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date: 28 October 2020

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This chapter situates the conditions of production, funding, and labor in Atlantic Canada along with the representations of culture and work (or the lack of work) on screen through an analysis of selected films notable either for their iconic status within the regional film scene or as vehicles through which the condition of labor and culture can be explored and illuminated. Film and television production in Atlantic Canada is a case study of what Toby Miller et al. have described as Global Hollywood (2008). Under this model, production is understood not by aesthetic design or cultural context but rather by the existence of subsidies and incentives developed in competition with other regions in Canada and throughout the world for the business of Hollywood. The films that are produced generally reflect the dominant ideological tendencies of Hollywood, though films may also express the potential for resistance—even if only partially articulated.

Keywords: Atlantic provinces, regionalism, marginalization, culture industries, antimodernism, nationalism, global Hollywood, political economy

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