There has been a lot happening on Australia’s small screens. Neighbours turned 30. Struggle Street was accused of poverty porn. Pete evangelised Paleo. Gina got litigious. Netflix muscled in. The Bachelor spawned The Bachelorette. Peter Allen’s maraccas were exhumed. The Labor Party ate itself. Anzac was an anti-climax. And so much more…
Join us as we survey the Australian televisual landscape, and try to make sense of the myriad changes transforming what and how we watch. We’ve come a long way since Bruce Gyngell welcomed us to television in 1956. We now watch on demand and wherever we want, in our lounge rooms and on our devices.
But some things stay the same. The small screen is still a place for imagining Australia, for better or for worse. Small Screens challenges and celebrates our contemporary TV worlds.
Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker and Clare Monagle
1. The Televisual Landscape Today
2. A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Food on Australian TV
3. Broadcasting Disruption
4. Anzac on TV
5. Take One Sip When Someone Says ‘Connection’:
Passion versus Intimacy in The Bachelor/ette Australia
6. ‘Gaps in the National Family Album’: Australian Documentaries on the ABC and SBS
7. Neighbours, the Soap that Whitens: 30 Years of
8. Not the Boy Next Door: Reconsidering Television
in the Musical Miniseries
9. I Am Woman, Redux: Feminism on Television in 2015
10. Mining for Drama: House of Hancock, Gina Rinehart
and the Law
11. Dramatising Australia’s Colonisation: White Men’s Stories
in Banished (Foxtel) and The Secret River (ABC TV)
12. Struggle Street … Poverty Porn?
Michelle Arrow is an Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. Her most recent book is Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945 (2009). In 2014 Michelle, Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri won the NSW Premier’s Multimedia History Prize for the radio documentary Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships.
Jeannine Baker is a historian and documentary maker in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015). Her most recent radio documentary is Holding a Tiger by the Tail: Jessie Litchfield (2015).
Clare Monagle is a historian of ideas, concentrating primarily on theology in the Middle Ages and medievalism in the twentieth century. She is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University. She is currently working on a feminist history of scholastic theology, on the history of emotions, and on the theology of women’s liberation.