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The Cinema of Australia and New Zealand

Edited by Geoff Mayer and Keith Beattie

 Publication date: 11 March 2007<br><br> 288 pages

978-1-904764-96-0    £18.99 (pbk)

978-1-904764-97-7    £50.00 (hbk)


‘An involving and highly informative foray into both 
the well-known and unsung triumphs of Australasian 
cinema’

Lawrie Zion, La Trobe University



From The Story of the Kelly Gang in 1906 
to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Australia 
and New Zealand have made a unique impact on 
international cinema. This book celebrates the 
commercially successful narrative feature films 
produced by these film cultures as well as key 
documentaries, shorts and independent films. Much 
more than a descriptive historical overview, this 
collection of essays invokes issues involving national 
identity, indigeneity, history and the ability of two 
small film cultures to survive the economic and 
cultural threat from Hollywood.

 

Chapters on well-known films, and directors, such as 
The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter 
Weir, 1982), The Piano (Jane Campion, 
1993), Fellowship of the Ring (Peter 
Jackson, 2001) and Rabbit Proof Fence 
(Philip Noyce, 2002) are included with less 
celebrated, but equally important, films and 
filmmakers such as Jedda (Charles 
Chauvel, 1955), They’re a Weird Mob 
(Michael Powell, 1966), Vigil (Vincent 
Ward, 1984) and The Goddess of 1967 
(Clara Law, 2000). Through this broad and varied 
selection, the book aims to reveal the diversity of 
Australasian filmmaking from an aesthetic, authorial, 
technical and cultural perspective.

Geoff Mayer is Reader and Associate 
Professor in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University, 
Melbourne, Australia. Publications include The 
Oxford Companion to Australian Film (1999) 
and The New Australian Cinema 
(1992).

 

Keith Beattie teaches within the Faculty of 
Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. His 
publications include The Scar that Binds 
(1998) and Documentary Screens 
(2003).



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