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The Oasis - Ella

Hailing from a middle-class family, Ella became homeless in her mid-teens and did it tough sleeping on trains and busking for money. Through Oasis services, she finally got her act together and now lives in private accommodation. She's rebellious in style and nature, and crazy about skateboarding. Her talent for radio, ...

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The Oasis - Freshie

Rodney gained the nickname 'Freshie' when he first arrived in Australia from New Zealand: he was 'fresh off the boat'. He was a long-term resident of Oasis accommodation and through this experience was inspired to write and perform several songs about his connection to this 'surrogate home'. Freshie's creative talent, which ...

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'The Combination', 2009

These are three clips from a feature film 'The Combination' about ethnic conflict between Lebanese Australians and Anglo-Australians in western Sydney and the attempts of one young Lebanese man to help his brother make good decisions. The first clip shows a young Lebanese Australian called John coming to the rescue of Sydney, ...

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'Father', 2007

This is a short animated film made in 2007 about a boy trying to understand his father, a post-World War II refugee from Lithuania. His father is mainly silent and difficult to understand when he does speak. He is a heavy drinker who leaves the family when the narrator is 15. The animation begins and ends with an expression ...

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'For the Term of His Natural Life'

These three clips, from a 1927 silent Australian feature film based on Marcus Clarke's novel 'For the Term of His Natural Life', depict scenes of convicts. The first clip shows a group being abandoned after a mutiny on a ship, then the protagonist, Rufus Dawes, being saved. The second clip shows Dawes in the prison at Port ...

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'Harvie Krumpet'

These are three clips from a short animation film telling the story of a Polish immigrant who suffers a series of calamities but is always able to respond to these events with optimism. The first clip shows that his family house has burnt down and his parents have frozen to death, after which he migrates to Australia on ...

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'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant', 2004

These clips are from the television miniseries 'Mary Bryant' depicting the story of Mary Bryant, a convict who was transported to Botany Bay from where she, her husband and other convicts escaped in a boat. The first clip shows Mary's journey on the First Fleet to Botany Bay. The second clip shows the colony starving. Mary ...

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'Mary and Max', 2009

These two clips come from the Australian claymation feature film 'Mary and Max' about the friendship between two different but lonely people. Max and Mary become penpals and live across two continents, Mary in Australia and Max in New York. The first clip focuses on the misfortune that meets Max when his airconditioner ...

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'My Mother Told Me', 2007

This is a short black-and-white and colour film about the impact of cultural dislocation on identity examined through a young woman's desperate quest to make sense of her life, both past and present. The first clip explores the mother's life and family in Cambodia before and during the war using archival photos and moving ...

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Inanimate Alice episode 2: Italy

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 2, Alice is separated from her parents while they are on a skiing holiday in Italy.

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Inanimate Alice episode 3: Russia

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 3, Alice and her parents are living in Russia; Alice hides in her cupboard while her parents argue with some angry strangers in the next room.

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Inanimate Alice episode 4: hometown

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 4, Alice finds herself trapped on top of a building when a staircase collapses.

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Autobiography of a flood survivor

Imagine if the town or suburb you live in came under threat due to a natural disaster. How would you react? Shelby Garlick from Kerang, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to her inspiring story and explore the lessons she learnt as a result of working with her ...

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Is reality TV 'real'?

How real is 'reality TV'? Is what we see on a show like 'Masterchef' or 'The Biggest Loser' reality? Or are these shows using a carefully contrived recipe to make us believe that what we are seeing is real? Discover what really goes on behind the scenes of reality TV and how 'reality' can be changed by careful editing.

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Portraying the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 19 years on

Ever heard the phrase 'there are two sides to every story'? While some texts might seem to present both sides of the story, close analysis can often reveal otherwise. This clip from Foreign Correspondent explores some arguments about the after-effects of one of the world's worst oil-spills. The spill occurred in 1989 when ...

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What makes news?

What makes an event a news story? Find out about the well-established 'news formula' and how it helps determine what stories become news and what ones don't.

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': a literary journey

Imagine undertaking a journey to eastern Europe at the start of World War II. This amazing tale of a young single mother from rural Western Australia is the plot of Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. In this clip, explore the motif of the journey in literature. It will help if you are familiar with the novel.

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Hugh Howey's 'Wool': interactive publishing

Science fiction as a genre is known for exploring new frontiers. 'Wool' by Hugh Howey achieves this both in the way it was written and in its publication. Learn more about this fascinating story and the implications it might have for the future of novel writing. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China ...

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Judging utopia: using language to evaluate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a perfect world? Many authors have imagined such utopian worlds in their writing. But would we all agree on what makes a perfect world? In this clip, explore how language can reveal people's judgements of others' ideas.