Cinemas of value: multicultural realism in Asian Australian cinema
Author: Khoo, Olivia
Source: Studies in Australasian Cinema, Volume 2, Number 2, October 2008 , pp. 141-156(16)
Abstract:This article examines the use of realist aesthetics in three Australian films, Dee McLachlan's The Jammed (2007), Khoa Do's The Finished People (2003) and M. Frank's Ra Choi (2005) as a way of creating value within the terms of an Australian national cinema. These films, among other examples of an emergent Asian Australian cinema, deploy techniques of realism to build an authenticity of experience for spectators, unfamiliar with seeing portrayals of Asian Australians on screen. This article will consider what is at stake in the accepted, and often replicated, relationship between multiculturalism and realism characterizing filmic representations of Asian Australians, and will shift the focus to explore the place of idealism in the creation of value. By examining the aesthetics of what I will call multicultural realism I aim to consider how these stylistic strategies seek to politicize certain representations over others in the films' attempt to build an alternative vision of the Australian nation and its diasporic constituents.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Curtin University of Technology.
Publication date: October 2008
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