Knees weak, palms are sweaty… We’re at the front of the line already

I was fourteen years old when Talisha told me we were going to see Step Brothers at the cinema. My palms got clammy and I didn’t really know what to say… I was only fourteen.

1281-o“I… I’m not allowed,” I said to her.

She didn’t understand.

“It’s MA15+” I explained.

Talisha laughed… she was fifteen and thought my look of fear was ridiculous, ‘So what?”

Not an hour later we were standing in line at Greater Union Shellharbour with our friends Jacob and Joel, who were also fifteen, they laughed and talked as we made our way closer and closer to the counter and I was becoming more and more nervous. What if they asked for ID? I didn’t have ID… but then again neither did Talisha… but what if they could tell, I looked about twelve, not fifteen. Continue reading Knees weak, palms are sweaty… We’re at the front of the line already

My Not-So Goggle Box Worthy Family

2199827728001_4541695563001_video-still-for-video-4541647026001Of an evening my family (consisting of my mother, father, grandmother and thirteen-year-old sister) all gather around the lounge-room TV to watch The Chase at 5pm, followed by Family Fued at 6pm. Due to my horrific work schedule I very rarely get to join them in this bonding experience.

The funny thing is, three out of the four of them are never fully immersed in the programs themselves, rather they’re also using their mobile phones, and sometimes even their iPads and phones at the same time.

Upon instruction to set up a small informal test to allow myself to observe what happens to someone’s attention in the presence of multiple media devices I knew the perfect moment to strike. 6pm!

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Sneaky Snaps

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As people chatter over the rose ceremony in this week’s episode of the Bachelor and others begin cleaning the dining table after a successful 21st birthday dinner, one party-goer sits himself down in the kitchen and pulls out his phone. I look over and realise I’ve found my moment.

“You’re so anti-social Rhys,” I laugh as I take the snap.

He looks up at me and smiles, “I know.”

Rhys wasn’t the first or last to pull out his phone throughout the night, the majority of guests held their phone in their hand, had it sat beside their plate as we ate dinner and would every now and then unlock it and withdraw from the party.

It’s the typical sight, in my opinion, to most Generation Y events in this day and age.

As Rhys sat and immersed himself in something outside the party he was taking himself away from the public space (although it was a private party – I say public due to the fact the apartment in which it was held was swarmed by guests and the celebration vibe; just as if the party were held in a bar) and into a private space. I couldn’t tell you what he was doing on his phone – but he was suddenly somewhere else. Continue reading Sneaky Snaps

A Cinematic Experience

suicide-squadMy mid-year trip through Europe had prevented a visit to the cinema for a couple of months, so when Sarah invited me along to watch DC’s Suicide Squad there wasn’t a whole lot of contemplation. The hype of the newest superhero movie, along with the promise of popcorn had me eager to reach Wednesday that week.

On my way to Greater Union, Shellharbour Sarah phoned to say she’d just arrived and suggested it might be a good idea for her to jump in line rather than wait for me out front, our usual cinema meeting place.

“Long line?” I questioned.

“You can’t imagine,” she laughed.

I really couldn’t. Continue reading A Cinematic Experience

Late 1970’s television memories worth two bobs

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“Your aunty was born in 1957,” my nan starts… “I think.”

She ponders for a moment and then tells me she’s sure it must’ve been 1957. I later took a peak at her first born daughter’s Facebook profile to see if I could confirm this information, however she has conveniently kept her birth year private, creating somewhat of a family mystery in regards to her actual age. Continue reading Late 1970’s television memories worth two bobs

Bitten by the Travel Bug? When will you give in to temptation?

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I flew overseas for the first time, on a whim, last July in my midsession break. I had originally planned to use my University break to go on a South Pacific cruise – circumstances prevented this travel plan from occurring and I found myself sitting at home, bored, for six weeks. The first week past and I enjoyed my freedom with no pressure to study and an abundance of ‘me time’ available. I picked up extra shifts at work and established a bit of a routine, but by week 3 I’d noticed that a large number of my Facebook friends (some close mates, others mere acquaintances) appeared to be out of the country. I cursed myself for being at home watching re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy and drinking too much vodka diet-coke on my nights off, while so many people explored the world. Continue reading Bitten by the Travel Bug? When will you give in to temptation?

Blended elements of many nations; looking into Transnationality.

Transnational cinema refers to films that contain blended elements of many nations. The films cannot be easily defined as belonging to one nation; for example; the 2002 Chinese film ‘Internal Affairs’ became transnational in 2006 when Hollywood appropriated the film into ‘The Departed’.

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