Production, policy and power: the screen industry’s response to the environmental crisis

Sørensen, I. E. and Noonan, C. (2022) Production, policy and power: the screen industry’s response to the environmental crisis. Media Culture and Society, 44(1), pp. 172-184. (doi: 10.1177/01634437211065697)

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Abstract

Climate change is a concern for many nations, industries and citizens. However, for some it will also be a moment of opportunity. As witnessed in relation to the pandemic, dynamics of power have a particular purchase at moments of crisis. This article proposes a greater concern with questions of policy and power in relation to green strategies within the screen sector and highlights the role that media scholars might play in developing this critical lens. There has been a recent rise in efforts to mitigate particular environmental harms and the article outlines some of the initiatives that are emerging from both commercial and public bodies. Here are no shared systems for auditing and reporting, and few formal policies are widely recognised or adopted. As different ideas and approaches garner greater traction, travelling from one national and industrial setting to others, the article scrutinises the industrial, structural and policy obstacles which hinder a meaningful shift for film and television production to be environmentally sustainable. The article reflects on the agendas and forces at play in this space and attempts to stimulate debate about how those researching media production might productively engage in critiquing these policies and dynamics of power.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the project ‘Screen Agencies as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating and Shaping Cultural Policy for the Film and TV Industries within Selected Small Nations’ [Grant number AH/R005591/1].
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sorensen, Dr Inge
Authors: Sørensen, I. E., and Noonan, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Media Culture and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0163-4437
ISSN (Online):1460-3675
Published Online:01 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Media Culture and Society 44(1): 172-184
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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