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What is Literature for?

Here’s a neat little video from The School of Life about why we need literature in our lives… enjoy! :)

WRITE 4 FUN COMPETITION! Great prizes on offer!!

write4funEntry is now open in the 2014 Schools Writing Competition! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their Short Stories OR Poems, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer! This year – there is NO THEME!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any topic or style. All year levels welcome! Enter online at: or email to:

Entries close on August 31st! See John Box or Library staff for details. Good Luck!!

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 . . .



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:


Welcome one and all to Footscray City College’s annual Open Day! This is a fantastic opportunity for us to share what we do with the wider community and to give prospective students and their families an idea about some of the wonderful programs, experiences and services we have to offer. If you’re here on the day, make sure you check out all the great displays and activities around the school. In some areas there will be Passport Activities for kids to take part in, such as drumming in Music, a sports challenge in the Gym, a dry ice experiment in the Futures Centre and a hair raisingly electric activity in the Science area. But of course, the Library is THE place to be! (Check out some of these pop-culture Librarians if you don’t believe me!) While you’re in the Library today why not speak to the staff about our services, check out the Curiositas blog in detail, take a look at the Photography Club and CiNECiTY Film Club displays and have a quick browse at our awesome collection of books. Can you find the Shakespeare books that are over 120 years old?

Now that we’ve shared with you, it’s your turn to share your thoughts with us. As our Library Passport Activity, we’d like you to post a comment to this site telling us what you thought was the best thing you saw at FCC Open Day today. Just click on the title of this post and then scroll down to leave a comment. (You’ll need to do a quick maths equation to prove you’re NOT an evil spamming robot trying to sell us snakeskin handbags!)

Have a great day!openday


EBook Lending Platform New to FCC Library!!

Our library has finally made the move to the digital world of eBooks! We have worked with a company called Wheelers to provide patrons with an easy to use lending platform. To browse the collection of fiction and non-fiction texts just click on the top link to the left of this page! 

You can also visit the site at: 

At the moment the collection is quite small but over time if they prove popular we will acquire more and more! These eBooks can be read online via the internet or offline by downloading the file to your device or netbook. This file will only be active for the loan period, which is 2 weeks. However, some books such as the classic Gutenberg titles are exempt from copyright restrictions and can be kept by all patrons. In order to borrow you must log in using your usual school username and password. Patrons may borrow up to 3 eBooks at a time.

For info about technical requirements have a look here:



Global Express is looking for young contributers…

global-front-300x213Express Media (the people behind VOICEWORKS magazine for young writers) are looking for up to 15 young people aged 12 – 29 years who have a migrant or refugee background to be part of an exciting creative expression and writing workshop series in the Melbourne CBD.

Workshops will be held fortnightly between February and May 2014.
Workshops will be at The Wheeler Centre on Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
All workshops are free!!
Write and create and/or perform original works.
You get paid $100 for your final submission piece and it will also be published.
All published pieces will be launched in mid-2014.
If you have stories to tell and something to express they want to hear from you!
These workshops will be Auslan-interpreted and wheelchair-accessible.
To enquire or apply contact them on:
p. (03) 9094 7891 or
When applying make sure to include:
Your name, age, address, languages spoken at home
A bit about why you want to be a part of these workshops and what you would like to get out of them/learn
A sample of your work (Stories, lyrics, poetry etc)
Applications close Friday January 31, 2014.
This project is a partnership between CMY (Centre for Multicultural Youth), Express Media and Banyule City Council with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts through the Community Partnerships Board and Arts Victoria through the Community Partnerships initiative.

Someone please cover up these covers!! Urgh!

We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” which is generally a good rule of thumb. But it really becomes gospel when publishers make terrible decisions about their covers. Have a look here at some of the appalling cover images bestowed upon some very well known books, as compiled by ‘’.

For example:

Really? No, I mean REALLY!?!




Today we will screen the first session of our HALLOWEEN SPECIAL for CineCity, the 1968 horror classic Rosemary’s Baby. This very creepy movie is a brilliant example of filmmaking at its finest. The cinematography, writing and acting performances all come together to create a feeling of unease and tension. There is also some very interesting social commentary underlining the film which is just as pertinant now as it was in the sixties. As a librarian I must also recommend the writing of Ira Levin, who penned the original novel. We have a number of his books in our collection and he is a personal favourite of mine. Stephen King has described Ira Levin as “the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores.” Chuck Palahniuk, in Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories, calls Levin’s writing “a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used.”

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Cast:  Mia Farrow

            John Cassavetes

            Ruth Gordon

            Sidney Blackmer

Written by:    Roman PolanskiRosemarybaby

Based on the novel by Ira Levin

Genre: Thriller / Horror / Mystery /Drama

Rating: M

Duration: 136min 

Colour: Color (Technicolor)

Country/Language: USA /English

Budget: $2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross: $33,395,426 (USA)

Year of Release: 1968

Production / Distribution Company:

William Castle Productions


Background notes:

  • This was the first film that Polanski made in the USA after making quite a few films in various European countries including his native Poland.
  • Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress which made this film the only horror movie to win an Oscar for acting until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.


Things to think about:

  • How is the film working to build suspense and tension? Consider the film elements like mise-en-scene, cinematography and sound…
  • Can this film be seen as a feminist text? Bear in mind the 1960s culture when it was made. How much control does Rosemary have over her life and her body? How does this comment on patriarchal society?