This unit of study examines the Australian identity through an exploration of Australian film, theatre, and television traditional formats and new digital content and delivery platforms. The unit focuses on young Australian playwrights, performers and filmmakers, and the range of learning that takes place through young people's engagement in, and appreciation of, theatre, film, television and digital content. A variety of genre, formats and delivery are critically examined against the backdrop of Australian historical and sociological perspectives. Critical analysis is undertaken, not only through deconstructing Australian films and plays, but also through constructing digital content, using smart phone video application. Australian Theatre, Film and Learning goes behind the scenes, with intimate access to leading theatre and film industry experts as guest speakers, with opportunities to see Australian non-traditional and traditional performance and theatre first hand, through exciting field trips. In examining Australian plays, television and films as cultural artifacts, perceptions of Australian identity are challenged with a particular focus on the works of Australian Indigenous, multicultural and female creatives. Students enrolled in this unit will incur a levy to cover any additional costs.
1x2-hr lecture/wk for 11 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 11 wks, 3x field trips
Film Essay 1250wd (30%); Theatre Performance Analysis Essay 2000wd (40%); Film or Play Presentation and Reflection 500wd plus 15 min presentation (30%)
42 credit points of units