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Transcript of The Tracker
By Rolf de Heer
Tracker mocks the white ideologies
Limited dialogue between characters
Text in opening scene provides each character's context
What is the genre?
How does de Heer's context or the context of production influence the construction of the film?
List the purpose and 3 ideas of the film
Who is the target audience and why do you think this?
Where is the locus of power
in this scene?
What is the purpose of cutting to an image of the gun when introducing the Fanatic?
The Fanatic mainly, but also in the Veteran and the Follower, as they are set above the Tracker on horses, and holding guns which are symbols of power
Foreshadows how reliant the Fanatic is with his gun later on in the movie and to portray him as a character associated with conflict and death
What is the significance of De Heer's use of paintings?
None of the characters in the film have actual names - Rolf De Heer uses archetypes instead
The characters are:
Played by Gary Sweet
A mounted policeman, this man does not dwell on statistics.
Played by David Gulpilil
Native to other parts, little is known of this man.
Played by Grant Page
This man has been drafted into this expedition.
Played by Damon Gameau
This man is new to the frontier.
Played by Noel Wilton
This man has been accused of murdering a white woman.
Texts can be compared because:
they have similar ideas
they have the same subject matter
our reading of one text can be influenced by our reading of the other
What connotations are associated with the use of the word 'frontier' when describing the Australian outback and what is the significance of this?
Landscape or setting that is previously unexplored and uncharted
Border between the known and the unknown
Landscape that is harsh and unrelenting
What ideas do some of the key paintings convey?
The use of paintings by De Heer is significant because it is not a technique used often in film making. It also helps emphasise the importance of some ideas and conveys events captured as timeless.
Who was the artist of the paintings used by De Heer?
Painting 2 : The Rifle
Painting 3 : Shooting the Aborigines
Painting 5: The Final Landscape
The rifle is shown immediatley following a close up shot of the fanatic. This ordering of shots is used by De Heer to convey the importance of the gun to the fanatic and how he exploits this weapon of power later in the film. It also provides the audience with the true locus of power in the exposition of the film
De Heer uses paintings in the place of violent scenes to broaden the type of audiences that would watch the film.
The contrast between mood and atmosphere in painting 1 and this painting works to convey how a resolution has been achieved.
The genre is subversive political western
The painting in the orientation of the film conveys the idea that the Australian Outback is inhospitable this foreshadowing consequences for Whites such as the fanatic who have malevolent intentions.
Painting 1 : The Landscape
His father was born in the year it was set
Personally saw the marginalisation
Father was dutch
the treatment of Aboriginals during the 1920s was remorseless and resulted in the widespread marginalisaition of Aborigines throughout Australia
To expose the racist attitudes whites had towards the Aboriginals in the 1920s and to encourage the audience to view these prejudices as baseless and unfounded .
Concerned with the treatment of Aboriginals historically and even today.