Part A: Analysing images

What do the images below make you think about the characters in them?  What techniques have been used to create these effects?

This image is from the film Australia, which was set in northern Australia in the 1930s.


© Copyright 20th Century Fox

This image is from Samson and Delilah, a film about two young people living in a remote Aboriginal community.


© 2009 Screen Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office, Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd, Warwick Thornton & CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd. Photo by Mark Rogers

This image is also from Samson and Delilah.


© 2009 Screen Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office, Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd, Warwick Thornton & CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd. Photo by Mark Rogers

This image is from the television program The Circuit, which focuses on a young Aboriginal lawyer who moves to the far north of Western Australia.


© Copyright Media World Pictures with permission from Mr Aaron Pedersen

Now consider all four images you have looked at.
  1. What impressions might they give about Aboriginal people today?

  2. Do you think that Aboriginal Australians are often stereotyped in films and television?

  3. In what ways do stereotypes in film and television influence the way that Australians view their society?

  4. How could the current situation be changed?

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