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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Confining Nature : Rites of Passage, Eco-Indigenes and the Uses of Meat in Walkabout
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Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) is a film about transitions: movement between childhood and adulthood, country and city, pre-modernity and modernity. My analysis of Roeg's classic is part of a study of the genre of environmental film: representations or re-visioning of the human-nature relationship. I explore Walkabout's transitions by observing how the film interweaves two coming-of-age stories: an aboriginal youth, Black Boy (David Gumpilil), on a walkabout (a trial to prove his readiness for manhood); and the Anglo children, Girl (Jenny Agutter) and White Boy (Lucien John, the director's son), he rescues in the Australian outback, especially a girl on the threshold of womanhood. But these rites of passage in turn contribute to the film's larger fabula told primarily through visual narrative: a critique of the post-industrial world's attitudes towards nature, including its disconnect from (or repression of) what is untamed or natural in human nature. (Source: introduction)

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