Sunday, 15 May 2011

World Film Locations:Melbourne

After wrapping up my editing duties on Intellect Books' World Film Locations:London, I've turned my attention down under to focus on Melbourne for my next edited volume in the series. With contributors drawn from the worlds of academia, journalism and film criticism the diverse film representations of this popular and richly cosmopolitan city will be addressed. Drawn from all eras, the book consists of essays and scene reviews of films covering all manner of genres and themes - from the recent highly acclaimed crime drama Animal Kingdom (David Michod,2010), via Paul Cox's studies of loneliness as seen in Man of Flowers (1983), via the 'Ocker' comedy Alvin Purple (Tim Burstall,1973) right back to the first feature length film produced anywhere in the world, the historically based bushranger movie The Story of the Kelly Gang (Charles Tait,1906).

Melbourne may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of major cities in cinema in comparison to New York, Paris, London and Rome, but this volume will shine a light on how film-makers, both indigenous and visiting, have used this historic and cinematic urban environment to create an impressive and lasting collection of films that in their specific focus on one city also inform wider views on life in 'the city' around the world.

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