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Picturing a Golden Age: September and Australian Rules


Marsh, Pauline, Picturing a Golden Age: September and Australian Rules, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, (5) Article 4. ISSN 2009-4078 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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In two Australian coming-of-age feature films, Australian Rules and September, the central young characters hold idyllic notions about friendship and equality that prove to be the keys to transformative onscreen behaviours. Intimate intersubjectivity, deployed in the close relationships between the indigenous and nonindigenous protagonists, generates multiple questions about the value of normalised adult interculturalism. I suggest that the most pointed significance of these films lies in the compromises that the young adults make. As they reach the inevitable moral crisis that awaits them on the cusp of adulthood, despite pressures to abandon their childhood friendships they instead sustain their utopian (golden) visions of the future.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
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, Pauline (Dr Pauline Marsh)
ID Code:85759
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-08-06
Last Modified:2014-04-11
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