Podcast - Australian Films Analysis

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Task 2 - Mateship

Good evening and welcome to another episode of Talkables, where tonight, I’ll be conveying my thoughts on an ideology that has played a key role in Australian films and society throughout generations.

Last year, I was in a cast with a broken leg for weeks, and couldn’t do much around the house. In an attempt to get some gardening done, I hobbled outside to water the plants and fell face first into the grass. Luckily, my neighbour, who I’ve never spoken to before, rushed to help me up, and assisted me by watering my garden for me. I thanked him, and he rushed off yelling ‘no worries mate!’ It made me stop and think about the word mate, about mateship in general. In Australia, a mate is more than just a buddy, or a friend. It’s a term that implies a sense of shared experience, mutual respect and unconditional assistance. Mateship is also a concept that has been used throughout generations, through many different scenarios and circumstances. I believe it contributes to the Australian identity as several writers and film directors have tried to explore this idea through their novels and films, setting it worldwide.

Happy Feet and Gallipoli are great examples of Australian films which represent the ideology of mateship. These films show how people work together and can be pushed to levels where their mateship is truly tested. The directors of Happy Feet and Gallipoli have reinforced this ideology by using carefully selected camera techniques, settings and soundscape in each scene, as these key aspects heavily influence the impact on the audience.

In the movie Happy Feet, while Mumble and the Amigo’s skulk the icy ground, long and extreme long shots are used to show the deserted penguins making their way to their destination. The immense seriousness of this journey doesn’t stop them from continuing to have fun, making jokes and playing with one another. The extreme long shot shows the significance of the Antarctic region, in comparison to...
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