The Book of Revelation: othering the centre

McWilliam, Kelly and Bickle, Sharon (2019) The Book of Revelation: othering the centre. In: Ana Kokkinos: an oeuvre of outsiders. Visionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United kingdom, pp. 64-80. ISBN 978-1-4744-4052-3

Abstract

This chapter is focused on Kokkinos’ most controversial film, The Book of Revelation (2006). In this chapter I, with Sharon Bickle, am interested in the depiction of the film's protagonist Daniel, who, as a successful white hetero-masculine man is the only hegemonic protagonist of Kokkinos’ oeuvre. It is therefore interesting that he is also the only protagonist that does not witness traumatic social injustice but is instead the victim of it. We argue that Daniel’s abduction and torture disorientates him so profoundly that is forcibly recast as an outsider to his own life—he changes his name and leaves his previous job, house, partner, and profession on his release from capture. Moreover, where Head On focused on or ‘centred’ a marginalised character or ‘Other’, we argue that The Book of Revelation can be read as the reverse: as ‘othering’ the standard hero of much Australian cinema, namely the white, heterosexual, Anglo-Irish man (Seco 2008). We examine how this occurs through a re-writing of the rape-revenge genre and conclude by exploring a reading of the film as a violent rejection of masculinist Australian film mythologies.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Kelly McWilliam, 2020, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 03:18
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 02:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian film, Ana Kokkinos, film director, female director, rape-revenge genre
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36580

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