Author Archive for: ‘Therese Davis’

Darlene Johnson on Making Films in Arnhem Land

Interview by Therese Davis Darlene Johnson is from the Dunghutti tribe of the East coast of New South Wales and currently resides in Sydney. Her first short drama, Two-Bob Mermaid (1996), won the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Australian Short Film. It was nominated at the Venice Film Festival for the Baby Lion Award. It won the Best …

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Teaching Film Studies in the Age of Media Studies

As we know, the discipline of film studies in many institutions in Australia is closely tied to or subsumed within media studies programs. For this reason, I would like to contribute to today’s discussion by considering current transformations in media studies pedagogy, and the implications of these changes for our discipline. I want to start from what Graeme Turner identifies …

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Indigenising Australian History: Contestation and Collaboration in First Australians

Therese Davis I would like to reflect on the conference themes of “remaking history” and “remapping cinema” by focussing on the construction of an Indigenous perspective on Australian national history in the recent seven-part television documentary series, First Australians.[1]  I am interested in the question of why the producers chose to take a national perspective in this series, and I want …

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