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This subject is an introduction to the study of Australian film and television. Beginning with post-war Australian film and television, we will trace the emergence of the modern entertainment industry in Australia locating it within national and international frameworks and examining the growing debates around what constitutes a national cinema and television industry. The focus will be upon examining specific films and a range of media in television locating products within local and global contexts, analyzing cosmopolitan and nationalist impulses that drive the industry forward. We will study a range of indigenous and non-indigenous products and genres including feature films, video, documentaries, television series, sitcoms and news programs. Road movies, comedy, history films, animation, romance and melodrama are among the genres studied.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- consistently demonstrate high level analysis, conceptual sophistication and critical thinking in the area of film and screen theory as it relates to Australian film and television;
- be able to apply the skills of close analysis to the films studied in the subject;
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of broader debates in film and television, including a broad understanding of the Australian film and television industry and the wider historical and cultural context that produced them;
- be able to incorporate debates within Australian history and culture to film and television; and
- have a firm grasp of national and international debates on specific contemporary issues and complex problems connected with film theory including issues around gender, race and ethnicity.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- acquire fundamental research and analytic skills;
- acquire critical and ethical self-awareness;
- acquire the ability to develop and communicate effective arguments in both oral and written form; and
- acquire fundamental skills in media and information literacy and management.
Last updated: 17 February 2020