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Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema

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This book presents an extended, depth perspective on Australian cinema from the New Wave to the present.


‘Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema’ explores aspects of gender, race and region in films and television produced in the northern Australian state of Queensland. Drawing on a range of scholarly sources and an extensive filmography, the essays in the book investigate poetics and production histories from the 'period' films of the Australian cinema revival of the 1970s to contemporary 'Queensland-genre' films, highlighting the resonances of regional locations amid the energetic growth of the film industry, and promotion of Queensland as a production destination.


‘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.


List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Regional Features; Part 1 Backtracks: Landscape and Identity; Chaper 1. Period Features, Heritage Cinema: Region, Gender and Race in The Irishman; Chaper 2. Heritage Enigmatic: The Silence of the Dubbed in Jedda and The Irishman; Part 2 Silences in Paradise; Chaper 3. Tropical Gothic and the Music of the Cane Fields in Radiance; Chaper 4. Island Girls Friday: Women, Adventure and the Tropics; Part 3 Masculine Dramas of the Coast; Chaper 5. The Sunshine Boys: Peter Pan and the Iron Man in the Coastal Cinema of Queensland; Chaper 6. A Pacific Parable: Cave and Coastal Masculinities in Sanctum; Part 4 Regional Backtracks; Chaper 7. Unknown Queensland in Torres Strait Television: RAN and The Straits; Chaper 8. Back to the Back: Genre Queensland and Westerns in Winton; Conclusion: On Location in Queensland; Notes; Filmography; Works Cited; Index.

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Published 09 July 2016
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EAN13 9781783085514
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