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Romance and Reconciliation : The secret life of indigenous sexuality on Australian television drama

King, Andrew S. (2009) Romance and Reconciliation : The secret life of indigenous sexuality on Australian television drama. Journal of Australian Studies, 33(1), pp. 37-50.

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Abstract

This article examines the representation of Indigenous sexuality on Australian television drama since the 1970s, suggesting the political importance of such representations. In 1976 Justine Saunders became the first regular Indigenous character on an Australian television drama series, as the hairdresser Rhonda Jackson in Number 96. She was presented as sexually attractive, but this was expressed through a rape scene after a party. Twenty five years later, Deborah Mailman starred in The Secret Life of Us, as Kelly, who is also presented as sexually attractive. But her character can be seen in many romantic relationships. The article explores changing representations that moved us from Number 96 to The Secret Life of Us, via The Flying Doctors and Heartland. It suggests that in representations of intimate and loving relationships on screen it has only recently become possible to see hopeful models for interaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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ID Code: 31197
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aboriginal, Romance, Interracial, Television, Soap Opera
DOI: 10.1080/14443050802672528
ISSN: 1444-3058
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Routledge
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2010 09:45
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:23

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