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.
|Title of host publication||Post-1990 Documentary|
|Subtitle of host publication||Reconfiguring Independence|
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jun 2015|
Williams, D., & Hughes, J. (2015). No going back: Continuity and change in Australian documentary. In Post-1990 Documentary: Reconfiguring Independence (pp. 38-51). Edinburgh University Press. https://doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694136.001.0001