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SHINING A LIGHT: 50 YEARS OF THE AFI
2nd Edition: December 2013
Shining a Light: 50 Years of the AFI is a history of a cultural organisation (AFI/AACTA), an overview of the progress of the Australian film and television industries over the last fifty years, and an argument about the importance of screen culture to a successful production industry.
The second edition (December, 2013) has been delivered as an iPad (and android) book. This has allowed the inclusion of more than 60 video clips from interviews conducted as part of the original research, making it an important oral history. The new edition also includes an additional chapter outlining the AFI’s initiative in establishing the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) in 2011, and an updated database of all the winners and nominees of AFI/AACTA Awards (1958-2013).
This iPad version is available free from iTunes here:
'Shining a Light: 50 Years of the AFI' traces the progress of the film and television industries as well as screen culture within Australia over the past half century, through the lens of one organisation, the Australian Film Institute.
Since its establishment in 1958, the AFI has played a central role in nurturing and supporting both screen culture and production, from small beginnings to an internationally recognised billion dollar industry.
'Shining a Light' maps out the history of the AFI and the wider industry over the past 50 years and explores the relationship of screen culture to a successful production industry. The book offers a timely and significant contribution to scholarship on Australian cinema, published at a critical time in Australian film history.
The authors have interviewed key players on the local scene, completing 27 interviews which tell the story from an insider's perspective. They sifted through volumes of documentary evidence in chronicling the history of the AFI, its successes and role in Australian screen culture past, present and future.
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