Utilizing the resources of Australia's National Film & Sound Archive where the author was a SAR Research Fellow, Australian Film Tales is a collection of anecdotes covering a century of Aussie cinema. Covering the backstories to many of Australia's oldest and newest, best and worst, boldest and bravest, well known and obscure films - from the booming silent era to the much vaunted Australian New Wave of the 1970s which inaugurated the careers of such internationally acclaimed Hollywood directors as Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford and Phil Noyce to the tax incentive scheme which flooded the industry with get-rich-quick internationalism to the "Ozploitation" underground genre recently praised in the USA by none other than Quentin Tarantino.
Australia's cinematic heritage is one of the oldest in the world: indeed, the nation can justly claim to have made the first feature length film. Yet the insider stories behind the individual people, movies and business people that have made the Australian film industry one of the most intriguing of national cinemas remains unknown outside of Academic reference works and journals. For Australian Film Tales, National Film & Sound Archive Research Fellow and film scholar Robert Cettl took these interesting, entertaining and ironic stories hitherto only known by film industry insiders and archived in hard to access special collections and freshly re-structured them as piercing, amusing, ironic and lively anecdotes, bringing Australian cinema to ebook for the first time in a reader-friendly, entertaining and informative home movie-going companion - the ideal treat for movie fans who love to discover the rare and unseen treasures of world cinema, their makers and the culture that spawned them.
A former SAR Research Fellow at Australia's National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA), Robert has an HBA, GDIS, GCTESOL and MTESOL. Professionally published in print in the USA by McFarland & Co. Inc and Bloomsbury Academic, Robert also makes ethnographic digital video features. His digital features are housed in the NFSA. An English teacher, he works in China.read more