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Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand

by Ben Goldsmith and Geoff Lealand Intellect Books
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Pbk 343 pages
AU$119.99 NZ$125.21
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This addition to Intellect's Directory of World Cinema series turns the spotlight on Australia and New Zealand and offers an in-depth and exciting look at the cinema produced in these two countries since the turn of the twentieth century. Though the two nations share considerable cultural and economic connections, their film industries remain distinct, marked by differences of scale, level of government involvement and funding, and relations with other countries and national cinemas. Through essays about prominent genres and themes, profiles of directors, and comprehensive reviews of significant titles, this user-friendly guide explores the diversity and distinctiveness of films from Australia and New Zealand from Whale Rider to The Piano to Wolf Creek.

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Australian Cinema    by Ben GoldsmithDirectors    Cecil Holmes    Michael Powell    Peter Weir    Baz LuhrmannDisability in the Australian CinemaShort FilmsBushrangerWar CinemaCrimePrisonPeriodComedyComing of AgeHorrorRoad MoviesScience Fiction and FantasyOzploitationIntroduction: New Zealand Film in 2009Experimental FilmDirectors    Shirley Horrocks    Shuichi Kothari    Vincent WardGenre and ThemesRecommended ReadingAustralia and New Zealand Cinema OnlineTest Your KnowledgeNotes on Contributors   

Ben Goldsmith is a senior researcher at the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School and a research fellow at the University of Queensland. Geoff Lealand is associate professor of screen and media studies at the University of Waikato.