Visions are means of communications a person’s thought.

Visions depend upon a person’s values,
morals and his standing in society. The said text, Strictly Ballroom and my chosen text Anzac Biscuit
advertisement from Womens Day Magazine depict directors and editors perception of Australian
Visions.
The prescribed text, Strictly Ballroom uses over-the-top theatrical filmmaking to present a hilarious
story of Australian ideals in socitey. Throughout the film audience are encouraged to support the
underdog, Fran, the matheship between the dancers, the presence of competition and the
multiculturalism within the film depicts various values and identities in Australian communities.
The competitive nature of Australians is visible when Scott says “I don’t care about winning the Pan
Pacific Grand Prix”. Close-up camera angle is used to show Shirley face of disgust and disbelief
creating an atmosphere of disappointment. Shirley slaps her grown son Scott during the scene since
he was adamant on not dancing the steps as endorsed by Australian Dancing Federation (ADF).
Shirley’s action indicates the strong Australian streak of competition which is visible in many sports
Australia participates in.
Australian culture has been greatly influenced since the advent of western satellite television in
Australia. During a memorable scene Scott and Fran are shown dancing on the roof of Kendall’s
School of Dance. High angle camera angle with mid-shot frame size is used to depict the dancers, a
clothesline and a large Coca Cola billboard. The clothesline is a whimsical reminder of real life in
contrast to the superficial world portrayed within the film. The brightly lid, red coloured, Coca Cola
advertisement shows the imported pop culture in Australia.
Australian stereotypes are explored by Baz Luhrmann through the use of cinematic technique of
clothing. Characters throughout the film wear flashy ballroom attire, dull and inexpensive clothings
to distinguish class and social standing. Ballroom dancers wear immaculate tuxedos, vibrant dresses
and frocks meanwhile migrants where dull, well-worn and non-descript clothing’s. Young Australian
men such as Ken and Scott are shown wearing singlets. Before the days of skill migrants, the
migrants use to be poor hence could not afford to wear expensive clothes and same ideas are used
in the film apart from the climax scene where Fran wears a beautiful red dress.
My choosen text, Anzac Biscuit advert is the epitome of mateship and patriotism. The lines’ In the
tropical heat of Vietnam our ANZAC troops battled an elusive and lethal army” use descriptive
language and first person narrative to create an atmosphere of national spirit. Through the use of
chauvinism readers are encouraged to buy the product and in essence help the ANZAC mission.
Similar feelings are tapped by Barry Fife in Strictly Ballroom to make Scott dance steps as approved
by ADF.
It is said that a great photograph explores and expresses the emotions and feelings behind it. High
level camera angle and wide-shot frame size are used to show image of soldiers having refreshments
in the harsh terrains of Vietnam with strong sand winds induced by helicopters. The photograph
shows the soldiers laughing candidly which shows their bravery in such a vulnerable position.
Bravery is a common Australian trait, Scott demonstrates similar bravery by choosing to dance with
a new comer like Fran instead of seasoned champions like Liz Holt and Tina Sparkes.

Through multitude of cinematic techniques of camera angles, shot sizes, costuming and dialogues as
well as editing techniques of imagery and texts both the texts, Strictly Ballroom and ANZAC biscuit
advertisement explore Australian visiosn throughou techniques of camera angles, shot sizes,
costuming and dialogues as well as editing techniques of imagery and texts both the texts, Strictly
Ballroom and ANZAC biscuit advertisement explore Australian visiosn throughou techniques of
camera angles, shot sizes, costuming and dialogues as well as editing techniques of imagery and
texts both the texts, Strictly Ballroom and ANZAC biscuit advertisement explore Australian visiosn
throughou techniques of camera angles, shot sizes, costuming and dialogues as well as editing
techniques of imagery and texts both the texts, Strictly Ballroom and ANZAC biscuit advertisement
explore Australian visiosn throughout.

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