• Menzies Centre Seminar - Popular Culture

    Menzies Centre Seminar – Popular Culture

    14th December 2016
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College holds a number of seminars throughout the year. This year’s theme is

    Screening Australia:
    Australian Culture and Screen Media in Context

    This evening includes two presenters:

    Visiting Ramsay Street:
    Television tourism and Neighbours
    (Susan Berridge, University of Stirling) 

    Neighbours (Seven Network/Network 10/Eleven, 1985 – continuing) has been a fixture on British television schedules for over thirty years. Despite the soap’s longevity, there is little television scholarship that focuses on it in detail. This paper addresses this absence, considering the pleasures that Neighbours might offer to British viewers by exploring its role in encouraging television tourism between Britain and Australia. Long-running television series have the ability to offer intense forms of viewer engagement as well as a particularly strong sense of place. Thus, Neighbours offers a conducive case study from which to explore television tourism further. This paper will consider the impact of medium specificity on experiences of television tourism in relation to Neighbours, thinking through the strategies the programme employs to address British viewers directly and promote viewer engagement with Australian culture.

    It bears repeating:
    catch-phrasing connection
    and care in The Castle
    (Sarah Wishart, University College London) 

    The 1997 film, The Castle, depicts an eccentric but loving working-class family facing the compulsory purchase of their home in the expansion of a nearby airport. The film frames their peculiarities through repeated phrases or situations, particularly in relation to Daryl, the father and central protagonist.

    These catch phrases extend into an experience of dialogue between audiences of The Castle. Despite hitting big box office takings on its 1997 release, the film did not gain an international distribution, and was mostly seen by audiences in New Zealand and Australia. As a result, I argue there is a peculiar performative experience of love in the exchange of the catch phrases, particularly between Australian and non-Australian audiences due to the fondness for the representation of Australia in this film. The tenderness in the film, is repeated in the dialogical practice at play between audiences in the performed remembering of The Castle.

    Location: Council Room (K2.29), King’s College London, Strand Campus

    Susan Berridge is Lecturer in Film and Media and a member of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on the relationship between narrative structures and representations of age, gender, sexuality and sexual violence in film and television. She has published on these themes in journals including Feminist Media Studies, The Journal of British Cinema and Television and New Review of Film and Television Studies. Susan is also the co-editor of the Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies.

    Sarah Wishart is a researcher, writer and artist particularly interested in site-specific art, photography, storytelling and the city. She is writing her doctoral thesis on the ‘Critical Witness, Public Art, Participation and the Open Narrative’ at the centre of which is the experience of public art audiences. Sarah has taught courses in devised performance and adaptation and art at Queen Mary, University of London and at the University of East London on the Community Theatre BA. Most recently, she has published a chapter in the edited collection ‘The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays‘ edited by Dr John Baker published by Intellect


    As part of the Menzies Centre’s programme of public activities, the annual seminar series helps to produce a comprehensive and balanced perception of Australia’s past, present and future across a variety of topics.












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