More than Just a Haircut: Aboriginal Mourning Rituals in Samson and Delilah

Setting an atypical love story between two adolescents in a modern Aboriginal community, the multi-award winning Australian movie gives a special insight into this people’s traditional behaviour and ceremonies. In particular, when death suddenly occurs in the lives of the protagonists, the presence of some of their long-standing customs subtly reveals itself, challenging the audience’s capacity to understand the action.  While watching Warwick Thornton’s Samson … Continue reading More than Just a Haircut: Aboriginal Mourning Rituals in Samson and Delilah

Two-Up, Australia’s “Nice Simple-minded Game”?

In the 1971 movie Wake in Fright, based on the eponymous novel by Kenneth Cook, a young teacher on his way from Tiboonda to Sydney sees all his plans of spending the holidays with his fiancée ruined by an apparent basic coin flipping game. Called “Two-Up”, it has been popularised by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War One and is now considered an … Continue reading Two-Up, Australia’s “Nice Simple-minded Game”?