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Conference publication

Publication details

Milner, L 2009, 'Kenny and Australian cinema in the Howard era', in H Radner & P Fossen (eds), Remapping cinema, remaking history: XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference Proceedings. Volume Two: Selected Full Refereed Papers , Dunedin, New Zealand, 27-30 November, Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, pp. 171-181.


The “battler” figure has been a popular and enduring character in the Australian cultural imagination, of literature and screen, from the time of The Sentimental Bloke (1919) and then featured in the Dad and Dave films (1932-1995). It was later “ockerised” for Bazza McKenzie, “Crocodile” Dundee and others. It is a deeply engrained identifier in the national memory, this ordinary citizen, workingclass, well-intentioned, hard-working, the underdog who struggles against the world to overcome troubles through an essential integrity. The symbol of the battler has been used to reflect what we hope we are as Australians. My paper is about two more recent battlers on our screens.