The film Australia by Baz Luhrmann displayed numerous misrepresentation of Indigenous Australians. King George or better known as the “magic man” according to Nullah demonstrates an inaccurate and stereotypical view of Aboriginal Australians as being mysterious and spiritually powerful. Australia depicts Aboriginal Australians as being in touch with nature which is a positive stereotype. Nature plays an important role in the Aboriginal culture since they live off of the land by hunting, gathering, and farming the land. Aboriginal Australians were also portrayed as the “other” in this movie and their culture was viewed as being primitive compared to that of the white culture. Movies portraying Aboriginal Australians as being exotic, mysterious,
Hannie Rayson’s play ‘Hotel Sorrento’ explores the changing nature of Australian cultural identity. Rayson successfully perpetuates and challenges common Australian stereotypes in order to establish how the Australian National Identity has changed over time. She presents these stereotypes through the characters expectations of gender roles, attitudes towards Australian culture and the theme of ownership.
Australia has the terrible condition of having an essentially pointless and prefabricated idea of “Aussiness” that really has no relation to our real culture or the way in which we really see ourselves. We, however subscribe to these stereotypes when trying to find some expression of our Australian identity. The feature film, The Castle, deals with issues about Australian identity in the 1990’s. The film uses techniques like camera shots, language and the use of narration to develop conflict between a decent, old fashioned suburban family, the Kerrigans and an unscrupulous corporation called Airlink. Feature films like The Castle are cultural products because they use attitudes, values and stereotypes about what it means to be Australian.
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.
Today I will be analysing and presenting on the representations of culture shown throughout the Australian movie, “The Year My Voice Broke”. This is a classic Australian film, set in New South Wales during the 1960’s. It was directed by John Duigan in 1983. It begins in a very isolated pocket of New South Wales which the two main characters, Danny and Freya, frequently visit and call their “special place”. These two characters have been best friends since they were rather young; however, when Danny begins puberty, his feelings for Freya grow more personal and he starts to long for a proper relationship with her. His chance with her is ruined by the popular school football player, Trevor, who charms Freya and she easily falls for him. The three of them discover an abandoned house and learn that it was once owned by Freya’s now deceased mother as she
Australians in this film are represented as people who have bad jobs but jobs that they love. This is shown as Kenny is a worker in a small business but loves everything that he does, he went to the toilet convention in America to buy and sell the portable toilets that he loves. Australians are also stereotypically know as people who have never ending compassion to things they like such as Jackie, the woman who was the flight attendant on the plane he was on to the convention. Throughout the film you can see the Australians that are represented aren’t often wearing nice clothes (such as tuxedos, or formal wear) this is a stereotype as they are
To most of us, the only encounter with Australian identity is through the eye of popular culture. And while most Australians would agree that our national identity is alive and well, pop culture’s fixation on the ‘typical Australian’ is tedious and inaccurate.
The director’s use of various character development techniques such as vocabulary, colloquial language and clothing etc have allowed the director to establish stereotype Australian characters within the film. In the movie, the use of these techniques have influenced the way societies around the globe consider the country Australia and its people. According to a film editor John Miller “This film ˜Crocodile Dundee' has influenced the way foreigners think about Australia and Australian people. The images it portrays only focus on a small part of the truth about Australia and its people, culture and social systems. The impressions the film would give to overseas viewers weren't exceptionally true and mainly focussed on the things commonly known to foreigners. The film portrays the Australian men as dirty and uneducated who speak informally. The whole movie could be interpreted in many ways to show the truth. Those who know of the country would have seen it as a funny movie but those who didn't would have the wrong impressions and ideas about
Travelling from Sydney, the three main characters played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Peirce and Terrance Stamp travel to Alice Springs for a cabaret show hosted by Mitzi’s wife. The audience is positioned to sympathise with the main characters during their hardships, and good times. The movie confronts different types of masculinity in an extreme environment
Comparative study of films accentuates eras of transition and their values to represent how the idea of Australianness was created. This is seen within the film The Adventures of Barry McKenzie as Bruce Beresford’s context is one of universally enforced values of Australianness in regards to men. For Beresford, he uses characters as different paradigms of his time. With the main character Barry being the embodiment of Australia’s national culture as an ocker, defined in Crawford’s (2009) article as a male who. Meanwhile, Aunt Edna embodied the patriarchal notions of the seventies, as for the consumption of alcohol. Through the characterization of these two individuals and their relationship, Beresford satirizes his context by contrasting these
... Through the use of story and characterization, Noyce accurately depicts the theme of racism as a prominent element of the film and also shows the audience the deep-seated attitudes towards the Aboriginal culture in Australia in the 1930s.The film convinces us that racism
The article written by Diane Kirkby “Beer, Glorious Beer”: Gender Politics and Australian Popular Culture, is focused on the gender inequalities on the alcohol drinking of beer by the male and female sex roles. Author Cyril Pearl stated ‘Beer is a religion in Australia’ in 1969. This article shows that masculinity is proven to be to dominant gender due to for some time, only the males where allowed to drink beer and drink in the pubs. In colonial Australia in the twentieth century mostly woman were the ones to manage and work at the pubs, However woman also enjoyed their beer but drinking beer has been advertised to be a masculine beverage. Australian pubs goal was to primary sell beer to the males, Pub culture had become what it meant to be an Australian male considered to be boorish,
“Taking Picture” focuses on several Australian film makers, and the films they made in Papua New Guinea in the 1970s-90s. It displays the Western tradition of studying and recording other people's lives, raising questions about illustration and filming in a different culture. For anyone who has watched the films discussed in "Taking Pictures," the video is a penetrating and thoughtful analysis about the realities, politics, philosophies and aesthetics of producing documentaries in other cultures. It investigates the issues and drawbacks of filming across a cultural border line. This film captures the liveliness and flaws of a nation shifting from a recessive society, to a youthful nation in the modern world.
Indigenous Australians are the original occupants of Australia and the creative arts – whether it be storytelling, drama or dance- is a vast portion of their cultural identity. Since colonization, they have borne the brunt of extreme prejudice, discrimination and misunderstanding (Reconciliation, pp.1). In today’s society there are many different organizations that have protocols and a code of ethics when working with Indigenous people; and the Australian Film and Television Industry is one of them. Screen Australia (2012) defines protocols as appropriate ways of communicating and working with others. The protocols that Screen Australia (2012) has produced over many different sections such as: Respect for Indigenous Culture, Cultural Integrity, Cultural Beliefs, and Respect for Indigenous Individuals and Communities. It would be significant to note that Protocols are ethical standards and may change over time. It is also important to note that protocols differ from one Indigenous community to another. The All Media Guide (pp.30) writes that there is no one kind of Aboriginal person or community. Indigenous communities throughout Australia have their own distinct history, politics, culture and linguistic experience. Screen Australia (2012) acknowledges this and continues saying there is not just one Indigenous culture; there are in fact many, and that these Indigenous cultures place importance on the observation of cultural protocols. As an individual looking to enter the Australian Film and Television Industry it is imperative to know how the industry approaches issues of Indigenous representation both self and by others, as well as their cultural identity and race. In this essay I will seek to discuss why the protocols of my fie...
Throughout Australian Media, the film and television industry is often said to be in a decline. This notions derives from the standpoint that Australian culture as a whole is not generally featured on such a high international calibre, whereas a film out of Hollywood or Bollywood is instead. It can be strongly argued that Australia is a very successful breeding ground for films, although this only extends are far as being a location for filming to portray the culture of another country, like the United States, the United Kingdom or Asia. When international productions utilise Australia, it is economically beneficial as we can see jobs being created for Australians. Although this is financially positive, Australia’s culture is still not being