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

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Show simple item record Hurley, Andrew en_US
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dc.contributor.editor Andrew T Kenyon, Peter D Rush and Alison Young en_US 2009-08-20T14:13:14Z 2009-08-20T14:13:14Z 2006 en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Hurley Andrew 2006, 'Re-imagining Milirrpum v Nabalco in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream', School of Law; University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 1-14. en_US
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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 Herzog??whose unorthodox style often involves casting non-professional actors in important roles??also 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 Herzog?s mix of documentary and fiction, examines the reception of WGAD??both by white Australian critics and by Aboriginal Australians involved with the film??and argues that, while the film may be flawed, it is valuable because it threw (and continues to throw) disquieting yet important issues into perspective. en_US
dc.publisher School of Law; University of Melbourne en_US
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dc.title Re-imagining Milirrpum v Nabalco in Werner Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream en_US
dc.parent PASSAGES: law, aesthetics, politics en_US
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dc.publocation Melbourne en_US
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dc.identifier.endpage 14 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
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dc.percentage 100 en_US Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies en_US
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dc.location.activity Melbourne en_US
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