Screen violence and spectatorship – research essay

Traditional cinema theory imagines an idealised and often passive film spectator. How does the representation of taboos and confronting material (such as violence and sex) in cinema and television shift the way that we conceptualise of this spectator? In your response, consider a film or television episode that challenges the limits of what can beContinue reading “Screen violence and spectatorship – research essay”

Forging Multiculturalism in Australia

“How effective has multiculturalism been in addressing the issues experienced by Indigenous communities in Australia?”  (sub-question) “How is the Aboriginal art industry reflective of broader issues experienced within Indigenous communities as a result of multiculturalism?” We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge that this land and itsContinue reading “Forging Multiculturalism in Australia”

Nancy Meyers: Comedy’s pre-eminent Auteur – research essay

How is Nancy Meyers’ authorship evident within her filmography and to what extent has her status as an auteur filmmaker impacted the romantic comedy as a genre?  The continuum of Nancy Meyers’ filmography in undeniably interlinked, with its trajectory impacting the development of romantic comedies as a sub-genre, as well as the way that industrialContinue reading “Nancy Meyers: Comedy’s pre-eminent Auteur – research essay”

Independent Cinema in Hollywood – research essay

What role has the independent sector played in relation to Hollywood? With reference to the work of one independent American filmmaker, how have they and their films challenged and defined the Hollywood paradigm?  Independent cinema has played a notable role in exhibiting a range of perspectives and narratives, subsequently shaping and diversifying the contemporary HollywoodContinue reading “Independent Cinema in Hollywood – research essay”

Is a particular type of knowledge privileged within Australian society?

The construction of knowledge is linked intrinsically with culture-based ontologies, which are formed through the lived experiences (Wilson 2007, p. 677). Whilst knowledge is based upon varying perspectives, certain types of knowledge maintain inherent privilege in Australian society due to a number of factors including cultural hegemony and ethnocentrism, especially with regards to ‘othered’ IndigenousContinue reading “Is a particular type of knowledge privileged within Australian society?”

‘You can choose your friends, but not your relatives’ – a sociological essay

‘You can choose your friends but not your relatives’. How accurately does this saying reflect contemporary family/personal life? Although contemporary Australian society’s attitudes towards LGBTQ people have changed toward a more accepting stance, the role of community remains an invaluable facet the queer identity. Previously, nuclear family values framed and delayed processes of sexual identityContinue reading “‘You can choose your friends, but not your relatives’ – a sociological essay”

Foxtel – Australia’s largest media business model in decline

Choose an Australian media organisation that you think faces big opportunities and/or challenges. Foxtel is an Australian media company which has faced significant crossroads in the digital era. The company’s current ownership is split evenly between Telstra Corporation Ltd and The News Corporation Ltd (Foxtel, 2018). Foxtel’s partnership with Telstra results in a utilisation ofContinue reading “Foxtel – Australia’s largest media business model in decline”

Australian Cinema – research essay

The Australian film industry’s vacillation has seen a greater desire for international appeal. Our national mythology has appeared and disappeared within our cinema, awaiting contemporary reappraisal. The success of the Australian Film Commission during the 1970s and 90s placed Australia’s films on the global market, pushing filmmakers to condense Australia’s national mythology to be moreContinue reading “Australian Cinema – research essay”