Sheep and the Australian Cinema
By (author) Deb Verhoeven
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Sheep and the Australian Cinema by Deb Verhoeven
Book DescriptionIn this highly readable study of Australian cinema, Deb Verhoeven explores the relationship between a series of films produced in different periods of Australian history that are linked by a common thread-the repeated image of sheep. Verhoeven focuses on two key 'sheep films'- The Squatter's Daughter (Hall, 1933) and Bitter Springs (Smart, 1950). Both movies are concerned with the national project, in which sheep growing and nation building are seamlessly aligned. But Verhoeven artfully demonstrates that it is precisely in their emphasis on textual re-iteration and repetition that the sheep films critique an otherwise ostensibly 'national' vision. In the process Verhoeven sheds new light on the importance and implication of discourses of originality in the Australian cinema. 'Truthfully I will never see these films in quite the same way again; it is in the best sense a strangely compelling and unsettling book.'-Professor Tom O'Regan, University of Queensland
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522852394
(208mm x 135mm x mm)
Imprint: Academic Monographs
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: Australia
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Author Biography - Deb Verhoeven
Dr Deb Verhoeven is a writer, broadcaster, film critic, commentator and lecturer. Between 2000 and 2002 she was CEO of the Australian Film Institute. She is currently Associate Professor of Screen Studies in the School of Applied Communication at RMIT, where she also manages the AFI Research Collection.
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