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Throughout Australian film history various Australian Male representations have been formulated The result of this is a variety of Male images from the rough wholesome and hardworking to the softer busy consumer orientated stereotypes This paper will compare and contrast the representation of men in the Australian films Sunday Too Far Away 1975 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert1994 through the discussion of stereotypes icons the film language and how it adds to the themes and issues raised as well as the cultural and institutional factors contributing to the content of the films Sunday Too Far Away 1975 is a film set in 1955 about the events surrounding sheep shearing It faces the tedious routine and typical lifestyle of the shearers focusing on Foley the brawling hard-drinking Aussie bloke Facing the crucial issue of the day the 9-year shearing strike Foley looses his job to the scabs The characters portrayed are very typically Australian Malesblokes Foleys image of Anti-authoritarianism shows when the owner of the ranch is looking over the shearers in case they cut off their knackers and pistles He hates this officiousness and is anything but threatened by authority and so plays a joke on the owner Mateship defined as one who is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for his habitual companion to stick together through thick and thin Rees Griffiths September 2002 Kalmund D 1995 is obvious within the film when the group sticks together in the strike and loose their jobs to the scabs Uses the eclectic character range of the film to demonstrate the masculinity and mateship of Australian culture in the era A R Lantzke 1999 Other images that depict the typical Aussie Male icon of the time is the masculinity of the group- such as the scene where Foley outcasts the man who is writing a letter to his wife calling him a queer the competitiveness to shear the fastest and the most emphasised
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