Australian Culture / Cinema / Language in Society

Beyond Words : Non Verbal Communication in Samson and Delilah

One of the most puzzling elements in Thornton’s movie is the almost complete nonexistence of dialogue. Still, the absence of spoken words is counterbalanced by the use of a wide range of other means of communication, such as gestures, actions, gazes and sign language; an alternative range of communication means very popular in Aboriginal culture. … Continue reading

Middlemen Made a Killing from Aboriginal Artists
Art / Australian Culture / Cinema / Culture / Society / Visual Media

Middlemen Made a Killing from Aboriginal Artists

Australians hardly cared for Indigenous cultural products before the 1970s. You might say it took them a while. By the 1980s, however, curiosity for Indigenous art had turned into a widespread interest. This situation led to the need to establish regulations so the transactions of goods between the two cultures would mean empowerment, and not … Continue reading

Family violence: an important issue portrayed in Warwick’s « Samson and Delilah »
Australian Culture / Society

Family violence: an important issue portrayed in Warwick’s « Samson and Delilah »

Family violence occurs every day and in every corner of the world, whether you believe it or not. But it is even more alarming in Australian Aboriginal communities, where many women and children are left alone in their misery and hardly protected by the Australian government. An Aboriginal community website CreativesSpirits found that 7% of … Continue reading

More than Just a Haircut: Aboriginal Mourning Rituals in <i>Samson and Delilah</i>
Australian Culture / Cinema

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 … Continue reading

Australian Culture / Society / Television

“The Slap” TV Series: Being Greek Australian Today

The 2011-released hit TV series The Slap opens on 40-year-old Hector who is going through what looks like a midlife crisis. Hector also has a cousin named Harry. Together, they embody the successful second-generation Greek Australian community living in Melbourne, VIC. The Network Released in 2011, The Slap TV series was brilliantly and faithfully inspired … Continue reading

Australian Culture / Cinema / Society

Aboriginal Homelessness in Samson & Delilah

Samson & Delilah is a movie about the love story of two young Aboriginal people. They live in a remote Aboriginal community in the center of Australia. Warwick Thornton, through his touching film, addresses the issue of Aboriginal homelessness. In fact, homelessness is a crucial social issue in Australia today, as on any given night … Continue reading

The Gallipoli Campaign and the Birth of the Australian Identity
Australian Culture / Culture

The Gallipoli Campaign and the Birth of the Australian Identity

During the First World War, the Australians joined forces enthusiastically with the British army. Australia was still a young nation; indeed, it had only been thirteen years since the Federation of its states into a nation. Australians believed that the conflict would quickly be resolved and that they’d be able to show they’re worthy of … Continue reading