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40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997)

Australian born film maker George (Mad Max) Miller offers a personal view of Australian films. He suggests that they can be regarded as visual music, public dreaming, mythology, and ... See full summary »

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Australian born film maker George (Mad Max) Miller offers a personal view of Australian films. He suggests that they can be regarded as visual music, public dreaming, mythology, and song-lines. In extrapolating the idea of movies as song-lines he examines feature films under the following categories : songs of the land ; the bushman ; the convicts ; the bush-rangers ; mates and larrikins ; the digger ; pommy bashing ; the sheilas ; gays ; the wogs ; blackfellas ; urban subversion. He then concludes that these films can be thought of as "Hymns that sing of Australia". Written by Simon Hart

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History of Australian Film by a Great Director...
14 December 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

...but maybe my expectations were too high.

It begins wonderfully with a great sense of visual style and the promise of an interesting structure but the problem is that Director/Host George Miller (Mad Max, Babe: Pig in the City) just isn't a great on-camera presence and his overview begins to d..r..a..g...

I saw this on a tape paired with a Sam Neill-directed doc about New Zealand film and to my great surprise I thought Neill's film was better, so maybe this suffers in comparison.

Still, this is a good film on the subject, just not the great one I was hoping for.


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