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Postcolonial longing on the Australian cinematic frontier


Marsh, P, Postcolonial longing on the Australian cinematic frontier, Ilha do Desterro, 69, (2) pp. 177-191. ISSN 0101-4846 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5007/2175-8026.2016v69n2p177


The Tracker and Red Hill are cinematic re-interpretations of Australia’s colonial past, which they characterise by a sense of postcolonial longing and an expectation of intimacy. Both films are portals through which arguments about historical truth, subjective memory and contemporary realities are explored and tested. In this paper I argue that both these two films create the idea that the historical colonial space was a constant interplay of violence and beauty, and of hatred and friendship. As black and white characters negotiate their way in and around these seemingly polemical positions, viewers are also challenged to do the same.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian film, reconciliation cinema, colonial Australia, Aboriginal representation, Australian frontier drama
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Cinema studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
ID Code:109413
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-06-15
Last Modified:2017-11-24
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