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Chinese TV changes face : the role of independents

University of Westminster
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  • 190204 Film And Television
  • Animation
  • China
  • Independents
  • Innovation
  • Tv Drama


Microsoft Word - 9851b.doc QUT Digital Repository: Starrs, D. Bruno (2010) The aural point of view in the early films of Rolf de Heer. Quarterly Review of Film and Video In Press. © Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis 1 1 The Aural Point of View in the Early Films of Rolf de Heer. Australian film-maker Rolf de Heer has written, directed and/or produced twelve feature films, none of which feature the typically hyper-masculine, controlling heroes that much of mainstream or classical Hollywood cinema is renowned for. In this paper I argue that in de Heer’s early films his unlikely protagonists are made the subject of audience identification through use of what Edward Branigan in 1984 called the aural point of view (Branigan 94) or APOV.1 This post- production technique enables the audience to hear what the character on screen apparently imagines her or himself to have heard. The key to understanding the mechanism by which de Heer’s characteristic use of the APOV works to support a unique, auteurial worldview lies in what Melissa Iocca and Anna Hickey-Moody call his “aural construction of subjectivity” (Iocca and Hickey- Moody 122) regarding such unusual protagonists as the socially awkward pre-teen Orville in Tail of a Tiger (1984, Rolf de Heer), the young eponym of Dingo (1991, Rolf de Heer), the 35 year old man-child in Bad Boy Bubby (1993, Rolf de Heer), or the mute little girl in The Quiet Room (1996, Rolf de Heer). Although they confine their study to his cult hit Bad Boy Bubby, Iocca and Hickey- Moody note de Heer’s use of binaural sound recording to create a “pre-Oedipal soundscape” -- signaling their pertinent psychoanalytic interpretation of this film -- which contributes to “a marked move away from insipid approaches to film soundtracks” (ibid.), suggesting here the tameness of much of what Hollywood makes audiences hear. Thus, the theorizatio

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