Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 203 pages
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Provides an introduction to the products and context of the new Australian film industry which arose toward the end of the 1960s. Traces the development of Australian film, in terms of prominent directors and stars, consistent themes, styles and evolving genres. The evolution of the film genres peculiar to Australia, and the adaptation of conventional Hollywood forms (such as the musical and the road movie) are examined in detail through textual readings of landmark films. Films and trends discussed include: the period film and Picnic at Hanging Rock; the Gothic film and the Mad Max trilogy; camp and kitsch comedy and the Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert. The key issue of the revival (the definition, representation and propagation of a national image) is woven through analysis of the new Australian cinema.
 

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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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