From Jindabyne to 'Jindabyne' : immigrant and indigenous specters

Hateley, Erica (2007) From Jindabyne to 'Jindabyne' : immigrant and indigenous specters. In 2007 Annual Modern Language Association Convention (MLA2007), 27-30 December 2007, Hyatt Regency, Chicago. (Unpublished)

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This paper reads Ray Lawrence's film Jindabyne (2006) in order to consider how "Australian" connotes as "immigrant" or "Indigenous" in contemporary Australia. Although the film is an adaptation of an American short story, it exploits an existing grammar of place in Australian cultural production in order to interrogate this very culture. If questions of race, gender, and class have haunted post-settlement Australia, Lawrence's film simultaneously stages these spectres and gestures towards the necessary failure of any attempt to exorcise them in a place where indigeneity is invisible. Thus, the location of Jindabyne, the town drowned in the name of progress, offers an exemplary visual metaphor for the failed project of identity formation in a place where forgetting is a survival tool.

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ID Code: 39104
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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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 > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2010 03:02
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2010 03:02

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