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Tasmania and the Cinema

Van Diemen’s Land (2009)

Special Dossier: Tasmania and the Cinema

Introduction: Tasmania and the Cinema Tasmania’s intermittent relationship with the cinema dates back before the first feature film made on its rugged West Coast in 1925,


Seeing With Green Eyes: Tasmanian Landscape Cinema and the Ecological Gaze

As Tom O’ Regan states in his discussion of “Unities of Setting and Landscape” in Australian National Cinema, “It is a commonplace that landscape is

Jewelled Nights

Jewelled Nights: ‘Can Good Movies Be Made in Australia?’ (1)

Introduction “Why shouldn’t we have the moving-picture industry in Tasmania?” asked Tasmanian author Marie Bjelke Petersen at the Hobart premiere of Jewelled Nights (1925) (2). The film waswidely claimed

Production still of a scene from Dawn’s 1927 film that Ken G. Hall also used in his 1932 documentary Ghosts of Port Arthur.

“What sort of spot is Port Arthur?”: For the Term of His Natural Life and the Tasmanian Gothic

… Tasmanian Gothic cinema… tends to be a response to its dark and wet landscapes, which register a paradoxical sense of beauty and menace. The

Credit: G. Hansen, John Honey Collection

Manganinnie – The First Tasmanian Feature Film

*Indigenous Australians please be aware that this article contains the name of an Aboriginal man who is now dead. In late 1977 I was offered

Trekking down river (credit: Kitty Green)

Van Diemen’s Land

I first heard the story of escaped convict Alexander Pearce when I was a teenager on the tour boat to Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour.

Pearce (credit: Alice Glenn)

Eating and Othering in Jonathan auf der Heide’s Van Diemen’s Land

“If colonialism can be said to have its own origin myths, none is more powerful than the suppression of the threatening ‘other’ – the disavowed


A Culture Cleft in Two – The Documentaries of Scott Millwood

“I want to talk about epic poetry.” I still remember the shock when Scott Millwood opened a documentary masterclass in the bowels of the Bondi

Errol Flynn sailing

Errol Flynn: A Life at Sea

“The only real wives I have ever had have been my sailing ships. Up front, on the prow of the Zaca, there was painted, appropriately,

Silver River

“Change – why should I? I never pretended to be anything than I am”: The Films of Errol Flynn and Raoul Walsh (1)

“Flynn does not deal in depth, but he has a freshness, a galvanizing energy, a cheerful gaiety (in the old sense) made to inspire boys.”

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