The depiction of Aboriginal culture represented in the films by white directors and Aboriginal directors

Payaneeandee, Maria (2014) The depiction of Aboriginal culture represented in the films by white directors and Aboriginal directors. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    For decades the indigenous people of Australia have been stereotyped as an ancient race frozen in time of the colonialism of Australia, where they wore a loincloth and hunted with spears. This image has been reinforced through films that depict this portrayal as the real image of the Aboriginal. This thesis discusses the construction of Aboriginal identity portrayed in films made by white directors and Aboriginal directors. A contrast is made between the films revealing very different perceptions of the Aboriginal people and their culture. The representation of the indigenes found in the films made by White directors is similar to the generic image of the Aboriginal, a primitive and mystical being. However, the films of Aboriginal directors attempt to rewrite problematic stereotyping by pushing a social realist agenda that foregrounds political issues faced by native people. The misrepresentation of Aboriginal identity has been reused repeatedly; this is because Aborigine people had not had the opportunity to be a part of the film industry until 1975. Therefore were unable to give true life experiences of a modern day Aboriginal.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 10:16
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 10:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22305

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