By Felicity Collins
Australian Cinema After Mabo is the 1st entire research of Australian nationwide cinema within the Nineties. utilizing the 1992 Mabo choice as a place to begin, it appears at how the Mabo choice, the place the founding doctrine of terra nullius was once overruled, has destabilised the way in which Australians relate to the land. It asks how we predict approximately Australian cinema within the publish Mabo period, and what half it performs within the nationwide means of reviewing our colonial prior and the ways that settlers and indigenous cultures can co-exist. together with The Tracker, Kiss or Kill, The fortress, Love Serenade and Yolngu Boy between a number of others, this e-book highlights turning issues within the shaping of the Australian cinema seeing that Mabo. it's crucial studying for a person learning Australian cinema and for these attracted to the ways that land politics has impacted upon the best way we think ourselves via cinema.
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Australian Cinema After Mabo by Felicity Collins