Reel Men - Australian Masculinity in the Movies 1949-1962

Author(s): Chelsea Barnett


Set against the shifting social and political backdrop of a nation throwing off the shackles of one war yet faced with the instability of the new world order, Reel Men probes the concept of 1950s masculinity itself, asking what it meant to be an Australian man at this time. Offering a compelling exploration of the Australian fifties, the book challenges the common belief that the fifties was a 'dead? era for Australian filmmaking.Reel Menengages with fourteen Australian feature films made and released between 1949 and 1962, and examines the multiple masculinities in circulation at this time. Dealing with beloved Australian films like Jedda(1955), Smiley(1956), and The Shiralee(1957), and national icons of the silver screen including Chips Rafferty, Charles 'Bud? Tingwell, and Peter Finch, Reel Mendelves into our cultural past to dismantle powerful assumptions about film, the fifties, and masculinity in Australia.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780522872477
  • : Melbourne University Publishing
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : February 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Chelsea Barnett