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form y Australian Rules single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of Deadly, Unna? Phillip Gwynne 1998 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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In Prospect Bay, a remote fishing town in South Australian, the only thing that connects the two communities - the Goonyas (whites) and the Nungas (blacks) - is football. The underlying racism and class warfare threatens to make the team's greatest victories irrelevant, though. Two members of the team, Gary Black (the son of a white fisherman) and Dumby Red (the team's star player), are an exception, however, having been best friends since childhood despite their different cultural and family backgrounds. The jubilation that occurs when the team wins the local premiership is short-lived when Dumby is inexplicably overlooked for the 'best on ground' award. This incident subsequently sets off a chain of events that ends in tragedy.


[Sources: Weekend Australian 22-23 December 2001 pp.14-15 and Australian Screen]

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Works about this Work

Seriously Funny : History and Humour in The Sapphires and Other Indigenous Comedies Rose Capp , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , July no. 63 2012;
'The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) opens in an idyllic rural setting. A group of young Aboriginal girls run home across the paddocks in the fading evening light to sing for a gathering of family and friends. But this benign atmosphere rapidly switches to terror as white Australian Government officials arrive on the scene and forcibly remove one of the girls from the Cummeraganja Mission community. It is the late 1960s, and State and Federal Government "child protection" policies allow the removal of so-called "half-caste" Aboriginal children from their families, leaving a devastating and traumatic legacy that the film goes on to address.' (Author's introduction)
Reconciliation and the History Wars in Australian Cinema Felicity Collins , 2011-2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exhuming Passions : The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia 2012; (p. 207-222)
'When The Proposition ( a UK/Australia co-production, directed by John Hillcoat and scripted by Nick Cave) was released in 2005, film reviewers had no qualms about claiming this spectacular saga of colonial violence on the Queensland frontier as a 'history' film. A reviewer on BBC Radio 4 described The Proposition as 'a bushranger Western...set in violent 1880s Australian outback exposing the bitter racial tensions between English and Irish settlers. A Sunday Times review declared that 'Australia's brutal post-colonial history is stripped of all the lies in a bloody clash of cultures between the British police, the Irish bushrangers and the Aborigines.' Foregrounding the film's revisionist spectacle of colonial violence, an Australian reviewer predicted that, despite 'scenes of throat-cutting torture, rape and exploding heads...The Proposition could be the most accurate look at our national history yet'. (Author's introduction, 207)
Cross-Cultural Adaptation and the Transition toward Reconciliation in Australian Film and Literature Samantha Fordham , 2011 single work essay criticism
— Appears in: Pockets of Change : Adaptation and Cultural Transition 2011; (p. 75-96)

'This chapter critically examines the challenges of cross-cultural narrative adaptation at a time of significant socio-political transition. The tragic story of the shooting deaths of two Indigenous youths in a remote South Australian fishing town in the 1970s became inspiration for Phillip Gwynne's debut novel Deadly Unna? (1998). The novel was a fictionalised account of his own experiences growing up in the area and was well received, winning a prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1999. It was later adapted for the screen by Paul Goldman, under the title Australian Rules (2002).' (Source: Introduction, Samantha Fordham 2011)

Re-Visions of Two Aboriginal Histories : 'Rabit-Proof Fence' and 'Australian Rules' Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies , Spring-Fall vol. 12 no. 1-2 2006;
Working Together : Two Cultures, One Film, Many Canoes Therese Davis , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , October - December no. 41 2006;
'An examination of director Rolf de Heer's unique collaboration with the Yolngu people of Ramingining of Northern Australia on Ten Canoes and the behind-the-scenes documentary Balanda and the Bark Canoes.' (Publisher's abstract)
Shared Dreamings Waiting to be Filmed Mark Byrne , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 May 2005; (p. 15)
White Men Can Tell Stories But... : Reading Australian Rules and The Tracker at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, 2002 (A Festival of Truth and Reconciliation) Lorraine Johnson-Riordan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Placing Race and Localising Whiteness 2004; (p. 178-196)
Elites and Battlers in Australian Rules and Walking on Water Felicity Collins , Therese Davis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Cinema after Mabo 2004; (p. 41-58)
In this chapter Davis and Collins examine how the national 'imaginary' is shaped by new conditions involving the politics of identity 'informed by the tension between the claims of history and social mobility in the new economy.' The authors imply that the 'contemporary experiences of dislocated identities' underpinned by particular cultural notions regarding 'nation, class, race, ethnicity or gender' also involve the politics of memory based on a 'whitewashed version of British heritage.' Source : Australian Cinema After Mabo (2004).
Back Tracking Brian McFarlane , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 59-68)
Examines some issues raised by the making of Australian films about Aboriginal people in historical settings by white filmmakers.
The Rules of Being Australian Anna Daly , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , March-April no. 25 2003;
This discussion of the recent film Australian Rules explores the complexities of 'representation' in both art and politics.
Untitled Emma Gallager , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 3 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Gwynne Admits to Naivety Penelope Debelle , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 February 2002; (p. 4)
Family Plea to Stop Film Screening Tony Love , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 2002; (p. 10)
Story That Sparked Black and White Rage Up For Top Award Angela Bennie , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 April 2002; (p. 7)
Australian Rules Peter Ellingsen , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 10 August 2002; (p. [1]-4)
Controversy Rules Kelrick Martin , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 21 August no. 283 2002; (p. 38-39)
Kicking up a Storm Philippa Hawker , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 August 2002; (p. 4)
More About Race Than Aussie Rules Philip O'Brien , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 1 September 2002; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Too Contrived to be Affecting Evan Williams , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 August-1 September 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Untitled Magella Blinksell , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , October no. 222 2002; (p. 15)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Untitled Emma Gallager , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 3 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
More About Race Than Aussie Rules Philip O'Brien , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 1 September 2002; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Too Contrived to be Affecting Evan Williams , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 August-1 September 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Untitled Magella Blinksell , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , October no. 222 2002; (p. 15)

— Review of Australian Rules Phillip Gwynne Paul Goldman 2002 single work film/TV
Back Tracking Brian McFarlane , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 59-68)
Examines some issues raised by the making of Australian films about Aboriginal people in historical settings by white filmmakers.
Shared Dreamings Waiting to be Filmed Mark Byrne , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 May 2005; (p. 15)
Re-Visions of Two Aboriginal Histories : 'Rabit-Proof Fence' and 'Australian Rules' Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies , Spring-Fall vol. 12 no. 1-2 2006;
White Men Can Tell Stories But... : Reading Australian Rules and The Tracker at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, 2002 (A Festival of Truth and Reconciliation) Lorraine Johnson-Riordan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Placing Race and Localising Whiteness 2004; (p. 178-196)
Elites and Battlers in Australian Rules and Walking on Water Felicity Collins , Therese Davis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Cinema after Mabo 2004; (p. 41-58)
In this chapter Davis and Collins examine how the national 'imaginary' is shaped by new conditions involving the politics of identity 'informed by the tension between the claims of history and social mobility in the new economy.' The authors imply that the 'contemporary experiences of dislocated identities' underpinned by particular cultural notions regarding 'nation, class, race, ethnicity or gender' also involve the politics of memory based on a 'whitewashed version of British heritage.' Source : Australian Cinema After Mabo (2004).
Working Together : Two Cultures, One Film, Many Canoes Therese Davis , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , October - December no. 41 2006;
'An examination of director Rolf de Heer's unique collaboration with the Yolngu people of Ramingining of Northern Australia on Ten Canoes and the behind-the-scenes documentary Balanda and the Bark Canoes.' (Publisher's abstract)
The Rules of Being Australian Anna Daly , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , March-April no. 25 2003;
This discussion of the recent film Australian Rules explores the complexities of 'representation' in both art and politics.
Reconciliation and the History Wars in Australian Cinema Felicity Collins , 2011-2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exhuming Passions : The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia 2012; (p. 207-222)
'When The Proposition ( a UK/Australia co-production, directed by John Hillcoat and scripted by Nick Cave) was released in 2005, film reviewers had no qualms about claiming this spectacular saga of colonial violence on the Queensland frontier as a 'history' film. A reviewer on BBC Radio 4 described The Proposition as 'a bushranger Western...set in violent 1880s Australian outback exposing the bitter racial tensions between English and Irish settlers. A Sunday Times review declared that 'Australia's brutal post-colonial history is stripped of all the lies in a bloody clash of cultures between the British police, the Irish bushrangers and the Aborigines.' Foregrounding the film's revisionist spectacle of colonial violence, an Australian reviewer predicted that, despite 'scenes of throat-cutting torture, rape and exploding heads...The Proposition could be the most accurate look at our national history yet'. (Author's introduction, 207)
Seriously Funny : History and Humour in The Sapphires and Other Indigenous Comedies Rose Capp , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , July no. 63 2012;
'The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) opens in an idyllic rural setting. A group of young Aboriginal girls run home across the paddocks in the fading evening light to sing for a gathering of family and friends. But this benign atmosphere rapidly switches to terror as white Australian Government officials arrive on the scene and forcibly remove one of the girls from the Cummeraganja Mission community. It is the late 1960s, and State and Federal Government "child protection" policies allow the removal of so-called "half-caste" Aboriginal children from their families, leaving a devastating and traumatic legacy that the film goes on to address.' (Author's introduction)
Rules of Engagement Suzanne Brown , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 December 2001; (p. 14-15)
Gwynne Admits to Naivety Penelope Debelle , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 February 2002; (p. 4)
Family Plea to Stop Film Screening Tony Love , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 2002; (p. 10)
Story That Sparked Black and White Rage Up For Top Award Angela Bennie , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 April 2002; (p. 7)
Australian Rules Peter Ellingsen , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 10 August 2002; (p. [1]-4)
Controversy Rules Kelrick Martin , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 21 August no. 283 2002; (p. 38-39)
Kicking up a Storm Philippa Hawker , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 August 2002; (p. 4)
Cross-Cultural Adaptation and the Transition toward Reconciliation in Australian Film and Literature Samantha Fordham , 2011 single work essay criticism
— Appears in: Pockets of Change : Adaptation and Cultural Transition 2011; (p. 75-96)

'This chapter critically examines the challenges of cross-cultural narrative adaptation at a time of significant socio-political transition. The tragic story of the shooting deaths of two Indigenous youths in a remote South Australian fishing town in the 1970s became inspiration for Phillip Gwynne's debut novel Deadly Unna? (1998). The novel was a fictionalised account of his own experiences growing up in the area and was well received, winning a prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1999. It was later adapted for the screen by Paul Goldman, under the title Australian Rules (2002).' (Source: Introduction, Samantha Fordham 2011)

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