Love Affair Against the Odds: Ernie Dingo and Reconciliation
McKee, Alan (1999) Love Affair Against the Odds: Ernie Dingo and Reconciliation. Australian Studies, 14(1-2), pp. 189-208.
Heartland is a thirteen episode, fifteen hour miniseries starring Aboriginal actor Ernie Dingo. It was produced by and broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994. Ross Warneke in the daily Melbourne newspaper the Age, headlines his review of the series 'Worthy "Heartland" must also be good television'. He goes on to worry that the program is likely to be too 'worthy' and informed by 'political correctness'. 'This is an important and worthy series. Not before time, it puts Aborigines and some elements of their culture at centre stage ...' . A similar approach is taken by Sue Turnbull and Rick Thompson in their review, where they suggest that they tried to force themselves to watch the program, but gave up and (guiltily) watched an American show on another channel . Both of these articles place Heartland within a strong tradition of television programs and films representing indigeneity in Australia. Such texts are often seen to be worthy, serious, important; they demand spectatorship which is committed, socially aware and dutiful.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Television Programs, Heartland, Aboriginal, Reconciliation, Ernie Dingo|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1999 British Australian Studies Association|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||23 Sep 2008|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 13:04|
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