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lantana: a rippling good yarn

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Lantana: A Rippling Good Yarn
Gary Simmons
ISBN 1 920805 13 3

AU$19.95 (inc. GST)

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ACMI celebrates a great Australian film in a new study guide for VCE students.

This new 75 page study guide by Gary Simmons examines Ray Lawrence's Lantana, studied by Year 12 English students.

While the film deals with adult lives in crisis that may seem removed from the experience of high school students, Lantana is a skilful and intriguing blend of family melodrama with a murder mystery. Lantana: A Rippling Good Yarn invites speculation as to 'whodunnit' while exploring the film's moral complexities.

table of contents

Section 1: Getting Started
  Lantana 'Rippling Yarn' Quiz
  An Introduction to Lantana
     A. Major Players Behind the Camera
     B. Major Players in Front of the Camera
     C. Awards
     D. Genre and Activities   Reading Non-Print Texts
     What to Look for When Viewing Non-Print Texts
     Structure and Meaning in Feature Films
     Complex Meaning Systems
     Shraed Meaning Systems
     Charactersistics of Feature Films
  Film Language and Lantana
  Some Pratcial Advice for Students
  Getting the Most Out of the Film
     Activity 1 Establishing Some Definitions
     Activity 2 Images and Their Effectiveness
Section 2: The Film in Detail
  Running Sheet
  Narrative Structure in Lantana
  Analysis of Key Scenes
  Advice for Teachers and Students
  A Sample Close Analysis of the Opening Scene
  A Sample Close Analysis of Valerie Comers' Speech at the Book Launch
  Other Scenes to Explore
Section 3: A Brief Summary of Themes and Interpretations
A Perspective on the Film: Motifs and Meanings in Lantana
Section 4: Student Activities
Section 5: Resources & References
  Companion Films
  Appendix 1: Glossary of Important Film Terms
  Appendix 2: Answers to Lantana Quiz

about the author

Gary Simmons was a teacher of English, literature and more recently the moving image. From 1992-94 he was Education Officer at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE), and he taught at University High School in 1995-96 before undertaking postgraduate study in cinema studies. In 1999 he taught in a Junior College in Singapore and most recently worked as a Secondary Education Programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, while working part time on his Master's degree exploring representations of masculinity in Australian film.
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