'Hobbit Labour: Precarious Labour Organisation in Transnational Film Production'

Series Name Department of Media and Communication
Speaker Dr Bridget Conor, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Nov 25, 2015 04:00 PM
Ends at Nov 25, 2015 05:30 PM
Venue Bankfield House Seminar Room
Open To Public

To be given by Dr Bridget Conor, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London.

This paper analyses a 2010-11 employment dispute surrounding the filming of The Hobbit in Aotearoa, New Zealand in which the often opaque labour relations within networks of transnational screen production were briefly and breathtakingly revealed. The case is examined in relation to theories of cultural work and feminist political economy. In particular, I draw on Judy Fudge’s (2005) concepts of industrial and market citizenship and ‘citizenship at work’ to understand how this dispute was fought, framed and resolved. The dispute highlights the investments that producers and national governments continue to make in precarious and individualised labour relations, investments that cut across regional, national and supra-national boundaries. I will discuss these investments and will then use the case to argue for a renewed attention to emergent forms of collective labour organisation in studies of cultural work.

Speaker's Bio

Bridget Conor is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She is the author of Screenwriting: Creative Labour and Professional Practice (Routledge 2014) and the co-editor of two recent collections, Gender and Creative Labour (with Rosalind Gill and Stephanie Taylor) and Production Studies The Sequel! (with Miranda Banks and Vicki Mayer).