Hollywood North

The Feature Film Industry in British Columbia

Mike Gasher

  • Published: 2002
  • Subject Listing: Performing Arts
  • Bibliographic information: 192 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

British Columbia's billion-dollar film industry trails behind only those of California and New York. This book recounts the story of British Columbia's rapid rise from relative obscurity in the film world to its current status as "Hollywood North." Gasher positions the industry as a model for commercial film production in the twenty-first century - one strongly shaped by a perception of cinema as a medium, not of culture, but of regional industrial development. He addresses the specific economic and geographic factors that contribute to the province's success, such as the low Canadian dollar and BC's proximity to Los Angeles.

Hollywood North is an important book that brings into focus the tension between globalization and localization in the film industry.
1. Cinema in the Age of Globalization
2. Cinema As a Medium of Regional Industrial Development: A History of BC Film Production
3. The Terms of Inclusion: British Columbia within the Political Economy of North American Film Production
4. Promote It and They Will Come: Provincial Film Policy in British Columbia
5. Locating British Columbia As Cinematic Place: Contending Regimes of Film Production
6. Locating the BC Film Industry
Appendix: Partial List of BC Feature Film Credits, 1976-2000