Let’s face it, transnationalism is a mammoth concept to tackle. In fact anything ‘global ’ is. This is all thanks to the fact that the earth we inhabit is a huge one and we are accompanied by over 7 billion other humans, and therefore a plethora of varying cultures, nationalities, traditions and customs are carrying on around us. But how cool is that? Transnationalism is all about transcending borders and going global. And one of the coolest and most creative forms of transnationalism, is transnational film.
“Transnationalism is a social phenomenon and scholarly research agenda grown out of the heightened interconnectivity between people and the receding economic and social significance of boundaries among nation states.”
So if that is transnationalism, what is transnational film all about? Well, what better way to explain it than through one of our favourite characters…
Yes. It is he, Batman.
When we think about Hollywood films, we likely anticipate a very “Americanised” production, a classic box-office Hollywood money maker. And that’s exactly what this is; if we were to look at the end product. You see transnational film is all about integrating different cultures, and different nationalities, about the appeal and interests of not only one nation, but of a handful.
There is no denying, Hollywood is the main stage when it comes to western films, and as Ezra and Rowden state “the performance of Americanness is increasingly becoming a “universal” characteristic in world cinema” (“What is Transnational Cinema”) however as our favourite hero Batman teaches us, there’s a little more to it.
Our beloved Aussie, the late Heath Ledger as our favourite bad guy, The Joker, and Christian Bale, main protagonist, “The Batman” are both foreigners in America (Ledger hailing from down under and Bale a native of Britain). Michael Caine, another main protagonist is also British.
The actors themselves are an example of transnational film, reaching out to the interests of Australian’s and English alike. Not only do the lead actors hail from Britain, but also the director of the film, along with the costume designer, producer, and art director (aka most of the production team), making it a pretty good pitch for classification as an “English film” however the editors and cinematographers were from the United States, and the construct of the film is highly Americanised allowing us to see the mix of cultures and interests that are present.
And there we have it folks, hopefully this ironed out the concept of transnational film as much as it made you feel like stacking up on chocolate and watching Batman.
Transnational Cinema and Online Culture – “What is Transnational Cinema” http://358695.weebly.com/what-is-transnational-cinema.html
Wikipedia – “Transnationalism” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transnationalism
Ageless Trailers (Youtube Channel) – The Dark Knight (2008) Trailer (Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ql0v5Lqn9E