The Last New Wave: The Australian film revival
Angus & Robertson, $19.95, 337 pp
The end of the decade seems an appropriate time for a re-assessment of the revival of Australian cinema, since the beginning of the seventies can be taken as the time when it struggled towards life. Somewhere between the two Burstall ﬁlms, Two Thousand Weeks (1968) and Alvin Purple (1973), there took place the various stirrings of conscience, consciousness, initiative, and enterprise that led to something over one hundred and ﬁfty ﬁlms in the next ten years. David Stratton’s book lists one-hundred-and-twenty-eight ﬁlms, although different listings have discovered more, and he is also at pains to pay appropriate tribute to the pioneering efforts of Burstall.