The Four Fathers of Australia: Baz Luhrmann's depiction of Aboriginal history and paternity in the Northern Territory

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Abstract

Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia was widely criticised for its depiction of the past when it was released in late 2008. This article suggests that such criticisms myopically centred on historical details, exaggerating the film’s purportedly inauthentic representation of the past. By analysing its portrayal of the four father figures in the film I will examine how Australia engages with the histories of inter-racial sexual relations and the governmental aims of segregation and assimilation during the interwar period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-41
JournalHistory Australia
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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