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'The Tempest': Shakespeare's farewell?

'The Tempest' is believed by some to be Shakespeare's final play. With this in mind, could Prospero in some ways represent Shakespeare himself? If so, Prospero's epilogue at the end of the play takes on a new and poignant resonance. John Bell discusses the themes of giving up and letting go with Bell Shakespeare's James ...

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'The Tempest': set free at last?

The epilogue in 'The Tempest' signals Prospero's acknowledgment that his time is over. He has given up his powers and seeks to return to Naples to live out the rest of his days. John Bell of Bell Shakespeare delivers Prospero's farewell directly to camera in a powerful and evocative plea for release.

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'Hamlet': torment and tragedy

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most tormented tragic heroes. Unlike the protagonists of most other tragedies, Hamlet begins the play in a state of anguish. In this early soliloquy, the audience learns why. Tom Conroy from Bell Shakespeare realises Hamlet's agony in this moving excerpt from Act 1, scene 2.

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Getting inside Hamlet's mind

Imagine your whole world has been turned upside down. How would you react? Join James Evans and actor Tom Conroy from Bell Shakespeare as they explore how this soliloquy from Act 1 reveals Hamlet's fragmented state of mind following the death of his father and, as he sees it, his mother's betrayal. Learn how the soliloquy ...

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Lady Macbeth: the power of deadly persuasion

After considering the matter carefully, Macbeth decides not to carry out the plan to murder King Duncan. Until, that is, he is persuaded to by his wife. Lady Macbeth is a fascinating character. Devoted wife or villainess? Watch this performance from Kate Mulvany and Ivan Donato of Bell Shakespeare to decide for yourself.

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'Macbeth': theatre as life

Shakespeare seems to be obsessed with using theatre as a metaphor for life, as the imagery of playacting and performance features in many of his plays. Hear what Bell Shakespeare's Ivan Donato and John Bell have to say about this symbolism in Macbeth's final soliloquy. As you watch, consider the life lessons that Macbeth ...

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Macbeth: are you a man or a mouse?

Let's get inside the devious mind of Lady Macbeth! Bell Shakespeare's Kate Mulvany and John Bell explore the methods Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate her husband. This delightfully despicable character knows just which buttons to press! Listen in on the conversation with James Evans and see for yourself.

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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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Ted Egan

In this interview, Ted Egan reflects on his life in remote communities, the inequalities between black and white Australians, the dilemma of holding power over the communities in which he worked and his changing attitude to land rights. 'Ted Egan' is an excerpt from the program 'Ted Egan' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian ...

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Starting Smart: enterprising advertisers: persuade and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-6 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on persuasive texts, specifically advertisements. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language ...

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SeeMe: The media, my world and me

The SeeMe website is designed for year 8 students and their teachers. It promotes a positive body image and tackles idealised media portrayals of beauty and gender, and the influence they have on young people. There are five modules and a digital interactive titled 'Photoshock', which explores the ways images are digitally ...

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Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: neighbours

This is an interactive resource exploring neighbours at a local and international level. The resource uses narrative, poetic and factual texts to explore stories about neighbours, how to be neighbourly and the neighbours in the Australia-Pacific region. The resource also draws the user's attention to how different text ...

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Young people making a difference

Have you ever considered what it must be like to be homeless? Often it is not until we are confronted with a personal experience that we realise the significance of such social issues. Luke Owens from Bendigo Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to how he found out ...

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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 ...