[UPDATE] Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

full name / name of organization: 
Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)
contact email: 
pkunze@albany.edu

Australian and American Cinemas: Transnational Perspectives

Editors: Pete Kunze (University at Albany, SUNY) and Stephen Gaunson (RMIT University)

Oscar nominations earlier this year for Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, and Jacki Weaver as well as Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby remind us of the ongoing relationship between Australia and the United States, both in terms of talent and industries, in global Hollywood. Yet comparative studies of these national cinemas have been fairly limited. This collection seeks to redress that oversight while encouraging future studies. The editors seek proposals, broadly conceived, for a collection examining the underexplored historical and continuing parallels between Australian and American cinemas through a transnational lens. Topics may include:

• Comparisons of Australian and American films, either by theme, representation, or genre

• Star studies of Australian actors in both Australian and American entertainment: Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Toni Collette, Heath Ledger, Judy Davis, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Mia Wasikowska

• Australian directors working in Hollywood: Andrew Dominik, Jamie Blanks, Cate Shortland, James Wan, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce, P. J. Hogan, Alex Proyas, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Scott Hicks, Fred Schepisi, Robert Luketic

• Australian production teams (cinematographers, editors etc): Christopher Nolan, Greig Fraser, Kirk Baxter

• Australian directors working in Hollywood: Andrew Dominik, Jamie Blanks, Cate Shortland, James Wan, Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce, P. J. Hogan, Alex Proyas, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Scott Hicks, Fred Schepis, Robert Luketic

• American directors working in Australia: Terrence Malick, Norman Dawn, Spencer Succer, John Curran

• American stars working in Australia: Eva Novak, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Pattinson

• Australian adaptations of American stories/novels and American adaptations of Australian stories/novels: Schindler’s List, the Broadway musical version of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or Strictly Ballroom, Oscar and Lucinda, Project X, Danny Deckchair, Jindabyne

• reception studies: American audiences viewing Australian films (Mad Max, Wolf Creek, Australia) or Australians viewing American films

• industry studies, especially the relationship between the film industry and the state

• Australian-American collaborations and co-productions

• Images of Australia in American cinema and images of the United States in Australian cinema

Please submit a proposal of 200 words and a CV to pkunze@albany.edu by November 15, 2013. A working bibliography of 3 to 5 sources is highly encouraged.

Palgrave Macmillan has expressed preliminary interest, so notifications will be made by December 1, 2013 with an initial deadline for April 1, 2014.

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