Entertaining Australia: The History of Australian Films

Australia created the world’s first feature film in 1906 but the story is not one of steady progress, rather of boom and bust. It was only in the 1970s that the “film renaissance” relaunched our film industry, allowing us to see ourselves on screen once more. We look at all we’ve achieved in the last 120 years, revisiting some great films, exploring why they are significant in expressing who we are, and why we so rarely watch our own films, no matter how good they are.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Origins: Salvation Army
  • Silent: First efforts, Historical, Rural, Distribution, Bushranger films, Longford and Lyell, Urban, Morality, The Combine, McDonagh sisters, Sound
  • The Dark Ages: Ken G. Hall, Charles and Elsa Chauvel, English uses: Ealing films, Hollywood uses, They’re a Weird Mob
  • The Renaissance 1970s- 1980s: Gorton and Whitlam, Australian New Wave: Historical and literary, Ozploitation
  • Contemporary: Directors, Actors, Fox Studios, Representations of the land, Aboriginal Australians, gender, multicultural groups, Success


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the successive eras in the history of Australian film.
  2. Identify major directors, actors, organisations, and films and appreciate their significance.
  3. Describe the factors contributing to eras of success and struggle.
  4. Seek out and enjoy some classic Australian films.
  5. Appreciate the significance and quality in various Australian films over the last 120 years.
  6. Discuss the cultural values expressed in different eras of film.
  7. Discuss the response Australian films receive from Australian and international audiences.
$49 Limited

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