Belonging - Stricly Ballroom

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Belonging relates to personal and social identity which can involve experiences, relationships as well as attitudes and values. There are many concepts of belonging shown in the film Strictly Ballroom, directed by Baz Luhrmannn; one of them is that attitudes towards belonging change over time. This is shown through many of the characters, mainly through Scott and Fran. Their attitudes towards belonging change as a result of the rules and regulations of the ballroom federation. In the children’s picture book A Bit of Company written by --- and illustrated by – explores the idea that an individual’s sense of belonging is either helped or hindered by their family and friends. Christopher’s mother is so busy with her triplets, that she is ignoring Christopher resulting in him feeling unimportant and excluded. In the visual image The Arrival from Shaun Tan reveals that migrants often feel a loss of identity and an absence of belonging. The film strictly Ballroom directed by Baz Luhrmann shows that it takes great courage for an individual to be true to their natural self and identity. Scott lives in a world of fierce pressure and competition, where to win he must adhere to the rules of others, such as Barry Fife. It is a world in which individuality and creativity are surrendered in the desire to win. Barry Fife is an important character as he is the ‘force’ behind the federation of ballroom dancing. In one scene, Barry is lit from behind and his face is in shadow to heighten the idea that he is a sinister character. When Barry says 'win' the camera slams into the close-up of his mouth. We get a sense of Barry's absolute power in the world of ballroom, and of the importance of winning to him and others in his world. Liz has now left Scott and they are no longer dance partners. Liz states “I’m not dancing with you, until you dance like your suppose to!” this shows how constricting the rules of competitive ballroom dancing are and how powerful the will to win is for...
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