Peter Skryznecki Speech

Topics: Martha, Close-up, The Culture Pages: 3 (1144 words) Published: August 2, 2010
A perfect related text needs to encapsulate the masses, to inspire the uninspirable, and to expose a true sense of belonging that is neither superficial nor false. Ladies and Gentlemen would you say belonging is fundamental to all human beings, including yourself? Macquarie dictionary defines belonging as ‘happiness felt in a secure relationship’ but in reality, belonging is a precursor to knowing and accepting one’s self. Through comparing different texts I have come to the realisation that a sense of belonging comes from a sense of identity, both cultural and personal. This concept is epitomised within Kate Woods, ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ film and further developed within Peter Skrzynecki’s poems Feliks Skryznecki and St Patricks College. These texts have a central theme of ‘belonging’ from a cultural sense and deal with the aspects of feeling isolated from their inherited culture. ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ tells the story of Josie Alibrandi, a 17 year old girl in the mist of her HSC year, struggling to find where she belongs both within her school and her place within her Italian heritage. In the opening scene we are immediately introduced to an Italian culture. The first image is a close up of tomato paste in a large tub that emphasises cultural context and ‘Tinterella Di Luna’, a classic Italian song is being played on a record player, a diagetic sound which sets the cultural contexts of the film. The camera pans around the courtyard showing a celebration with families laughing and interacting with one another and pealing tomatoes which is a popular Italian tradition. It is filmed in a ‘home video’ manner with an almost sepia tone to emphasise the family essence of the scene. There are close ups of all the faces that are happy and participating in the tomato activity which delivers an intimate setting. The camera then freezes in a close up as it reaches Josie Alibrandi. She is unenthusiastic and has a negative persona about the celebration. A voiceover comes...
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