Pay attention something’s happening here: an exploration into the Jamaican film industry and its gradual emergence from The harder they come (Henzell, 1973) to Better mus’ come (Saulter, 2010) and Ring di’ alarm (Saulter et al, 2012)

Dower, Oscar (2016) Pay attention something’s happening here: an exploration into the Jamaican film industry and its gradual emergence from The harder they come (Henzell, 1973) to Better mus’ come (Saulter, 2010) and Ring di’ alarm (Saulter et al, 2012). BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation provides an exploration in to the emergence and development of the Jamaican Film industry, using three of the county’s national productions as appropriate texts emblematic of the country’s and industry’s development. The Harder They Come (Henzell, 1972) Better Mus’ Come (Saulter, 2010) and New Caribbean Cinema’s (NCC) Ring Di Alarm (Saulter et al, 2014) are the three films this dissertation argues best portray the development of the industry as well as the unique history and culture that Jamaica promotes. Using my own primary interview material obtained in Kingston, Jamaica, with three influential filmmakers in the region, I apply the theories of Third cinema and Postcolonial theory in order to form the basis of this dissertation’s argument. I will explore the historical, political and economic issues that have impeded the development of the Jamaican film industry as well as considering the effect the county’s infrastructural issues have had on its progress. Furthermore, I argue that audiences, namely the extensive diaspora, and distribution methods have changed and affected the dissemination globally. The latter chapters shall utilize the primary material, exploring the future development of the industry. Drawing on my primary material, the dissertation explores the future aims of NCC and how they will cater for modern audiences. Finally, I look at how the industry creates a unique selling strategy with the development of a Jamaican aesthetic and how that may entice future investors and create a global awareness for Jamaican filmic content.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 15:58
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22673

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