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40,000 Years of Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema (1996)


George Miller presents a personal view of the historical and cultural influences that have shaped the development of Australian cinema since its beginning in 1896.

Curator’s notes

The documentary is an excellent short history of Australian cinema. It is made more interesting by the fact that George Miller is a follower of Joseph Campbell’s archetypal hero’s journey. Miller believes that the paradigm is applicable to most storytelling, especially to the moving image, and refers to it throughout the documentary. George Miller is the director of the Mad Max films and many other feature films and miniseries.