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07 December 2018


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Rashmii Bell

I received an email from Dr Mark Eby last week. He's kindly placed this post on the 'Aliko and Ambai' Facebook page for others to read as it provides a snapshot of my thoughts about the short film.

I'd given the film some more thought after attending the Wendall Thomas screenwriting lecture:

Here are some of the points I made in feedback to Mark:

"Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and came away thinking just how effective it is as a mechanism for social change; a motivator for all (especially PNGns) who view it.

"I appreciated the solutions focused approach, role modelling of how to sensitively discuss the wide range of issues discussed and demonstration of accessing community services...

"I think 'Ethan' was significant as a model of positive gender relations during trauma..."

Philip Fitzpatrick

There is another connection I didn't mention and that is that a lot of writers are now influenced by film and television and adapt their writing to suit.

Sometimes for dramatic impact but often with an eye to a possible film adaption.

And then we have graphic novels.

All part of human's rich heritage of story telling.

PS Chris Overland mentioned an interesting film a while ago called 'Idiocracy'. Well worth watching. From the guys who brought us Beavis and Butt-head.

Rashmii Bell

Phil - I'm a big fan of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' (KUTWK) and the 'Real Housewives' franchise (New Jersey, especially) of the reality TV shows that you don't care for. Hahaha! They really are good for endless laughs.

My absolute preference are for true-crime documentaries. I find the narration very useful for descriptive writing, so in that I find screenwriters are quite skilful.

I think the absolute mastery lays within book to film adaptation. Ian McEwan's 'Atonement' (starring Keira Knightley), Maugham's 'The Painted Veil' ( starring Ed Norton) and the screenplays for Fitzgerald's ' The Great Gatsby ( the version starring Robert Redford) I think are all done well.

But my absolute favourite of all time is Ang Lee' production of Annie Proulx's 'Brokeback Mountain'. ' For me., the love story of Jack' and 'Ennis' became perennial when translated on-screen.

It's an interesting and timely debate for PNG writers to consider as seemingly, the trend of funding/ grants and collaborative opportunities sit with short film, documentaries re PNG.

Philip Fitzpatrick

I think Olsson's assertion that "reading was an activity only meant for those who could access printed books - royalty, the wealthy, the ruling class, old white men" is patently untrue.

It might have been the case 500 years ago but the advent of public libraries, pamphleteers etc, especially in the mid-1700s, quickly made books available to most of the great unwashed.

I'd also suggest that film and television is a completely different medium to books, although the former owes a lot to the latter for the material it uses.

To compare them is, therefore, not particularly useful.

What I'd be more concerned about is the increasing amount of rubbish that is available in both mediums but especially film and television.

For the great unwashed to have the freedom to view film and television to their hearts content is not necessarily a good thing.

The sad fact is that the majority of film and television viewers only watch the rubbish, such as reality TV and comic book films.

Reading an intelligent book or watching an intelligent film is a great joy but hardly the same thing or an either/or choice.

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