Darkest Before the Dawn: Australian films of the 1960s

The 1960s was an era of revolutionary change in American, British and European cinema, as the classic cinemas of the 40s and 50s gave way to more challenging ‘New Wave’ styles. Unfortunately, Australian cinema was in such a low state by 1960 that it was not able to participate in these changes, or even finance…

Australian films of the 1950s: The Dark Ages Continue

After the decline and difficulties of the 1940s, the Australian film industry limped along in the 1950s, with few locally produced films made to entertain Australians. Due to government restrictions on financing for local films and lack of support from local film distributors and other entrepreneurs, most locally produced features were made on tight budgets…

Australian Films in the Dark Ages: Part 1 – the 1940s

People often talk about the Australian Cinema ‘Renaissance’ of the 1970s, but what do we call the years before this ‘Renaissance’, the period of low cinematic output from the 1940s to the 1960s? The names that spring to mind are ‘The Dark Ages’ or “The Middle Ages’, the periods which preceded the historical Renaissance in…