Girlhood, Adolescence and Body Horror in ‘Ginger Snaps’

as featured in Antithesis Journal, October 25, 2018 John Fawcett’s sophomore film, 2000’s Ginger Snaps, explores the misadventures of Ginger Fitzgerald after she’s bitten by a vicious werewolf. The infected Ginger subsequently unleashes her teenage rage upon her suburban neighbourhood as her doting sister, Brigitte Fitzgerald, desperately searches for a cure. Previously, werewolf horror films… Continue reading Girlhood, Adolescence and Body Horror in ‘Ginger Snaps’

EXCERPT Tied up in red tape: state policy on sex work in South Australia

I’m late. I run across the road and try not to trip or drop the contents of my makeup-laden handbag on the road. Abi and Arianna (Ari) smile and wave to me from their table in the café, an offering called My Kingdom For A Horse. The paint scheme inside is divine: a tri-coloured horizontal… Continue reading EXCERPT Tied up in red tape: state policy on sex work in South Australia

Thursday

Thursday night football training; bright lights illuminate the cool grass. Colin knows the feeling of those grass blades pointing into his flesh, sticking into his skin. They’re sharp and they slice the fragile layer of cells and moisture on his body. He chases the red leather ball and dives for it, climbs his opposition to… Continue reading Thursday

Wool

The house probably wasn’t always that way newspapers bags of wool laundry baskets mice children’s toys dog food after a while you learn it’s just as easy to make a glass of cordial in a coffee cup to eat cereal in Tupperware storage containers than a cereal bowl

Cholera tornado

There is a last time for everything, and sometimes I get scared when I think a ‘last time’ is drawing close. The last time I said I loved my father? I can’t tell you when it was. I think I stopped saying it in my twenties, when we still caught up for dinner every few… Continue reading Cholera tornado

Bowie: some thoughts

Was I always a fan of David Bowie? Not particularly. I mean, I quite liked him as Jareth in the wacky cult movie Labyrinth, for which he penned much of the soundtrack. Cue saxophones, bursting singalongs by a jaded romantic prince-villain, and rousing lullabies to a borrowed/stolen baby. Weird, right? I'd expect nothing less of him. During… Continue reading Bowie: some thoughts

Banal lives, exciting games – why is The Sims so popular?

As one of the world's best selling games, The Sims has enjoyed widespread success. The game's popularity can be examined in a multitude of ways: through identity construction, narrative, construction of imagined worlds and inhabiting virtual spaces, and spectatorship. All these elements are worth consideration as they form aspects of most popular contemporary media texts.… Continue reading Banal lives, exciting games – why is The Sims so popular?

Gender identity in lingerie advertising

Gender identities in advertising are constructed to seem natural, but are based around 'ideal' identities that circulate in society. An imagined ‘femininity’ (concerning the 2004 Elle MacPherson Intimates lingerie campaign) is constructed through a binary relationship with an imagined masculine ‘other’, and attracts consumers through its combination of cosmopolitan appeal with an Australian femininity. Culture… Continue reading Gender identity in lingerie advertising

How do personal stereos impact our cultural behaviours?

The Apple iPod was introduced in 2001, its innovative features and interface finding a key place in the music industry by combining the technology of computing software and music stereos. Users  could suddenly mobilise their desires upon their own media items: moving, mashing-up, unbundling and sharing.Users of these and other multimedia devices are made to… Continue reading How do personal stereos impact our cultural behaviours?

A labour

2.00am, Saturday morning: You wake up in the dark. The bed is warm and your husband sleeps soundly next to you. There’s a rhythmic cramp spreading throughout your pelvic area, like a period cramp. But it feels too repetitive for that. You don’t know much about your pelvis except that there’s been a lot going… Continue reading A labour

Performing ‘the other’ in music video

How do music videos reinforce or subvert bodily performance of 'the other' gender? NOTE: ESSAY AND VIDEO CONTAIN EXPLICIT CONTENT ‘Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, because it’s ok to be a boy - but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading, because you think… Continue reading Performing ‘the other’ in music video

Narrative economy in music video

An analysis of narrative codes (in particular, symbols and motifs) in the music video ‘Special Cases’. ‘Art is a system which is pure, no unit ever goes wasted, however long, however loose, however tenuous may be the thread connecting it to one of the levels of the story.’ Barthes, 1977, pp. 89-90 Sequence: Special Cases,… Continue reading Narrative economy in music video

Converging platforms

How are television products influenced by the convergence of media industries and platforms? The shift from fixed to mobile usage does not simply result in a transfer of the same experience to a greater range of places – rather, it profoundly changes the ways in which people orient towards these technologies and how these artefacts… Continue reading Converging platforms

Cybernetic systems in community radio

How do local organisational structures successfully negotiate conflict, external subsystem demands, and feedback? Abstract Cybernetic organisations are comprised of any number of subsystems, which must be permeable in order to exchange information, resources, input, and engage in processes of exchange and feedback. Conflict can arise in these systems as a result of challenges made to… Continue reading Cybernetic systems in community radio

Review: DARK MOFO Nude Swim

Heard of MONA? Tl;dr: self-proclaimed ‘arseholic’ David Walsh makes a fortune playing blackjack (among other things), and invests in a Tasmanian museum now named MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) that he vamps out with art about – what else? – sex and death. MONA’s mantra? "We believe things like art history and the… Continue reading Review: DARK MOFO Nude Swim

Review: Ginger Snaps

Ginger snaps. Delicious treats constructed from ginger-flavoured biscuity-stuff rolled into a cigar, and pumped full of brandy cream. The cigars can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for several months, so they're basically available whenever you want to devour them. Ginger Snaps (the film) tells the story of the Fitzgerald girls, who are far… Continue reading Review: Ginger Snaps