Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 December 2000

224 Pages | 6 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719053276

Bookseller Code (06)


Contemporary Australian cinema

An introduction

Jonathan Rayner

Published by Manchester University Press

  • 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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