Beyond the Silver Screen

A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920–1990

Mary Tomsic
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16 October 2017

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Beyond the Silver Screen

A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920–1990

Mary Tomsic
Beyond the Silver Screen tells the history of women's engagement with filmmaking and film culture in twentieth-century Australia. In doing so, it explores an array of often hidden ways women in Australia have creatively worked with film. Beyond the Silver Screen examines film in a broad sense, considering feature filmmaking alongside government documentaries and political films. It also focusses on women's work regulating films and supporting film culture through organising film societies and workshops to encourage female filmmakers. As such, it tells a new narrative of Australian film history.

Beyond the Silver Screen reveals the variety of roles film has in Australian society. It presents film as a medium of creative and political expression, which women have engaged with in diverse ways throughout the twentieth century. Gender roles and gendered ideologies operating within society at large have influenced women's opportunities to work with film and how their filmwork is recognised…
Beyond the Silver Screen tells the history of women's engagement with filmmaking and film culture in twentieth-century Australia. In doing so, it explores an array of often hidden ways women in Australia have creatively worked with film. Beyond the Silver Screen examines film in a broad sense, considering feature filmmaking alongside government documentaries and political films. It also focusses on women's work regulating films and supporting film culture through organising film societies and workshops to encourage female filmmakers. As such, it tells a new narrative of Australian film history.

Beyond the Silver Screen reveals the variety of roles film has in Australian society. It presents film as a medium of creative and political expression, which women have engaged with in diverse ways throughout the twentieth century. Gender roles and gendered ideologies operating within society at large have influenced women's opportunities to work with film and how their filmwork is recognised. Beyond the Silver Screen shows women's sustained involvement with film is best understood as political and cultural action.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

List of Abbreviations viii

Introduction

1. More than a Filmmaking Hobby (1920–1930s)

2. Public Pressure from Film Reformers (1920s)

3. Utopian Visions and Activist Filmmaking (1930s–1950s)

4. Creating Cultured Cinema-going (1945–1965)

5. Training and Creativity in Government (1940s–1960s)

6. Political Expression and Film (1970–1980s)

7. Film Schools, Film Business and Industry (1970–1990)

Conclusion

Index

Mary Tomsic

Mary Tomsic

Mary Tomsic is an ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate researching visual representations of child refugees in the School of Historical and Political Studies at The University of Melbourne. Her teaching and research interests are in cultural history; visual culture; film and history; historical representations in popular culture; Australian film culture and histories of gender and sexualities. She is a co-convener of the Australian Women's History Network and the Melbourne Feminist History Group.

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