English Notes Belonging – Strictly Ballroom (1992) Essay

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English Notes Belonging – Strictly Ballroom (1992) 1. Introduction to Belonging & Strictly Ballroom |

* 1 core text + 2 related texts of your own choosing * Link them by concept NOT content (i.e. don’t link by setting, character or plot/events) * Belonging to a group can establish your sense of identity e.g.: * Scott Hastings – included * Mr Hastings (Doug) – excluded * Mrs Hastings (Shirley) – included * Fran – excluded * Concept: ‘the struggle or fight to belong is an innate (essential) quality in people’ * Director: Baz Luhrmann * Iconic Australian Film * Key Scenes: * Scott and Fran begin to dance together – she asks him for a ‘chance’. * Fran’s house – where
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He chooses Tina Sparkle over Fran, leaving her heartbroken and rejected. * Fran’s question, ‘are you going to dance with Tina?’ Rather than answer directly he comes out with the pathetic ‘she’s a champion’ to justify his cowardice. * The P.O.V shots from Fran’s perspective emphasise her exclusion from the world of ballroom dancing that Shirley and the other dancers clearly belong to. They undermine Fran’s confidence and intimidate her.

6. SCENES 79-82. Paso Doble at the Milk Bar |

Scott finds Fran at the milk bar. He says to her, ‘I want to dance with you’. When she says ‘we won’t win’ his reply is ‘I just want to dance our steps’. * This scene shows that Scott has left the artificial world of the Dance Federation behind him as Fran’s father (Rico) and his grandmother show him how to dance with passion. * The meeting of different cultures is significant to the belonging concept because we see that relationships can be created through different communities and tolerating changes.

* What is most important here is that Scott learns about the paso doble from a community other than the narrow, disciplined one of the competitive ballroom dancing. The film shows us the importance and value of discovering how other cultural groups outside of our own live.

* The shot of the train passing the café, lighting the dancers and adding to the rhythm of the dance,

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