Australian eco-horror and Gaia's revenge : animals, eco-nationalism and the 'new nature'
Studies in Australasian cinema (2010) vol.4 iss.1 p.43-54 Author: Simpson, Catherine PhysDes: Article Subject: ANIMALS IN FILMS; NATURE IN FILMS; HORROR FILMS. AUSTRALIA; IMPERIALISM AND THE CINEMA AUSTRALIA; RAZORBACK (AT, Russell Mulcahy, 1984); DARK AGE (AT/US, Arch Nicholson, 1988); ROGUE (AT, Greg Mclean, 2007); MARSUPIALS: THE HOWLING III, THE (AT, Philippe Mora, 1987); DYING BREED (AT, Jody Dwyer, 2008) Summary: This article focuses on moments in a series of key films: Razorback (Mulcahy, 1984), Dark Age (Nicholson, 1987), Rogue (McLean, 2007), Howling III: the Marsupials (Mora, 1987) and Dying Breed (Dwyer 2008). Using an 'eco-postcolonial' framework, the author argues that these films extend postcolonial anxieties over settler Australian notions of belonging and challenge the notion of human mastery over nature. Notes: We hear so much about extinction in debates around climate change. But what about those animals that go feral and then return – bigger, hungrier and angrier – to wreak revenge on humans who may have done them injustice? Using an eco-postcolonial framework, this article examines how a number of exploitation horror films have dealt with environmental topics and issues of trespass. In particular, I examine the agency of animals – crocs, pigs, thylacines and marsupial werewolves – in some key Australian eco-horror films from the last 30 years: Long Weekend (Eggleston,1978), Razorback (Mulcahy, 1984), Dark Age (Nicholson, 1987), Howling III: the Marsupials (Mora, 1987), Rogue (Greg McLean, 2007), Black Water (Nerlich & Traucki, 2007) and Dying Breed (Dwyer 2008). On the one hand, these films extend postcolonial anxieties over settler Australian notions of belonging, while on the other, they signify a cultural shift. The animals portrayed have an uncanny knack of adapting and hybridizing in order to survive, and thus they (the films and the animals) force us to acknowledge more culturally plural forms of being. In particular, these films unwittingly emphasize what Tim Low has termed the ‘new Nature’: an emerging ethic that foregrounds the complex and dynamic interrelationships of animals with humans.--Abstract More info
Australian Cinematographer (March 2014) iss.61 p.38-49 More info
The garden in the machine : a field guide to independent films about place / Scott MacDonald
Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2001.
Call No: 738(71) MAC Author: MacDonald, Scott Place: Berkeley, California Publisher: University of California Press PubDate: 2001 PhysDes: xxvi, 461 p. : ill. (some colour) ; 24cm Subject: INDEPENDENT FILMS; NATURE IN FILMS; PLACE IN FILMS; PLACE IN FILMS. USA; CITIES IN FILMS; NEW YORK IN FILMS; GOTTHEIM, LARRY; COLE, THOMAS; MURPHY, J. J.; ANGER, KENNETH; MENKEN, MARIE; SCHNEEMANN, CAROLEE; BRAKHAGE, STAN; KELLER, MARJORIE; ROBERTSON, ANNE CHARLOTTE; LOWDER, ROSE; MANGOLTE, BABETTE; BENNING, JAMES; STONE, OLIVER; SPIRO, ELLEN; DEBONT, JAN; KUCHAR, GEORGE; BURCKHARDT, RUDY; WEEGEE; THOMPSON, FRANCIS; MENKEN, MARIE; HARRIS, HILARY; LEE, SPIKE; STAUFFACHER, FRANK; BAILLIE, BRUCE; RUDNICK, MICHAEL; GEHR, ERNIE; O'NEILL, PAT; MARTIN, EUGENE; MEKAS, JONAS; GREAVES, WILLIAM; FRAMPTON, HOLLIS; HUOT, ROBERT; DORSKY, NATHANIEL; HUTTON, PETER; DASH, JULIE; FRANKLIN, CARL; CONNER, BRUCE; HERZOG, WERNER; LANZMANN, CLAUDE; STRAND, CHICK; NOREN, ANDREW; PIERCE, LEIGHTON; GATTEN, DAVID Summary: "Explores the evocations of place, and particularly American place, that have become so central to the representational and narrative strategies of alternative and mainstream film and video. Scott MacDonald contextualises his discussion with wide-ranging and deeply informed analysis of the depiction of place in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, painting and photography. Examining the representation of nature and landscape in particular, and location in general, MacDonald offers new readings of films under consideration as well as an expanded sense of modern film history." Notes: Includes distribution sources for films and videos (in US), notes and index ISBN: 0520227387 More info
Hollywood utopia : ecology in contemporary American cinema / Pat Brereton
Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2004.
Call No: 738.1 BRE Author: Brerton, Pat Source: UK Place: Bristol, UK Publisher: Intellect Books PubDate: 2004 PhysDes: 270 p. ; 24 cm Subject: NATURE IN FILMS; ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN FILMS; WESTERNS; LANDSCAPES IN FILMS; ROAD MOVIES; CONSPIRACY FILMS; ANDROMEDA STRAIN, THE (US, Robert Wise, 1971); ALIEN RESURRECTION (US, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997); BLADE RUNNER (US, Ridley Scott, 1982); DANCES WITH WOLVES (US, Kevin Costner, 1990); EASY RIDER (US, Dennis Hopper,1969); INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, THE (US, Jack Arnold, 1957); JAWS (US, Steven Spielberg, 1975); LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE (US, Michael Mann, 1992); MEN IN BLACK (US, Barry Sonnenfeld, 1997); SOYLENT GREEN (US, Richard Fleischer, 1973); TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (US, James Cameron, 1991); THELMA & LOUISE (US, Ridley Scott, 1991); TITANIC (US, James Cameron, 1997); YEARLING, THE (US, Clarence Brown, 1947) Summary: "Hollywood Utopia applies a range of interdisciplinary strategies to trace the evolution of ecological representations in Hollywood film from 1950s to the present. Popular science fiction, westerns, nature and road movies are extensively analysed while privileging ecological moments of sublime expression often dramatized in the closing moments of these films. " Notes: Bibliography: p. 241-267
Filmography: p. 9-10 ISBN: 1841501174 Donation: donated by Senses of Cinema, 2009 More info
Living on peanuts and paw-paws : Harold .J. Pollock
Lumiere (January-February, 1972) iss.13 p.24-26 More info