Australian Film


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Film

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Communication, Film Studies, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    58225 Introduction to Film Studies

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students explore the imaginary in Australian film through the study of key moments in Australia's film history such as the revival of the Australian feature film industry in the 70s, the new wave of avant garde, documentary and feminist film practice in the 70s and 80s, and the latest wave of Indigenous and transnational filmmakers in the 90s through to the present. This subject follows on from Pasts and Places with its exploration of how we might know and therefore imagine Australia.
    Subject objectives
    a. Explain the importance of a pivotal figure or figures in Australia?s film history for film history and for their legacy in the present
    b. Critique a film produced at a key moment in Australia?s film history, which challenged ideas and conventions, and re imagined Australia in some way
    c. Create an imaginative and critical response to the imaginary produced in a recurring key theme or issue in Australia?s film history
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Through an investigation of key film examples, with an emphasis on oppositional and independent films, this subject will explore the imaginary in films that emerged at key moments in Australia?s film history.
    Lectures will offer a plurality of perspectives through screenings that provide examples of recurring key themes and issues in both drama and documentary films. Face to face tutorials will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to activate students to think creatively and inquire critically. These include discussions of theoretical readings, key film examples, class presentations, group work and guest lectures. These will be complemented by independent student reading and viewing.
    This subject will explore the imaginary in Australian film, with a particular focus on independent and oppositional film practice through the study of recurring themes and issues such as Crime and Punishment, Indigenous stories, Migration, Working Lives, Alternative Lives and Women Make Waves.
    Assessment task 1: Profile
    Weight: 20%
    Clarity of expression
    Relevance of sources used
    Relevance of topic
    Accuracy of referencing
    Assessment task 2: Film Presentation
    Weight: 30%
    Relevance of sources used
    Clarity of explanation
    Originality of critique
    Depth of analysis
    Assessment task 3: Creative Response
    Weight: 50%
    Creativity of response
    Criticality of discussion
    Clarity of explanation
    Depth of analysis

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.