Minimalist Menace: The Necks score 'The Boys'
- LaTrobe University, School of Communications, Arts and Critical Enquiry
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- Journal article
- Mitchell Anthony 2005, 'Minimalist Menace: The Necks score 'The Boys'', ScreenSound Australia, LaTrobe University, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1-13.
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Rowan Woods' 1997 film The boys was released at a time when Australian cinema had just reached the end of its commercially viable, but at times rather shallow and gimmicky "Quirky" phase, signalled by films such as Baz Luhrmann's Strictly ballroom (Australia, 1992) and the Abba-drenched Priscilla queen of the desert (Elliott, Australia 1994) and Muriel's Wedding (PJ Hogan, Australia 1994). The boys was an example of an entirely different ethos which confronted far more serious, uncomfortable and disturbing themes relating to Australian masculinity and a culture of violence, as well as articulating a tougher, more arthouse-oriented film aesthetic. Part of this aesthetic involved a more focused approach to film music and an increasing tendency, wherever possible, to employ local Australian rock, classical or jazz musicians to provide film scores which expressed a strong sense of place and time.
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