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Hidden Treasures ADOLESCENT ADVENTURES IN DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
As kids move into their tween years, they usually leave their early-childhood loves behind. The music of The Wiggles falls away, to be replaced by K-pop, boy bands and rap music. TV programs that once fuelled their imaginations and viewing habits are
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A Revisionist History of Violence THE NOSTALGIA AND FANTASY OF ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
It’s just after midnight on 9 August 1969. Actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) – who once starred as bounty hunter Jake Cahill in a now-cancelled cowboy TV series called ‘Bounty Law’ – is in his Los Angeles home, drunkenly making frozen margaritas,
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Cinema Science PLANETARY PROPULSION IN THE WANDERING EARTH
More often than not, Cinema Science introductions include a passing reference to the chosen film’s or franchise’s box-office takings. While I’m loath to overemphasise the importance of a film’s profitability or lack thereof – in stark contrast to a l
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Light, Darkness VISUALISING LOSS IN SECRET SUNSHINE
Secret Sunshine is an appropriate text for senior secondary students, and may relate to learning outcomes in Media Arts, Philosophy and Korean. It is recommended that teachers watch the film beforehand to gauge its appropriateness for use as a classr
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Selling Virtue ‘WOKE’ ADVERTISING AND CORPORATE ETHICS
A melancholy piano score plays over a montage of similar images. Two people, faces unseen, reach out for each other’s hands in a range of everyday situations: walking together, climbing a tree, sitting at a table, lying by a pool. The pairs come clos
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The Mark of the Beast CIVILISATION AND MORALITY IN LORD OF THE FLIES
William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is a perennial staple of required-reading lists in secondary schools. And, with it, Peter Brook’s 1963 cinematic adaptation of the book is routinely wheeled out in front of classes. Unlike the book, the
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Resting Place SUBVERTING THE PLUNDERER’S GAZE IN ETCHED IN BONE
Arnhem Land. Smoke billows from a small tuft of green ironwood leaves, rustling in the wind. Two men hold a portable hard drive up to the smoke. This hard drive, the narrator tells us, contains the raw files for the film we are about to watch. Etche
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Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky is one of the most renowned filmmakers of all time, albeit with a daunting reputation for being a master of slow cinema and the formidably esoteric. When describing the Russian director’s films, it is almost impossible not to reach f
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SYNC OR SWIM A Content-pedagogy Manifesto
This column has had a pretty standard structure until now: (a) present problem; (b) present solution in the form of an app or website that is (hopefully) free and (usually) device-agnostic; (c) direct snide swipes at deputy principals (primarily ther
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Play It Again THE REFERENTIAL LEVELS OF SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
When Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright) was released in 2010, it was considered a major box-office flop. Based on a series of graphic novels by Canadian artist Bryan Lee O’Malley, the screen adaptation was a big-budget studio affair. The proj
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The Rorschach Candidate FINDING MEANING IN BEING THERE
‘I like to watch.’ That’s unquestionably the defining line from Hal Ashby’s Being There (1979). If you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember it as a punchline. It’s twice delivered by protagonist Chance (Peter Sellers) in response to being propositioned
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Not Dark Yet LIFE REVERSED IN THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Let’s begin at the end. Celebrated director David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) concludes with the melancholic image of a New Orleans storeroom being flooded by the rising waters unleashed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. A
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Virtual Realities SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMING OF AGE IN EIGHTH GRADE
The more honest among us will readily admit that our memories of our early secondary school years are riddled with awkwardness, acne and a lot of general confusion. Adolescence is a time when our friendships become complicated, our bodies betray us a
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Endnotes
1 Adrian Martin, ‘The Surrealist Roots of Video Essays’, Keyframe, 17 May 2016, available at , accessed 30 September 2019. 2 ‘About [in]Transition
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Way Out West VIOLENCE, GENRE AND THE SISTERS BROTHERS
The Sisters Brothers (2018) is the eighth feature by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, but it’s his first in the English language, and the first to take him outside of France. It’s also a change of pace, in terms of both tone and genre. Audiard is be
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SYNC OR SWIM Rough Animator
In the Spring 2016 issue of Screen Education, I looked at an app called Loop, which could be used for making really simple animations. This is how I started that article: Animation is an amazing way to bring content alive. For many students an animat
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Cinema Science PLAYING WITH PHYSICS IN THE TOY STORY UNIVERSE
Released just under a quarter of a century ago, Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995) was an experiment of sorts. This tale of what children’s toys get up to when left to their own devices was Pixar’s first foray into feature film and, most notably, was al
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Endnotes
1 Kevin Lavery, ‘Sync or Swim: Loop’, Screen Education, no. 83, Spring 2016, p. 101. 2 See Gregory Lewis, ‘The Most In-demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2019’, LinkedIn Talent Blog, 3 January 2019,
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Endnotes
1 ‘Toy Story’, Rotten Tomatoes, , accessed 24 August 2019. 2 ‘1995 Domestic Grosses’, Box Office Mojo, , accessed 24 August 2019. 3 ‘Toy Story
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Ratcatcher CHILDHOOD, TRAUMA AND TRANSITIONAL SPACES
In a static, slow-motion shot, a small boy, Ryan (Thomas McTaggart), turns while wrapping himself in a white curtain decorated with flower patterns. The sound – faded, distorted, as if coming from a distant place – takes the child’s subjective perspe
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At Nature’s Mercy THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN WESTERN
When I mentioned this project to a friend in England, he wrote: ‘I never knew Australian westerns existed!’ This led me to ponder what I understood by the term ‘western’. Certainly, the term has most commonly been associated with American films that
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Other People’s Stories
Fred Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), an adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s 1972 novel of the same name, is an incendiary film from the Australian New Wave that attempts to give voice to aspects of the nation’s violent history. With its
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Family Values FORGING BONDS IN THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FILMS
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014) and its follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Gunn, 2017), heralded a refreshing direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The relative unfamiliarity of the characters and storylines to a mains
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Endnotes
1 Janet Wilson, ‘Reconsidering Fred Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978): The Screen Adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s Novel (1972)’, Studies in Australasian Cinema, vol. 1, no. 2, August 2007, pp. 191–3. 2 See ‘The Ulan Murder and Other In
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Wide Open Road FREEDOM AND FACADE IN THE MEANING OF VANLIFE
Have you ever felt suffocated by your nine-to-five job? Have you dreamt of throwing in the towel and pursuing an entirely different lifestyle? This dream has become a reality for many of the participants featured in The Meaning of Vanlife (2019), a n
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The Pulse of History IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS AND INDIGENOUS IDENTITY
Indigenous Australians’ lives are too often overlooked by politicians, media organisations and the broader sphere of middle-class Australia. In light of this, director Maya Newell’s feature documentary In My Blood It Runs (2019) provides tremendous i
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Endnotes
1 The Stolen Generations were the consequence of a government program that removed mixed-race or ‘half-caste’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. This policy was enacted around the turn of the twentieth century and con
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The Future Is Now A 2040 STUDY GUIDE
Climate change is perhaps the most serious crisis human beings have ever faced. Human-caused global warming is already upon us, and it has contributed to increased temperatures; extreme weather events, such as massive storms, unprecedented drought, f
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Endnotes
1 See Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Times Books, New York, 2010. 2 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Global Warming of 1.5°C, 2018, , accessed 16 September 2019. 3 See David Walla
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Claire Denis
Claire Denis may well be the greatest female filmmaker in the history of cinema – but what’s for sure is that she hates that label. ‘When you say “female director” I already want to stop this conversation!’ Denis declaimed in a 2018 interview. ‘Femal
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