Road movie

Thomas, Deborah J. (2015). Road movie. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand (Ed.), Australia & New Zealand 2 (pp. 144-147) Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect.

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Author Thomas, Deborah J.
Title of chapter Road movie
Title of book Australia & New Zealand 2
Place of Publication Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Directory of World Cinema
ISBN 9781841506340
ISSN 2040-7971
Editor Ben Goldsmith
Mark David Ryan
Geoff Lealand
Volume number 19
Chapter number 14
Start page 144
End page 147
Total pages 4
Total chapters 23
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Undoubtedly Australia, like the United States, provides a natural fit for the road movie with its vast geography offering suitable spatial and temporal terrain for nomadic protagonists to traverse. In the road movie, Australia is often represented by a set of stylistic norms in cinematography, also common in the US road movie, such as the extensive deployment of wide-angle and fish-eye lenses, panorama scope and long-shots of landscapes with human figures diminished and isolated, high-angle aerial and crane-mounted travelling shots, exaggerated depth and ubiquitous shots of the road stretching to a limitless horizon. Both nations are also settler societies that were significantly transformed by the technological intervention of the motor car, with the pre-motorized western and the Australian equivalent, the bushranger/drover film, argued to be forerunners to the road movie (Venkatasawmy, Simpson and Visosevic 2001: 77).

In spite of these apparent similarities, Australian film-makers have made concerted attempts to differentiate the local road movie by accommodating specific national contexts, themes and tendencies resulting in an indigenous expression of the genre...
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