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Contemporary Australian Cinema : An Introduction - Jonathan Rayner

Contemporary Australian Cinema

An Introduction

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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.

List of illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction
The nationalities of the cinemap. 1
The prehistory of Australian cinemap. 3
Representing the nationp. 8
The valuable territoryp. 10
The big countryp. 12
The Australian abroadp. 15
Reading the national cinemap. 21
Australian Gothic
Originsp. 24
The Gothic rural communityp. 28
The Mad Max trilogyp. 37
The urban Gothicp. 43
Conclusionp. 57
The period film
The AFC genrep. 60
Picnic at Hanging Rock and the literary adaptationp. 63
The period film cyclep. 70
Fred Schepisi's period filmsp. 78
Newsfront: the nation on recordp. 84
Sirens: the parody of the period filmp. 86
Conclusionp. 90
The male ensemble film
Australian-ness and masculinityp. 94
The working environmentp. 96
Sexual politicsp. 99
The sporting lifep. 102
The personal factor: Between Warsp. 104
Sons of Anzac: The Odd Angry Shotp. 107
Parabolic historyp. 109
Landscape cinemap. 117
Male drama and the mini-seriesp. 119
Males and mateship in '90s cinemap. 121
Conclusionp. 124
New glamour, new Gothic: Australian films in the 1990s
The quota quirkyp. 129
The Australian Film Finance Corporationp. 130
New Gothicp. 132
The rite of passage filmp. 142
Australian road moviesp. 149
Glamour, kitsch and campp. 153
Conclusionp. 161
Conclusionp. 166
Filmographyp. 181
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9780719053276
ISBN-10: 0719053277
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st December 2000
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.285