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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema : Poetics and Screen Geographies
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'‘Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema’ comprises eight essays, an introduction and conclusion, and the analysis of poetics and cultural geographies is focused on landmark films and television. The first section of the book, ‘Backtracks: Landscape and Identity’, refers to films from and before the revival, beginning with the 1978 film 'The Irishman' as an example of heritage cinema in which performances of gender and race, like the setting, suggest a romanticised and uncritical image of colonial Australia. It is compared to Baz Luhrmann’s 'Australia' (2008) and several other films. In the second chapter, ‘Heritage Enigmatic’, 'The Irishman' is also drawn into comparison with Charles Chauvel’s ‘Jedda’ (1955), as films that incorporate Indigenous performances in this heritage discourse through the role of voice and sound. In Part 2, ‘Silences in Paradise’, the first essay, ‘Tropical Gothic’, focuses on Rachel Perkins’s 'Radiance' (1998) as a landmark post-colonial film that questions the connotations of icons of paradise in Queensland. The discussion leads to films, in the next chapter, ‘Island Girls Friday’, that figure women on Queensland islands, spanning the pre-revival and contemporary era: ‘Age of Consent’ (1969), ‘Nim’s Island’ (2008) and ‘Uninhabited’ (2010). Part 3, ‘Masculine Dramas of the Coast’ moves to the Gold Coast, in films dating from before and since the current spike in transnational production at the Warner Roadshow film studios there, namely, 'The Coolangatta Gold' (1984), 'Peter Pan' (2003), and 'Sanctum' (2011). The final section, ‘Regional Backtracks’, turns, first, to two television series, ‘Remote Area Nurse’ (2006), and ‘The Straits’ (2012), that share unique provenance of production in the Torres Strait and far north regions of Queensland, while, in the final chapter, the iconic outback districts of western Queensland figure the convergence of land, landscape and location in films with potent perspectives on Indigenous histories in ‘The Proposition’ (2005) and ‘Mystery Road’ (2013). ‘Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema’ presents the various regions as syncretic spaces subject to transitions of social and industry practices over time.'

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    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Anthem Press ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 172p.p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: Sep 2019 (paperback)
      Note/s:
      • Published July 2016.
      ISBN: 9781783085491 (hbk), 9781785271885 (pbk)
      Series: y separately published work icon Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture London : Anthem Press , 2016 9437932 2016 series - publisher criticism

Works about this Work

Allison Craven, Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema : Poetics and Screen Geographies (Anthem Press, 2016) Ben Kooyman , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'Queensland’s role as a location for film productions, a setting for film narratives, and a locus for local, national, and cinematic identities is the theme of Allison Craven’s Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema: Poetics and Screen Geographies. Craven’s work ‘pose[s] the idea of region as a source of cinematic identity, and … examine[s] how location affects a film’s meaning’ . Using films made and/or set in Queensland as her primary texts, Craven advocates for progressing from a generalised vision of Australia on film towards a vision that foregrounds regional space and identity. In doing so, she considers how these Queensland-based productions contribute to national identity in these transnational times, as well as how Queensland figures into representations of Australia within the broader context of film as a dominant commercial art form and global storytelling practice.' (Introduction)
Allison Craven, Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema : Poetics and Screen Geographies (Anthem Press, 2016) Ben Kooyman , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'Queensland’s role as a location for film productions, a setting for film narratives, and a locus for local, national, and cinematic identities is the theme of Allison Craven’s Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema: Poetics and Screen Geographies. Craven’s work ‘pose[s] the idea of region as a source of cinematic identity, and … examine[s] how location affects a film’s meaning’ . Using films made and/or set in Queensland as her primary texts, Craven advocates for progressing from a generalised vision of Australia on film towards a vision that foregrounds regional space and identity. In doing so, she considers how these Queensland-based productions contribute to national identity in these transnational times, as well as how Queensland figures into representations of Australia within the broader context of film as a dominant commercial art form and global storytelling practice.' (Introduction)
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Subjects:
  • The Irishman Donald Crombie , 1978 single work film/TV
  • Australia Baz Luhrmann , Stuart Beattie , Ronald Harwood , Richard Flanagan , 2008 single work film/TV
  • Jedda Charles Chauvel , Elsa Chauvel , 1955 single work film/TV
  • Radiance Louis Nowra , 1998 single work film/TV
  • The Age of Consent Peter Yeldham , 1969 single work film/TV
  • Nim's Island Jennifer Flackett , Mark Levin , 2008 single work film/TV
  • Uninhabited Bill Bennett , 2010 single work film/TV
  • The Coolangatta Gold Ted Robinson , Peter Schreck , 1984 single work film/TV
  • Peter Pan P. J. Hogan , Michael Goldenberg , 2003 single work film/TV
  • Sanctum Andrew Wight , 2011 single work film/TV
  • RAN Alice Addison , John Alsop , Sue Smith , 2006 series - publisher film/TV
  • The Straits Louis Nowra , Blake Ayshford , Nicholas Parsons , Kristen Dunphy , Jaime Browne , 2012 series - publisher film/TV
  • The Proposition Nick Cave , 2005 single work film/TV
  • Mystery Road Ivan Sen , 2013 single work film/TV
  • Queensland,
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