In today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Tony Moore argues that our tradition of telling Australian stories is being lost, in favour of dumbed down stories, and tales from Olde England:
We need more of the likes of Rabbit-Proof Fence and Ned Kelly that interrogate the past to critique the present and maybe change the future. I don’t mean earnest or ponderous dissertations on national identity but small, universal stories taken from Australia’s rogues’ gallery of personalities or our rich fiction tradition.
Here’s hoping the 150th anniversary of Eureka (coming up on December 3, 2004) is going to be marked by at least one new documentary recapturing Australia’s greatest national story.
Update: Tony Moore has written to say that a longer version of his piece can be found at the Arts Hub site.