Australian Cinema > types > noir


There is no Australian noir feature film. Noir films were made in the USA 1940-1959, a period during which almost no feature films were made in Australia.

To qualify as "true" noir, a film must contain most or all of the following:
Required: Dark, shadowy, contrasty images filmed in black and white (a contribution of German Expressionism) -- often at night and usually in a gritty urban setting
Required: Hard-boiled, cynical, disillusioned characters -- who are nevertheless usually likable
A male protagonist facing a moral dilemma and/or some kind of threat
An alluring, sassy, independent and usually dangerous woman (who often suffers for independence)
Often: A crime or detective story (Cain, Chandler, Hammett)
Flashbacks -- a wavering past and present, inextricably linked
A voice-over narration ...
Crisp, often witty dialog, sprinkled with great one-liners
Often: A German, Austrian or Austro-Hungarian director of the German school (Curtiz, Lang, Maté, Preminger, Siodmak, Ulmer, Wilder, et al)
A healthy dose of paranoia or, at the very least, a strong sense of insecurity, betrayal, or being trapped
Angst, American style
Required for "pure" film noir: no happy ending. A happy ending turns a film noir into a film gris or a melodrama done in noir style. Hyde Filippo.

Luke Buckmaster has suggested that Goldstone has some of the characteristics of a noir film, particularly in the characters of Jay Swan and Maureen.

Goldstone (Ivan Sen, 2016) prod. David Jowsey, Bunya Productions; Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, Alex Russell, David Gulpilil, David Wenham, Tom E. Lewis; spinoff from Mystery Road; western; shot Middleton, Qld

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