In approaching the concept of the retreating from the global, both texts acknowledge that a complete separation from the global is something of an impossibility. Ireland and Australia, the homelands of the texts, are both part of the Western world and as such feel the full force of the overflow of cultures, the push of technology and the rise of the multi-national. In such societies, globalisation is inevitable; inescapable; and this is reflected in both texts.
The Kerrigan’s, while having a strong base in tradition, obviously engage with elements of the global world. The family unit in “The Castle” is a traditional foundation upon which the family members base their lives. It is valued in the text as a place where “people love each other, care for each other. A place for the kids to turn to,” and its importance is demonstrated throughout the film. The mise-en-scene of the scene of Wayne in his cell, places the photo of the family in the centre of the shot to reflect its position in the lives of the characters. The scene is dark with the only light filtering onto the picture. Wayne is intent upon it, while melancholy music plays overhead. This calls the viewer to not only empathise with the character but also to value the importance of the family unit. In a blank, desolate, dark prison cell, the family remains a constant source of hope, security and strength. It is so intrinsic that not even isolation and loneliness can remove it.
This deep-rooted traditional institution is infiltrated however, by elements of the global. The daughter, Tracy, marries the son of Greek migrants, Con. This multi-cultural union is symptomatic of the melding and globalising of cultures, which sees the break down of traditional cultural and ethnic prejudices. This is directly presented in Darryl’s dialogue in his wedding speech. “I guess you want your daughter to marry one of your own……but he’s a great bloke. We love ya’ Con. Calus sperous. That’s good evening.” In this sense it is shown that a complete retreat from the global is impossible and that certain elements should be embraced and incorporated into every day life.
The film does, however,...