The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand

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Wallflower Press, 2007 - 259 pages
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From The Story of the Kelly Gang in 1906 to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Australia and New Zealand have made a unique impact on international cinema. This book celebrates the commercially successful narrative feature films produced by these cultures as well as key documentaries, shorts, and independent films. It also invokes issues involving national identity, race, history, and the ability of two small film cultures to survive the economic and cultural threat of Hollywood. Chapters on well known films and directors, such as The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982), The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993), Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001), and Rabbit Proof Fence (Philip Noyce, 2002), are included with less popular but equally important films and filmmakers, such as Jedda (Charles Chauvel, 1955), They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell, 1966), Vigil (Vincent Ward, 1984), and The Goddess of 1967 (Clara Law, 2000).

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Geoff Mayer Keith Beattie
1
THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG Ina Bertrand
11
THE WOMAN SUFFERS Ina Bertrand
21
DAD AND DAVE COME TO TOWN William D Routt
31
THE PHANTOM STOCKMAN GeoffMayer
41
THE BACK OF BEYOND Deane Williams
53
JEDDA Barbara Creed
63
FREE RADICALS Roger Horrocks
73
THE PIANO Rochelle Simmons
149
ONCE WERE WARRIORS Hester Joyce
157
OSCAR AND LUCINDA Rose Lucas
167
AFTER MABO Peter Hughes
177
CHOPPER Gabrielle Murray
185
THE GODDESS OF 1967 Wendy Haslem
195
MOULIN ROUGE Philip Bell
203
ONE NIGHT THE MOON Richard Pascal
213

RUNAWAY Hester Joyce
83
THEYRE A WEIRD MOB Rolando Caputo Adrian Danks
91
SLEEPING DOGS Brian McDonnell
101
TWO LAWS Keith Beattie
109
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY Felicity Collins
119
VIGIL Ian Conrich
129
IN THIS LIFES BODY Anna Dzenis
139
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Laurence Simmons
223
RABBITPROOF FENCE Ingo Petzke
233
Filmography
240
Bibliography
247
Index
250
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Geoff Mayer is reader and associate professor in cinema studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Publications include The Oxford Companion to Australian Film and The New Australian Cinema. Keith Beattie is lecturer in the School of History, Heritage, and Society at Deakin University, Melbourne.

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