Movies, TV & Music
Screen Education

Screen Education Autumn 2015 (77)

Screen Education is essential reading for those with an interest in media literacy. Produced by educators, scholars and critics, the magazines content is tailored to the primary and secondary classroom, as well as some tertiary-level material, offering a unique and engaging perspective on screen education.

Australian Teachers of Media Incorporated
Read More
$10.89(Incl. tax)
$39.60(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
dizzying highs

That Sugar Film THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. (PG) Director: Damon Gameau Jamie Oliver: “A definite must see” Release date: March 5 Inherent Vice INHERENT VICE takes you on a hazy journey through the streets of 1970’s Los Angeles, following Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, a drug addled Private Investigator, played here with typical eccentricity from Joaquin Phoenix. After a visit from his…

1 min.
fine art from across the globe

The Metropolitan Opera HD The Merry Widow The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts. LIMITED SEASON from March 14 ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Love’s Labour’s Won Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, captured live from Stratford upon Avon. Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The worldweary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice…

19 min.
these things take time boyhood

In the final scene of Richard Linklater’s indie epic, Boyhood (2014), Mason (Ellar Coltrane), the titular boy, hikes through Texas’ Big Bend National Park. It is the first day of college, the beginning of the next chapter in his life. Joined by new friends – strangers, really – Mason watches the sun set over limestone canyons. ‘You know how everyone talks about seizing the moment?’ a girl he’s just met asks. Contrary to common belief, she concludes, it is, in fact, the moment that seizes you. Slightly stoned, Mason has a quiet epiphany of the kind that comes so easily to teenagers but is slowly strangled as adulthood asserts its grip: ‘Yeah, I know, it’s constant. It’s like it’s always right now, you know?’ Meanwhile, also under the influence of…

12 min.
searching for heroes, soaring towards new heights paper planes

The old adage ‘you can’t be it if you can’t see it’ dances around inside my head as director Robert Connolly speaks to the semi-captive audience in attendance after an early festival screening of his film Paper Planes (2014). Half of the viewers aren’t paying attention. They are children – the film’s intended audience – and they’ve been invited to take to the stage and throw paper planes of their own creation around the auditorium. Several hit me in the head as I try to listen and take notes. ‘I wanted to make a fun film. I didn’t want it to be a naturalistic drama, I wanted it to be a bit heightened,’ Connolly tells the adults. ‘Heightened’ is appropriate. Paper Planes uses computer-generated imagery (CGI) and several visual effects, which…

18 min.
guns, grief and giftedness

Based on Reif Larsen’s critically acclaimed novel The Selected Works of TS Spivet, published in 2009, The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2013) is the latest whimsical tale from the director of The City of Lost Children (1995), Amélie (2001) and A Very Long Engagement (2004). TS Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a ten-year-old genius and our narrator. One of the film’s most prominent themes is finding, or being given the opportunity to become, the voice of your own story, and this plays out as TS struggles to be heard or understood in his life. He recounts growing up on a ranch with his absorbed scientist-mother, Dr Clair (Helena Bonham Carter), who has devoted herself to finding a previously undiscovered beetle; his morose, monosyllabic father (Callum Keith Rennie), who…

14 min.
finding your own buzz maya the bee movie

Since ancient times the beehive has been regarded as an intriguing model for human society. Operating on a three-tiered caste system of queen bee, worker honey bees and drones, each bee works selflessly for the mutual benefit of every other member of the hive. Worker bees (all female) live a brief six weeks during the busy summer months (as opposed to four to nine months in the winter) and literally work themselves to death. The male drones lead an equally short and utilitarian life: born only to mate with the queen, death results shortly afterwards when their barbed reproductive organ detaches. If they fail in this duty, as they are of no use in the winter, drones are expelled from the hive in the autumn. In a human context, the…