The Australian outback is a place of isolation. Harsh and uninviting, it seems to hold with
the ghosts of past crimes
and a will to destroy anyone who dare try to colonise and contain it.
Yet, for the past two hundred years many hav
e sought to dominate this land
and in Australian
land is beginning to take its revenge.
‘Ozploitation’ films such as
(1987), as well as post
horror films such as
(2008), often have
ling against the
environment and its inhabitants
retaliation against the exploitation and abuse perpetrated
these white settlers, these films present nature as a presence that s
eeks to avenge and
hrough the analysis of several key fi
lms from Oz
ploitation past and present, this article will
these films subvert many common Australian stereotypes and question
Australian’s national identity as one that is predominantly white, male and rural
demonstrating that nonhuman
imals and landscape play an important role in commenting
on, and embodying, national history and identity.