Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)
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Whether it was Jane Campion's The Piano, Mel Gibson in Mad Max, Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, or The Lord of the Rings saga, we have all experienced the cinema of Australia and New Zealand.
With entries on many exceptional producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as the films indicated above and many others, it also presents the early pioneers, the film companies and government bodies, and much more in its hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries. Through a chronology that shows how far these cinemas have come in a short time and an introduction that presents them more broadly, a clear portrait of the two countries' motion pictures emerge. The bibliography is an excellent source for further reading.
9/23/05 3:21 PM Page 56 ASIA follow a familiar narrative trajectory. Frequently taking the form of a thriller or mystery melodrama, the archetypal film follows the adventures of a white Australian soldier of fortune, whether he is an investigator or photographic journalist, seeking to get to the root of injustice and corruption and save some helpless Asians from this threat. Romantic melodrama is also favored as this crusade involves romance with a white woman often against an Asian setting
productions have received 70 nominations and have won 90 national and international awards, including an International Emmy Award and Prix Jeunesse. The role of the ACTF includes the initiation, development, and production of innovative programs; the provision of development finance to writers and filmmakers; the undertaking of research into and evaluation of productions; advice to filmmakers; marketing of programs in Australia and overseas; and promotion of programs in the community. Although
and The Red Dance (1928), opened in Sydney. 1929 Ray Allsop built a “Raycophone” sound projector, and filmed four sound-on-disc musical short films. Other inventors experimented with sound-on-film, in an attempt to produce a cheaper technology than that from overseas. 8 August: Equipment for the local shooting of Movietone News arrived, and the first newsreel was shown on 2 November. 1930 Radio engineer Arthur Smith and Clive Cross developed a viable optical sound system, used in the feature On
deep-seated resentment common to those who have little, and he and his thugs violently confront and destroy what they perceive to be the cause of their resentment; namely, Asians and Asian culture. However, not all films are so violent. Different ethnicities are a source of comedy arising out of the fish-out-of-water situation. They’re a Weird Mob (1966) is a good-humored narrative around the experiences of a recently arrived Italian immigrant, Nino Culotta (Walter Chiari), his working life in
film exhibitor. G.U. came about through the amalgamation of Spencer Pictures with West’s Pictures and Amalgamated Pictures to create the General Film Company of Australasia. In 1913, this organization joined Greater J.D. Williams Amusement Company to form Union Theatres/ Australasian Films. Australasian Films was a distribution company, with buyers in cities like London and New York, while Union Theatres was an exhibition chain, which formed a partnership with Birch, Carroll and Coyle in