This term(3) our focus was on the genre: Wuxia, which literally means “martial heroes”. It is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. Although wuxia is traditionally a form of fantasy literature, its popularity has caused it to spread to diverse art forms such as Chinese opera , films, television series and video games. We watched the beautifully cinematographic film, ‘Hero’ directed by Zhang Yimou. Our focus was not only on learning about this genre, but specifically looking at the rich use of symbolism in colour used throughout the film. Zhang Yimou utilized colour to narrate the story in different angles so that audiences can learn about the story through different characters and their situations. This kind of nonlinear narrative is not a new technology in film narrative, such as Pulp Fiction filmed by Quentin Tarantino and Rashomon filmed by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa which are both the most famous nonlinear narrative movies. But the biggest difference between Hero and other nonlinear narrative movies is that the medium of shifting perspectives in Hero is color. When one color is shifted, it means the angle of narration is changed.
This term also marks the announcement of the winner for the ‘Student Film Project’. This year the project title was “Documentary”. Learners were invited to take part by using their own phones and apps to create their own short documentary after attending a class session on the genre. This year’s winner is “Luke Nelissen (Grade 9) with his documentary on a strange frequency and the controversy surrounding it. Luke was awarded a certificate of acknowledgement and a cash prize for his creative efforts.
Furthermore, this term also marks our annual POP-quiz event. This is usually an event the FC-members look forward to all year. Here learners can show off their smarts and general knowledge regarding cinema. Learners answer questions by shouting out “pop!” and are awarded sweets , fizzers, lollypops or chocolates depending on which category of the competition they answer in. This year’s battlefield was intense, but only one can be crowned! Congratulations to Jade du Plessis (Grade 12) who was this year’s ‘Queen of the quiz’.
FILM CLUB OUTING
The film club headed out on their annual outing once again this year. On Thursday, 11 April, they watched the 1975 version of the well-beloved “Zorro” at the vintage-style cinema in an antique shop called “Romantiques” in Hermanus. Zorro (Spanish for “Fox”) is a fictional character created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley and since his creation of this character there have been about 11 different remakes and interpretations of the character. The 21 learners thoroughly enjoyed the outing! There is nothing better than a bit of culture paired with some adventure! Film fanatics thank miss Berndt for the organization of the outing. For many, this was a highlight of the year!
2019: Once again we have a lovely group of new learners who joined our club this year! We are excited to welcome them and look forward to their enthusiastic minds being broadened.
This very short term, we has a quick introduction to film history and technical advances in film, after which we swiftly moved on to our main focus for this term : Documentaries.
In today’s “post-truth” world, educating ourselves about important issues and finding varied and reliable information sources is as critical as ever. Recent events across the globe coupled with how we obtain, share, and replicate news of these events demands we step up and seek out quality sources of information about our world and what is happening in it. “Doccies” are an in-depth and informative resource which provide an opportunity to understand and connect with the world and educate ourselves about the important issues that plague our world. There are many documentaries worth watching, but is also important to note that some so-called “doccies” are merely reflections of part of the truth and these can be dangerous when falsely portrayed as true. We started off by looking at parts of the first note-worthy documentary: Nanook of the north – Robert Flaherty (1922).
We then quickly moved on to something quite unique and breath-taking in its cinematography: Samsara –Ron Frick (2001). It is an enthralling documentary that becomes a guided meditation on the wheel of life and death. It takes a closer look at the cycle of life by juxtaposing life and birth and death; it also transcends cultural boundaries – emphasizing the fact that none are exempt from this cycle. Samsara was shot over the course of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents. The filmmakers take us on a quest to a greater understanding and appreciation of the human condition and a reverence for the beauty and power of the natural world. And they help us face up to worldwide suffering, poverty, greed, violence, lust, and adoration of war and financial success.
We ended the term with a “sharing of shorts” where learners were allowed to present short films and explain to the class why they found them interesting or important.
We look forward to next term and our first-ever “SWELLIES FILM FESTIVAL”. Tickets will be available at the financial office during the day or at the front door upon entrance.
Time-capsule Tuesday: ET
Western Wednesday: The Dirty Dozen
Thoughtful Thursday: The Shack
Fright-night Friday: The Sixth Sense
Films tickets cost R25 each or a flat rate of R80 for all four days! Come and join us!