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Rumblings from Australia’s deep south: Tasmanian gothic on-screen


Bullock, EJ, Rumblings from Australia's deep south: Tasmanian gothic on-screen, Studies in Australasian Cinema, 5, (1) pp. 71-80. ISSN 1750-3175 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1386/sac.5.1.71_1


This article examines the current cinematic attention to Tasmania and its stories, with particular attention paid to the Gothic mode. ‘Tasmanian Gothic’ has become a by-word for the unsettling combination of Tasmania’s colonial histories and its harsh landscapes in literature, but its cinematic counterpart has virtually been ignored. It is suggested that Tasmania is experiencing a renaissance on the big screen and it is the Gothic that appears to be the most dominant mode through which it is pictured. The article then charts a history of local Tasmanian Gothic cinematic production, a hybrid vision that tends towards a combination of stylistic, thematic, historical and geographic elements. Tasmanian Gothic cinema refers not simply to productions by Tasmanian film-makers, but to the broader on-screen representation of the island, its culture and histories by a range of local, interstate and international crews. As this article suggests, Gothic cinematic representations of Tasmania are yoked by a number of persistent concerns that act in dialogue with the unique cultural and geographic positioning of Australia’s only island state.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, Gothic, cannibalism, landscape, island, colonialism
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bullock, EJ (Dr Emily Bullock)
ID Code:118554
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-13
Last Modified:2017-08-22

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