So Close to the State/s: The Emergence of Canadian Feature Film Policy, 1952-1976

Paperback | June 20, 1998

byMichael Dorland

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This book examines in detail the formation of Canadian feature film policy from the 1950s to the present. It pays special attention to the role played by producers, filmmakers, and government agencies, in relation to the changing production practices brought about by Canadian television.

For Canadian policy-makers, the feature film was considered to be a signifier of cultural modernity. Filmmakers' desire to experiment with a new format was subverted by a political-economic agenda intent on using the format to create cultural authenticity for a nation lagging behind its neighbour to the South. Dorland crafts a careful historical analysis based on primary sources, including government records and in-depth personal interviews with key participants. Employing Foucault's concept of governmentality, Dorland analyses the state's interest in influencing and shaping feature film production.

A major contribution to scholarship on Canadian cinema, So Close to the State/s provides a revealing look at the relationship between culture and the state.

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In the 1960s, the Canadian government finally recognized it would be of ‘national interest’ to fund films. Under pressure from key individuals, it made certain landmark decisions regarding Canadian feature film policy. So Close to the States recounts changes affecting the international and U.S. film industries as well as the Canadian i...

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This book examines in detail the formation of Canadian feature film policy from the 1950s to the present. It pays special attention to the role played by producers, filmmakers, and government agencies, in relation to the changing production practices brought about by Canadian television. For Canadian policy-makers, the feature film...

MICHAEL DORLAND is Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:June 20, 1998Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:080208043X

ISBN - 13:9780802080431

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In the 1960s, the Canadian government finally recognized it would be of ‘national interest’ to fund films. Under pressure from key individuals, it made certain landmark decisions regarding Canadian feature film policy. So Close to the States recounts changes affecting the international and U.S. film industries as well as the Canadian industry’s future. It’s a revealing look at the relationship between culture and state in Canada and the shadow cast by our southern neighbours.