Comparing And Contrasting The Australian Films, "Crocodile Dundee" And "The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert"

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Crocodile Dundee (1986) directed by Peter Faiman and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) directed by Stephan Elliott are two Australian films that have unique plots. The expositions of both films have various similarities and differences in the context of quirky ‘Aussie’ characters, stereotypical Australian language, themes and the vast outback setting. The exposition of each film reaffirms typical Australian stereotypes.
The Australia Outback is portrayed in films as vast and red. Of Course Australia is not completely this description. In the film, Crocodile Dundee, Sue Charlton (heroine character) is a New York journalist visiting Sydney. The Irony is the complete contrast between the desert landscape, shown as a bird’s eye view in the helicopter (Scene 2 Crocodile Dundee). In Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the imagery of a “never-ending” road reaffirms the idea that Australia is an isolated place. Similarly to Crocodile Dundee, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert exposition began in Sydney. The main difference between the films the ‘outback’ where both film plots end up in are different. This reveals that not only the ‘red centre’ is the most isolated place but Australia has various areas of isolation which would be expected and these films back up the idea that vast areas of Australia are unpopulated. Both films share a commonality of the portrayal of the beauty of the landscape of Australia.
Australian characters are stereotypically ‘quirky’. Michael J. (Mick) ‘Crocodile Dundee’ is a typical Australian film hero. He is perceived to be reckless, brave and flawless. “More like a love bite...

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