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Gallipoli: a study of national symbolism on film
Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Australian motion picture Gallipoli, which portrayed the symbolically significant military operation at Turkish Gallipoli during the First World War, was an enormous success when it first was shown in Australia in 1981. The aim of the research was to get a greater understanding of how the film’s profound reliance and emphasis on specific and deeply rooted national characteristics and myths could receive such widespread approval from the Australian audience at the time of its release. The research proceeded from three sources, that is: perception, intention and genre, that made it possible to identify contemporary attitudes and sentiments of the film and its theme, but also the nationalistic symbols that was the aim of this paper to identify. Benedict Anderson and his ideas about the nation as an imagined community created the theoretical framework that gave the research an explanatory base and understanding of the audiences’ ability to acquire the symbols of the cultural production. The research has shown that the film Gallipoli conveys three fundamental national characteristics of mate ship, anti-britishness and the Australian landscape. The conclusion holds that the widely spread national approval in correspondence with the film’s highly nationalistic symbolism, may give an indication of a contemporary Australia searching for a new national identity free from its previous strong cultural, political, economical and social ties to the British empire.

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2012. , 45 p.
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Studies on Film History
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1440DiVA: diva2:531196
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-06 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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