Riot and revenge: symmetry and the Cronulla riot in Abe Forsythe’s Down Under

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dc.contributor.author McGrath, Kenta
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-08T11:21:12Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-08T11:21:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation McGrath, K. (2017) 'Riot and revenge: symmetry and the Cronulla riot in Abe Forsythe’s Down Under', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 13, pp. 13-32. en
dc.identifier.issued 13
dc.identifier.startpage 13
dc.identifier.endpage 32
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6026
dc.description.abstract Abe Forsythe’s Down Under (2016) is the first narrative feature film about the Cronulla riot—the infamous event on 11 December 2005 where over 5000 white Australians, responding to a minor local incident, descended on Cronulla Beach in Sydney and proceeded to harass, chase and bash anybody who they perceived to be of Middle Eastern appearance. In the following nights, a series of violent retaliatory attacks took place, as community leaders called for calm. Suvendrini Perera identifies how a symmetrical narrative had emerged in the wake of the riot and its aftermath, whereby Cronulla Beach “comes to stand for a paired sequence of events, the riot and the revenge, in a fable of equivalence in which two misguided groups . . . mirror each other’s ignorance and prejudices”. This article considers how Down Under reinforces the distortive implications of this “riot and revenge” narrative by maintaining a structural equilibrium—through the rigorous balancing of its narrative and characters, and formally, via its soundtrack, cinematography and editing patterns. In so doing, and despite its antiracist sentiments, the film ultimately dilutes the issue of race and obscures the power imbalances that informed the riot, and which continue to this day en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue13/13_1Article_McGrath.pdf
dc.rights © 2017, The Author(s) en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Prejudice en
dc.subject Race en
dc.subject Australian en
dc.subject Multicultural society en
dc.subject Cronulla riot en
dc.subject Cronulla Beach en
dc.subject Symmetrical narrative en
dc.subject Riot en
dc.subject Revenge en
dc.subject Equivalence en
dc.subject Structural equilibrium en
dc.subject Antiracist sentiment en
dc.title Riot and revenge: symmetry and the Cronulla riot in Abe Forsythe’s Down Under en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kenta McGrath, Curtin University en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en


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