Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945 - 1980

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The project will discover, document, analyse and work to compile a lasting archive of Utilitarian Filmmaking in
Australia. 'Utilitarian' describes client-sponsored, instructional and governmental filmmaking existing outside the
conventional theatrical contexts by which cinema is usually defined. Focused on the post-WWII decades prior to
the proliferation of video in the late-1970s, the project shines startling light on previously-unstudied aspects of the
media industries. Bringing Australian scholars into dialogue with experts presently pioneering the study of
utilitarian filmmaking in Europe and the US, the project engages with major cultural institutions to generate
conferences, books, articles, exhibitions and interactive archives.
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/20


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD32,860.00