Blood is thicker than water: stains on the land in Bra Boys

Collins-Gearing, Brooke and Huijser, Hendrik (2012) Blood is thicker than water: stains on the land in Bra Boys. In: Making film and television histories: Australia and New Zealand. I.B. Tauris Publishers, London, United Kingdom, pp. 26-30. ISBN 978-1-84885-943-2

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Abstract

This chapter is a critique of the way in which the documentary Bra Boys constructs history, memory and identity. The Bra in Bra Boys is short for MarouBRA beach in Sydney. Bra Boys was released in 2007, and is the most commercially successful Australian documentary ever released. it tells the story of the Abberton brothers (Sunny, Koby and jay) and their extended Bra Boys surfer gang or 'tribe': a band of multi-ethnic males form the suburb of Maroubra. The film's director, Sunny Abberton, is a Bra Boy himself, and, along with his brothers, offers an overview of Maroubra's surfing history and culture - which includes claims to place, issues of class and race and violent interactions with authority. The localism of the film is well-defined and constructed by boundaries of colonialism, racism and the physical landscape (the differentiated beaches). The signification of 'Boy' in the title immediately establishes the film's hyper-masculine purpose and approach. In this chapter, we consider how the film attempts to re-narrative colonialism using an ethnocentrically specified perspective and location.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 06:38
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2014 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bra Boys; Maroubra; Sunny Abberton; Australian films; surfers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
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