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2021, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A

Rise of liberation: Feminist influence on the role of Australian women in cinema during 1970s


Author(s): Fiona Cyril Creado

Abstract: Cinema and society has been found to influence each other. In this paper the feminist influence on the role of Australian women in cinema has been explored, particularly during the 1970s. Moreover, a comparison between Australian cinema and its American and British counterparts have also been covered. It has been found that during the 1970s, women in Hollywood and British cinema were typically portrayed as an object of desire, where they were mostly cast as supporting characters beside the male protagonist. However, during the same timeframe, the Australian cinema has shown significant strides highlighting the progressiveness of women. During that time the feminist movement was fueled by anger of women toward violence and objectification. The Australian filmmakers portrayed the then ongoing feminist movement on the big screen, thereby telling stories from the female point of view. Even though female characters were brought to the forefront of the script, but their strengths and social positions were still limited by the patriarchal boundaries. Moreover, the portrayal of women was highly fragmented, as their image was defined through several cultural and social relationships. This as a result made it quite challenging for the film makers to portray a one true identity of women. Nonetheless, Australian cinema have had a major impact on uplifting women in the society and have paved the way to strengthen feminist movements.

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Fiona Cyril Creado. Rise of liberation: Feminist influence on the role of Australian women in cinema during 1970s. Int J Hist 2021;3(2):35-38.
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