231 Australian Cinema Readings


There are two textbooks:

Garry Gillard 2008, Ten Types of Australian Film, second edition, Murdoch University: set.
Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press: recommended.

Another important source of information for the unit is 'Major genres', Chapter 3 of Steve Neale, Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London, 2000: 51-149; 791.43 NEA 2000.
The Neale chapter is available from the Library - like many of the other readings - in the form of a PDF document (open it with the free Acrobat Reader - or other such software).

'Major genres' as PDF
This is like a third textbook, and will be referred to in most weeks.
You'll need the references for this chapter, and Neale's complete bibliography is also available from the Library.
Introduction

Christine Gledhill & Steve Neale 1999, 'History of genre criticism', in Pam Cook & Mieke Bernink eds, The Cinema Book, second edition, BFI, London: 137-147; 791.43 CIN 1999.

Daniel Chandler, Introduction to Genre Theory: use this as introductory background reading, but don't cite it in assignments.

Tim Dirks, filmsite.org: use this if you want a superficial introductory overview of some genres and therefore as introductory background reading, but do not quote or cite it in assignments, as it is not scholarly.

Carol Barker [now Carol Laseur] 1989, The Field of Genre and Australian Filmic Texts: Transforming Cultural Narratives, Honours Dissertation, Communication Studies, School of Humanities, 1989 (excluding Ch. 5)

Robin Wood 1977, 'Ideology, genre, auteur', Film Comment, 13, 1, January-February: 46-51; repr. Barry Keith Grant ed., Film Genre Reader, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1986: 59-73; 791.43015 FIL 1986.

Gerald Mast, Marshall Cohen, & Leo Braudy 1992, 'Film genres' [introduction to the section], Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, fourth edition, Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford: 429-434. [There are fifth and sixth editions, the sixth edited by Braudy & Cohen.]

Barry Keith Grant 1986, 'Introduction', in Barry Keith Grant ed., Film Genre Reader, University of Texas Press, Austin: xi-xvi; 791.43015 FIL 1986

Jonathan Rayner 2000, 'Introduction', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 1: Introduction


Adventure

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 2: The Adventure Film.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Action-adventure', Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London & New York: 51-60.


Art film

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 3: Art Film.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 11: The Art Film.

Julian Petley 1999, 'Art cinema', in Pam Cook & Mieke Bernink eds 1999, The Cinema Book, second edition, BFI, London: 106-111.

Pam Cook 1999, 'Authorship and cinema: Introduction', in The Cinema Book, second edition, BFI, London: 235-239.


Biopic

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 4: The Biopic.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Biopics', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 61-65.


Comedy

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 5: Comedy.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Comedy', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 64-71.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 8: Comedy.

Stephen Crofts, 'The Castle: 1997's 'battlers' and the ir/relevance of the aesthetic', in Ian Craven ed., Australian Cinema in the 1990s, Portland, London: 159-174.

Garry Gillard, 'Quirkiness in Australian Cinema', Australian Screen Education, no. 29, 2002: 30-35.


Coming-of-age/rite-of-passage film

Jonathan Rayner 2000, 'The rite of passage film', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 142-149.


Crime

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 6: Crime.

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 7: The Detective Film.

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 12: Suspense Thriller.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Contemporary crime: detective films, gangster films and suspense thrillers', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 71-85.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 3: Crime.

Tzvetan Todorov 1977 [1966], 'The typology of detective fiction', Chapter 3 of The Poetics of Prose, tr. Richard Howard, Blackwell, Oxford: 42-52. 809.3 T639 3


Horror and Science Fiction

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 8: Horror, and Chapter 10: Science Fiction.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Horror and science fiction', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 92-104.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 9: Gothic.

Andrew Tudor, 'From paranoia to postmodernism? the horror movie in late modern society', in Steve Neale ed. 2002, Genre and Contemporary Hollywood, BFI, London: 105-116. 791.436 GEN 2002

Robin Wood 1979, 'Introduction', in Andrew Britton, Lippe, Williams & Robin Wood eds, American Nightmare: Essays on the Horror Film, Festival of Festivals, Toronto. [Not held by MULib.]

David Thomas & Garry Gillard, 'New Australian Gothic cinema', Metro, 136, 2003: 36-44.

Rama Venkatasawmy & Tom O'Regan 1998, 'Only one day at the beach: Dark City and Australian filmmaking', Metro, 117: 16-28. 791.43 M594 1

Jonathan Rayner, 'New glamour, new Gothic : Australian films in the 1990s', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 129-165. [ECMS]


Musical

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 9: The Musical.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Musicals', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 104-112.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 7: The Musical.

Rick Altman 1978, 'The American film musical: paradigmatic structure and mediatory function', Wide Angle, 2, January: 10-17; repr. Genre: The Musical, Routledge, London, 1981: 197-207.

Jane Feuer 1992 [1977], 'The self-reflexive musical and the myth of entertainment', Quarterly Review of Film Studies, 2, 3, August: 313-326. [Not held by MULib.]


Road movie

Rama Venkatasawmy, Catherine Simpson & Tanja Visosevic 2001, 'From sand to bitumen, from bushrangers to "bogans" and "mongrels": the Australian road movie', Journal of Australian Studies, no. 70, 'Romancing the Nation', ed. Richard Nile.

Steven Cohan & Ina Rae Hark eds 1997, The Road Movie Book, Routledge, London and New York, 'Introduction': 3-14.

Mia Treacey 2000, 'Bitumen, dirt tracks and lost highways: Australian road movies: a select bibliography and filmography', Metro Magazine Online; Issue 124/125; 2000; 144-151. [no longer available for free]

Jonathan Rayner 2000, 'Australian road movies', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 149-153.


Social Realism

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 11: The Social Realist Film.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Social problem films', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 112-118.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 4: The Social Problem Film.

Garry Gillard & Lois Achimovich, 'The representation of madness in some Australian films', Journal of Critical Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy, 3, 1, Spring 2003: 9-19.

Garry Gillard, 'Teesh and Trude: everyday life as heroic', Metro, 134, 2002: 20-23.

Dave Palmer & Garry Gillard, 'Ambivalence, Aborigines and Australian cinema', Metro, 134, 2002: 128-134.


Teenpic

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 13: The Teenpic.

Steve Neale 2000, 'Teenpics', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 118-125.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 10: The Teenpic.

Jonathan Rayner 2000, 'The rite of passage film', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 142-149.

Adrian Martin 1989, 'The teen movie: why bother?' Cinema Papers, 75: 10-15.


Unity of Australian cinema

O'Regan, Tom 1996, 'Unity', Chapter 8 of Australian National Cinema, Routledge, London: 189-212.

Ian Craven 2001, Introduction: 'Australian Cinema Towards the Millennium', Australian Cinema in the 1990s, Portland, London.

Nigel Spence & Leah McGirr 2001, 'Unhappy endings: the heterosexual dynamic in Australian film', in Ian Craven ed., Australian Cinema in the 1990s, Portland, London: 37-56.

Jonathan Rayner 2000, 'Introduction', Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester.


Western

Steve Neale 2000, 'Westerns', part of Chapter 3 of Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London: 133-142.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 2: The Western.

William D. Routt, 'More Australian than Aristotelian: the Australian bushranger film, 1904-1914'

Jim Kitses 1969, 'Authorship and genre: notes on the western', Chapter 1 of Horizons West, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & London: 7-27; 791.436278 KIT 1970

Robert Warshow 1962, 'Movie chronicle: the westerner', from The Immediate Experience, Atheneum, New York: 135-154. 791.43 W295 1


Woman's film

Albert Moran & Errol Vieth 2006, Film in Australia: An Introduction, CUP, Chapter 14: Women's Film.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 5: Melodrama.

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 6: The Woman's Film.

Annette Kuhn 1999, 'Women's genres: melodrama, soap opera and theory', Feminist Film Theory: A Reader, edited by Sue Thornham, Chapter 12, New York University Press, New York: 146-56.

Tania Modleski 1992 [1984], 'Time and desire in the woman's film', Cinema Journal, 23, 3, Spring. SOUTH WING LEVEL 2 J 791.43 C574 2

Helena Sharp & Garry Gillard, '"A path of great courage": The Piano', Australian Screen Education, 35, 2004: 109-112

Mary Ann Doane 1987, 'Remembering women: psychical and historical constructions in film theory', Continuum, 1, 2: 3-14.

Gillian Swanson 1991, 'Building the feminine: feminist film theory and female spectatorship', Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture, 4, 2, ed. John Hartley, Television and ...

Thomas Elsaesser 1992 [1972], 'Tales of sound and fury: observations on the family melodrama', in Gerald Mast, Marshall Cohen, & Leo Braudy eds, Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, fourth edition, Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford: 512-535. 791.4301 FIL 1992

Linda Williams 1992 [1984], 'When the woman looks', from Mary Anne Doane, Patricia Mellencamp & Linda Williams eds, Re-Vision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism, University Publications of America, & the American Film Institute, Frederick, Md. 791.435 R454


Conclusion

Garry Gillard, Ten Types of Australian Film, Chapter 12: Conclusion.


Selective Australian Cinema Reference Bibliography
Entries completely in bold are or include annotated filmographies.
Baxter, John 1970, Australian Cinema, Pacific Books, Sydney.

Bertrand, Ina & Diane Collins 1981, Government and Film in Australia, Currency Press, Sydney.

Blonski, Annette, Barbara Creed & Freda Freiberg eds 1987, Don't Shoot Darling!: Women's Independent film-making in Australia, Greenhouse Publications, Richmond, Melbourne.

Collins, Diane 1987, Hollywood Down Under: Australians at the Movies: 1886 to the Present Day, Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, Sydney.

Collins, Felicity & Therese Davies 2004, Australian Cinema After Mabo, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Craven, Ian ed. 2001, Australian Cinema in the 1990s, Portland, London.

Dermody, Susan & Elizabeth Jacka 1987, The Screening of Australia, Vol. 1: Anatomy of a Film Industry, Currency Press, Sydney.

Dermody, Susan & Elizabeth Jacka 1988, The Screening of Australia, vol. 2: Anatomy of a National Cinema, Currency Press, Sydney.

Dermody, Susan & Elizabeth Jacka eds 1988, The Imaginary Industry: Australian Film in the late '80s, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney.

Hall, Ken G. 1980, Australian Film: The Inside Story, Summit Books, Sydney.

Jennings, Karen 1993, Sites of Difference: Cinematic Representations of Aboriginality and Gender, Australian Film Institute, Melbourne.

Langton, Marcia 1993, 'Well, I heard it on the radio and I saw it on the television ... ' An Essay for the Australian Film Commission on the politics and aesthetics of film-making by and about Aboriginal people and things, AFC, Sydney.

Laseur, Carol 1992, 'Australian exploitation: the politics of bad taste', Continuum, 5, 2, 366-77.

McFarlane, Brian 1987, Australian Cinema 1970-1985, William Heinemann Australia, Richmond, Melbourne.

McFarlane, Brian & Geoff Mayer 1992, New Australian Cinema: Sources and Parallels in American and British Film, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, Melbourne.

Mills, Jane 2001, The Money Shot: Cinema, Sin and Censorship, Pluto, Sydney.

Moran, Albert & Tom O'Regan eds 1985, An Australian Film Reader, Currency Press, Sydney.

Moran, Albert & Tom O'Regan eds 1989, The Australian Screen, Penguin, Ringwood, Vic.

Murray, Scott ed. 1980, The New Australian Cinema, Nelson/Cinema Papers, Melbourne.

Murray, Scott ed. 1988, Back of Beyond: Discovering Australian Film and Television, Australian Film Commission, Sydney.

Murray, Scott ed. 1994, Australian Cinema, Allen & Unwin/Australian Film Commission, St Leonards, Sydney.

Murray, Scott ed. 1995, Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features, 2nd edn, OUP/AFI/Cinema Papers, Melbourne.

Steve Neale, 'Film noir', Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London, 2000: 151-177.

Steve Neale, 'Melodrama and the woman's film', Genre and Hollywood, Routledge, London, 2000: 179-204.

O'Regan, Tom 1996, Australian National Cinema, Routledge, London.

Pike, Andrew & Ross Cooper 1998, Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, revised edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Rattigan, Neil 1991, Images of Australia: 100 Films of the New Australian Cinema, Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas.

Rayner, Jonathan 2000, Contemporary Australian Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Reid, Mary Anne 1993, Long Shots to Favourites: Australian Cinema Successes in the 90s, AFC, Sydney.

Reid, Mary Anne 1999, More Long Shots: Australian Cinema Successes in the 90s, AFC, Sydney, AKCCMP, Brisbane. 791.430994 REI 1999

Shirley, Graham & Brian Adams 1989, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, revised edition, Currency, Melbourne.

Stratton, David 1980, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

Stratton, David 1990, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan Macmillan, Sydney.

Tulloch, John 1982, Australian Cinema, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Turner, Graeme 1986, 1993, National Fictions: Literature, Film and the Construction of Australian Narrative, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Verhoeven, Deb, 1999, Twin Peeks: Australian and New Zealand Feature Films, Damned Publishing, Melbourne.

Wright, Andree 1986, Brilliant Careers: Women in Australian Cinema, Sydney: Pan Books.


Readings for 2003 and previous years

Tom O'Regan, Film in the 1970s, typescript, Murdoch University, 1996.

Tom O'Regan 1989, 'The enchantment with the cinema: film in the 1980s', in Albert Moran & Tom O'Regan eds., Australian Screen, Penguin, Ringwood: 118-145.

Tom O'Regan, Australian cinema in the 1990s, in Peter Tapp (ed.) and James Sabine (associate ed.), Australian Feature Films, Informit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and The Australian Catalogue of New Films & Videos Ltd, Melbourne. CDROM and OzFilm Site.

Ross Gibson 1992, 'The nature of a nation: landscape in Australian feature films', in Ross Gibson, South of the West, University of Indiana Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis: 63-81. 700.994 GIB 1992

Rama Venkatasawmy, Theorising the hybridity of Australian filmmaking: existing sites, Honours dissertation, Chapter 2.

Meaghan Morris 1988, 'Tooth and claw', The Pirate's Fiancee: Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism, Verso, London & New York: 241-269.

Debi Enker 1994, 'Australia and the Australians', in Scott Murray ed., Australian Cinema, Allen & Unwin, Sydney: 211-225.

Chris Berry 1994, 'Denis O'Rourke's Original Sin: The Good Woman of Bangkok', in Chris Berry, A Bit on the Side: East-West Topographies of Desire, EM Press, Sydney: 21-59.


Additional reading/material

Celluloid Heroes (video program on Oz cinema 1970-1990s)

Mary Anne Reid 1999, 'Snapshot of the 90s', Chapter 1 of More Long Shots: Australian Cinema Successes in the 90s, AFC, Sydney, AKCCMP, Brisbane.


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