Bringing to light : a history of ethnographic filmmaking at by Ian Bryson

By Ian Bryson

"The identify Bringing to mild has meanings. First, this e-book is an act of bringing to mild a background that was once progressively turning into mythologised, partially as the ethnographic movies of the previous at the moment are not often obvious. Secondly, a lot of the film-making mentioned during this e-book used to be stimulated by means of a wish to carry to the sunshine of movie the socio-cultural lifetime of Australia's Indigenous peoples."--BOOK JACKET.

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He enlisted the assistance of Robert Tonkinson, an anthropologist from Perth and a cinematographer, Richard Tucker and on 30 April 1965 they left Alice Springs heading for Papunya. They chose to shoot in non-synchronous black and white 35mm which at the time was still the norm for location recording throughout the world. Dunlop had been told by Walter MacDougall, a Native Patrol Officer with the Weapons Research establishment at Woomera, that he knew of a family that might still be living in the Gibson Desert.

50 Maddock believed that because such ceremonies are ‘highly controlled performances’ and that ‘there is no particular emotionalism involved’ the fact that this film is a record of a re-enacted mourning ceremony is unproblematic and that the final product was authentic: ‘[I]t was quite AIATSIS Report Series 27 Bringing to light — a history of ethnographic filmmaking at AIATSIS obvious that this was perfectly authentic in the dancing, the decorations, the singing and generally the attitudes of the people.

Image 1. Richard Tucker with Ian Dunlop filming a close-up of Minma carving. Ian Dunlop Image 2. Paul Porter Jararu looks on as Dunlop and Tucker film. Ian Dunlop 30 AIATSIS Report Series 3. Capturing a changing culture: the first phase of the Film Unit Image 3. Dunlop and Tucker film a close-up sequence of Minma preparing a kangaroo for cooking with his two children watching on. Ian Dunlop Apart from the ten-part series, Dunlop wanted to make a shorter film which was his interpretation of a day in the life of these people.

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