World Film Locations: Melbourne

World Film Locations: Melbourne

World Film Locations: Melbourne

edited by Neil Mitchell

Intellect Books (Footprint), $26.95 pb, 128 pp, 9781841506401

Reflections upon Melbourne’s reputation as a world cultural capital often sideline film-making, but the relationship is long and fruitful. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), filmed on the former Charterisville Estate in Heidelberg, is history’s first feature film. The first Australian entry in this series of global guides highlights the centrality of location to emotional spaces and film narrative. Melbourne-set films are defined by a ‘dispersed and piecemeal psycho-geography of the city’. The guide loosely groups forty-six films into six eras, providing snapshots of pivotal locations and scene-setting stills, from the dusty dystopian carnage of Mad Max (1979) to the subterranean blues of the brutal Romper Stomper (1992) opening sequence.

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Benjamin Millar

Benjamin Millar is a Melbourne-based journalist, reviewer, and writer.

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