CiNECiTY – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

This Wednesday at 3:20pm CiNCiTY will screen this groundbreaking zombie original….

Director: George A. Romeronightofthelivingdead

Cast: Duane Jones

Judith O’Dea

Karl Hardman

Marilyn Eastman

Written By: George A. Romero

John A. Russo

Genre: Horror

Duration: 96 min

Colour: Black and White

Released: 1968

Country/Language: USA / English

BACKGROUND NOTES:

  • Before NOTLD  “zombie” films were centered around “voodoo zombies”. This involved living victims being transformed into slaves by mystical forces. White Zombie (1932) and I Walked With A Zombie (1946) are two examples. NOTLD transformed the “zombie” into a resurrected corpse with cannibalistic intent and initiated many of the tropes of the genre we’re familiar with today – the rest is history.
  • In the USA in 1968 the copyright symbol had to be present on the actual print of a film (e.g. in the credits or title) in order to be covered by copyright law. NOTLD was originally called Night of the Flesh Eaters and this title appeared on the early prints of the film along with the copyright stamp. It was later changed by the distribution company because an earlier film had a similar name, but the copyright information was not put back onto the theatrical release prints leaving the film uncopyrighted and in the public domain. Though unfortunate for the filmmakers this has possibly contributed to the proliferation of the “zombie” genre and allowed others to freely use and build upon the original ideas from the film. Do you think copyright helps or hinders creativity?

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Why do you think this film was such a success in the horror genre? Was it because a premise this frightful had never been brought to the screen before or was it skillful filmmaking?
  • The filmmakers insist that they were just trying to make a scary movie. Do you believe (like some critics) that the movie is actually trying to make a point about society? Think about when and where the film was made… consider events like the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement.
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THE BOAT – Interactive Graphic Novel

The Boat by Nam Le is a critically acclaimed book of short stories which won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2009. The last story in the collection is about a girl who’s parents send her to Australia by boat after the fall of Saigon in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War.

SBS has commissioned an interactive graphic novel adaptation of the book by artist Matt Huynh who talks about the process of creating the artwork in the video below.

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CiNECiTY – RUN LOLA RUN

Director: Tom TykwerRun-Lola-Run-1999-movie-poster

Cast: Franka Potente

Moritz Bleibtreu

Herbert Knaup

Nina Petri

Written By: Tom Tykwer

Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller

Rating: M

Duration: 77 min

Released: 1998

Country/Language: Germany / German (English subtitles)

BACKGROUND NOTES:

  • This film was critically very well received, with 41 award nominations when it was released including an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It didn’t win the Oscar but did win 26 other accolades including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival, and seven separate wins at the German Film Awards.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Motifs are objects or images that appear throughout a film and have a special meaning to do with the narrative. One of the motifs apparent in ‘Run Lola Run’ is the colour red, which is used frequently. Lola herself has red hair, which signifies that she is a powerful, charismatic character, who stands out from everybody else. What other motifs can you identify and how do they help to bring meaning to the narrative?
  • Run Lola Run uses flashbacks, flash forwards and three alternative narratives to bring to mind themes of fate, chance and free will.  What do you think the film is trying to illustrate to us? Do you think we have a choice over the outcomes of our lives or is it up to fate to decide?
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CiNECiTY – BACK TO THE FUTURE

Director: Robert ZemeckisBack to the future

Cast: Michael J. Fox

Christopher Lloyd

Lea Thompson

Crispin Glover

Written By: Robert Zemeckis

Bob Gale

Genre: Sci Fi / Adventure / Comedy

Rating: PG

Duration: 111 min

Released: 1985

Country / Language: USA / English

BACKGROUND NOTES:

In the early drafts of the screenplay the time machine was written as a refrigerator but was changed because Zemeckis was worried that impressionable kids would lock themselves in fridges.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

This film contains some great examples of the literary device known as foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is when there are hints about what is coming up in the book or film. This is also known as Chekov’s gun after the famous playwright’s quote:

“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”

For example – before Marty goes back to 1955 we learn that his uncle is in jail. Later in the film (but in the chronological past) he sees his uncle as a baby behind the bars of his cot and tells him he’d better get used to that. Many instances of foreshadowing in Back to the Future are for comedic effect but some are integral to the narrative.
How many can you identify?

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FOR OUR FIRST CiNECiTY OF 2015 WE’RE GOING BACK 30 YEARS!

Back_to_the_FutureThirty years ago, in 1985,  a little film called Back to the Future was released. It was the highest grossing film of that year and has since become a pop culture phenomenon. In it, Marty McFly goes back in time thirty years to when his parents met. We will celebrate the 30th anniversary of this ground breaking film by screening it for our first 2015 CiNECiTY session this Wed 3:20pm in the cinema. Sign up with Dan in the library if you want to go Back to the Future with us.

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BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION!! WIN PRIZES!

Want a chance to win some fantastic new novels? Huh, do ya?

Some of the titles you can win!!

Some of the titles you can win!!

All you need to do is submit a book review using the ‘Submit Your Review’ link on the left of this page. Just follow the format on the online form to tell us why you did or didn’t like the book, who you think will like it and your rating out of 5. The students who write the six best reviews before the end of Term 2 will win their choice of one novel from a selection of brand new titles!! All suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book. And remember, you can post reviews at any time (even after the comp) using the Curiositas Book Review Submission form.

Happy reading and reviewing!

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HERO ABSORBS MAJOR DAMAGE

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One of my favourite authors, Charles Yu, has a book of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. In it is a story called Hero Absorbs Major Damage which follows a computer game hero and his band of warriors on their quest through 256 levels of battling orcs, eating chicken and negotiating love triangles. This was already an awesome and funny story, but it has been given +3 Awesome Points with a new re-telling on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading site (they publish one short story a week online) where one of the characters (an elf named Fjoork) has annotated the text and given his perspective on the events once only narrated by the Hero. You need to click on the highlighted yellow text to get Fjoork’s sardonic commentary. This is a new form of digital storytelling with exciting possibilities. Check out the story with its annotations here. And don’t forget to read the editor’s note for a bit of info about the story and its use of the annotation software.

Yu’s first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is also available to borrow from our library and I highly recommend it. I wish I could go back in time and read it for the first time again!

HTLSIASFU

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Soundbrenner Pulse: Wearable Device For Musicians

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Having played various musical instruments from an early age I was fascinated to learn about this wearable metronome that syncs with your phone.  It’s designed for use with any instrument by musicians of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.  The device can be worn around your arm or leg, depending on your instrument.  To find out more, here is a link to their crowd funding campaign with indiegogo.  I hope they reach their target, as feeling a metronome pulse rather than seeing or hearing it makes so much sense to me.  On another musical note (geddit?) ASAP Science have put together some audio illusions “Can you trust you ears?”  This video explains auditory illusions and phenomena such as the ‘Shepard Tone Illusion’.

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FCC OPEN DAY

Welcome to Footscray City College!

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to visit all the different parts of the school such as the gym, the Futures Centre, the science rooms, the music and art studios and the new Sustainability Centre across the road. Oh, and of course the WONDERFUL library!!

Please take a minute to post a comment telling us which of the things you liked best on your tour of the school today.

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look around to see the great programs we offer here at FCC.

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WORLD POETRY DAY

In 1999 in Paris UNESCO declared March the 21st as WORLD POETRY DAY. To celebrate I thought I’d share some websites that showcase local poets and some places you could submit your own poetry.

VOICEWORKS is a print and digital quarterly magazine which is published by Express MediaIt features writing and artwork by Australians under the age of twenty five so it’s a great place to start if you want to get your work published. Though it’s not exclusively for poetry, they do have this great page of tips for writing poetry.

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD is a site dedicated to… you guessed it – the spoken word scene in Melbourne! This means it’s full of actual videos of poets performing their work – and believe me some of them are great! For example:

CORDITE POETRY REVIEW  is an online journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world. They promote “irreverent and experimental poetics.” This is a bit more of an ‘adult’ site than Voiceworks or but you can still submit to them here.

 

 

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