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Not welcome : writing horror in Australia

Krause, Shane Peter (2005) Not welcome : writing horror in Australia. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

"Not Welcome" is a thesis containing an original dark genre screenplay called Acolytes and an exegesis called "Not Welcome": Writing Horror in Australia.

The screenplay is about two boys, victims of years of bullying, who find a way to rid themselves of their bully for good, exchanging one problem for something much worse. But it's an elaborate and calculated lie. The truth is Acolytes is about the concealment of a crime and not the vengeance of a victim. Acolytes is intentionally moody, oppressive and obtuse--it has a true crime-scene ambience. The power of the story lies in its truth--the truth that it seeks to uncover and the truth of the style of its telling--and, just as is the case with real-life crime, the "truth" is often murky and far from clear-cut.

The accompanying exegesis explores the domestic funding and production climate for dark genre projects. It argues that Australian genre scriptwriters and filmmakers have often faced hostile funding agencies and genre-timid producers. It examines the requirements of dark genre scriptwriters and filmmakers in bringing their work from page to screen. It argues that the onus is on Australian dark genre writers and filmmakers to think beyond funding agencies and institutionalised Australian producers to realise their projects.

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ID Code: 16449
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Glover, Stuart& Lee, Gerard
Keywords: producers, projects, writing, pitching, drama, screenplay, horror
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 14:03
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:48

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