‘Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world.’ -Tyrell Wellick. Hello, friend. If you could wipe all of your debt, would you do it? Not just your debt but your family’s, your friend’s, their families, would you do it? If you... Continue Reading →
I don’t recall how the obsession with building cubby houses came about. It must have been connected to the innate compulsion to prevent the flow of the stream near the bike track by constructing dams of pebble and stone. King Cnut had nothing on us.
This essay will examine Trajan’s Column through the writings of American philosopher John Dewey (1859 – 1952) to discuss the aesthetics of the column and its aim to immortalise the Emperor Trajan, his army, and the Roman Empire. I will also analyse how the viewer’s perception of the column has been altered over the past... Continue Reading →
Three web cameras captured the bushfire that almost destroyed the Mopra Radio Telescope in January 2013. The telescope is situated just outside the mountainous Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran in New South Wales. Between 13 January and 29 January, 40,000 hectares, which accounts for 80% of the National Park, was lost in the massive... Continue Reading →
The essay analyses how the generic conventions of horror have been modified to depict ‘Australianness’ in the film Bait (Kimble Rendall, 2012). I will also discuss the history and rebirth of Australian horror over the past decade, and the problems surrounding the Americanisation of Australian horror films with regard to character types and settings. Furthermore,... Continue Reading →
“Close your mouth.” It may sound like an odd thing to be said by a NASA Flight Director on such a momentous occasion but the intention of the message was well meant. Inside the Russian-built Soyuz TMA-07M capsule, three men were falling to Earth, and in order to make the landing more comfortable, they had... Continue Reading →
SALLY: Please don’t let them kill me! You’ve got to make them stop! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) VERONICA: There's only one thing that you have that I want. Can you guess what that is? JAMESON: I have no idea but name it and it’s yours! VERONICA: Your life. Outwit, Outplay, Outlast: The Final Girl... Continue Reading →
This essay was written for MSTU1010 Introduction to Creative Thought and Practice as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, University of Queensland in 2011.