Widely loved and hugely profitable, George Miller's The Man from Snowy River drew on the deftness of Australian television drama to help reorient Australian filmmaking towards a popular and international audience. Yet it was also too gauche for cinephiles and too glossy a portrait of Australia for progressive audiences. Dan Golding examines the contradiction of popular appeal and critical discomfort at the heart of this local classic – along with the processes of adaptation, production and exhibition that culminated in its release on screen.
nationalism, patriotism, mythology, colonialism, Terra Nullius, 10BA, Banjo Paterson, masculinity, bushranger, stockman, tracker, Sigrid Thornton, Kirk Douglas.
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