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Australian cinema’s dark sun : the boom in Australian horror film production

Ryan, Mark David (2010) Australian cinema’s dark sun : the boom in Australian horror film production. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 4(1), pp. 23-41.

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Abstract

There has been a boom in Australian horror movie production in recent years. Daybreakers (2010), Wolf Creek (2005), Rogue (2007), Undead (2003), Black Water (2008), and Storm Warning (2006) among others, have all experienced varying degrees of popularity, mainstream visibility, and cult success in worldwide horror markets. While Aussie horror’s renaissance is widely acknowledged in industry literature, there is limited research into the extent of the boom and the dynamics of production. Consequently, there are few explanations for why and how this surge has occurred. This paper argues that the recent growth in Australian horror films has been driven by intersecting international market forces, domestic financing factors, and technological change. In so doing, it identifies two distinct tiers of Australian horror film production: ‘mainstream’ and ‘underground’ production; though overlap between these two tiers results in ‘high-end indie’ films capable of cinema release. Each tier represents the high and low-ends of Australian horror film production, each with different financing, production, and distribution models.

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ID Code: 31664
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Australian horror films, Australian cinema , horror movies , ozploitation
DOI: 10.1386/sac.4.1.23_1
ISSN: 1750-3175
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Intellect Ltd.
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2010 07:59
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 14:10

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