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Screen Education

Screen Education Spring 2014 (75)

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
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12 min.
reconciling change 52 tuesdays

Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays is an ambitious feature film that explores family relationships and one teenager’s coming of age in contemporary suburban Australia. This relatively low-budget production (approximately A$700,000) by Adelaide-based Closer Productions has created quite a stir on both the national and international stage. Following several successful screenings at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2013, the film had its North American premiere in January 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival, where Hyde won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award. Shortly afterwards, a youth jury at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival awarded it the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation 14plus category. The film opened in Australian cinemas on 1 May this year. 52 Tuesdays is an unconventional work on a number of levels. Perhaps most striking…

12 min.
putting the pieces together

If you teach a primary class, it’s likely that you are familiar with The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, 2014). Playgrounds were long humming to the tune of ‘Everything Is Awesome’, and the word butt no doubt got more than the odd child or two in hot water. Lego kits were pulled from under beds, behind cupboards and out of boxes, and extracted from vacuum-cleaner bags as a resurgence of interest in those familiar blocks swept the country. The Lego Movie is decidedly one of the ‘must-see’ flicks of 2014 for kids, many of whom must have dragged their long-suffering parents in the direction of the Lego aisle to buy kits inspired by the movie. But in the face of rampant consumerism amounting to 100 minutes of product placement,…

14 min.
pixar shorts handling tough emotions

Alongside their major feature films, Pixar Animation Studios have created a significant selection of short films, which are diverse in both subject matter and animation styles. Despite their brevity, Pixar shorts have a huge emotional wallop. Their stories range from how a newly shorn lamb develops resilience, to what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Their visual styles are equally expansive, ranging from traditional ways of depicting animals through to new forms of animated photorealism. BOUNCING BACK FROM ADVERSITY Boundin’(Bud Luckey & Roger Gould, 2003) In Boundin’, a lamb discovers that life’s challenges can be met head-on if you learn how to be resilient. Our little fleecy hero, a newborn lamb living in the American West, spends his days happily dancing. His dancing brings joy to himself and…

10 min.
look closer unseen world 3d

Making the morning coffee, we might see the steam rising from the cup, but we fail to see the actual waves of heat that radiate off the surface. Scribbling in pencil on the grocery list stuck to the fridge, we can see the graphite as it forms words and numbers, but we cannot see all the way down to the tiny vibrating carbon atoms that make up its form. The colour cards in the paint shop come in a dazzling variety of shades, which often differ by the most minute of degrees, but there are an unknown number of colours sitting outside humankind’s visible spectrum that other animals such as bees or birds can see with ease. National Geographic’s 2014 IMAX film Unseen World 3D (released internationally as Mysteries of the…

11 min.
between the devil and the deep blue sea humanising the refugee debate

Everyone has an opinion about boat people and asylum seekers. Lawyers have their opinions; activists have their opinions; politicians have their opinions; the media has all sorts of opinions. But the opinions and the views and the stories that you don’t hear are from the people themselves. With this assertion, barrister and refugee advocate Jessie Taylor pinpoints the premise of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, the 2012 documentary that she produced with Melbourne-based director David Schmidt. In an attempt to give voice to the stories that we so rarely hear, she and interpreter Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled to Indonesia, where they spoke to more than 250 asylum seekers living temporarily in detention centres, jails, hostels and hotels. It is in the world’s largest archipelago, just 200 kilometres to…

10 min.
the power is yours waste not

Waste Not (2011) is a 26-minute documentary produced by the Total Environment Centre to raise awareness about how waste can be recycled and repurposed, and was produced in conjunction with an accompanying website <http://www.wastenot.org.au>. The film proposes that repurposing waste not only deals with the problem of rapidly depleting natural resources, but also allows us to get more out of items rather than chucking them out once they seem to no longer have any use. Waste Not would make a great introduction to a unit in Science or Geography on waste, green energy, climate change or pollution. It could be used to introduce a media debate in an English classroom. It could even form the introduction to a Philosophy unit on the formation of societies and the notion of the…