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Australian post-war documentary film : an arc of mirrors /
Deane Williams.
imprint
Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect, 2008.
description
165 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1841502103, 9781841502106
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imprint
Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect, 2008.
isbn
1841502103
9781841502106
contents note
A realist film unit and association in Australia -- Cecil Holmes's folk politics : the intertextuality of Thee in one -- John Heyer's international perspective : The overlanders, The valley is ours, The back of beyond -- The neo-realism of Mike and Stefani -- Settler journeys.
catalogue key
7405180
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-165).
Includes filmography: p. [153]-156.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Deane Williams is Head of Film and Television Studies, Monash University, Melbourne
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."
"A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."-Ian Henderson, Editor of Studies in Australasian Cinema
"A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."Ian Henderson, Editor of Studies in Australasian Cinema
" Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc of Mirrors is a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."
"Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc of Mirrors is a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."-Ian Aitken, De Montfort University
" Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc of Mirrors is a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."Ian Aitken, De Montfort University
"Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."
"Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."-Ina Bertrand, University of Melbourne
"Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."Ina Bertrand, University of Melbourne
"In looking closely at a small and seemingly insignificant site of documentary production, Williams has also given us a much broader vision." - Ross Gibson, University of Technology, Sydney
"In looking closely at a small and seemingly insignificant site of documentary production, Williams has also given us a much broader vision." Ross Gibson, University of Technology, Sydney
"With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."
"With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."-Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara
"With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Summaries
Main Description
The postwar period in Australian history was rife with critical debate over notions of nation-building, multiculturalism, and internationalization.Australian Post-War Documentary Filmtackles these issues in a considered, wide-ranging analysis of three types of documentaries: governmental, institutional, and radical. Charting the rise of progressive film culture, this volume critiques key films of the era, includingBack of Beyond, and retells film history by placing these documentaries in an international context. "A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."Ian Henderson, Editor ofStudies in Australasian Cinema "Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."Ina Bertrand, University of Melbourne "Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc ofMirrorsis a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."Ian Aitken, De Montfort University "With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara
Main Description
The postwar period in Australian history was rife with critical debate over notions of nation-building, multiculturalism, and internationalization. Australian Post-War Documentary Film tackles these issues in a considered, wide-ranging analysis of three types of documentaries: governmental, institutional, and radical. Charting the rise of progressive film culture, this volume critiques key films of the era, including The Back of Beyond , and retells film history by placing these documentaries in an international context. "A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."Ian Henderson, Editor of Studies in Australasian Cinema "Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."Ina Bertrand, University of Melbourne " Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc of Mirrors is a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."Ian Aitken, De Montfort University "With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara
Main Description
The postwar period in Australian history was rife with critical debate over notions of nation-building, multiculturalism, and internationalization.Australian Post-War Documentary Filmtackles these issues in a considered, wide-ranging analysis of three types of documentaries: governmental, institutional, and radical. Charting the rise of progressive film culture, this volume critiques key films of the era, includingThe Back of Beyond, and retells film history by placing these documentaries in an international context. "A significant contribution to documentary history, the history of left-wing thought in the West, and Australian studies."Ian Henderson, Editor ofStudies in Australasian Cinema "Deane Williams re-evaluates Australian documentary film production after World War II, positioning it as part of an international left culture which can embrace producers as different as the Realist Film Unit, Cecil Holmes, John Heyer and Maslyn Williams. He invites readers on an always enlightening and often exciting journey through a complex web of people and films and events, to view Australian culture through the documentary film 'arc of mirrors'."Ina Bertrand, University of Melbourne "Australian Postwar Documentary Film: An Arc ofMirrorsis a thoroughly and painstakingly researched study of its subject, which draws upon a wealth of new oral and other forms of historical resource related to the Australian labour movement and associated film-making."Ian Aitken, De Montfort University "With erudition and insight, Deane Williams in this book reconstructs a previously obscured era of documentary cinema in Australia, shedding light on the network of affiliations and associations that underlay the making of a cluster of compelling, politically charged documentary films in the postwar era. . . . This is an immensely thoughtful and timely contribution to the growing literature on the history of documentary cinema."Charles Wolfe, University of California, Santa Barbara
Main Description
This book is, at one level, a selective history of Australian documentary film in the immediate post-war years. At another level it is a sketch of an internationalist progressive film culture in the same place and period. It examines some landmark films in Australian Film History, including Three in One, The Back of Beyond and Mike and Stefani and places these important works in an international context. In this groundbreaking work of film history Deane Williams proposes that, while these films have been understood as inferior remakes of "overseas" written, theatrical and filmic texts, these films are evidence of an Australian film culture that was a key participant in an international network of documentary practice and criticism. Book jacket.
Unpaid Annotation
The post-war period in Australian cultural history sparked critical debate over notions of nationbuilding, multiculturalism and internationalization. Australian Post-war Documentary Film tackles all these issues in a considered and wide-ranging analysis of government, institutional and also radical documentaries. On one level, the book is a selective history of Australian documentary film in the immediate post-waryears. It also charts the rise of a progressive film culture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. 6
Acknowledgementsp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Grierson Diminishedp. 11
A Realist Film Unit and Association in Australiap. 21
Cecil Holmes's Folk Politics: The Intertextuality of Three in Onep. 51
John Heyer's International Perspective: The Overlanders, The Valley is Ours, The Back of Beyondp. 83
The Neo-Realism of Mike and Stefanip. 113
Settler Journeysp. 141
Filmographyp. 153
Referencesp. 157
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