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Reel Schools

Schooling and the Nation in Australian Cinema

Josephine May

Reel Schools takes a fresh look at the history of Australian schooling through the lens of Australian cinema from the silent era until 2010. In exploring the relationship between cinematic representation and educational history, Josephine May shows how numerous Australian feature and documentary films offer access to powerful vernacular imaginings about school education in Australia.
May argues that the cinematic school is a pervasive metaphor for the Australian nation. She demonstrates that, while Australian films about schooling have consistently commented on the relationship of schooling to the Australian class structure, they also increasingly explored gender, race and ethnicity at school, especially after the 1970s. From then on the egalitarian dream of school education and the nation’s capacity to generate meaningful futures for the young became increasingly contested.

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273 Index 10BA tax concession 123, 149, 152-3, 156 2:37 (2007) 224 A Day at the Ascot Vale School No. 2608 (1925) 27, 30-1 A Day at the Macarthur Street School in Ballarat (1924) 27, 30-35 Aboriginal people 9, 18, 71, 149-50, 169-81, 186 Federal policy 172-3 policy of assimilation 174, 187 schooling 170-4, 179 Aboriginalism 169-70 Ackland, Oliver 236 adolescence 75, 81, 96- 8, 103, 108, 129, 146 AFC see Australian Film Commission Agutter, Jenny 79 Allaylis, Toni 142 ALP see Australian Labor Party Alvin Purple (1973) 74 Anderson, Benedict 7 ANFB see Australian National Film Board ANZAC myth 44, 49, 71, 175, 178 Archer, Jillian 105 Armstrong, Kerry 90 Around the Boree Log (1925) 20-6, 44, 244 Around the Boree Log and Other Verses (book) 21 Ascham (school) 89 Ashenden, Dean 233 Australia (2008) 220 Australia at School (1947) 48 Australian Film Commis- sion 74, 95, 98, 153 Australian Film Develop- ment Corporation 74 Australian Film Finance Corporation 153 Australian Labor Party 76 Australian National Film Board 48, 51, 52, 59-60 autobiography 23 n.33 baby boom 46 Ball, Vincent 161 Barber, Lyndall 60 Barcan, Alan 77 Barrett, Richard 207 Bauer, Dale 190, 200 Bauman, Zygmunt 216 Bean, C.E.W. 29 Beeson, Mark 150-1 Belling, Kylie 175 Benson, Shan 50, 60, 62 Beresford, Bruce 74-8, 90, 92 n.45, 120, 127, 131, 170, 246 Bertrand, Ina 51-2, 81 Biber, Katharine 145 Bible 92 Bisley, Steve 143 274 Bjelke-Petersen, Hans Christian 30 Blackfriars Correspon- dence School 51, 57-9 Blinco, Maggie 167...

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