NEW WRITING: Booklet Essay for The Proposition (BFI)

John Hillcoat’s scabrous frontier western The Proposition (2005) is among the best Australian films of the 21st century, and it was recently given the much deserved Blu-ray/UHD treatment from the wonderful folks at the British Film Institute. The release includes a wonderful 80-page book, to which I was delighted to contribute a short essay, alongside contributions from the film’s director, John Hillcoat, composer Warren Ellis, producer Cat Villiers, star Leah Purcell, and Professor Catriona Elder.

Entitled ”I Will Civilize This Land’: Settler Violence and Indigenous Sovereignty in The Proposition‘, my short essay considers the on- and off-screen entanglement of historical and contemporary Indigenous-settler relations, and the darker side of the so-called ‘civilising’ mission of settler authorities.

Newly restored in 4K, The Proposition is available as a
2-disc Blu-ray or a 4K UHD/Blu-ray via the BFI Shop.

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