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

A Nation of Losers? Australians are the World’s Biggest Gamblers
Australian Culture / Cinema / Culture / Society

A Nation of Losers? Australians are the World’s Biggest Gamblers

Australia is the number one country in gambling: it has per capita the most gamblers in the world. Gambling has become an institution and even a sport for the Australian people. According to the Australian government, “Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines”. Gambling as a part of the Australian culture The … Continue reading

One of the Best Love Stories Cinema Has Offered Us – and No, Richard Curtis Did Not Have His Finger in the Pie
Australian Culture / Cinema

One of the Best Love Stories Cinema Has Offered Us – and No, Richard Curtis Did Not Have His Finger in the Pie

With Samson and Delilah, Warwick Thornton has created a slow-paced romance that shows the blossoming relationship of a young Aboriginal couple and at the same time, quite plainly, the hardships that many of Australia’s indigenous people have to undergo. Samson and Delilah is probably one of the least passionate romances that has ever been shot –  … Continue reading

“Night of Fear, The Film They Didn’t Want You to See…”
Australian Culture / Cinema / Visual Media

“Night of Fear, The Film They Didn’t Want You to See…”

In the words of Robin Wood, “the true subject of the horror genre is all that our civilization represses or oppresses” (Wood, 1986: 75). The independent experimental movie by Terry Bourke became the very object of restriction when it came out in March 1973 instead of November 1972, as it was immediately censored by the … Continue reading

“It’s a man’s country, sweetheart”
Australian Culture / Culture

“It’s a man’s country, sweetheart”

“Have a drink, mate?” may be the most popular question in Australia. Well, at least it seems when you watch some 1970s Australian movies. Not only does drinking seem to hold a major role in social relationships, but calling others “mate” embodies one of the most important aspects of Aussies’ culture: companionship. For better and … Continue reading