Category Archives: Australian crime film

Backroads noir in the Australian outback: David Michôd’s The Rover

Australian director David Michôd’s second film, The Rover, is part of a rich heritage of Australian dystopian cinema that combines the destructive power of cars with the country’s harsh, sparsely populated rural areas and desert interior. A gritty crime drama, it is … Continue reading

The Rover

Cars, speed and harsh landscape have been the basis of most locally made dystopian cinema. Think Peter Weir’s 1974 masterpiece, The Cars That Ate Paris, all three Mad Max films, The Chain Reaction (1980) and Brian-Trenchard Smith’s Dead End Drive-In (1986). To … Continue reading

Damned to literary obscurity: June Wright and Murder In the Telephone Exchange

As a seasoned habitué of second hand bookshops, and what is known in some quarters as ‘an early career author’, I often ponder the reality of literary obscurity. It takes stern stuff (or huge sales) to go into a large … Continue reading

Wake In Fright: Dusty and Thirsty in the Outback

If the popularity of writers such as Donald Ray Pollock, Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell and Frank Bill is anything to go by, rural noir is a big deal in the United States. While it may not be anywhere near as well-known, for my money, the 1961 … Continue reading

My year in books: David Whish-Wilson

The next guest in the ‘my year in books’ series is Perth-based crime writer David Whish-Wilson. David’s Zero At the Bone (the sequel to his 2010 book, Line of Sight) was one of my favourite crime reads of 2013. I reviewed the … Continue reading