Down Under Rises Up: Nature's Revenge in Ozploitation Cinema

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Hallam, L. 2018. Down Under Rises Up: Nature's Revenge in Ozploitation Cinema. Cine-Excess.
AuthorsHallam, L.
Abstract

The Australian outback is a place of isolation. Harsh and uninviting, it seems to hold with
in it
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
horror cinema
the
land is beginning to take its revenge.
‘Ozploitation’ films such as
Wake i
n
Fright
(1971)
,
Long Weekend
(1978)
, Roadg
ames
(1981)
, Razorback
(1984),
Fair
Game
(1986), and
Dark Age
(1987), as well as post
-
2000
horror films such as
Black Water
(2007),
Rogue
(2007)
,
and
Dying Breed
(2008), often have
characters batt
ling against the
unforgiving
environment and its inhabitants
.
In
retaliation against the exploitation and abuse perpetrated
by
these white settlers, these films present nature as a presence that s
eeks to avenge and
punish
past wrongs.
T
hrough the analysis of several key fi
lms from Oz
ploitation past and present, this article will
investigate how
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
an
imals and landscape play an important role in commenting
on, and embodying, national history and identity.

JournalCine-Excess
Year2018
PublisherCine-Excess
Publication dates
Online2018
Publication process dates
Deposited27 Mar 2018
Accepted01 Aug 2017
Accepted01 Aug 2017
Page rangeIn Press
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