dc.contributor.advisor Harrison, Jacqueline
dc.contributor.author Tennant, Lewis
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-15T22:09:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-15T22:09:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.created 2012
dc.date.issued 2012-11-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10292/4722
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines whether the use of volunteer labour in the New Zealand screen production industry exploits those who gift their time to the sector. Those who volunteer their labour do so in the hope of establishing themselves in the industry, and there is an oversupply of aspirant workers. The thesis suggests that this profusion of workers is due to a rise in the public profile of the local industry, as well as a proliferation of tertiary trained ‘film school’ graduates. Three case studies of workers from the New Zealand screen production sector are presented, and grounded theory method is used to analyse their reflections on the use of volunteer labour within the industry, as well as reflections on their workplace in general. It is found workers must compete with one another for ongoing project-based work, that graduates are considered ‘unskilled’ within the industry, and that ‘know who’ or social capital is as important to long term success in the industry as ‘know how’ or the technical abilities to perform specialist roles. Those who volunteer their labour must prove their willingness an industry where pay rates are inconsistent, hours are long, transactional contracts are malleable, and ‘being liked’ is essential to securing ongoing project work, as is networking. Analysis of case study participants’ responses indicates that volunteering can be exploitative in certain circumstances, though there is a wider issue to address regarding workers’ being conditioned to accept an under-regulated workplace where the rights of workers are concerned. Film workers do not speak out about such issues as it is counter-productive to ‘being liked’ and gaining further project-based work. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Auckland University of Technology
dc.subject Film industry en_NZ
dc.subject Volunteer labour en_NZ
dc.subject Grounded theory en_NZ
dc.subject New Zealand en_NZ
dc.subject Film school en_NZ
dc.subject Screen production en_NZ
dc.subject Creative industries en_NZ
dc.subject Creative labour en_NZ
dc.title Finding work in the New Zealand film industry. The creative industries volunteer ten years on: emancipated or exploited? en_NZ
dc.type Thesis
thesis.degree.grantor Auckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.level Masters Theses
thesis.degree.name Master of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.accessrights OpenAccess
dc.date.updated 2012-11-15T07:54:01Z

Search Scholarly Commons

Advanced Search


Theses and Dissertations

About Scholarly Commons

Usage Statistics


  • Bookmark and Share