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Title: Youth and the City


1
Youth and the City
  • Week 3

2
The Bush
  • Preferred signifier for Australia
  • Romanticised, classless, epic battles of man
    against nature
  • Preferred way to think through issues of
    Australianness

3
The Australian City
  • In the Australian spatial imagination, suburbia
    runs in bands around an urban core. Like the
    rings of Saturn, they are finely graded orbits of
    particles, surrounding an urban ball of hot air.
    Out beyond that lies empty space. The larger and
    richer and denser particles cluster close in the
    inner rings, and by finely graded degrees they
    become less rich and more spase on the way out to
    nothingness.
  • McKenzie Wark, Celebrities, Culture and
    Cyberspace The Light on the Hill in a
    Postmodern World.

4
The Suburbs
  • Often a gendered space with womens stories being
    told from the space of the home
  • A site of conflict and corruption - Romper
    Stomper, The Boys

5
Suburbia
  • In-between space geographically and in cultural
    psyche
  • Parochialism, the move to the city is envisaged
    more often as a positive
  • Location not strongly geographically located
  • Generalised locations - explore perceptions of
    class and status, Australian Identity
  • Backdrop for suburban angst and aspiration

6
The Castle 1997, 35mm, Rob Sitch
7
Beyond location
  • Metaphorically, suburbia comes to stand for
    narrowness of views, a place where residents
    attempt to make sense of city life
  • Envisaged through vulgarity, class (see the
    living room), conformity

8
Manifestations
  • Move on from period films of early
    renaissance Australian film
  • Avoidance of costume dramas
  • No shots of rural beauty, or the harshness of the
    Bush
  • Dialogue less European arthouse, earthier, use of
    colloquialisms

9
Youth in the City
  • Locations reflect environment most young people
    live in
  • Newer films reflect the move away from earlier
    models of filmmaking to incorporate
    international music clip styles of
    representation (MTV Generation)

10
Garage Days 2002, 35mm, Alex Proyas
11
Death In Brunswick (1991), 35mm, John Ruane
  • Funding Australian Film Finance Corp.
  • Film Victoria, Meridian Films, Overseas FilmGroup
    (US)
  • Awards APRA Music Award for Best Film Score
  • AFI - nominated - Best achievement in
    cinematography, Best Actor in a lead role, Best
    director, Best Film, Best Screenplay

12
Death In Brunswick (1991), 35mm, John Ruane
  • Location
  • Brunswick, Melbourne,
  • Victoria
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