Author Faculty (Discipline)

Arts

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

4-2021

Book

Australian Genre Film pp.202-218

ISBN

9781138603141

Embargo Period

11-2022

ANZSRC / FoR Code

430302 Australian history| 470107 Media studies| 470208 Culture, representation and identity| 470214 Screen and media culture

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

B1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

Abstract

Australian war films have rarely been studied as a genre, though there is an implicit study of the Anzac war movie subgenre, which until the 21st Century has represented the bulk of Australian war film-making. This chapter first offers an overview of Australian war film genres from 1914-2000 and a summary of attempts at war film genre definitions, largely drawn from American studies. It then explores the ways in which post-2000 Australian war films fit, expand, modify and rupture existing war genre descriptions, creating a space which Australian war film productions can inhabit and can intermix both with other Australian genres and with international war film genres. Australian war cinema is part of a wider intertextual representation, and many of these characteristics and trends are shared with Australian television productions on war themes. The subgenre of Anzac movies continues, but with a shift from the relatively simplistic themes of the 1980s to more nuanced representations of Anzac encompassing more than just the First World War. An expanded palette of themes, settings, tropes, iconography and industrial conditions also emerges from other war films. Recent war films frequently cross genre boundaries, are more likely to participate in international collaborations and offer representations of war beyond the purely Australian.

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Used by permission: the publisher and the author.

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