Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2015

Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Reynaud, D. (2015). Religion and the Anzac legend on screen. St Mark’s Review: A Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion, 231(1), 49-58.

ISSN: 0036-3103

ANZSRC / FoR Code

190201 Cinema Studies| 190204 Film and Television| 200212 Screen and Media Culture| 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

This article explores the (non)relationship between religion and the Anzac story in Australian cinema and television dramas. It draws parallels between the absence of religious discussion in written literature and popular memory and the same absences in Anzac cinema. Anzac cinema has idealised and glorified the Anzac soldier, relocating spirituality from a religious force to a secular nationalism. The rare productions that show an engagement between religion and Anzac portray religion as a spent force in comparison to the new spirit of secular Anzac.

Comments

Used by permission: St Mark's National Theological Centre

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