Entanglement and the modern Australian rhythm method: Lantana's lessons in policing sexuality and gender

ELDER, C. and PRATT, M., 2003. Entanglement and the modern Australian rhythm method: Lantana's lessons in policing sexuality and gender. In: Institute for International Studies Annual Workshop (Art and Social Change), Rafferty's Resort, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia, 08-10 December, 2003, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

Film in Australia, as with many other nations, is often seen as an important cultural medium where national stories about belonging and identity can be (re)produced in pleasurable and, at times, complicated ways. One such film is Ray Lawrence's Lantana. Although striking a chord in Australia as a good film about ' basically good people', people that rang 'brilliantly' true (Lantana DVD 2002), this paper argues that, at the same time as it produces a fantasy of a 'good' Australia, the film also conducts a regulation of what constitutes Australianness. In many ways the imaginary of Australia offered in this film, to its contemporary, urban, professional and intellectual elite audience, still draws on and (re)produces a vision of an Australian community that uses the same narrative frameworks of protection and control as the cruder discourses of 'white Australia' offered to an earlier generation of cinema-goers. This film's central motif of the lantana bush, the out of control weed, that is known as both foreign

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Elder, C. and Pratt, M.
Date: 2003
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:48
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:23
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3170

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