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Screen Education Summer 2016 (80)

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Australian Teachers of Media Incorporated
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1 min.
national theatre live hd

The Beaux Strategem Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The 'Beaux': Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their 'Stratagem': to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer, and a strange, turbulent priest. LIMITED SEASON from October 10 Hamlet The fastest selling ticket in theatre history! Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) stars in the title role of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy: HAMLET. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh,…

12 min.
the secret life of feelings inside out and teaching about emotions

Eleven-year-old Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias) is having the worst year ever. Her family has moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she had to leave all her friends behind. Her new school sucks and the kids are being mean. Her mum (Diane Lane) and dad (Kyle MacLachlan) are stressed out by this move to the new city. They don’t have the time or the energy to make things better for Riley. Added to that, Riley is experiencing a bunch of bewildering emotions – it’s like the feelings inside of her are as out of control as the rest of the events in her life. In Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015), those feelings become the stars of the show. This highly conceptual film offers viewers twin narratives: we see the workings…

29 min.
cherchez la femme the evolution of the femme fatale

Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) stands atop the staircase of her house, clad only in a white towel. Clutching a pair of sunglasses in her hand, her perfectly coiffed blonde hair is haloed by the Los Angeles sun, which casts mottled shadows across the wall behind her. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) stares up at her from her foyer, entranced; they exchange the kind of pithy, flirtatious dialogue found in Billy Wilder films, but he’s already hers. She’ll lie to him and he’ll die for her – but not before becoming embroiled in a mess of murder and insurance fraud. Phyllis is the archetypal femme fatale, the jagged coast upon which Neff’s naive vessel is wrecked. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) is hardly the first film to include the femme fatale; the notion…

12 min.
into the wild teaching with sir david attenborough

For some, he is simply the likeable old man with floppy grey hair who chats incessantly about nature in a softly passionate tone, while for others he is a cross between the world’s most unlikely superhero and their favourite science teacher. In reality he is Sir David Attenborough, a man whose face is familiar to so many across the globe due to his extensive and highly acclaimed work producing and featuring in documentaries filmed in the world’s most diverse and fascinating corners. But few who watch him today have any idea of just how far back his passion for nature extends, and the degree to which his work has changed and influenced the thinking of generations of people. Today, the resources developed by Attenborough are vital and trusted tools that…

12 min.
frackman getting to the core of coal-seam gas

As an energy source that is touted as cleaner than coal, coal-seam gas has become a significant new player in the Australian energy industry in recent years. With projections that Australia is on track to become the world’s largest exporter of gas by 2020, the production of another documentary that explores the issues behind hydraulic fracturing for coal-seam gas, a.k.a. fracking, is particularly timely. Frackman (Richard Todd, 2015) explores the impacts of the coal-seam-gas industry on the lives of several Australian landowners, their properties, local communities and surrounds. Fracking has been tackled in several other documentaries and feature films to date, most notably in Gasland (2010), which follows US director Josh Fox’s investigation into the dangers associated with living near drilling sites after he was offered US$100,000 to allow a natural-gas…

16 min.
flying the coop chicken run , escape narratives and modern history

‘You know what the problem is,’ says ringleader Ginger (Julie Sawalha) when her fellow imprisoned chickens are fed up with failed escape missions. ‘The fences aren’t just round the farm, they’re up here, in your heads.’ The chickens Ginger is addressing have just decided that it’s better to give in because being stuffed in a chicken pie is at least, as Babs (Jane Horrocks) says, ‘a living’. But Ginger has faith that there’s a life out there free from farmers, rollcalls and someone getting the chop every time they fall below egg quota. Inspiring them to win their freedom, Ginger, with the help of American rooster Rocky (Mel Gibson), leads the chickens safely to a free-range lifestyle. With their first feature-length film, co-writers and -directors Peter Lord and Nick Park faced…