These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH 2018

I guess time really is the heart’s biggest healer. March absolutely flew by, and despite some of the negative things I encountered this month, I can honestly say I’ve never felt happier. That’s why I really believe everything happens for a reason. You go through these rough times and come out the other end a stronger, more resilient and a more confident person (thanks universe!). But damn March you were awesome, hectic and wild, so let’s have a little look back on the month that was.

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🎵 Gigs

March was the month of music! I went to several incredible gigs including; Tired Lion, Tiny Little Houses, Camp Cope & Smith Street Band. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love going to concerts, having a few beers and dancing along to some music. I was lucky enough to go with some pretty rad people and have a blast! I have to say that Tiny Little Houses totally blew my mind and I’m now even more obsessed with them (sorry Chloe and Dylan for having to put up with me playing their music on repeat!).

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Tired Lion

🌈 Mardi Gras

If you were following me on Instagram, then you would have known that I went to Mardi Gras. And if you’re not following me on Instagram, what the hell are you doing?! (@missadelaide_) Mardi Gras is my FAVOURITE day of the year! It’s a time to dress up, glitterfy yourself and anyone within proximity, to be yourself, feel confident and express your love in whatever form it takes. I think the photos speak for themselves; I had a flipping amazing time with some flipping amazing people!

💻 Starting a new job

This month I started an exciting new job as a Digital Marketing Officer at the University of Wollongong for the Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts. It’s so exciting and daunting starting a new job, in a new team with lots of new responsibilities. But the first few weeks have been amazing, I work with an incredible team and I feel like I have a lot of valuable ideas to contribute. It’s also the first time I’ve felt I actually have a degree (which is super exciting). Feel free to check out the UOWCreative Instagram page that I’m in charge of!

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😎Shenanigans

Whether it’s for a beer, coffee, tea, boogie, karaoke sesh, swim, hug, these beautiful people have helped make March purely magical. Sure there were probably one (or five) too many hangovers, but it was totally worth it to share all of the moments with you.

🎶Tunes

Crooked Colours. Ummmm so where have these guys been hiding my whole life? I get strong Alt-J vibes and their music is super chill yet funky (my fave). I’m going to see them next month which makes me all the more keen to keep their album on repeat!

Tiny Little Houses. OK so they also appeared in my November faves, but after seeing them at UniBar, they make it back to the top again! They were soooo incredible live! Their music just gets in my brain and heart and I can’t stop listening to it. PLUS – they responded to my Insta story, which in my eyes is the coolest thing ever and I love them looooong time!

Ali Barter. The perfect amount of badassery right here. Dealing with the remnants of a breakup is not easy. But when you’ve got some kick ass tunes like this one, it makes it a little easier.

🎥 Flicks

Sin Frontera. This is a compelling short film about migrants with undocumented status living in the United States. I would 100% recommend this to everyone and it was particularly captivating for me and my thesis I’m working on.

📗Books

If you’re looking for a little girl power inspiration, then this book has got you covered. It’s not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover. But flicking through the pages and reading about these incredible women of history truly is amazing! It also really resonated to me how deeply embedded sexism and gender inequality is in our society. One of my favourite sections was about badass women wearing trousers. Yes trousers. Because back in the day it was illegal! The Times wrote about this only 2 years ago in reference to Hillary Clinton and thus my friends, this book is necessary to realise how far we’ve come, but how far we need to go.

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

@travel_inhershoes

So I’ve fan girled over Aggie for some time now, but this month particularly she is deserving of a mention. HER PHOTOS ARE INSANE! Not only is she insanely beautiful (that’s kind of a given these days to be an Instagrammer) but her photos are unique, captivating and fun. A very worthy reason to give her a follow is her Instagram Stories. She’s always posting content whether it’s of her travels, behind the scenes of her photos or of her dog (LOVE!). This girl is certainly talented and certainly works hard. She is an absolute must for all of you obsessed with travel.

WARNING: she will leave you with a major case of travel jealousy.

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📝 Quote

This month I made peace with myself and loved myself for that. The past month hasn’t been the easiest, but it’s been the happiest I’ve been in a looooooong time. Being strong enough to stand up for yourself, can sometimes be quite difficult. But at the end of it all, you’re going to walk away knowing that you’ve got your back, you will not tolerate being treated like shit, and that you know your self worth and should only invest time and love into people who make you feel your absolute BEST! Self love is the only kinda love I need right now and it feels amazing.

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Well what a month! April will be dedicated to working hard, studying harder, ensuring I make the most of my time and appreciate my friends and family because god damn are they amazing!

❤ Keep up with me on Instagram @aworldlyaddiction ❤

 

Ozploitation or Male Domination?

Have you ever watched an Australian film from the 70’s that was so bad, it was actually good? Then you were most likely watching an Ozploitation film. During this time ‘Australia as an institution required a national identity, consisting of images of itself emanating from its own culture and reflecting the characteristics of it’s population’ (Rayner, 2000). And what better way to do so than exploit the hell out our stereotypes. Ozploitation films were genre films, including horror, bikie gangs and sexploitation, and during the 1970’s and 80’s there were over 400 Australian films made. The biggest boom in Australian film history (Middlemost, 2015). This massive boom in the industry is due to the 10BA tax introduced at the time. Long story short, the 10BA meant that filmmakers got a 150% tax deduction, meaning that they were making money. (For the long story, click here). Whilst the era of the 10BA is over and Ozploitation films leave us cringing… the case study of Ozploitation films teach us that the Australian film industry was is dominated by men.

Trailer for ‘Not Quite Hollywood.’ 

Male Domination of the Australian Film Industry

If you watch the trailer for Mark Hartley’s 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood, you’ll notice just how masculine Ozploitation films were. The men reinforced ‘the essential Australian male, working-class, sardonic, laconic, loyal to his mates, unimpressed by rank, an improvisor and non-conformist’ (Rayner, 2000, pp. 95).

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A scene from Stone (1974) Source
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A ‘human hood ornament.’ From Fair Game (1986).

As you can see in the screenshots above, women are often portrayed as submissive, weak or victimized. In Ozploitation films ‘naked women are subjected to violence and brutal villains tend to demonstrate their power by driving fast or showing off their massive members’ (Fuchs, 2009). This submissive image of women contrasted to the macho man, highlights the inequality between men and women on screen.

Rebecca Giwing remembers working on Sandy Harbut’s biker movie,  Stone (1974): “It was as sexist in production as the world that it was portraying,” she says, “The women did as they were told and the blokes seemed to have all the fun.” As explained in Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood, some of the women found it very empowering to be nude and sexual on camera, however as Giwin admits above, that wasn’t always applicable to all.

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Infographic from Screen Australia. Source

However, gender inequality doesn’t just affect the actresses in the movies. It affects every women whether they’re in the industry or not. In Monica Davidson’s essay titled ‘Knocking on a Locked Door: Women in Australian Feature Film,’, it reveals that ‘of all Australian feature films made since the 1970s, a staggering 85% have been directed by men’ (Daily Review, 2015). And as you can see in the infographic above, the gap between men and women in the film industry is huge.

The case study of Ozploitation not only highlights the gender inequality during the 70’s and 80’s, but also allows us to question why we are still facing such inequality within the Australian film industry in 2016. It’s important that we demand change because ‘with their powerful influence on shaping the perceptions of large audiences, the media are key players for the gender equality agenda’ (Mlambo-Ngcuka, 2014).

However… there is hope! Screen Australia have recently committed to supporting, financing and encouraging the role that women play in the Australian film industry. Watch below for more information.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/147555828″>Gender Matters</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user45340041″>Screen Australia</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

References

Daily Review, 2015, ‘Australian film gender imbalance: Shock statistics reveal what’s old is new again’, Daily Review, 29 May, viewed 10 December 2015, http://dailyreview.com.au/australian-film-gender-imbalance-shock-statistics-reveal-whats-old-is-new-again/24701

Fuchs, C 2009, ‘The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation’, PopMatters, 31 July, viewed 10 December 2015, http://www.popmatters.com/review/109172-not-quite-hollywood-the-wild-untold-story-of-ozploitation/

Middlemost, R 2015, ‘Funding and Policy: A History of Market Failure’, University of Wollongong, Lecture Week 2, delivered 8 December 2015

Mlambo-Ngcuka, P 2014, ‘Study: Film industry encourages sexism’, Women’s Weekly, 24 September, viewed 10 December 2015, http://www.aww.com.au/latest-news/news-stories/easing-weather-helps-to-contain-fierce-victorian-fires-24677

Rayner, J 2000, Contemporary Australian Cinema : An Introduction, Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2000, viewed 21 December 2015

Thomas, D J 2009, ‘Tarantino’s Two Thumbs Up: Ozploitation and the Reframing of the Aussie Genre Film’, Metro Magazine: Media & Education Magazine, 161, p. 90, Informit Literature & Culture Collection, viewed 15 December 2015