Aussie's Younger Days

Reel Australia 2010/2011
Reel Australia Short Film
Submitted 11:22PM, 23 November 2010 1 Comments

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Beginning with three flags representing the indigenous people, a state and the nation, I then recited selected poetry of Australia’s national poet Adam Lindsay Gordon who captured the first utterances of Australia’s forming identity. I chose to use images of monuments to explorers of our nation and immigrants together with a memorial of fishermen lost at sea to highlight the challenge it took to set off to the new lands. Australia is still a young country and the combination of rural and urban life is not hampered by the tyranny of distance as it was no more than a century ago. The view of Lake Albert at Meningie that was shrinking for 2 years, in the space of a month was back to past levels when the Murray began to flow again. Children are the future and being active and having a go is part of the Aussie ethos. Humanity and nature are things Australians do react to and our origins needed action to succeed and that is why I end with another iconic passage of Gordon’s poetry.

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    Geoff Dening

    6/12/10 The organiseers of the competition have had to remove all votes after it was found that a glitch in the system had allowed more than one vote from a PC. At the time I had 14 votes plus my Facebook likes. If I have contacted you to vote again, thankyou for returning to my film and registering to vote it is much appreciated.
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