What is it about?

In the 90's South Korea produced only a handful of feature films but within a decade grew their industry to produce hundreds of films that sell millions of cinema tickets and recently swept international awards including the Oscar for best picture with "Parasite". This study analyses the history and proposes practical solutions to be implemented in South Africa.

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Why is it important?

The world has recently woken up to the quality and quantity of filmed entertainment from South Korea but few researchers have compared the structural and historical factors behind this growth to then apply that to the South African context, which in this case has been accomplished all the more importantly through the lens of an active film producer and film lecturer.


The study proposes practical solutions from the position of an active film producer and academic to help solve historical and infrastructural problems in the South African film industry

David Max Brown

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This page is a summary of: Theatrical cinema in South Africa: The Parasite within, South Korea as a model for survival, Journal of African Cinemas, December 2021, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/jac_00043_1.
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