Australian Fairy-Tale Films
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Australian Fairy-Tale Films book
Australia has a short history of fairy tales and an even shorter history of fairy-tale ﬁ lm. This is not because the country lacks a tradition of oral storytelling. Indeed, Australia has a rich history of stories that have been recorded, collected, and retold. However, the very existence of Australian fairy tales is deeply complicated by the country’s history of colonization. The difﬁ culty pertains to the appropriation of the ancient stories of the land’s original custodians, and to the role of traditional tales brought by those who have arrived in Australia since it was claimed as a British colony. Like the convicts and settlers who brought stories to Australia, the fairy tales of the northern hemisphere did not easily take root in the antipodes. Early Australian tales were often derivative of European narratives, and reﬂ ect an ambivalence about homeland, home, and national identity.