Australian Films

The two films will be analysed to show the various ways in which they represent ideas of Australia and Australianness.

The changes in Australian national identity are indebted to the reconciliation of the struggles between different groups and classes as they respond to the volatile forces and processes of change. Films are a product of these forces and as national identity is continually being fractured, questioned and redefined they represent these forces in various ways. On the one hand the film 'On Our Selection' is significant to the struggle between the squatters and the selectors in the early 1930's.

National identity is represented in the original 'Aussie Battler' sense corresponding to an imperative period of Australian history. On the other hand, Australia's national identity in the film 'Robbery Under Arms' is articulate to the Bushranger period of the late 1950's, playing particular tribute to Captain Starlight. While the character representation of national identity alters in the two films the portrayal of the vast Aussie outback tends to be vary analogous in both films. Both present their viewers with a sense of Australianness through exposing the barren



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