Sinophone Cinemas rich in fascinating case studies

sinophone cinemas_book coverMonash University senior lecturer in Film and Screen Studies, Dr Olivia Khoo, has edited a newly published book, Sinophone Cinemas, with colleague  Audrey Yue.

Sinophone Cinemas considers a range of multilingual, multidialect and multi-accented cinemas produced in Chinese-language locations outside mainland China. 

Showcasing a variety of new and fascinating case studies from Britain, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, and canvassing a range of formats including commercial co-productions, short films, documentaries and independent films, the book highlights the contemporary screen cultures of Chinese-language communities situated on the margins of China and Chineseness.

It engages new sites of localisation, multilingualism, and difference that have emerged in Chinese film studies, ones that are not easily contained by the notion of diaspora.

The chapters cover a number of historical periods, geographical locations, and critical and methodological perspectives, such as the political economy of Sinophone film production, distribution, consumption and regulation; cinematic practices of Chinese and non-Chinese language resistance, complicity and transformation; and Sinophone communities as sites of cultural production and visual economies.

“This volume is a valuable source of new insights by those committed to working in the area of Sinophone cinemas. The lucid presentation of the subject makes it a perfect choice for classroom use”. 

– Professor Gina Marchetti, University of Hong Kong


Sinophone Cinemas, edited by Audrey Yue and Olivia Khoo

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, January 2014