Archive for August, 2013

CINECITY NEWS: La Cité des Enfants Perdus

On Monday 19th August we began screening the surreal French masterpiece La Cité des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children) and students were blown away by the stunning visuals and original style of the film. Screenings will continue each Monday and Wednesday through term 3. Any students who wish to participate need to see Daniel in the library to sign up. Bring your own popcorn!

Directed by: Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast:  Ron Pearlman

Daniel EmilforkThe City of Lost Children_

Judith Vittet

Dominique Pinon

Written by:    Gilles Adrien

                        Marc Caro

                        Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Duration: 108 min

Colour: Colour

Language – Country: French language  –

France / Germany / Spain

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Year of Release: 1995

Production / Distribution Company: Club d’Investissement Média, Eurimages, Studio Image, Studio Canal, Universal Studios

Background notes:

  • This movie was an expensive, high-tech French production, using more special effects than any other French film in history at the time it was released.
  • To achieve the slightly skewed color scheme of the movie, the actors were made up in white face and the colour palette corrected in post-production until they were flesh-toned.

Things to think about:

  • Think about the unusual style of the film. Was it off-putting or hard to follow? How does it compare to American movies you’ve seen?
  • Did the surreal style of the movie change your impression of the violence? Did it seem less realistic, or more creepy?
  • Think about some of the themes in the movie — the search for a soul, the need for human connection, resilience in the face of horror and loneliness.

Where do you fit in the political landscape?

Have you tried Vote Compass ?

It’s an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.

Based on your responses to a short questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the candidates in a given election, in this case, the upcoming 2013 Federal election. You don’t have to be old enough or eligible to vote to complete the survey.

This is cool because it allows you the opportunity to engage with and compare the policies of political parties in a clear and simple way. It shows how the parties differ on relevant public policy issues. It’s worth having a look at…

Author A.J. Betts is coming to FCC!


All of our Year 9 students will be treated to a talk from Perth based author and teacher A.J. Betts, who won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her latest novel Zac & Mia.

The story follows two teens with cancer, in next door rooms of an oncology ward, tapping on the wall between them.  They eventually have contact through Facebook and email and carefully gather information about each other, all the while trying to avoid discussing the reason for being in the ward. It is emotional stuff! This is thematically similar to the current Year 9 text The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and so we thought this talk would give the students another insight into the topic of terminal illnesses and how different people cope with them. A.J. Betts spent some time teaching in an oncology ward so she has first-hand experience on the subject.

The novel has seen rave reviews, here’s what some have said about the book:

‘I think you have to be brave to write a book like this. To write it without overt, condescending sympathy. And to be brave enough to write the moments that are funny, or grotty, or filled with rage, alongside those that are brave and heroic. It’s a book that is well deserving of a prize, and is likely to win many more.’

First Impressions

‘Zac and Mia are unforgettable—they put hooks into my heart that are still there. Be warned: if you pick up this book, you won’t want to put it down.’

Fiona Wood

It is due to the fantastic people at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville that our students get another great opportunity to hear from a successful writer and I’d like to thank them very much for that. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and also to buy books and get them signed. Copies of Zac & Mia will sell for $19.99 and Betts’ previous novel Wavelength will also be available for $17.95. The talk will take place in the library at 1:40pm on Tuesday 13th August.