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'A New Kind of Film': Performing Aboriginality in James Cant's Wirritt Wirritt (1957)

Scott, Sarah


Wirritt Wirritt (1957) is a hitherto-unexamined short film by the Australian modernist artist James Cant (1911-82) in collaboration with the filmmaker Malcolm Otton (b. 1917) and the poet, writer, and collector of Aboriginal legends, Roland Robinson (1912-92). The film's experimental aspects included Cant 'performing Aboriginality' by painting imitations of Aboriginal motifs directly onto the walls of coastal sandstone cliffs in Sydney. This article reveals how the hybrid artefacts of Cant's...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-12-18
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
DOI: 10.1080/14434318.2019.1681577


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