After Indonesia calling

Hughes, J 2012, After Indonesia calling, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media and Communication, RMIT University.

Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title After Indonesia calling
Author(s) Hughes, J
Year 2012
Abstract After Indonesia Calling is concerned with two documentary films, the Joris Ivens film Indonesia Calling (1946) and a film I have made addressing aspects of Ivens’ film: Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia (2009). The Project After Indonesia Calling (2012) takes the form of an essay film of around 39 minutes, drawing on Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia and earlier film works I have made, re-configured around issues pertinent in Australian documentary history to the periods in which these works were made.

Ivens’ Indonesia Calling is seen as a foundational work in a certain tradition of documentary in Australia, and recalled in a gesture of remembrance at a period when the ‘independent’, the ‘creative’ documentary, and the ‘essay’ film, even the ‘social’ documentary appear to many filmmakers somewhat threatened, or at least undergoing significant transformation.

The exegesis, in three parts, elaborates the discourse initiated by the project: the circumstances that occasioned Ivens and his colleagues making the work that became Indonesia Calling, Australian government policy contexts of both the 1946 film and the 2009 film are considered, exploring further the politics of regulation that has both enabled and constrained documentary production in Australia at these two differing but resonant moments and thirdly, a speculative essay returning to Ivens’ film elaborating ideas explored in the moving image project.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) Australian documentary film
The essay film
Cultural cold war
Indonesian independence
Film industry policy
Australian National Film Board
Film Australia
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