- Subject index
Written by a team of veteran scholars and emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the international traditions of the field, drawing out regional differences in the way that intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been transformed into a field of systematic inquiry. It reflects on the field's conceptual infrastructure, the dominant paradigms and debates, and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks optimistically to the future of film, the institution of cinema, and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film is being called into question by new technological, industrial, and aesthetic developments.
Chapter 8: Australia
In Australia, Film Studies became firmly established as an institutionally recognized discipline in the decade from 1975 to 1985. Although this history in many ways reflected international trends, there are two aspects of the story that may be unique to the Australian case. One was the coincidence between the rise of Film Studies and the strategic revival of the Australian feature film industry in the early seventies with significant government funding and institutional support. The other was the coincidental emergence of a new style of film reviewing and criticism that acted as both a counterpoint and a complement to the new academic discipline.
In his book Making Meaning (1989), David Bordwell provides a history of the ‘academicization’ of film theory and criticism. ...