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Cultural Identity in Films of the Indigenous Pacific

Amid rising prominence of the Indigenous-focused Fourth Cinema, the people of Aotearoa and Pasifika have become influential contributors, creating films that not only provide critical perspectives on their postcolonial identities, but also celebrate their cultures and differences. This depth is evident in the film Vai (2019), which was collaboratively directed by nine Pasifika women, and Taika Waititi’s Hunt…

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Dada News

How much faith do you have in facts? This experimental video artwork, Dada News, invites audiences to question modern news media. The work is bookended by a man in front of a screen – a pastiche of Nam June Paik’s TV Buddha, engaging similar questions about enlightenment in a modern age of technology and media…

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Women, Warfare and Whispers in the Wind

Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow (2016) Babak Anvari’s debut feature film Under the Shadow (2016) is a spine-chilling allegory of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, which powerfully adds nuance to the ways women are represented on global screens. Anvari initially faced resistance when he pitched this Farsi-language script, set in Tehran during the War of the…

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‘Gov 2.0’ on the Rise: How this Beachside Community is Adjusting

Coogee local, Delia Harrington, used to complain to herself when she noticed an overflowing bin at the beach. Now, she reaches for her phone and opens an app.  “It’s an empowering idea – just snapping a photo, sending it through to Randwick Council, and getting a notification when it’s solved.” Delia’s local Council is becoming…

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Homage to the Hall of Mirrors

Eve Cogan’s iterative experimentation with media arts, exploring modern news media. Homage to Hugo Ball’s Dada Manifesto (and his daughter Rosa Menkman) This video experimentation draws from Dadaist Hugo Ball and the glitch artist Rosa Menkman, who works in his legacy. I have “hacked” renowned online news organisations to change their authors and intersperse the…

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Hong Kong’s Post-Colonial Identity through Cinema

Almost everyone has enjoyed a kung fu movie, and the films of Bruce Lee are often considered classics, but studying global cinema has made me realise there are more to these thrilling actions than meets the eye. Films can give rich insight into places and identities, and I really enjoyed discovering this through a close…

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Cinematographer’s Reflection: Recreating The Haunting of Hill House

A cinematographer may obsess over the most subtle differences of light, colour and framing, but their work has a massively defining impact on films. I came to appreciate this working as the cinematographer on a short university reproduction of the Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House. Working through the pre-production, shoot and post-production process…

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Plastic to Wool: an Australian Woman’s Packaging Revolution

Audio Transcript Upturning the global packaging industry with a sustainable solution may seem like an impossible task, but for Australian entrepreneur Joanne Howarth, it’s just a part of her defiant way of life.  Howarth is one of the 2020 Cartier Women’s Initiative seven winners. She has received this global honour for founding Planet Protector Packaging…

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ABC’s Mystery Road: an Engaging Depiction of Aboriginal Identity in Contemporary Australia

I found myself checking flight prices from Sydney to Western Australia after watching ABC’s new outback drama series Mystery Road. I wanted to fly right into the rich culture and brutally beautiful landscape captured on screen. The series reinvigorated the western genre, adding contemporary Indigenous Australian perspectives and the  breathtaking desert-meets-ocean setting. This collaboration of…

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Cyber Security Threat: Australian Health at Risk

Global technology experts warn of growing cybercrime as the Australian health sector faces attack. “It feels like someone broke into my home, and even though the locks have been changed, it still somehow feels dirty.” Sami Laiho was a victim of the 2020 cyberattack on the Finnish psychotherapy company, Vastaamo. His data, including transcripts from…

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