Originally published in Senses of Cinema issue 51, July 2009. As I write this, Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton, 2009) has just been awarded the prestigious Camera d’Or for best first feature film at the...
Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah has captured the world’s imagination in a way no Aboriginal film has done before. After a century of white filmmakers controlling (often by default) the cinematic presentation of Aboriginal culture, Therese Davis wonders whether Samson and Delilah marks the start of a new era.
An examination of director Rolf de Heer’s unique collaboration with the Yolngu people of Ramingining of Northern Australia on Ten Canoes and the behind-the-scenes documentary Balanda and the Bark Canoes.
“Crossing cultures, cinematic and other”: A Review of Laleen Jayamanne’s Toward Cinema and Its Double: Cross-Cultural Mimesis
Davis praises this recent book, and its rethinking of the relation between film and film criticism.