Strictly Ballroom and Neighbours by Tim Winton Essay Belonging.

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2010 HSC Area of Study BELONGING ‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging’ Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing An individual’s relation with others in their surroundings, may be enhancing or rewarding, or even set a boundary in a way for them to belong, however sometimes an individual’s environment can be too restrictive which would make it harder for them to express their own individuality. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ directed by Baz Luhrmann effectively depicts the experience of an individual trying to belong, in a world that is rigid and set up with pre-determined rules that cannot be…show more content…
It is a world of pretence filled with the illusion of fairytale. Baz Luhrmann creates the world of ballroom dancing to be very stylised, intimate and gracious. This can be seen in a scene of dancers in black and white at the beginning of the movie, with the silhouette of the dancers. The choice of song ‘The Blue Danube Waltz’ by Johann Strauss II supports the glamorous world of ballroom dancing. The costumes of the ballroom dancers used in the movie are cartoonish in the way they look, where girls wear feathers, elaborated hairstyle, all ‘puffed up’ and very bright coloured dresses. However behind the gracious and attractive exterior, there is a world filled with corruption and intrigue. The shouting of spectators supporting their preferred dancers such “Come on number 100..!” takes away the prestige of the ballroom dancing, in contrast to the gracious songs and dance moves in the ballroom. It turns out that the ballroom dancing world as a world of competition, where you need to conform to the dances and where individuality is impossible. The important value of ‘Winning at all cost’ that entraps people, restricting them from being themself. Baz Luhrmann creates Scott Hasting as a rebel, who dares to dance his own steps, dazzling the audience with his samba routine earlier in the movie. When Scott decided to do his own “Flashy crowd pleasing steps’ the technique of camera shots in slow motion and freezes frames are used to

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