The Castle A Film Review Great things have come out of Australia: Vegemite, Hugh Jackman, Tim-Tams, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and many more icons. So there’s no surprise that when the word Australia is mentioned one instantly conjures up images of open paddocks, kangaroos and beautiful coast line. However in April 1997, one piece of cinema changed these images by portraying suburban working class Australians as they are: The Castle. When tow-truck driver Daryl Kerrigan (Michael Cayton) discovers that the neighbouring airport is seeking to compulsory acquire his family home, he is more than angry. But in the true Aussie “Battler” style he takes on the large corporation regardless of the circumstances.
AUSTRALIA. A new nation was born in 1901 and in its teething stages was called upon to sacrifice the lives of many of its young men who fought valiantly and died in Gallipoli to defend the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today. Good morning everyone. Today I will be speaking on federation and how it created Australia’s national identity. For those of us who may not be aware, Australia has had a controversial past with its White Australia policy and its treatment of the lost generation of its indigenous peoples.
1. Explain the Petrov Affair During the 1950’s leader of the Liberal party, Robert Menzies, used the threat of communism to his political advantage, and the best example of this came just a few weeks before the federal election of 1954. On April 13 1954, Menzies told parliament that an official of the Soviet Russian Embassy in Canberra, Vladimir Petrov, had asked for political asylum in Australia. He also announced that Petrov had provided details of a Soviet spy ring operating in Australia and that there would be a Royal Commission into Petrov’s claims. While carrying out his spying duties, Petrov soon came to the attention of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australia’s recently formed intelligence service which was primarily started because of concerns about leaked information from the Australian Department of External Affairs to the Soviet Union.
The Club; a review The Club is a play written by the famed Australian playwright David Williamson it is about the politics and the puppeteers behind a club of Australia’s most popular sport, AFL the Club was performed to critical acclaim and recently the Nixon theatre company performed at riverside theatre the director is none other than acclaimed minimalist director Joe Kennedy. The stellar cast included Rolf Frankenstein, Heinreich Wolfenstein, Bob Mactavish, Vito Scalletta and Boris Johnson XVI Before the depicted scenes of the play, the club pay a high price for Tasmanian recruit, Geoff Hayward (Frankenstein). Geoff does not play well initially, infuriating the dedicated coach, Laurie Holden (Wolfenstein). With the club playing so badly,
Critical Analysis Film: Vertigo Authority and manipulation is played strongly in one of the most classic Hitchcock’s films of all time, Vertigo (1958). Through the analysis of visual imagery and camera angles, it allows the audience to explore how the male protagonist, Scottie’s masculinity and power is used to control, manipulate and change Judy in order to succeed his replacement of the death of his lover, Madeline. Film techniques has been effectively used to portray Scottie’s use of authority in order to change Judy to fit his obsession with Madeline. When Scottie and Judy are at Ernie’s Restaurant having their first date, Scottie is spotted by Judy looking at a woman who was similarly dressed in a grey outfit as Madeline. This effectively portrays Judy’s vulnerability and pitifulness as she is a constant reminder of only Madeline through Scottie’s eyes; this is also supported through her sad facial expression and her looking downwards and then back at him.
Language Analysis - The Tipping Point? Australians Tipping More Than Ever Following a study by a Melbourne University researcher, who recently discovered the practise of tipping is increasing in Australia, provokes a diverse discussion on a radio talkback program debating the issues and benefits associated with tipping. In the transcript of the interview, featured on the radio station’s website hosted by Paul Osborne, Indira McLachlan, a manager at a local restaurant, assertively promotes the concept that tipping in hospitality receives an adverse impact on today’s society. Her view of tipping, in relation to Australian culture, enforces a negative connotation on the rights of equality as she uses supported evidences and personal experiences
The 1975 Constitutional crisis of Australia is arguably the most significant political event of the period of 1945 to 1990. It arose during the Whitlam governments’ time in office from 1972 to 1975. The crisis saw the breaking of many political conventions that served to uphold the effectiveness of the political system and culminated with the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal by Sir John Kerr. At the time the crisis shook the very foundations of Australia’s political system, however it is argued that, with better management of the key factors that were influential during the crisis years by those involved, the crisis itself could have been avoided almost entirely. The years of the Constitutional Crisis are pockmarked with numerous short-comings and failures, mainly perpetuated by the key political figures involved in the crisis.
Although “Goodfellas” was taken in a broad sense from a real event that happened in the 1970s: The Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy Airport, some of this cinematic giant was fictitious. “The Godfather” on the other hand was totally fictional with overtones of what life was and is like in the Mafia. The movie Goodfellas which was written by Martin Scorsese was filmed in 1990 and according to Dana Renga, author of the book Mafia Movies: A Reader, she wrote that, “Ultimately, my goal is to Demonstrate how Goodfellas represents a pivotal change in mafia film genre, paving the way for a new kind of gangster film”(142). In this film the main character, Henry Hill, was from a lower middle class Irish-Italian family. His father worked as a mailman and his mother was a stay a home mom.
Hallucinations and Reason in Angels in America In Tony Kushner’s celebrated play, Angels in America, he addresses a modern social issue through a magical realist narrative. His invocation of magical realist elements into the ordinary, such as Angels and paralleled hallucinations, allows the reader to observe the dynamics shared between characters that would otherwise be unassociated with one another. During the mid 1980’s an increased presence of the gay community in mainstream society was poorly timed with the outbreak of AIDS, drawing many to come to the conclusion that the gay community was the sole contributor of the problem. The play serves as a response to this time in America. A conservative regime controlled the government, contrasting
Cultural Impacts of the Vietnam War on America In the spirit of hippie antipolitics and the all too familiar phrases of “make love not war” and “bring our boys home!” everything from sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to corrupt politicians, American soldiers dyeing in Vietnam; the period between 1960-1975 forever changed American culture. The Vietnam War had a direct impact on American society, and left a cultural legacy on the country indefinitely. The changes are evident as the United States experienced a second inner revolution creating anti-war protests and demonstrations that helped create a new generation or free loving, expressive, radical “hippies.” The Vietnam War has left legacies in