Strictly Ballroom and Neighbours by Tim Winton Essay Belonging.

1596 Words Aug 8th, 2012 7 Pages
2010 HSC Area of Study BELONGING
‘An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging’
Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text of your own choosing

An individual’s relation with others in their surroundings, may be enhancing or rewarding, or even set a boundary in a way for them to belong, however sometimes an individual’s environment can be too restrictive which would make it harder for them to express their own individuality. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ directed by Baz Luhrmann effectively depicts the experience of an individual trying to belong, in a world that is rigid and set up with pre-determined rules that cannot be
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However it is ironic how Scott’s dances pleased the crowd but he did not end up winning the Warratah Championship, because simply he did not follow the federation steps. He started to be questioning himself in “What is wrong with the way I dance?’. He feels frustrated and ostracised, as he realised he receives lack of support. Scott feels restricted as Barry Fife warns him in “Scott should be dancing the federation step with the partner”.
Fran is depicted as an ‘ugly duckling’ at the start of the film with her sluggish costumes and lack of colours. However the movie turns all the way around when Fran has the courage to ask Scott to partner with her for the Pan Pacific Grand Prix. Their relationship gradually develops in parallel to the transformation of Fran herself. This can be seen from the costuming of Fran that has more colours, and her make-up that transforms her into a beautiful, and expressive woman. It is through her Spanish culture that Scott then finds the true meaning of belonging. ‘Vivir com miedo, es como vivir a medias’ (‘a life lived in fear is a life half-lived’) is the Spanish proverb that becomes the catalyst for the eventual transformation. Fran and Scott’s found affection between each other when The ‘Rumba’ Dance which initially was a pretend then turns into a true feeling.
Barry Fife is the president of the Dance Federation in the movie. He is portrayed as an overweight guy, with a big bushy

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