English Notes Belonging – Strictly Ballroom (1992) Essay

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English Notes Belonging – Strictly Ballroom (1992) 1. Introduction to Belonging & Strictly Ballroom | * 1 core text + 2 related texts of your own choosing * Link them by concept NOT content (i.e. don’t link by setting, character or plot/events) * Belonging to a group can establish your sense of identity e.g.: * Scott Hastings – included * Mr Hastings (Doug) – excluded * Mrs Hastings (Shirley) – included * Fran – excluded * Concept: ‘the struggle or fight to belong is an innate (essential) quality in people’ * Director: Baz Luhrmann * Iconic Australian Film * Key Scenes: * Scott and Fran begin to dance together – she asks him for a ‘chance’. * Fran’s house – where…show more content…
* The contrast between the glamour of ballroom and the everyday lives of the characters are portrayed in both the Hasting’s and Fran’s households: * Shirley is mutilating the calendar that has shown the passing of time during the montage while Doug is again lost in his own private world, shuffling in the background. This is the last straw for Shirley who attacks Doug, yelling at him ‘stop that shuffling you stupid man!’ before collapsing in tears. * Fran is from a poor Spanish family background. She is downgraded and unfortunate. In Kendall’s Dance Studio, she is teased and bullied. Liz accuses her of being ‘really clumsy’ and even makes fun of her name, ‘watch it Frangipani!’ 5. SCENES 67-78. The State Championships | * Barry Fife gives the state championships an iconic, almost ‘god-like’ status using the exaggerated description of the champion as a ‘hero, a guiding light.’ Baz Luhrmann is gently mocking the self-importance of the dance federation officials which also links to our understanding of the belonging concept, conform or be excluded. * Doug, Scott’s father, is a character who represents this exclusion and Scott is being represented as following in his father’s footsteps. * Our growing understanding of the belonging concept: The desire to be included is strong and the action of being excluded is humiliating: * When Tina is

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