Reconsidering the Place of Esben Storm’s In Search Of Anna in the History of the New Australian Cinema

Dean Biron


Various Australian films made in the post-war period have attracted considerable attention both here and (occasionally) overseas, some deservedly so, others through media hype often based on sentimental, satiric, or otherwise simplified perceptions of this country. The political and social reality of Australia during this time, and of its complete cinematic culture, is more complex. In Search of Anna is one production from the fruitful decade of the New Australian Cinema which merits serious reconsideration. This account endeavours to correct the neglect of what is a significant work of art, setting it in a filmic as well as a social context.


Folkloristics; Cinema; Identity; Australia;

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