Postcolonial Longing on the Australian Cinematic Frontier

Pauline Marsh

Abstract


The Tracker and Red Hill are cinematic re-interpretations of Australia’s colonial past, which they characterise by a sense of postcolonial longing and an expectation of intimacy. Both films are portals through which arguments about historical truth, subjective memory and contemporary realities are explored and tested. In this paper I argue that both these two films create the idea that the historical colonial space was a constant interplay of violence and beauty, and of hatred and friendship. As black and white characters negotiate their way in and around these seemingly polemical positions, viewers are also challenged to do the same.


Keywords


Australian Film; Reconciliation Cinema; Colonial Australia; Aboriginal Representation; Australian Frontier Drama

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