, Film Societies

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.37-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 789.387KB).

Dorothy M. Jenkins

Ph. D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dorothy’s professional background includes extensive experience in the Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector as a teacher, a planning officer at a Melbourne metropolitan TAFE Board, and as an Associate Director of a Melbourne metropolitan TAFE Institute. Other employment experiences include being the Equal Employment Opportunity Manager in a Victorian (Australia) Government Department and conducting her own consultancy. Dorothy is committed to the concept of adult education in the community having been president of a regional council in this field of education, for a number of years. Her academic achievements range from successful completion of under-and post-graduate studies culminating in a masters of commerce by research on the relationship between organisational culture and organisational performance. The subject of Dorothy’s current studies, as a Doctor of Philosophy candidate, is the history of Victorian film societies.


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