Aural Auteur : sound in the films of Rolf De Heer / David Bruno Starrs
Brisbane, Queensland: 2009.
Call No: 81:634DEH STA Author: Starrs, David Bruno Source: AT Place: Brisbane, Queensland PubDate: 2009 PhysDes: 263 p. : ill. ; 30 cm Subject: AUTEUR THEORY; DIRECTORS. AUSTRALIA; SOUND; THEORY; DE HEER, ROLF; DANCE ME TO MY SONG (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1998); DR PLONK (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2007); EPSILON (AT/IT, Rolf de Heer, 1995); OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES (AT/SP/FR/NL, Rolf de Heer, 2000); PROPOSITION, THE (AT/UK, John Hillcoat, 2005); TRACKER, THE (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2002) Summary: "An interpretative methodology for understanding meaning in cinema since the 1950s, auteur analysis is an approach to film studies in which an individual, usually the director, is studied as the author of his or her films. The principal argument of this thesis is that proponents of auteurism have privileged examination of the visual components in a film-makers' body of work, neglecting the potentially significant role played by sound.
The thesis seeks to address this problematic imbalance by interrogating the creative use of sound in the films written and directed Rolf de Heer, asking the question, "Does his use of sound make Rolf de Heer and aural auteur?" In so far as the term 'aural' encompasses everything in the film that is heard by the audience, the analysis seeks to discover if de Heer has, as Peter Wollen suggests of the auteur and her or his directing of the visual components (1968, 1972 and 1998), unconsciously left a detectable aural signature on his films.
The thesis delivers an innovative outcome by demonstrating that auteur analysis that goes beyond the mise-en-scene (i.e. visuals) is productive and worthwhile as an interpretative response to film. De Heer's use of the aural point of view and binaural sound recording, his interest in providing a 'voice' for marginalised people, his self-penned song lyrics, his close and early collaboration with composer Graham Tardif and sound desinger Jim Currie, his 'hands-on' approach to sound recording and sound editing and his predilection for making films about sound are all shown to be examples of de Heer's aural auteurism.
As well as the three published (or accepted for publication) interviews with de Heer, Tardif and Currie, the dissertation consists of seven papers refereed and published (or accepted for publication) in journals and internatiional conference proceedings, a literature review and a unifying essay. The papers presented are close textual analyses of de Heer's films which, when considered as a whole, support the thesis' overall argument and serve as comprehensive auteur analysis, the first such sustained study of his work, and the first with an emphasis on the aural. " -- ABSTRACT Notes: Presented to the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2009; Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-231) Contents: -- part one: introduction -- chapter 1: the research problem, objective/aims, subject and methodologies -- chapter 2: the literature and contextual review -- part two: the seven refereed and published papers of the thesis -- chapter 3: a paper utilising genre analysis and signalling an interest in the auteurism of Rolf de Heer -- chapter 4: the first of two papers utilising standard auteur analysis -- chapter 5: the second of two papers utilising standard auteur analysis -- chapter 6: a paper arguing for the methodological innovation of the thesis: aural auteur analysis -- chapter 7: the first of three papers utilising aural auteur analysis -- chapter 8: the second of three papers utilising aural auteur analysis -- chapter 9: the third of three papers utilising aural auteur analysis -- part three: conclusion -- chapter 10: the unifying essay -- 11: references/bibliography and filmography -- 12: appendicies -- list of figures -- More info
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DANCE ME TO MY SONG : (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1998)
[Dance me to my song : stills file] / Matt Nettheim
Dancing to his song : the singular cinema of Rolf de Heer / by Jane Freebury
Straberry Hills, NSW: Currency Press, 2015.
Call No: 81DEH FRE Author: Freebury, Jane Source: AT Place: Straberry Hills, NSW Publisher: Currency Press PubDate: 2015 PhysDes: 351 pages : illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm Subject: DE HEER, ROLF; TAIL OF THE TIGER (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1984); INCIDENT AT RAVEN'S GATE (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1988); DINGO (AT/FR, Rolf de Heer, 1991); BAD BOY BUBBY (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1993); EPSILON (AT/IT, Rolf de Heer, 1995); QUIET ROOM, THE (AT/IT, Rolf de Heer, 1996); DANCE ME TO MY SONG (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1998); OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES (AT/SP/FR/NL, Rolf de Heer, 2000); TRACKER (AT, Tina Dalton & Gary Steer, 1996); ALEXANDRA'S PROJECT (AT, Rolf De Heer, 2003); TEN CANOES (AT, Rolf De Heer, 2006); DR PLONK (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2007); KING IS DEAD, THE (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2012); CHARLIE'S COUNTRY (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2013) Summary: Dancing to His Song, is the first comprehensive review of the work of Rolf de Heer, Australia's most prolific auteur, an idiosyncratic filmmaker famed for never repeating himself. Film by film, Jane Freebury searches for the sources of de Heer's inspiration and finds the secret to his success in an ethic of hard work, flexibility and self-reliance that meets challenges and obstacles with in genuity without ever losing sight of his vision. His remarkable career as an independent filmmaker has much to teach young producers and directors. [Taken from the back of the book] Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-348) ISBN: 9781925005585 Contents: Introducing Rolf de Heer -- Tail of a Tiger: under the radar -- Incident at Raven's Gate: encounters with critics -- Dingo: jamming in the wilderness -- Bad Boy Bubby: do or die -- Epsilon: African Queen with a cosmic lean? -- The Quiet Room -- through the eyes of a child -- Dance Me To My Song: taking it to the audience -- The Old Man Who Read Love Stories: overseas partners -- The Tracker: how the West was lost -- Alexandra's Project: unhappily ever after -- Ten Canoes: the Ramo Mob, indigenous partners -- Dr. Plonk: seriously comedy -- The King is Dead! Ah'ma tha one! -- Charlie's Country: between two worlds -- The wrap More info
Dutch tilt, Aussie auteur : the films of Rolf De Heer / D. Bruno Starrs
Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM, Verlag Dr Muller, 2009.
Call No: 81DEH STA Author: Starrs, D. Bruno Source: G Place: Saarbrucken, Germany Publisher: VDM, Verlag Dr Muller PubDate: 2009 PhysDes: 105 p. ; 23 cm Subject: AUTEUR THEORY; DE HEER, ROLF; TAIL OF THE TIGER (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1984); INCIDENT AT RAVEN'S GATE (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1988); DINGO (AT/FR, Rolf de Heer, 1991); BAD BOY BUBBY (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1993); EPSILON (AT/IT, Rolf de Heer, 1995); QUIET ROOM, THE (AT/IT, Rolf de Heer, 1996); DANCE ME TO MY SONG (AT, Rolf de Heer, 1998); OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES (AT/SP/FR/NL, Rolf de Heer, 2000); TRACKER, THE (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2002); ALEXANDRA'S PROJECT (AT, Rolf De Heer, 2003); TEN CANOES (AT, Rolf De Heer, 2006); DR PLONK (AT, Rolf de Heer, 2007) Summary: " 'Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: the Films of Rolf De Heer' is an auteur analysis of the twelve feature films directed (mostly written and produced) by Holland-born Australian Rolf De Heer. From the children's story about the restoration of a Tiger Moth biplane, "Tail of a Tiger "(1984), to his break-out cult sensation " Bad Boy Bubby" (1993) which "tore Venice apart," to the first Aboriginal Australian language film "Ten Canoes" (2006) which scooped the pool at the AFI awards and won the Special Jury prize at Cannes Film Festival, de Heer has been consistently unpredictable. However, Starr's close study of his work suggests that Australia's most innovative and respected Arthouse film-maker has a signature pre-occupation with giving a voice to marginalized, non-hyper-masculine protagonists. Demonstrating a propensity to write and direct in a European-like style, de Heer's "Dutch tilt" is very much non-mainstream Hollywood, but is nevertheless representative of a typically Australian world-view." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 90-104) ISBN: 9783639168341 More info