Archive for May, 2014

CiNECiTY NEWS: The 400 Blows

We’ve been watching this French classic about a misunderstood young boy who turns to a life of crime…

Directed by:François Truffautthe-400-blows-poster

Cast:  Jean-Pierre Léaud

Albert Rémy

Claire Maurier

Written by: François Truffaut

Marcel Moussy

Genre: Crime / Drama

Rating: PG

Duration: 95min

Colour: Black & White

Country/Language: France / French

Year of Release: 1959

Background notes:

  • This is one of the defining films of the Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave) and displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. Some of these traits include:a documentary style with long tracking shots and handheld camera shots, discontinuous editing such as jump cuts, existential themes, a low budget, improvised dialogue, rapid changes of scene and ambiguous endings. Such forms of expression were previously extremely uncommon in cinema but are used frequently today. The Nouvelle Vague also laid the groundwork for a set of concepts, revolutionary at the time, which the American film critic Andrew Sarris called auteur theory.
  • François Truffaut, along with many other French New Wave directors, began as a critic for the famous film magazine Cahiers du Cinema.
  • Cahiers du Cinema co-founder and theorist André Bazin was a prominent source of influence for the movement and was a father figure for Truffaut. This film is the first of a series of semi-autobiographical films with the lead character Antoine representing the real life Truffaut.

Things to think about:

  • While watching the film try to be aware of some of the traits mentioned above.
  • In the final shot of the film the frame freezes leaving a question about the fate of Antoine? What do you think happens next? What happens to him in the future?


FCC Library is always buying new books to add to our amazing collection. Here are a few to peak your interest, but there are many, many more. Just speak to the library staff to help find the perfect book for you!


the lost boyTHE LOST BOY by Greg Ruth

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy. Some mysteries are too dangerous to leave alone . . .


GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smithgrasshopperjungle

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this ground breaking coming-of-age stunner.


STUNGSTUNG by Bethany Wiggins

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .



Take a look at these fantastic talks by famous authors to Footscray City College students…


The lovely librarians at Scotch College in Hawthorn invited us to attend this talk by Christopher Paolini in August 2012.

Lauren Oliver visited our school early in 2012 thanks to the awesome people at the Sun Bookshop.

On the 13th August 2013 A.J. Betts visited our library to discuss her book Zac & Mia thanks again to the Sun Bookshop.

CiNECiTY NEWS: The Thin Blue Line

Directed by:Errol Morristhe_thin_blue_line_(1988)movie_

Cast: Randall Adams

David Harris

Music by: Philip Glass

Genre: Documentary / Crime / Mystery

Rating: PG

Duration: 98min

Colour: Colour

Country/Language: USA / English

Year of Release: 1988


Background notes:

  • Errol Morris was researching prosecution psychiatrist Dr. James Grigson, known as Doctor Death, and was planning to make a documentary about him. During this research he met Randall Adams and became skeptical that Adams was guilty.
  • The Thin Blue Line won Best Documentary honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the National Society of Film Critics. The film was marketed as “nonfiction” rather than as a documentary which disqualified it from being considered in that category for an Academy Award.
  • Adams’ case was reviewed and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film’s release.


Things to think about:

  • In a 2008 interview in the New York Times Morris said,”The difficulty with images is not suspending disbelief but rather the opposite-suspending our natural tendency to believe in their veracity. The seeing-is-believing principle.” Do you think the use of dramatic re-enactments in The Thin Blue Line is meant to simulate reality or to create doubt in the viewer?
  • Morris also said that he “wanted to make a film about how truth was difficult to know, not impossible to know”. Does Morris achieve his goal? Think about the use of music, non-linear time sequence, the addition of lots of minute details and the way the interviewees look directly at the camera when giving their statements…


The Victorian education department is running PAPER CUTS, a new competition to celebrate the importance of reading and YOU can enter. papercutsopen

You just need to create a book trailer or design a book cover to be in the running to win some amazing prizes. You can choose your favourite book or one that you are studying as part of the curriculum. You can enter individually, or as a group. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a special event at the Penguin Australia studios in August and their work will be featured there. Irish author Eoin Colfer  (Artemis Fowl Series)will be one of the judges.

Book trailers are based on movie trailers and are a fun and engaging way to visually present a book synopsis. They range from professionally produced short films to simple students productions using PowerPoint, iMovie or an iPhone. You don’t need expensive equipment to produce an effective trailer. Go to this Inside A Dog site to see some tutorials on how to make a book trailer as well as examples of some professional ones. Or check out Book Tease, a website by Paul Murphy who is a producer, writer, director and motion graphics designer who specialises in book trailers.


The student creator of the winning book trailer and cover design will each receive an Apple iPad Air plus a $200 Penguin book voucher (recommended retail).
The winning student in each category will also win a $200 Penguin book voucher for their school (recommended retail).
The two student runners-up and a people’s choice in each category will also win a $200 Penguin book voucher (recommended retail).

For more info and to download an entry form go to: