Film Clips

Here are 15 downloadable film clips created especially to accompany the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. The film clips in the 'Australian Literature and the Anthology' section deal generally with Australian literature and the Anthology. The others relate specifically to texts featured in the Anthology Teaching Guide, also available from this website.

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Australian literature and the Anthology

1. Continuities over two centuries of Australian literature — Nicholas Jose (2:34)

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2. Australian literature in the Macquarie PEN Anthology Nicholas Jose (2:52)

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Professor Nicholas Jose is General Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. He holds a Chair in Writing with the Writing and Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney.

3. The Australian canon: a work in progress — Robert Dixon (5:00)

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Professor Robert Dixon is Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.

Film clips to accompany the Anthology Teaching Guide

4. Aboriginal writing: literature as a political tool — Anita Heiss (3:50)

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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW and a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is a contributing editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

5. Miles Franklin’s Sybylla — Jill Roe (2:54)

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Jill Roe AO is Emeritus Professor of History at Macquarie University and author of Stella Miles Franklin: A biography. She is Director for the Centre for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature at Macquarie University.

6. Landscape in the poetry of Wright, Slessor, Stewart, Hope — Ivor Indyk (5:24)

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Professor Ivor Indyk holds the Whitlam Chair of the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.

7. Gwen Harwood’s ‘Barn Owl’: a reading — Bonny Cassidy (1:40)

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8. Gwen Harwood’s ‘Barn Owl’: family as a stage for big ideas — Bonny Cassidy (4:52)

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Dr Bonny Cassidy is a poet, freelance editor and tutor.

9. Dorothy Hewett’s life and writing in Wild CardNicole Moore (3:00)

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Dr Nicole Moore is Senior Lecturer in Australian Literature at Macquarie University and a contributing editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

10. Memory, reflection and the music of writing — David Malouf (4:56)

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David Malouf AO is a critically acclaimed Australian novelist, poet and playwright. Poems, a short story and his essay A First Place appear in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

11. The character of Oskar Schindler — Tom Keneally, 1989 (2:23)

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Thomas Keneally AO is an award-winning novelist, historian and playwright. Extracts from his novels Bring Larks and Heroes and Schindler’s Ark appear in of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

12. The Winter Sparrows: a reading — Mary Rose Liverani (5:24)

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Mary Rose Liverani is author of the autobiography The Winter Sparrows, an extract from which appears in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

13. ‘Yachts’: a reading — Judith Beveridge (2:07)

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Judith Beveridge is a Sydney poet. Her poem ‘Yachts’ appears in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

14. ‘Halong Bay’ extract from a performance of Vietnam: A psychic guideChi Vu (5:20)

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15. ‘Xe-om’ extract from a performance of Vietnam: A psychic guide Chi Vu (5:41)

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Chi Vu is a Melbourne-based writer and actor. She is author of the bilingual play, Vietnam: A psychic guide, an extract from which appears in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.

Vietnam: A psychic guide was a multi-media, bi-lingual performance based on a series of short prose pieces written by Chi Vu during an Asialink arts residency in 2000.

The artistic team, under the director of Sandra Long, adapted the original text into a theatrical performance. We gave ourselves the task of creating a completely bilingual performance, in order for it to be accessible to both English- and Vietnamese- speaking audiences alike. This linguistic decision informed the structure of the entire performance work.

As the performance was based around a series of short prose pieces, our initial task was to create an environment in which these short pieces could live in. We did this by creating the dual worlds of Australia and Vietnam, using the following performance framework:

Michelle, born overseas but raised in Australia, is holidaying in Vietnam where she finds herself in the confronting position of being both a foreigner and a native. She writes postcards home expressing this sense of duality to her father and best friend Kim. These postcards come to life as they receive them.

These missives are interspersed with excerpts from a mysterious book called ‘The Psychic Guidebook’, surreptitiously given to Michelle by a shadowy postcard-seller. These excerpts address the psychic journey of travel, and offer a deeper, more symbolic perspective of Vietnam in contrast to the surface observations written on the postcards. ‘The Psychic Guidebook’ hints at the political and artistic repression faced by dissident artists in Vietnam.

Direction: Sandra Long; Performance: Tam Phan, Jodee Mundy, Chi Vu; Sound Design: Cameron Reynolds; New Media: Ruth Fleishman; Translation: Ton That Quynh Du.

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