Representing indigenous stories in the cinema: between collaboration and appropriation

Huijser, Hendrik and Collins-Gearing, Brooke (2007) Representing indigenous stories in the cinema: between collaboration and appropriation. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7 (3). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1447-9532

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[Abstract]: Not only has there been a large increase during the last decade in the amount of Australian films that tell Indigenous stories, but there has also been a significant diversification of both the kinds of stories that are being told and the ways in which they are being told. Where films like Walkabout and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith in the 1970s clearly came from a white perspective on Indigeneity, in recent years Indigenous filmmakers have become more visible with films like Radiance, One Night the Moon and Beneath Clouds. In addition, white filmmakers increasingly choose the road of collaboration when it comes to Indigenous subject matter, as can be seen in films like Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker. This type of collaboration is most pronounced in the recent Rolf de Heer film Ten Canoes. This paper will discuss Ten Canoes in relation to two main concepts, both coined by Aileen Moreton-Robinson: the idea of Australia as a postcolonising nation (rather than a postcolonial nation) and the idea of incommensurability between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. In the process,
it will explore the limits to collaboration and where collaboration becomes appropriation, and the implications of these processes for Australia as a postcolonising nation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2007 23:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigeneity, collaboration, appropriation, postcolonising mation, incommensurability
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies

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