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Screen Education

Screen Education Summer 2015 (76)

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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2 min.
out of darkness

Nightcrawler “Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut." - Nina (Rene Russo). In a performance widely praised as one of his finest, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, an off-putting and emaciated 'weirdo' trying to catch a break. After witnessing a news crew at work, arriving on the scene of a car accident, Lou decides he's found his new career. With the guidance of ambitious network director Nina (Rene Russo) Lou is set on a path of escalating ambition and brutatilty, uninhibited by his apparent sociopathic lack of ethical boundaries. Part thriller, part satire, and with moments of black humour, Nightcrawler is an intense film experience you won't soon forget. (CTC) Director: Dan Gilroy Time Out New York "Gilroy, vastly supported by cinematographer and Los Angeles specialist…

1 min.
associate editors for refereed articles

INA BERTRAND Principal Fellow, Screen and Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne KATE BOWLES Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wollongong FELICITY COLLINS Associate Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, La Trobe University MICHAEL DEZUANNI Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, Queensland University of Technology ANNA DZENIS Lecturer, Department of Cinema Studies, La Trobe University BERYL EXLEY Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology FREDA FREIBERG Independent Film Scholar ANITA JETNIKOFF Senior Lecturer, School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education, Queensland University of Technology JOHN LANGER Honorary Fellow, College of Arts, Victoria University GEOFF MAYER Reader and Associate Professor, Head, School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University BRIAN MCFARLANE Adjunct Professor, Swinburne Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology JANE MILLS Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Journalism and Media Research Centre, University of New South Wales LORRAINE MORTIMER Honorary Associate,…

13 min.
a different shade of evil questions of ethics in maleficent

Notions such as love, truth and justice can prove difficult to define and explain, but it’s nonetheless vital that individuals within a society – and even across societies – are able to grasp these concepts. According to cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, it is through narratives that we can communicate such complex ideas in a more universally understandable manner. Similarly, philosopher Paul Ricoeur has posited that, when we engage with stories, we identify with characters’ thoughts and actions, which act as ‘models’ for our behaviour and allow us to envisage new ways of thinking and acting. Fairytales, because of their familiar storylines and clearly defined characters, are especially effective at transmitting ethical ideas – and there are no better examples than Disney’s film adaptations. But it’s equally important that we equip students…

1 min.
curriculum links

The Australian Curriculum places significant emphasis on the importance of general capabilities, which ‘encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that […] will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century’ and are ‘addressed explicitly in the content of the learning areas’ In light of this, the themes outlined in this piece will need to be incorporated into or adapted for units in English or Humanities and Social Sciences (for example, as introductory lessons on philosophical ideas). Relevant general capabilities include: Critical and Creative Thinking • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions • Reflecting on thinking and processes• Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures Personal and Social Capability • Social awareness (especially ‘Appreciate diverse perspectives’ • Social management (especially ‘Negotiate and resolve conflict’ Ethical Understanding • Understanding ethical concepts and issues • Reasoning in decision making and…

11 min.
the fault in our stars and depictions of death siren songs on screen

Watching a film about cancer-ridden teenagers (and their angst-ridden parents) doesn’t sound like it will be an uplifting, fun way to spend two hours, even if it is adapted from a much-loved novel. Yet The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone, 2014) manages to be sweet, funny and heartbreaking – often all in the same moment. It is a love story between two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters (Ansel Elgort), who are living with cancer and with the implications of having a terminal disease. This is the story of their one and only summer together. But there is more to this film than just the central love story. TFIOS (as its legions of fans refer to it, pronounced as one word: TIFF-ee-os) is also a…

12 min.
talking climate change with 2 degrees

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and pressing issues facing contemporary society. The extent of it, and responses to it, are frequently debated in the public sphere, and several documentaries – including Davis Guggenheim’s account of Al Gore’s political campaign in An Inconvenient Truth (2006), or Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski, 2012), about environmental photographer James Balog’s documentation of Arctic glaciers – have explored the effects of global warming. Following on from these and other works, the feature-length documentary 2 Degrees (2013) explores climate change with a particular focus on ‘climate justice’, which refers to both developed and developing countries taking responsible, ethically sound action. Produced and directed by Jeff Canin (producer of Cathy Henkel’s The Burning Season, 2008, and I Told You I Was Ill: The Life…