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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 ‘But Do I Care? No, I’m Too Old to Care’: Authority, Unfuckability, and Creative Freedom in Jane Campion’s Authorship After the Age of Sixty
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'The twenty-first century has seen an increase in scholarly interest in the discursive construction of women film practitioners, yet much of this literature focusses on women at the younger- or middle-aged ends of the spectrum, leaving the positioning of older women directors unexamined. Taking Jane Campion as an important case study, this paper explores how Campion is depicted in critical discourses including journalistic responses from Cannes, comments by female industry peers, her self-construction in interviews, and via the television show Top of the Lake, with its unique focus on themes of women and aging. While there is consistency within each discourse in which Campion is situated, each emphasises different facets of Campion’s career. This article explores counter-discourses around aging as uttered by Campion and as apparent in Top of the Lake and provides evidence of an intensified biographical focus in critical commentary from this stage of Campion’s career. While not definitively attributable to Campion’s biological age, the critical recourse to biography may be enabled by the sheer longevity of Campion’s career and many decades in the public eye. Taken together, these constructions of ‘Campion’ are contradictory, however many succeed in putting pressure on hegemonic notions of gender and aging.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Studies in Australasian Cinema vol. 13 no. 2-3 2019 20903968 2019 periodical issue

    'Welcome to the final issue of Studies in Australasian Cinema for 2019.

    'This double issue comprises three diverse articles that take us from the creative city to reviews of Queer cinema, and on to questions surrounding the construction of an ageing female auteur/author.' (Editorial introduction)

    pg. 67-82
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67-82 ‘But Do I Care? No, I’m Too Old to Care’: Authority, Unfuckability, and Creative Freedom in Jane Campion’s Authorship After the Age of Sixtysmall AustLit logo Studies in Australasian Cinema
  • Top of the Lake Jane Campion , Gerard Lee , 2013 series - publisher film/TV
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