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Selected Poems by Judith Wright: People and Landscapes- Related Film

Year 12 Advanced English

A Beautiful Mind

Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by his long time partner, Academy Award winner Brian Grazer. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now only his devoted wife (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage, passion and triumph.

A Room with a View

Florence 1922. Alone and independent, Lucy (Elaine Cassidy - Fingersmith) recalls her experience ten years earlier when, chaperoned by her cousin Charlotte (Sophie Thompson), she arrives at Pensione Bertolini looking for Italian adventure. Instead she finds herself in a safe haven for English tourists including spinsters, and clergymen - plus the outspoken socialist Mr Emerson (Timothy Spall) and his dashing son George (Rafe Spall). The Emerson's offer up their room with a view to the newcomers. Despite Charlotte's disapproval, Lucy gradually finds herself drawn to the Emersons, and in an unguarded moment, George passionately kisses her. Horrified, Charlotte whisks Lucy off to Rome, and into the arms of a more appropriate gentleman, Cecil Vyse (Lawrence Fox - Lewis, Becoming Jane). Lucy tries to forget her passionate kiss with George, and returns home to England engaged to the elegant aristocrat Vyse. However, the Emerson's unexpected arrival in Lucy's village upset her plans; now she must make a choice between the status and security she would have with Cecil, or the passionate uncertainty offered by George.

The Power of One

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost.Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out.

The Piano

A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

The Tracker

Three men on horseback and an Aboriginal tracker are pursuing another Aboriginal man accused of murder.


John Olsen Documentary

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven cash-strapped Brits journey to a retirement resort in India, friendship and romance blossom as they touch each other's hearts in the most unexpected ways. In the end they will all discover that life and love can begin again when you embrace today and let go of the past.

The Castle

The Kerrigan family are a typical aussie "battler" family and living right next to the airport never seemed to be a problem for them until the airport wants to expand - on to their land. Their initial reaction is "f**k the airport" but it soon becomes obvious that airport is going to get its way - one way or another. This is Dale Kerrigan's story of their battle with the airport to keep their beloved house, along with "bloody good set of gates".


An English aristocrat unites with a stockman in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. They drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape and witness the bombing of Darwin.

The Man from Snowy River

Sweeping in scale, magnificent in executionand faithful in capturing the spirit of Banjo Paterson's epic poem, this is the film that put Australian cinema on the world map.


When an 8 year old amish boy witnesses a murder, he becomes a target of corrupt cops who would like to silence him. As Harrison Ford investigates the case, he finds himself and the boy drawn into a dangerous web of suspense and intrigue.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


Picnic at Hanging Rock

Into the Wild

In Sean Penn's adaptation of Jon Krakauer's bestseller, Emile Hirsch stars as a young man who walks out on his privileged life to search for adventure, meeting many colourful characters along the way.