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Menzies Screening #4: A Politics of Discouragement - Journey (2016)

Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies presents the fourth in a series of screenings and discussions taking a broad, critical approach to Australia’s place within international cinema landscapes. From films of historical interest to those of topical importance, the Menzies Screenings series offers a curated selection that complements and expands upon some of the themes of the broader Menzies Centre programme. This inaugural selection reflects the current seminar series theme, Scaling Australia, and seeks to push beyond the geographical boundaries of the Australian continent to consider how others view us, how we view others, and how we view ourselves in other spaces.

 

Our fourth session focuses on Australia's recent migration policies, and the highly contentious telemovie Journey (2016), a feature-length drama directed by Iranian-Canadian Mohammad Ghorbankarimi and produced by Sydney-based company Put It Out There Pictures. Directly financed by the Australian government to the tune of $A6m, the film is an overt attempt to discourage people from attempting to reach Australia by boat, and is intended to "educate and inform audiences...about the futility of investing in people smugglers, the perils of the trip, and the hard-line policies that await them if they do reach Australian waters."

 

Produced exclusively for television screenings in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq, Journey exists as an unabashed work of 21st century propaganda. The ethical implications of creating dramatic fiction intent on changing peoples attitudes to migration represents a brave new frontier in Australia's perpetual struggle against unwanted immigration, against the backdrop of one of the most significant global refugee crises in recent memory.

 

As with previous sessions, this Menzies Screening will include an extended introduction by our resident film expert Dr. Stephen Morgan, and will be followed by refreshments, and a relaxed, salon-style discussion.


Please note that booking is also open for our final Menzies Screening event for 2017/18:
Menzies Screening #5: Echoes of Empire w/ Saeed Taji Farouky and Sonal Kantaria

 

Trailer for Journey (2016)

 

Still from Journey (2016)

Do you have questions about Menzies Screening #4: A Politics of Discouragement - Journey (2016)? Contact Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London

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Room K0.19
King's College London
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)


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Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London

The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies is the lead Australian studies centre in Europe, promoting an understanding of Australian history, society and culture throughout Britain and beyond.

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