Although they do not necessarily answer all of these questions, the discussions and case studies in this volume may help to illuminate the increasingly contentious and complex issue of cross-border cultural production.
This collection is divided into five parts. Part I introduces the issue of cross-border cultural production, exploring some of the assumptions that emerge in debates over alleged outsourcing of film and television production work. In chapter 1, Ben Goldsmith and Tom O’Regan evaluate the concept of “runaway production,” noting that each phase of film production has historically been diverse and complex, with multiple motivations working to establish film production locations. They propose “design interests” and “location interests” as lenses through which film production dynamics can be analyzed, as opposed to the frequently emphasized “creative” and “economic” factors.