Colonial Mythology in Twenty-First Century Australian FilmBen Chapman,
2014single work criticism — Appears in:
Studies in Australasian Cinema,vol.
12014;(p. 16-33)'This article explores the changing nature of representations of the landscape in Australian film. It focuses on how these myths are changing in the recent films Japanese Story and Red Dog. It charts the ways that the two films represent changes to the mythological base of Australian film, as it is outlined by Ross Gibson in his book South of the West: Postcolonialism and the Narrative Construction of Australia. It also charts the way these films continue the tradition that Gibson outlines. The article criticises analysis of some recent Australian film, claiming that the analysis is too focused on emerging stories that relate to indigenous reconciliation and multicultural integration. It suggests that the methodologies used to examine landscape in Australian film need to examine visual constructions of the landscape in order to fully understand the complex process that goes into its formation in film. The article also engages in a discussion of the development of monolithic ideas of Australian identity in the twentieth century and how mining mythology in the films studied is co-opting elements of this identity. It then discusses the ways in which cultural power interacts with the political and economic spheres suggesting a wider application for work concerning cultural knowledge of society.' (Publication summary)
Red Dog : The Pilbara WandererAnna Blagrove,
2013single work criticism — Appears in:
112013;(p. 19-24)'This article seeks to provide an overview and analysis of the 2011
Australian film, Red Dog as a popular cultural product from Western Australia.
Set in a working class mining community in the 1970s, I argue that it provides a
new outback legend in the form of Red Dog. This article stems from a review of
Red Dog as Film of the Year written for the forthcoming Directory of World
Cinema: Australian and New Zealand Second Edition from Intellect Books.' (Author's abstract)
Iron MenGarry Maddox,
2011single work column — Appears in:
The Sydney Morning Herald,16-17 July2011;(p. 6-7)The resources boom is spreading to the red carpet, as miners throw their weight -and cash - behind Australian movies.