Australian genre film studies

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Ryan, Mark David and McWilliam, Kelly. 2021. "Australian genre film studies." McWilliam, Kelly and Ryan, Mark David (ed.) Australian genre film. New York. Routledge. pp. 1-25
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Australian genre film studies

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleAustralian genre film
AuthorsRyan, Mark David (Author) and McWilliam, Kelly (Author)
EditorsMcWilliam, Kelly and Ryan, Mark David
Page Range1-25
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Film Studies
Chapter Number1
Number of Pages25
Year2021
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN9781138603141
9780429469121
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429469121-1
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429469121-1/australian-film-genre-studies-mark-david-ryan-kelly-mcwilliam?context=ubx&refId=f6e5ac5f-7f3a-4cbe-bbe8-53dbed01c1c0
Abstract

Since the new millennium, genre films have been gaining increasing acceptance within the Australian feature film industry. Between the mid-2000s and 2020, there has been a strong surge in the production of popular genre movies and a significant diversification in the types of genre movies made. Screen scholar Mark David Ryan has termed the recent growth in Australian genre films the ‘contemporary genre turn’. However, due to complex industrial, economic, and cultural factors, genre films made principally as popular cinema or commercial entertainment have occupied a tenuous position in industry practices, film culture, policy frameworks, and public funding initiatives since the mid-1970s. Consequently, the study of film genre has rarely been a central focus or a major critical approach in Australian film studies. Moreover, the contemporary resurgence of Australian genre filmmaking has received little to no scholarly attention. This introductory chapter begins by contextualising the collection within existing theories and conceptualisations of film genre. It then examines how film genre has functioned as a critical category in Australian film studies and offers a broad history of genre filmmaking in Australian cinema. Finally, it establishes how a small number of previous scholarly studies have developed and applied genre film taxonomies as a theoretical approach in Australian film studies. Australian Genre Film is the first collection in 15 years to examine the output of contemporary Australian cinema through the conceptual framework of a taxonomy of popular film genre. In doing so, this book is an attempt to create a foundation for more sustained research on film genre in Australian cinema, or what we term Australian film genre studies.

KeywordsAustralian film genre studies; Australian film; film genre
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470214. Screen and media culture
Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
School of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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