Australian genre film studies

Ryan, Mark David and McWilliam, Kelly ORCID: (2021) Australian genre film studies. In: Australian genre film. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, pp. 1-25. ISBN 978-1-138-60314-1


Since the new millennium, genre films have been gaining increasing acceptance within the Australian feature film industry. Between the mid-2000s and 2020, there has been a strong surge in the production of popular genre movies and a significant diversification in the types of genre movies made. Screen scholar Mark David Ryan has termed the recent growth in Australian genre films the ‘contemporary genre turn’. However, due to complex industrial, economic, and cultural factors, genre films made principally as popular cinema or commercial entertainment have occupied a tenuous position in industry practices, film culture, policy frameworks, and public funding initiatives since the mid-1970s. Consequently, the study of film genre has rarely been a central focus or a major critical approach in Australian film studies. Moreover, the contemporary resurgence of Australian genre filmmaking has received little to no scholarly attention. This introductory chapter begins by contextualising the collection within existing theories and conceptualisations of film genre. It then examines how film genre has functioned as a critical category in Australian film studies and offers a broad history of genre filmmaking in Australian cinema. Finally, it establishes how a small number of previous scholarly studies have developed and applied genre film taxonomies as a theoretical approach in Australian film studies. Australian Genre Film is the first collection in 15 years to examine the output of contemporary Australian cinema through the conceptual framework of a taxonomy of popular film genre. In doing so, this book is an attempt to create a foundation for more sustained research on film genre in Australian cinema, or what we term Australian film genre studies.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 00:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian film genre studies; Australian film; film genre
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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