The way the Australian outback has been interpreted on screen will be examined by renowned film historian Graham Shirley in The Outback on Screen, a special free presentation to be held at the NFSA on 16 March.
On March 16, the National Film and Sound Archive's
new Senior Curator of Documents and Artefacts, Graham Shirley
, will present The Outback on Screen: Physical Space/State of Mind, a compilation of Australian feature film and documentary footage accompanied by live narration.
The presentation will examine how Australian filmmakers have depicted the Australian Outback over a century of moving images.
was appointed to the newly created Documents and Artefacts curatorial position in November 2005, and took up the post in mid-January.
In a career spanning three decades, he has worked as a filmmaker, scriptwriter, researcher and historian.
is co-author of Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years and the writer/director of numerous documentaries including Road
to Tokyo (2005), White Bay Power Station (2003) and Prisoners of Propaganda (1987).
The AFC's Dan Edwards spoke to Graham about The Outback on Screen and his new position at the NFSA.
: Yes, what I'm seeking to do with this presentation is look at the place of the Outback in people's minds - it's a physical space as well as a mental construct.