Nowhere Near Hollywood single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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There is a special sort of loneliness about sitting in a cinema on your own. Over the past year, I have frequently found myself watching an Australian movie as the sole member of an audience and, on three occasions, with only one other person in the cinema. Once the lights go down, it can be an uncomfortable, even spooky, feeling of detachment. Movie-going should be a communal activity of human smells, the eating of food, united laughter and tears. It heightens our pleasure to be able to share common experience in a dark cave, entranced by what is happening on the giant screen filled with light. Unfortunately that didn't happen to me very often, and the solitude probably made some dark films even grimmer.

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    y The Monthly no. 52 December 2009 Z1657793 2009 periodical issue 2009 pg. 44-52

Works about this Work

Finding Ourselves in Australian Films Brian McFarlane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 323 2010; (p. 48-50)
Brian McFarlane suggests that 'we shouldn't be browbeaten by the likes of Nowra, who assumes that filmmakers can have no higher aspiration than to take on Hollywood at its own game. At the very least, a country's art forms might be supposed to have something to say about the culture from which they draw their being ... Being near or far from Hollywood is neither here nor there - certainly not here, anyway.' (p.50)
Finding Ourselves in Australian Films Brian McFarlane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 323 2010; (p. 48-50)
Brian McFarlane suggests that 'we shouldn't be browbeaten by the likes of Nowra, who assumes that filmmakers can have no higher aspiration than to take on Hollywood at its own game. At the very least, a country's art forms might be supposed to have something to say about the culture from which they draw their being ... Being near or far from Hollywood is neither here nor there - certainly not here, anyway.' (p.50)
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