Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 203 pages
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This introduction to the new Australian film industry explores prominent directors and stars, themes, styles, and evolving genres in an analysis of key films. The evolution of genres peculiar to Australia and adaptations of conventional Hollywood forms such as the musical and the road movie are examined through readings of landmark films, including Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mad Max trilogy, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The key issue of the revival--the definition, representation, and propagation of a national image--is woven through the analysis.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
c
3
Australian Gothic
24
The period film
60
Sexual politics
99
The Odd Angry Shot
107
Landscape cinema
117
Conclusion
124
The Australian Film Finance Corporation
130
The rite of passage film
142
Australian road movies
149
Conclusion
161
Filmography
181
Bibliography
194
Index
200
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Jonathan Rayner is Lecturer in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

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