OTHER RELATED TEXTS Advertising Campaigns Olympic ads – Telstra, McDonalds QANTAS ads RTA – No-one thinks big of you Documentary Films Bra BOYS (2007) Sunny Abberton Forbidden Lies (2007) Anna Broinowski Growing up and going home (2007) Belinda Mason http://www. filmaust. com. au/guagh/default. asp? content=growingup spellbound (2002 Not only a documentary about the US National spelling bee, but a glimpse into the enormous pressure first-generation immigrant families place on their children to succeed in their adopted land.
Exhibitions/ Community Events Estonian exhibition – Powerhouse Museum – http:// www. migrationheritage. sw. gov. au/exhibitions/ournewhome/intro. shtml Bowraville Folk Museum http://www. here. com. au/folkmuseum/index. htm Local Museums and exhibitions in Town Halls etc. give us a sense of belonging to a community over time. Films 2001 : A space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.
About Schmidt (2002) Alexander Payne Warren Schmidt is a man in his 60’s. While trying to run his daughter’s life, he realises that he has wasted his. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1994) Stephen Sommers Huckleberry Finn, the half-literate son of a drunk, runs away from home and follows the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim.. All About My Mother (2000) (Spanish) Pedro Almodovar Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.
Almost Famous (2001) Cameron Crowe A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour American Beauty (2000) Sam Mendes Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his ectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe As it is in Heaven (2006) Kay Pollak “This is one of the best things to come out of Sweden since Abba – a completely charming, disarmingly frank, robustly opinionated and sweetly tuneful film about a small-town choir, a famous conductor and the redemptive power of singing. ” SMH Babel (2006) Alejandro Gonzalez ln?¤rritu Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. Beneath Clouds (2002) Ivan Sen Be careful too many of you don’t use this film.
Bend it like Beckham (2002) Gurinder Chadha Also a novel by Narinder Dhami Big Wednesday (1978) John Milius The lives of some California surfers from the early ’60s to the ’70s. Boys Don’t Cry (1999) Kimberly Peirce A true story about finding the courage to be yourself. The Breakfast Club (1985) John Hughes Five high school students, who seem to have little in common, meet in detention, and iscover they have a lot more in common than they thought. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) Sharon Maguire A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee Based on the E. Annie Proulx story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.
A Bugs Life (1998) John Lasseter Andrew Stanton A misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troup Central Station (1999) Walter Salles Argentina Children of Men (2006) Alfonso Cuar?¶n In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind. Cry Freedom (1987) Richard Attenborough South African Journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko. Dances with wolves (1990) Kevin Costner Lt.
John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, discovering where he truly belongs. Dark Knight (2008) Christopher Nolan Batman, is forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, . Dead Poet’s Society (1989) Peter Weir English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day The December Boys (2007) Rod Hardy One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family Doin’ Time for Patsy Cline (1997) Chris Kennedy Doing Time For Patsy Cline is the multi award winning Australian film. The movie is an intriguing mix of road movie, love story and prison drama.
Donnie Darko (2002) Richard Kelly A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. Elephant (2004) Gus Van Sant Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. Elizabethtown (2005) During an outrageous memorial for a Southern patriarch, an unexpected romance blooms between a young woman and man. Europa, Europa (1992) Agnieszka Holland A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, Joins the Hitler Youth. Field of Dreams (1989) Phil Alden Robinson An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.
Fight Club David Fincher An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression. Finding Nemo (2003) Lee Unkrich A father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, a boy clownfish, stolen from his coral reef home. His timid father must then travel to Sydney, and search Sydney Harbour find Nemo. Fly Away Home (1996( Caroll Ballard A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf?© (1991) Jon Avnet A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Gandhi (1983) Biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest Girl, Interrupted (1999) James Mangold Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960S. GO NOW (1995) Michael Winterbottom Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player who meets and falls in love with Karen. However living happily ever after is tougher than they had hoped. Grosse Point Blank George Armitage Martin Blank is a professional assassin, who mixes business and pleasure while attending his ten-year high school reunion. Happy Feet (2006) George Miller Warren Coleman Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
Harry Potter series (2001 – present) Various Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Henry V (1990) Kenneth Branagh The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare’s play about the English King’s bloody conquest of France High Tide (1987) Gillian Armstrong When her car breaks down, Lilli finds herself at a trailer park on the shore of a beautiful beach on the south Australian coast. It is here that Lilli crosses paths with an adolescent girl named Ally (with whom Lilli becomes fascinated. Ally proves to be the daughter Lilli abandoned years earlier, when her husband died and her life began what has apparently been an uninterrupted downhill slide. Home Song Stories (2007) Tony Ayers
A nightclub singer falls in love with a Chinese illegal immigrant in Australia but is faced with worse consequences when her 16-year-old daughter falls in love with the same man In America (2002) Jim Sheridan An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States Into the Wild (2007) Sean Penn After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Japanese Story (2003) Sue Brooks Sandy Edwards (Toni Collette), an ambitious young Perth geologist, flies north to Port Hedland to babysit the son of a Japanese industrialist, on a private visit. Juno (2007) Jaon Reitmn Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
A League of Their Own (1992) Penny Marshall Two sisters Join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. Letters from Ali (2004) Clara Law Letters to Ali follows the very personal Journey of an exceptional ‘average’ family who decide to help on a small level by writing to Ali -a 15 year-old Afghan boy without any family detained at Port Hedland. Life is Beautiful (1998) Robert Benigni A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp. Little Miss Sunshine (2005) Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their Wd bus.
The Lives of Others (2007 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Lion King (1994) Roger Allers Rob Minkoff Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King Look Both Ways (2005) Sarah Watt During one unusually hot weekend, four friends struggle after hearing some life- changing news. Lord of the Rings (2001-3) Peter Jackson Any of the trilogy Lucky Miles (2007) Michael-James Roland Wry comedy about what happens when boat people make it ashore in Australia – but encounter the outback, and no one is there to meet them.
The Matrix (1999) Andy Wachowski Larry Wachowski A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality nd his role in the war against the controllers of it. The Mighty (1998) Peter Chelsom This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio’s syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size The Mission (1996) Roland Joffe 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. Monsoon Wedding (2001) Mira Nair A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Motorcycle Diaries (2004) The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling Muriel’s Wedding (1994) PJ Hogan Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day… My Big Fat Greek wedding (2002) Joel Zwick A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. My Brilliant career (1979) A headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has to make a choice etween marriage to the ‘perfect’ man or maintaining her independence. My Left Foot (1989) The story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. He learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot. My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother.
He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika – the Russian dog sent into space… He gets sent away to stay with relatives for the summer. Once Were Warriors (1994) Lee Tamahori A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Milos Foreman Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse. One Night the Moon (2001) Rachel Perkins Based on the true story of a young girl who went missing in the Australian outback in 1932. an’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world Philadelphia (1993) Jonathon Demme When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he ires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. Pleasantville (1998) Gary Ross Two 1990’s teenagers find themselves in a 1950’s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. Power of One (1992) John D Avildsen John G. Avildsen’s The Power of One comments on the struggle endured by many in the 19th and 20th centuries in South Africa against the ignorance of racism, named by the white-German colonials (Afrikaners) as the apartheid. Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) Phillip Noyce In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
The Return (2004) Andrei Zwagintsev In the remote Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father–a man they only know through a single photograph– resurfaces. Russian – subtitled The Road to Nhill (1997) Road to Nhill is an affectionate, comical portrait of an Australian rural community. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who’s stationed behind enemy lines. Schindler’s List (1993) Oskar Schindler uses Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war. He witnesses the horrors endured by the Jews, and starts to save them. Shame (1987) Steve Jodrell Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the Australian Outback on holiday, breaks down in a small Western Australian town…
Shirley Valentine (1987) Lewis Gilbert Shirley’s a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband’s breakfast Shrek (2001) Andrew Adamson Vicki Jenson An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, who wishes he was King Skin (2008) Anthony Fabian Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. Somersault (2004) Cate Shortland New experiences help a young girl learn the differences between sex and love. sophte scholi (2005) Marc Rothemund A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose The
Sound of One Hand Clapping (1998) Richard Flanagan Sonja Buloh visits her father Bojan 20 years after she left him when he beat her up in a drunken rage, and she finds him a sad alcoholic. That brings back the memories of their hard life 30 years ago when they emigrated to Australia from Slovenia. Stand by Me (1986) Rob Reiner After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood Journey to find a body of a missing boy The Station Agent (2003) Thomas McCarthy When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with er own personal loss.
Swimming Upstream (2003) Russell Mulcahy The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer, Tony Fingleton. Thelma and Louise (1991) Ridley Scott An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird. The Thin Red Line (1998) Terence Malik Director Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. ‘Til Human voices wake us (2002) Michael Petroni A man returns to Victoria, Australia, where he grew up, and encounters a mysterious woman who reminds him of someone he once knew. Toy Story (1995) John Lassester A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and Jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.
Transamerica (2006) Duncan Tucker A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected Journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. Truman Show (1998) An insurance salesman/adJuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show Under the Tuscan Sun (2004) Audrey Wells While on vacation, a Just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it ill be the start of a change for the better in her life The Visitor (2007) Tom McCarthy A sad but rewarding film about the warmth of the human spirit contrasted with the coldness of the US’s (or any other nation’s) immigration system. Water (2005) Deepa Mehta The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.
It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Whale Rider (2003) Niki Caro A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognise. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) Lasse Hallstr?¶m Gilbert has care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life. Windtalkers (2002) John Woo Two U. S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.
Wizard of Oz (1939) Victor Fleming Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Yolngu Boy (2001) Stephen Johnson Lorrpu, BotJ and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together… Images Images make excellent related texts and there are many places to search for them. A few suggestions are below. National Geographic Time Magazine – (photo essays) http://www. time. com/time/photoessays World Photos – http://www. worldphotos. com/ World’s Press photos – www. worldpressphoto. org World Famous Photos – http://www. orldsfamousphotos. com/ Any of the reputable newspapers of the world have archives of photos. Look for Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Times, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, etc. Music My Island Home Christine Anu I don’t like Mondays Boomtown Rats One Giant Leap Braided Hair Coldplay Any number of songs by… Bob Dylan Food for the masses Michael Franti and Spearhead Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris Lipstick Sunset John Hiatt Ruby Hunter At Seventeen Janis Ian Waterloo Sunset The Kinks Songs of the 49th Parallel (album) kd lang We’re all in this together Ben Lee Vincent Don McLean Prairie Girl (album) Joni Mitchell