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Australia Day: a survivor’s film guide


Blackwood, G, Australia Day: a survivor's film guide, The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, 26 January (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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Australia Day. Invasion Day. Survival Day. Amid the nationalistic fervour that takes place at this time of the year, it is worth remembering that January 26 – the date, in 1788, that the British Governor Arthur Phillip arrived with the First Fleet at Sydney Cove – is not just a time of national celebration but a day that marks the beginning of centuries of geographical appropriation, savagery and cultural oppression of the continent’s original owners. If you’re opting out of the backyard barbeque and tinnies today, perhaps you might enjoy this list of movies and videos that look at ways contemporary Sydney has been fictionally invaded or destroyed on the big screen. It seems to me no coincidence that in Australian popular culture our founding colony is usually the site of major onscreen attacks. Beyond the city’s iconic status internationally, might this speak of cultural guilt and repressed truths? In any case, we can watch these fictional invasions and reflect – today of all days – on the real ones.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Australian cinema, film, national identity
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Screen media
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:135867
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2019-11-20

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