Menzies Centre Seminar - Screen Media and Alterity

Menzies Centre Seminar – Screen Media and Alterity

16th November 2016
6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College holds a number of seminars throughout the year. This year’s theme is

Screening Australia:
Australian Culture and Screen Media in Context

This evening includes two presentations:

Australia’s Outback Wonderland:
Dreaming the Other in Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout
and Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright
(Kierran Horner, King’s College London)

This paper will explore the parallels between Lewis Carroll’s two Alice books and the two ‘Australian New Wave’ films Walkabout (1971) and Wake in Fright (1971). This textual extrapolation raises questions about themes of identity, Otherness, subjectivity, dreams and nightmares. I will argue that –contrary to positioning the working-class men of Wake in Fright and the Aborigine boy of Walkabout as Others – if the Outback is considered the Wonderland of Carroll’s stories, it is the white children of Walkabout and the ‘clever bloke’, John Grant in Wake in Fright that simultaneously represent the subject, Alice herself, and simultaneously the Other.

The First Australians to visit England
how Warrulan and Eyre
inspired an Indigenous Australian
character for the screen
(Sheridan Humphreys, King’s College London) 

Location: King’s College London, Strand Campus, SW1.09 Somerset House East Wing

Kierran Horner is currently researching a PhD at King’s College, London on the presence and absence of death in the films of Agnès Varda, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. In particular, he is pursuing analyses of a selection of films by these directors and texts by Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Sheridan Humphries is researching a PhD on representations of Indigenous Australians in dramatic film and television, Australian film policy and film history, Screenwriting, creative practice and research around the ethics of adapting fact into fiction.


As part of the Menzies Centre’s programme of public activities, the annual seminar series helps to produce a comprehensive and balanced perception of Australia’s past, present and future across a variety of topics.












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