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New Australian Cinema

New Australian Cinema
Sources and Parallels in American and British Film


  • Date Published: November 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521387682


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  • The institutions and products of the Australian film industry have been extensively surveyed, yet few analyses consider the sources of the film revival that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. This book represents a body of thinking about Australian cinema that asks where the origins of films lie. The book begins by tracing the indebtedness of Australian cinema to the classical narrative style of Hollywood film-making, with its firm grasp of melodrama. It continues by comparing the problems faced by the 'high' British cinema of the 1940s and 1950s with those faced by Australia in the 1970s and 1980s in the attempts by both countries to establish national film industries. New Australian Cinema will increase the scope of the discussion about the revival of Australian cinema and help us to make cultural sense of the films themselves.

    • This book adopts an original approach to the new Australian cinema
    • Coverage of British film will make this study of interest to readers in the UK
    • Presents a comprehensive analysis of British cinema in the 1940s
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521387682
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Introduction
    Part II:
    2. American Classical Cinema and the melodramatic tradition
    3. The melodrama of isolation and defeat: Australian cinema since Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Part III:
    4. Two booms: 'High' British cinema and new Australian cinema
    5. The films: Britain (1940–1960) and Australia (1970–1990)
    Part IV:
    6. Observations and conclusions
    Selected bibliography on Australian cinema

  • Authors

    Brian McFarlane

    Geoff Mayer

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