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Monday, 20 February 2017

New Indonesian Cinema - David Hanan writes about the publication of his latest book and some events in Melbourne

Australia’s pre-eminent specialist on Indonesian cinema David Hanan, currently the Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Film and Screen Studies, School of Media, Film and Journalism Monash University, Melbourne has just published a new book and has sent in the following note

My book Cultural Specificity in Indonesian Film: Diversity in Unity has just been released as an eBook by Palgrave Macmillan. A hard-cover edition follows in late March. 

Click on the link following to The Palgrave website, for early reviews/endorsements of the book.



David also advises of an event of great interest taking place in Melbourne on Thursday 23 February.

Garin Nugroho
Book Presentation at Panel Discussion with the great Indonesian director Garin Nugroho at the University of Melbourne.
I will be presenting an eBook copy of his book to the Indonesian director, Garin Nugroho, at the conclusion of the panel discussion about the background to Garin's latest film, Setan Jawa, being held this Thursday, 23 February at 5.30 pm at the Sydney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne.

(Garin, incidentally, is featured shooting a film in the pictures(s) on the cover of my book.)

Details about this panel discussion are at the following website (registration required if you wish to attend):


Screening of Garin Nugroho's Setan Jawa in Hamer Hall at the Victorian Arts Centre, this Friday 24 February at 7.30 pm
Garin's recent film Setan Jawa, a silent film reportedly influenced by Murnau's Nosferatu will be screened in Hamer Hall this Friday, with musical accompaniment jointly by a gamelan orchestra from Central Java, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about this screening, see

Hoping you have time to attend one or other of these events, if you are in Melbourne.

David Hanan

FYI: Purchase of Palgrave Macmillan eBook editions costs less than AU $20 THIS WEEK ONLY
Palgrave this month have a sale of all their eBooks, at 14 Euro ( AU$19.50) each. The sale ends on 28 February. So, if you wish to obtain a personal copy of my book (or any other Palgrave eBook), they can be purchased as an eBook cheaply this week at about one sixth of the normal price. 


Information about this short-term offer is on the website above.

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