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Myths and absent signifiers in representations of Aboriginal identity in Australian cinema

Rekhari, Suneeti 2007, Myths and absent signifiers in representations of Aboriginal identity in Australian cinema, Journal of Australian Indigenous issues, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 3-13.

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Title Myths and absent signifiers in representations of Aboriginal identity in Australian cinema
Author(s) Rekhari, Suneeti
Journal name Journal of Australian Indigenous issues
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 3
End page 13
Total pages 11
Publisher Supporters of the Indigenous Peoples of Australia (SIPA)
Place of publication Abbotsford, Vic.
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1440-5202
Keyword(s) film
Australian cinema
Aboriginal
representation
Summary This article examines how meaning is always articulated in the ideological and political structures of society. This becomes apparent when evidencing articulated Aboriginal representation in Australian cinema, which signifies a representation on screen expressive of the ideological and political structures of the historical time periods in which the films were produced. Meaning, which is the relationship between the signifier and its signified, includes both denotation and connotation. Specific connotators can load a sign with multiple meanings leading to a chain of connotations.  The connotations of Aboriginal identity in Australian filmic narratives are influenced by a chain of additional signified, those of: socio-cultural variables and dominant discourses. This article analyses these chains of connotations through an examination of myths and absent signifiers in filmic representations of Aboriginal identity. The films investigated are: Jedda (Charles Chauvel 1955), Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg 1971), Night Cries (Tracey Moffatt 1990) and Rabbit Proof Fence (Philip Noyce 2002).
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055492

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Arts and Education
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