No going back: Continuity and change in Australian documentary

Deane Williams, John Hughes

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Documentary dealing with immigration and the migrant experience in Australia is a continuous thread running through Australian cinema, more recently eclipsed by works equally complex in their articulation of politics and culture, responding in different ways to Australia’s reaction to refugees and the troublesome obsession in Australian domestic political discourse with ‘border protection’. In what follows, we make reference to state-sponsored documentary of the early 1950s supporting immigration in post-war reconstruction, and to a number of recent documentary projects across a spectrum of contemporary forms, projects that respond to public debate around asylum seekers and refugees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPost-1990 Documentary
Subtitle of host publicationReconfiguring Independence
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780748694143
ISBN (Print)9780748694136
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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