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Old 01-12-2013, 10:03 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Just watched this (hired the DVD from the library), actually a pretty interesting film, just figured the whole film is available on youtube (below if you want to check it out).

I thought it was a pretty interesting look at Australian culture, and how things were in the 60s. It portrayed most Aussies as pretty decent folks who were willing to 'give everyone a fair go.' Although a bit dated, it's one of those Aussie films that every 'New Australian' (the word isn't as new as I thought!) should watch. There were a few racist characters, but I got the feeling that they were portrayed as the exception rather than the rule. Would you say most Australians were at heart racist in the mid 1960s? They were also portrayed as being the 'bad guys.' Keep in mind this film was released in 1965, when Australia still had the White Australia Policy. The Italians were still white but still seen as very foreign compared to the 'Anglos.' There was a Chinese character in the film though. The story was semi-autobiographical, I believe, written by Nino Culotta who emigrated to Australia, and it's interesting because it presents an immigrants view of Australia.

Watching films or TV shows from the 1960s I'm struck by how posh/English some of the people sounded, like the boss' daughter in this film. You seem to hardly here those accents from Australians these days.



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Old 01-12-2013, 10:44 PM
 
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I had to watch that film for Year 10 Humanities, thank God Australia isn't like that anymore. The 1950's/60's seemed like a really xenophobic time to live in Australia if you weren't white Anglo-Saxon.
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