The Castle & From Little Things Big Things Grow
The Castle by Rob Sitch and the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly both portray the means of being a part of the global village as they show the readers what it means to be a part of something special. This may come in the form of saving your house or moreover, your home as ‘a home is a man’s castle’ or a historical song showing how we as humans are all interconnected. The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch in 1997, is a gentle satire of innocence struggling to survive in a globalised world. While we are asked to admire the Kerrigan’s for their simplicity and innocence, we are also reminded that they need to be less naïve and learn to deal with the demands and interests of powerful global corporations. Fortunately for the Kerrigan’s, powerful legal help arrives in the form of Lawrence Hammill, who offers to help them because he is attracted by their innocence and knows they cannot possibly win without him. In this ‘Daryl versus Goliath’ struggle, the global force is Air link, hoping to expand its runways to cater for more global travel and increase its global market share. It is not interested in community, but determined to win at minimal cost to itself, with whatever bullying and intimidation is deemed necessary. The Kerrigan’s’ local community supports their stance, as shown by the police officer’s blind eye to the theft of the gates, but believe that no-one can really achieve anything in the face of powerful multi-national interests. In this case the term ‘global village’ can be read as an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms, where the smallness of the village is no match for the might of the global force. Sharing a fence with the Tullamarine runway, the Kerrigans are reminded constantly of their place in the global village. While it is clear that the airport is a ‘reward’ for those who use it and the corporation that profits from it, and while film viewers would see living right...
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