Accentuate the 'Negative': Reality and Race in Australian Film Reviewing

McKee, Alan (1999) Accentuate the 'Negative': Reality and Race in Australian Film Reviewing. Australian Studies in Journalism, 8: 139-157.

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Author McKee, Alan
Title Accentuate the 'Negative': Reality and Race in Australian Film Reviewing
Journal name Australian Studies in Journalism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-6130
Publication date 1999-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Issue 8
Start page 139
End page 157
Total pages 19
Editor John Henningham
Rod Kirkpatrick
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD Australia
Publisher University of Queensland, School of Journalism and Communication
Language eng
Subject 410302 Cinema Studies
Abstract This article examines the ways in which Australian newspaper film reviewers interpret cinematic representations of Aboriginality. It points out that reviewers use the language of 'realism' in order to insist that the reality of indigenous life in Australia is one of suffering and disempowerment, refusing alternative understandings of indigenous culture and survival. Alternative representations of indigenous 'reality' are cinsidered, and the importance of this question for indigenous/non-indigenous relations in Australia is considered.
Keyword Film reviews
Representation of Aboriginality
Film portrayals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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