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YEAR 7

Resources for use with Walking the Boundaries

Aboriginal Australians: Before Contact Series: Australia's First Peoples Rating: E, Production Year: 2014, Duration: 6:43, Description:  What do we know about Aboriginal Australians prior to European contact? Historians have used evidence and artefacts to develop a number of theories about when and how Aboriginals migrated to Australia. In contrast, Aboriginal groups have a shared belief system of the Dreamtime, which explains their origins. This clip explores these different perspectives.

Aboriginal Connections to Country and Place, Series: Australia's First Peoples  Rating: E, Production Year: 2014, Duration: 7:37, Description: Historian Carla Pascoe explores the unique relationship that Aboriginal Australians have with the land. Their strong spiritual ties to the land can be seen in various sacred places such as Uluru, Arnhem Land, initiation and burial sites. Their relationship with the land was one of mutual dependence, evidenced by their sustainable conservation practices that we still see in use today.

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Rabbit Proof Fence  Rating: PG, Year: 2002, Duration: 1:31:35,  Description:  Based on the book Follow the rabbit proof fence by Molly's daughter Doris Pilkington Garimara. Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen thousand miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong. Cast: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Ningali Lawford, David Gulpilil, and Kenneth Branagh. 

YEAR 8

Whale Rider  Rating: PG, Year: 2002, Duration:1:35:57, Description: From the book "The whale rider" by Witi Ihimaera. In the small New Zealand coastal village of Whangara, the local Maoris claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. The legend tells how their ancient ancestor was saved by a whale when his canoe overturned. He arrived in Aotearoa on the whale's back. In every generation since, a male heir has succeeded to the title of chief, but now it seems that the bloodline will be broken. The current chief, Koro, has a son, Porourangi, who is expecting twins. But when Porourangi's wife and son die in childbirth, he is overcome with grief and flees the town, abandoning the surviving twin, a girl.

The Boy in the Striped Pjyamas  Rating: E, Year: 2010, Duration: 1:30:23 Description:  Auschwitz (Concentration camp) - Fiction Children - Fiction Holocaust, Jewish, 1939-1945 - Fiction Jews - Fiction Germany - History - 1933-1949 - Fiction. Bored and restless in his new home, Bruno, an innocent and naive eight-year-old, ignores his mother and sets off on an adventure in the woods. Soon he meets a young boy, and a surprising friendship develops. Set during World War II, based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, this remarkable and inspiring story about the power of the human spirit will capture your heart and engage your mind. 

The Karate Kid (2010)  Rating: PG, Year: 2010, Duration: 2:15:14. Starring Jayden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P Henson, Wenwen Han. Description: Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

She's the Man  Rating: PG, Year:  2005, Duration: 1:31:42, (Abridged for television)   Starring Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Robert Hoffman, Alex Breckenridge. Description: Inspired by the play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.  When her big brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola (Amanda Bynes) heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer team-mates. Little does she realise she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs

YEAR 9

Hercules Rating: G, Duration: 1:28:50, Description: Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. 1997 cartoon version

The Emperor's New Groove Rating: G, Production Year: 2012, Duration: 1:15, Description: Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

The Timeless Tale of the Hero's Journey  Category: Education, Licence: Standard YouTube LicencePublished: 10 Apr 2016. This film is an exploration of famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our culture. In mythology the hero's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. The concept was introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), who described the basic narrative pattern as follows: A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Twelfth Night Rating: G,Channel: ABC, Production Year: 1996, Duration: 2:08:10, Description: A British production of Shakespeare's comedy directed by Trevor Nunn. Cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Nigel Hawthorne, Richard E Grant and Imogen Stubbs.

Twelfth Night Series: Shakespeare - The Animated Tales, Rating: E, Production Year: 1995, Duration: 25.29
 
Joanna Lumley as Viola in Twelfth Night: 'I left no ring with her' | Shakespeare Solos - YouTube Link
 

Twelfth Night and As You Like It: Shakespeare Uncovered, Rating: G, Channel: ABC1, Production Year: 2012, Duration: 51:48, Description: Shakespearean actors and directors research the revered dramatist and reveal the stories behind and the wonders within some of his greatest plays. In this episode Joely Richardson investigates Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

YEAR 10

Animal Farm [Animated movie]  Rating: E, Duration: 1:10.Description: Based on the novel by George Orwell.  

Animal Farm (Jim Henson version)  Rating: G, Duration: 1:28. Description: Based on the novel by George Orwell. Starring Pete Postlethwaite and with creature effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Barnyard animals mount a revolution, oust their cruel farmer and turn the farm into a collective. 

Animal Farm Documentary  Rating: E, Year:  2014, Duration: 26:15. Description: This series of four clips explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Orwell's popular classic. Animal Farm Context and Background: Part biography, part history lesson, this clip provides an introduction to Animal Farm prior to studying the novel. A concise overview of the Russian Revolution will help readers contextualise the events of the novel. Information on George Orwell's life experiences and beliefs shed light on his motives for writing this powerful classic. Allegory, totalitarianism and communism are explained. Who's Who in Animal Farm: George Orwell uses animals and farmers to represent key figures and groups from Russian history. This clip provides an overview of who the characters symbolise in the context of the Russian Revolution, with an in depth look at Napoleon, Snowball and Boxer. Quirky and engaging, this is a strong resource which helps learners understand allegorical representations of individuals and groups in literary texts.  Animal Farm - Propaganda: A key theme explored by George Orwell, this clip looks at what propaganda is and how it is represented in Animal Farm, particularly through the revolutionary song Beasts of England and the seven commandments of Animalism. An analysis of these elements gives learners a better understanding of their purpose in the text, and Orwell's larger critique of totalitarianism. This is an ideal conversation starter about the importance of language and its ability to empower and disempower people. Animal Farm Writing Style: The deceptive simplicity of Animal Farm's writing style beautifully illustrates Orwell's literary genius. This clip explores language features (literary devices, archetypes, narrative voice) employed to convey complex ideas in a more straightforward manner. This is an excellent resource for facilitating discussions around text analysis of an author's literary style.

YEAR 11

The Crucible  Rating: M, Year: 1996, Duration: 1:58:15, Description: The Crucible is set in Massachusetts in 1692. In the small Puritan town, where one's life is dedicated to the service of God, several teenage girls are discovered in the woods and are accused of engaging in "the Devil's" work. As time goes by the village becomes consumed by cries of witchcraft. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

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Shakespeare Uncovered

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