A study of the representation of Aboriginal people in Australian cinema

Murphy, Corrine (2013) A study of the representation of Aboriginal people in Australian cinema. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Throughout Australian cinema, the representations of Aboriginal Australians have been problematic. This study investigates the portrayal of Aboriginal people within film and how the history of their culture has shaped these representations. The first chapter analyses the problematic stereotypes created by white mainstream filmmakers within three features; 'Walkabout' (Nicolas Roeg, 1971), 'Rabbit Proof Fence' (Phillip Noyce, 2002) and 'Australia' (Baz Luhrmann, 2008). In particular, attention will be paid to how these stereotypes have been manufactured to attract a western audience by foregrounding mysterious, exotic, primitive characteristics of Aboriginal people within these films. The second chapter will examine the response to these misrepresentations by Aboriginal filmmakers and how they have subverted the traditional stereotypes and have depicted their own race authentically.'Beneath Clouds' (Ivan Sen, 2002), 'Samson and Delilah' (Warwick Thornton, 2009) and 'Here I Am' (Beck Cole, 2010) are the films analysed within this chapter. They present the issues within modern Aboriginal communities with gritty realist aesthetics emphasising the truth of these political dramas. With the help of Aboriginal agencies, indigenous films are becoming vastly popular within mainstream cinema. Wider audiences are being introduced to the true modern Aboriginal culture which overrides the clichéd stereotypes of the past.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 09:16
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14209

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