Student Profile

Peter Mageros


Doctor of Philosophy

Thesis Title

Cultural Nationalism or Cultural Patriotism: A New Perspective on the Australian Cinema and the National Identity


Bruce Isaacs

Keith Broadfoot

Thesis Abstract

Is cultural patriotism a more sustainable method than cultural nationalism in examining the Australian cinema’s involvement with the national identity?

My thesis reassesses the way that Australian films have represented national identity based on the cultural patriotism model. Unlike cultural nationalism, cultural patriotism is not reliant on Australian identity being measured against the culture of another nation. Rather, my thesis explores the way Australian films have advanced the idea of nationhood.

My argument represents an important scholarly development, allowing the cultural-nationalist boom of the 1970s and 1980s to stand alongside films from earlier and later periods that are less identifiable with nationalist influences.

Conference Presentations

Peter Mageros, “Marketing and the Fate of Locally Produced Films in Australian Cinemas” (paper presented at Griffith University’s Researching Australian Film Exhibition and Distribution workshop, Brisbane, April 2009).

Favourite Films

The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1997)
Planet of the Apes (Franklyn J. Schaffner, 1967)
Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981)
Life is Beautiful (Robert Benigni, 1998)