Re-imagining Milirrpum v Nabalco in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream

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dc.contributor.editor Kenyon, AT
dc.contributor.editor Rush, PD
dc.contributor.editor Young, A 2009-08-20T14:13:14Z 2006-01
dc.identifier.citation PASSAGES: law, aesthetics, politics, 2006, pp. 1 - 14
dc.identifier.other E1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract In 1983, the German filmmaker Werner Herzog realised a decade-long ambition to create a film thematising the struggles of Aboriginal groups against mining companies operating in northern Australia. Where the Green Ants Dream (WGAD), was reviled by Australian pundits and also disappointed international critics. However, it raises important issues, not only about the creative appropriation of Aboriginal mythology, but also about the representation of Aboriginality and the struggle for Aboriginal land rights. This article reveals how Herzog relied heavily upon Milirrpum v Nabalco [1971] 17 FLR 141 in writing his film script. In doing so, he came up with a hybrid tenuously situated between documentary and feature film. What complicated this strategy was the fact that Herzogwhose unorthodox style often involves casting non-professional actors in important rolesalso cast Wandjuk and Roy Marika, who had both been witnesses in Milirrpum v Nabalco, in lead roles. They were ultimately uncomfortable with reperforming a court-room sequence in which they had once participated in earnest. This article analyses Herzogs mix of documentary and fiction, examines the reception of WGADboth by white Australian critics and by Aboriginal Australians involved with the filmand argues that, while the film may be flawed, it is valuable because it threw (and continues to throw) disquieting yet important issues into perspective.
dc.publisher School of Law; University of Melbourne
dc.title Re-imagining Milirrpum v Nabalco in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream
dc.type Conference Proceeding
dc.parent PASSAGES: law, aesthetics, politics
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Melbourne en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 14 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
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dc.conference PASSAGES: law, aesthetics, politics
dc.conference.location en_US
dc.for 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 102435
dc.percentage 100 en_US Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.custom PASSAGES: law, aesthetics, politics en_US 20060801 en_US 2006-08-01
dc.location.activity Melbourne en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - TransForming Cultures
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utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
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