For this weeks task, I have chosen to research Australian Cinema in 1977. I selected these at random, but it will be good to learn about the Australian cinema in the year I have chosen. I will also be researching the years before and after, to find if there is a lead up to that year and the effects it could have had.
I searched ‘Locate’ for books about the Australian cinema in 1977, but only found one, ‘Peter Weir A Creative Journey from Australia to Hollywood’. The book has a chapter about Australian production context in the 1970s and early 1980s. The book doesn’t mention 1977 much, however it does talk about the years around it and how the australian film industry developed from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.
‘At the end of the 1960s, Australia did neither yet have a national cinema, nor did it have a proper industry that could produce films aimed both at local and international audiences. Government intervention was seen as crucial for its development.’
‘Dermody and Jacka regard the period from 1975 to 1980 as the second period of the Australian film industry development’
The 1970’s saw Australia’s ‘new wave’ cinema, with many of the country’s most famed movies being produced during the period. Cinema within the New Wave broadly falls into two categories – the publically funded first phase, and privately funded second phase. The first phase was divided between what have been described as “quality”, and “ocker” cinema3. The second involves a shift towards “blockbuster” productions. Films from the first phase has an overwhelming tendency to be a critique of Australian culture, where as the second phase films have been markedly uncritical of Australian culture.
The period 1970 to the mid 1980s is often called the “Renaissance of Australian Cinema”. The Australian film renaissance, also known as the New Wave of Australian cinema, was a period in which some 400 films were produced over roughly 15 years. It was driven primarily by two government policies.
Since 1972, there have been just 6 years in which Australian films have been the top grossing movies in Australia. Those films in order were: Alvin Purple (1973),Gallipoli (1981), The Man From Snowy River (1982), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Crocodile Dundee 2 (1988) & Strictly Ballroom (1992).
Crocodile Dundee made $104 million by 2009 standards, it remains the highest grossing Australian film.
List of popular movies in the 1970’s: