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“Space without People”

Austro-German Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, and Journalist Colin Ross Discovers Australia

Siegfried Mattl


In 1929 prominent Austro-German filmmaker and author Colin Ross visited Australia with his family for several months. In his literary and cinematic work on Australia Ross establishes a perplexing argument: Australia’s “nordic myth” (the White Australia policy) exposes the continent to the peril of an Asian invasion. In accordance with concepts of cultural hegemony within the framework of so-called German liberal imperialism and driven by Germany’s ambition to re-establish a presence in its former colonial realm, he advocates for the forced immigration of South European laborers to the continent to populate the vast “empty space” of Australia and guard against the menacing consequences of a British-Japanese pact. This article discusses the visual and literary strategies employed by Ross to popularize geo-political thinking in Germany, thereby inducing a shift in the travelogue genre from appealing to “colonial desire” to promoting the politics of an emerging imperialism.

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Educational Film Studies

A Burgeoning Field of Research

Anne Bruch

., Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in Deutschland , 3 volumes (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005). David Culbert, “German Documentary Film in 2007 Pages,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 27, no. 3 (2007): 407–411. 47 Uli Jung, “Filme für Lehre und

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The German Colonies in Die Weltgeschichte als Kolonialgeschichte

The Use of Filmic Techniques in Colonial Revisionism in the 1920s

Michael Annegarn-Gläß

Translator : Katherine Ebisch-Burton

media was film. In Germany documentary film of the 1920s and 1930s has received some critical attention, 1 and researchers in the United States in particular (Charles Acland, Devin Orgeron and Alexander Geoff) 2 have elucidated different aspects of