Real to reel reef: space, place and film at the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2004) Real to reel reef: space, place and film at the Great Barrier Reef. In: Placing the moving image. Working Papers in Communications (3). Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 53-68. ISBN 1920952047


For more than 1,200 miles along the northeast coast of Australia stretches a string of islands, cays, shoals and reefs that are home to a multitude of living organisms. In spite the vast scale of the region and a complexity of geographic and biological features, it is known to us as a single entity - the Great Barrier Reef. A reconstruction of visitors' experiences of the region, however, suggests that the way in which it has been constructed and understood as a place during the twentieth century has changed considerably. In this paper I examine the role of motion film in recording visitor experiences of the Reef, and consider how such technologies affect human understanding of place and space.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2013 23:10
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2013 23:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; representation; motion film; hyper-reality; communication; film; photography
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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