1st Edition

Law, Lawyers and Justice Through Australian Lenses

Edited By Kim D Weinert, Karen Crawley, Kieran Tranter Copyright 2020
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book engages with the place of law and legality within Australia’s distinctive contribution to global televisual culture.

    Australian popular culture has created a lasting legacy – for good or bad – of representations of law, lawyers and justice ‘down under’. Within films and television of striking landscapes, peopled with heroes, antiheroes, survivors and jokers, there is a fixation on law, conflicts between legal orders, brutal violence and survival. Deeply compromised by the ongoing violence against the lives and laws of First Nation Australians, Australian film and television has sharply illuminated what it means to live with a ‘rule of law’ that rules with a legacy, and a reality, of deep injustice. This book is the first to bring together scholars to reflect on, and critically engage with, the representations and global implications of law, lawyers and justice captured through the lenses of Australian film, television and social media.

    Exploring how distinctively Australian lenses capture uniquely Australian images and narratives, the book nevertheless engages these in order to provide broader insights into the contemporary translations and transmogrifications of law and justice.


    List of Contributors

    Part I The unsettled law and justice of Australia

    Chapter 1 Australian lenses on law, lawyers and justice

    Kim D. Weinert, Karen Crawley and Kieran Tranter

    Chapter 2 Crime drama and national identity on Australian television, 1960–2019

    Cassandra Sharp

    Chapter 3 Whose country? Colonialism and the rule of law in Sweet Country and Charlie’s Country

    Jack Quirk and Julian R. Murphy

    Chapter 4 Taking a lens to the chase in Australian settler state colonialism

    Thalia Anthony and Kieran Tranter

    Chapter 5 Vilification, vigilantism and violence: troubling social media in Australia

    Chris Cunneen and Sophie Russell

    Chapter 6 Picnic at Hanging Rock: Coming of age as a girl in the Gothic colonial institution

    Penny Crofts and Honni van Rijswijk

    Chapter 7 Haunted colonialism: space, place and colonialism in The Babadook

    Pauline Klippmark

    Chapter 8 Being engaged in colonial critique by Mojo Juju's 'Native Tongue'

    Kirsty Duncanson

    Part II Australian gendered identities and law

    Chapter Nine Rake and Rumpole – mavericks for justice: purity and impurity in legal professionalism

    John Flood

    Chapter 10 Cleaver Greene: the legal larrikin on Australian screens

    Lili Pâquet

    Chapter 11 Eyes wide shut: homosociality, justice and male rape through an Australian lens

    Bruce Baer Arnold

    Chapter 12 Romper Stomper: a critique of neoliberalism in Australia

    Kim D. Weinert

    Chapter 13 Justice at the end of Fury Road

    Kieran Tranter

    Chapter 14 Going bunta on Western law: violent jurisdictions, melodrama and the Australian carceral imaginary in Wentworth

    Laura Joseph and Honni van Rijswijk


    Kim D. Weinert is a PhD candidate at Griffith Law School, Griffith University.

    Karen Crawley is a senior lecturer at Griffith Law School, Griffith University.

    Kieran Tranter is Chair of Law, Technology and Future in the School of Law, Queensland University of Technology.