Adaptation has played an important role in Australian cultural history: from the early adaptation of Australian and overseas texts into first dramas, then silent films and radio plays to the modern-day adaptation, both locally and internationally, of Australian-produced television, films, literary works, and emerging media such as graphic novels and video-games.
This exhibition serves to highlight some key moments and events related to adaptation as it affects Australian writing.
It is not a comprehensive listing of every adaptation in the AustLit database.
The exhibition showcases some of the broader categories of adaptation related to Australia and Australians: the use of adaptation in the early film industry; the adaptation of Australian works across the globe; the Australian writers who made their livings, at least partly, through adapting other works; adaptations on television; and some of the most frequently adapted Australian works. It also takes a subset of AustLit's records on adaptation for an exercise in data visualisation.
The original iteration of this exhibition was compiled in 2014 by Dr Catriona Mills, supported by the ARC-funded Discovery Project, DP130101455 ‘Media Transformation in its Australian and International Contexts: Analysis and Theory-building’ by Professor Tom O'Regan. It was updated in 2020 by Dr Arti Singh as part of a WRIT7040 internship, under the guidance of both Professor Tom O'Regan and Dr Catriona Mills.
This interactive bar graph below shows the total number of works that are listed as being adaptations (blue bars) or having adaptations (red bars), based on AustLit's records as at July 2020.
The data is organised by decade, with each bar showing the number of works during a ten year period as indicated.
Hover your cursor over the bars or the legend to explore the data further.
This exhibition is not a comprehensive listing of every adaptation in the AustLit database.
What this exhibition does is showcase some of the broader categories of adaptation as it affects Australian writing: the role of adaptation in the early film industry; the adaptation of Australian works internationally; the Australian writers who made their livings, at least partly, through adapting other works; adaptations on television; and some of the most frequently adapted Australian works.
To explore adaptations in the database outside this exhibition, below are some handy links to searches designed around pre-determined parameters (links open in new window).
|All adaptations in AustLit.||Only adaptations produced in Australia (no international productions).|
|All film and television adaptations in AustLit.||Only film and television productions made in Australia (no international productions).|
|Films, telemovies, television plays (adaptations only).||Film series and television series (adaptations only).|
|Stage plays (adaptations only).||Radio plays (adaptations only).|
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