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Past, Present and Future Worlds: Science Fiction Themes in Literature and Film

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 onwards science fiction has explored the relationship between technology, society and the individual. It has been described as the history of humanity’s changing attitude to space and time. It reflects our changing knowledge of the universe and our position within it through literature, film and all forms of popular culture. The course will look at this genre through a series of themes such as time and space travel. COURSE OUTLINE From... [More]
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Australian Film, Crime and the Family

Crime is one of the most dominant narrative tropes of Australian film. It lies at the heart of an incredible number of Australian films. Urban or rural, big city or small town, Australians experience more than their share of criminal activity and its effects. COURSE OUTLINE Crime cements relationships, provides income and reveals the structures and tensions within family. Crime and family are tightly entwined in many Australian films. Australian filmmakers, like those in Europe,... [More]
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Surrealist Cinema

Surrealism was a radical and subversive movement that aimed to overthrow the rational bourgeois self. This workshop looks toward the shocking and subversive surrealist films, and how they reflect and critique social conventions, in preparation for the Sydney Film Festival. Key focuses in this workshop relate to the difficulty of defining what a surrealist film is, rather than a film with surreal elements. It will also look at how surrealism has filtered down into popular culture,... [More]
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Clint Eastwood and Women

Despite having built his star persona on a stoic masculinity, as a director, Clint Eastwood has frequently turned his eye toward society’s treatment of women. From the pre-_Fatal Attraction_ needy shrew of Play Misty for Me to Meryl Streep’s literate, mature woman in The Bridges of Madison County, this 3-week course will explore Eastwood’s contribution to the cinematic conversation about sex roles by using clips from relevant films in his extensive oeuvre. SUGGESTED READING... [More]
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