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Contemporary Australian Cinema An Introduction by Jonathan Rayner

Contemporary Australian Cinema An Introduction


Contemporary Australian Cinema An Introduction by Jonathan Rayner

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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Jonathan Rayner is Lecturer in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University -- .

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Publication date

28th December 2000


Jonathan Rayner

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Manchester University Press


224 pages


Film theory & criticism
Cinema industry



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