The film reviewing of Kenneth Slessor: a cine-aesthetics of the sound cinema

O'Regan, Tom and Walmsley-Evans, Huw (2016) The film reviewing of Kenneth Slessor: a cine-aesthetics of the sound cinema. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 10 2: 211-222. doi:10.1080/17503175.2016.1170956

Author O'Regan, Tom
Walmsley-Evans, Huw
Title The film reviewing of Kenneth Slessor: a cine-aesthetics of the sound cinema
Journal name Studies in Australasian Cinema   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-3183
Publication date 2016-05-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17503175.2016.1170956
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 211
End page 222
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the film reviews of Kenneth Slessor, an Australian poet, journalist and war correspondent best known for his contributions to Australian poetry between the two world wars. His film reviews of early Hollywood, British, and Australian sound cinema were an important part of his journalism at Smith’s Weekly from 1931 to 1940. Mostly overlooked until recently these reviews reveal a sophisticated approach towards the new (sound) cinema. The criteria he advanced for evaluating film and the range of qualities he discerned, criticised and celebrated in films were based on appreciating film as a unique artform with its own formal repertoire and modes of production. While such standpoints are now familiar in film reviewing, at the time he was writing such standpoints were just coming into being. Close attention to Slessor’s film reviewing discloses a fecund critical imagination attuned to cinema’s range. He deserves wider recognition as a distinctive voice on the cinema in general and Australian cinema in particular.
Keyword Australian film
Film criticism
Film history
Film reviewing
Sound cinema
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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