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A similar migrant experience is demonstrated within Elliot’s film Harvie Krumpet. The director illustrates Harvie’s isolation through the juxtaposition of the portholes, as Harvie is on the migrant ship to Australia, to the windows of the cottages in the suburb “Spotswood.” The use of a long shot of Harvie’s and other migrants’ faces framed by the portholes suggests there is a lack of belonging within this group of migrants due to their lack of an understanding of each other. Furthermore, the dark blues and greys as the outside colours of the ship emphasise this disconnection within the group. The director effectively conveys the concept that although one may be a part of a group, as Harvie is a part of this migrant group, an understanding of one another is required to create a sense of belonging.

A journey may cause the traveller to encounter self-realisation and maturity. This is revealed in all of the chosen texts. In the Claymation short film, Harvie Krumpet, similes have been included to get a greater understanding of how protagonist felt inside his own skin. “He couldn’t control his urges, it was like trying to control a sneeze”. From the early stages of Harvie’s life, he was different and he did not know why, it wasn’t until the doctors informed him that he had Turrets’ syndrome that he could understand why he did the things that he did. Harvey’s journey through rejection and misunderstanding at school are the start of self-realisation. At a young age he was already beginning to learn things about himself. Adam Elliot uses sound effects to engage with the audience. When Harvie’s journey leads him to a decision to become an activist, loud dramatic music plays he dances around nude, and frees chickens from their cages. This expresses the triumphant
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