As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by local Melbourne documentary academic, Deane Williams. Deane will be joined by Grace Russell and Stella Barber to discuss their collaborative research project around Australian utilitarian films.
Please join us for this talk, with drinks and snacks provided.
The Cinema Within: National and Transnational Concerns of ‘Utilitarian Filmmaking’ in Australia 1945 – 1980.
This paper will focus on the manner in which ‘utilitarian cinema’ operates in relation to conceptions of Australian national cinema as well as to how this term can also contribute to formulations of transnational cinema. It will introduce the preliminary findings of this Australian Research Council funded research project being conducted by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, Mick Broderick, Ross Gibson, John Hughes, Stella Barber and Deane williams as well as introducing some of the case studies being undertaken: Policing and forensics films, Woomera nuclear and military footage, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Safety films and the Shell Film Unit in Australia.
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