Sound in the Aboriginal Australian Films of Rolf de Heer
Starrs, D. Bruno (2011) Sound in the Aboriginal Australian Films of Rolf de Heer. In Devy, G. N., Davis, G. V., & Chakravarty, K. K. (Eds.) Voice and Memory : Indigenous Imagination and Expression. Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, India, pp. 310-318.
Anna Hickey-Mody and Melissa Iocca invented a new name for the cinema-goer at "Bad Boy Bubby" (1993) when they wrote: "In de Heer's film, the viewer is primarily a listener, or aurator, and secondly a spectator" and I have argued the label 'aurator' can also be used for the person experiencing "Ten Canoes" (2006). This Aboriginal Australian Dreamtime fable features dialogue recorded entirely in the Ganalbingu language of the Indigenous people it stars, and is a prime example of what I would suggest can be labeled 'The Aboriginal Australian Films of Rolf de Heer'. "The Tracker" (2002) and "Dr. Plonk" (2007) have also included depictions of Aboriginal Australians and each of the trio utilizes Cat Hope's "innovative sound ideas" to present what I argue is an aural auteur's signature revealing a post-colonial Australian world-view that privileges the justice system and eco-spirituality of Aboriginal Australians.
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