From "The Story of the Kelly Gang" in 1906 to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Australia and New Zealand have made a unique impact on international cinema. This book celebrates the commercially successful narrative feature films produced by these film cultures, as well as key documentaries, shorts and independent films. This coverage also invokes issues involving national identity, race, history and the ability of two small film cultures to survive the economic and cultural threat from Hollywood. Chapters on well-known films, and directors, such as "The Year of Living Dangerously" (Peter Weir, 1982), "The Piano" (Jane Campion, 1993), "Fellowship of the Ring" (Peter Jackson, 2001) and "Rabbit Proof Fence" (Philip Noyce, 2002) are included with less celebrated, but equally important, films and film-makers, such as "Jedda" (Charles Chauvel, 1955), "They're a Weird Mob" (Michael Powell, 1966), "Vigil" (Vincent Ward, 1984) and "The Goddess of 1967" (Clara Law, 2000).
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Author Biography - Geoff Mayer
Geoff Mayer is Reader and Associate Professor in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Publications include The Oxford Companion to Australian Film (1999) and The New Australian Cinema (1992). Keith Beattie is Lecturer in the School of History, Heritage and Society, Deakin University, Melbourne.