Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore (2000)

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The renowned Australian art critic Robert Hughes hosts this sweeping and detailed 6-part series which tracks the history of the homeland that he has a complex and emotional relationship with. Attempting to diminish the misconceptions that the rest of the world has about this extremely large, diverse, and relatively new country, Hughes combines his own Australian story with a much broader historical one. He tracks the nation's history from the prehistorical days of a purely Aboriginal existence to modern times, exploring the evolution of contemporary culture and "national character" along the way. Highlighted topics include the painful relationships between Aborigines and white settlers, the self-conscious distancing from British culture, diversity through immigration, and the modern culture of liberated sexuality. In the expert hands of Hughes (who also wrote and directed the film), textbook history is combined with emotional history in an entirely new and compelling way.

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