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Acceptance and places shaped by culture, longing and rejection: Protagonist Josephine Alibrandi struggles to find her sense of identity, she longs for that acceptance in Australian society, however is out cased due to her culture and socio-economic status as peers at her school call her a “wog” and a “bastard”. – Cultural barrier. This is displayed in the scene where Josie’s nonna starts reminiscing. A close up shot of her nonna’s face filled with sorrow and fear supported by slow melodic and non-diegetic music of violins and piano sets the scene emphasizing the negative emotions associated with seclusion; as her nonna says “I was very very lonely in Australia Josie, I was in a place where I did not belong” Josie’s facial expression with her nonna’s forming a connection between their mutual feelings of despair brought upon by their rejection from a place.
Further diegetic dialogue “everyday there were people that said to me with their look Cardie Alibrandi, you do not belong here” further supports this with a close up shot of Josie’s face showing, Josie’s feelings of sorrow caused by her social isolation. This scene therefore explores the cultural barriers associated with migrants finding it difficult to assimilate and gain acceptance into Australian Society.
Belonging is shaped by society and concerned with relationships and acceptance: Opera house scene steps where Carly (Josie’s enemy; one of Josie’s school peers) is shown standing in a position where Josie longed to be standing with her crush John Barton and the premier. Low angle shot of Josie looking up at Carly depicts Carly’s power and prestige as Carly is accepted due to her high socio-economic status and culture being Australian; Carly being enlightened and pampered by paparazzi. This in contrast with the high angle shot of Josie being looked down upon from Carly’s angle focuses on Josie’s face full of resent and jealousy as Josie is a “wog” and of lower socio-economic

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