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Adaptation of Praise Andrew McGahan , 1992 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Praise
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Within the confines of a seedy Brisbane boarding house, Gordon, the inert protagonist, and his demanding, eczema-suffering girlfriend Cynthia repeatedly attempt to connect with each other. Unlike other films portraying sex in a rather open and frank way, Praise is less about sex than about failure. Being a loser has been a regular mainstay of independent films for a long time, but this film attempts to expose the emotional strata rather than the social aspects. Cynthia's crudeness becomes the expression of self-defeating behaviour and Gordon's torpor is played for much more than laughs from the audience. Praise is in many ways an era-defining Australian film, accurately portraying and examining the contemporary landscape of heterosexual love and the blurring of traditional gender roles and emotional states.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Form: screenplay
      ca. 2000 .
      Extent: 103 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Final draft (before commencement of filming).

      • Copyright: Martha Coleman. -t.p.

Works about this Work

The Making of Praise : An Aussie Grunge Classic Erin Free , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 18 August 2017;
Rules of Engagement : Cross-Cultural Glances in Critical Writing on Recent French and Australian 'Youth' Films Joe Hardwick , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 73-84)
Scrubbers : The 'Great Unwashed' of Australian Cinema Terrie Waddell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Womenvision : Women and the Moving Image in Australia 2003; (p. 183-195)
Examines the function of a particular type of female character in Australian cinema.
Not Made in Queensland Andrew McGahan , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , September no. 100 2001; (p. 18-20) Hot Iron Corrugated Sky : 100 Years of Queensland Writing 2002; (p. 38-44)
Shelf Life Jason Steger , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2000; (p. 8)
Shelf Life Jason Steger , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2000; (p. 8)
Rules of Engagement : Cross-Cultural Glances in Critical Writing on Recent French and Australian 'Youth' Films Joe Hardwick , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 73-84)
Not Made in Queensland Andrew McGahan , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , September no. 100 2001; (p. 18-20) Hot Iron Corrugated Sky : 100 Years of Queensland Writing 2002; (p. 38-44)
Scrubbers : The 'Great Unwashed' of Australian Cinema Terrie Waddell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Womenvision : Women and the Moving Image in Australia 2003; (p. 183-195)
Examines the function of a particular type of female character in Australian cinema.
The Making of Praise : An Aussie Grunge Classic Erin Free , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 18 August 2017;
Last amended 30 Aug 2017 11:09:58
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