Archive for June, 2008

Anime – using anime as an educational tool

Coming as part of the August Animania Festival in Sydney is the Animania Classroom
Take your seats ladies and gents, boys and girls! Leave your snoring hats at home and your eagerness to learn – Animania Festival presents a new seminar series in the Animania Classroom!! Are you… a parent who wants to know more about what your kids are watching? or, a teacher who is seeing an increase in students using anime in their artwork, their essays, patterning their folders, and are a bit stumped when they want to talk about it in class? maybe even a regular ‘joe’ or student who knows that anime and manga are different… but don’t really get why?
With the aid of university academics, industry professionals as well as some anime addicts, Animania Festival will aim to answer these questions and more! These introductory seminars will hopefully help you to find your feet in the vast seas of Japanese pop culture and leave you with a greater understanding of anime and manga.
And if you’re keen for more? Some of the seminars will dive a little deeper into the educational themes that can be found within anime and manga, including language in manga, manga as a learning tool, and cultural themes in anime. In particular, some presenters will take a closer look at Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, which may be relevant to those teaching or studying the HSC Japanese Extension course.
Each of these seminars will also come with specifically designed handouts that you can keep for handy reference later and to let you take notes.
And of course, we’ll try to keep it light! Though with a topic so unique, varied and quirky and Japanese pop culture, how can it be anything but fun??? Audience participation will definitely be welcome! More information about the August festival is at

http://animania.net.au/2008/sydney-august/festival-info

Information on this post from the animania website
Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly

How did Women live in the time of Jane Austen?

This question has come in from a Senior Student who is studying some of the novels of Jane Austen. She has been asked to take a look historically at how women lived, and to try and find other written examples. Some suggestions that I have found are:

  • The Jane Austen handbook : a sensible yet elegant guide to her world – by Margaret Cox Sullivan
  • Ladies of the manor : wives and daughters in country-house society, 1830-1918 – By Pamela Horn
  • Good wives? : Mary, Fanny, Jennie & me, 1845-2001 – By Margaret Forster
  • The friendly Jane Austen : a well-mannered introduction to a lady of sense and sensibility – by Natalie Tyler
  • Governess: the lives and times of the real Jane Eyres – by Ruth Brandon
  • The Politics of Breastfeeding – by Gabrielle Palmer
  • Who cooked the Last Supper? : the women’s history of the world – By Rosalind Miles

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

NEW drug information about Alcohol, Cannabis and Ice

There are three new pages on the http://www.druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au/ website.

click on the A-Z of drugs tab
Alcohol, Cannabis, and Ice all have additonal pages with more in-depth reports and articles from the web. These pages can be found by clicking on the green Reports & articles button on the Alcohol, Cannabis and Ice pages.

Information from Kate O’Grady, Health Information Service,
State Library of New South Wales

24/7 Youth Film Festival

The very popular 24/7 Youth Film Festival is calling all young up and coming filmmakers to take up the 24/7 challenge – that is to make a 7 minute film in 24 hours! All you need are some friends and a camera!
The 24/7 Youth Film Festival, proudly presented by Mosman Council in conjunction with Manly, Pittwater and Warringah Councils, aims to encourage all young people aged 12-24 to express and explore their culture through the art of film!

Information night. The Info Night (Information Night: 6-8pm, Wednesday 25th June at the Star of the Sea Theatre, Manly) provides the opportunity for individuals or teams to speak to the event organisers; ask questions and view the previous years winning entries. 2007 judges will be present to provide an evaluation of the films that are screened.
Young people receive training in a series of free film workshops before competing in groups to produce a seven minute film within a 24 hour period.
The films are screened at local cinemas culminating in a Finale screening, where the 10 finalist films will be viewed and prizes
awarded by industry professional judges.
visit www.myspace.com/247youthfilmfestival
Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Dance history


Do you need to know about different dance styles, or the history of dance?

Try the following streetswing website – http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/d5index.htm – it has a Dance Archives section full of useful information on dance styles, dance history, dance movies and dance terms.
Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly

Mashups wanted about Australian politics

Are you irreverent and satirical? Looking to engage with Australian democracy through creative means? Care about the state of Australian political culture?
Then ABC’s new show Q&A wants you to create a mash-up to close the show each week.
Q&A is a new program which puts punters, pollies and pundits together in the studio to thrash out the hot issues of the week. It’s about democracy in action – on Q&A the audience gets to ask the questions.
This is a shout out to film-makers all around Australia to have their say, through film. Submit your mash-up of one minute or less to http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/have-your-say.htm
Email us with your contact details to qanda@abc.net.au once your video is uploaded. We will get in touch with you if your work gets chosen to feature on Q&A. Not only will the chosen filmmakers have their work aired on national television, they will also get a mention from Q&A and Lateline host Tony Jones. Stake your place in the political debate. Mash up now!
From a news item from the ABC network
Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

"I Remember 1948" documentary

“I Remember 1948” is a documentary to mark the 60th Anniversary of what is known by Palestinians as “Al Nakba” or ” the catastrophe” — when three quarters of a million people fled for their lives, never to return. This event, in which villages were seized to enlarge the recently created state of Israel, is widely acknowledged to be at the centre of much that is happening in the Middle East today.
A film suitable for people of all ages, from older primary school on up. Recommended for studies of the middle east, memory and oral history and especially refugee experiences.

“I Remember 1948” is Australia’s first bilingual Arabic/English film. It is a gentle documentary in which four elders give vivid eye-witness accounts of the tumultuous days of Al Nakba and its aftermath.
The stories told by these speakers are poignant, unexpected and sometimes surprising, expressing not only the tragedies but also the small miracles which occur in a human catastrophe of such dimensions. Prevented from returning to their homes, the speakers lived as refugees, eventually making their way to Australia. Their continued longing to see their homeland eloquently expresses the feelings of the dispossessed everywhere, and gives this film a universal dimension.
Directed by young Arab experimental filmmaker, Fadia Abboud, I Remember 1948 is stylistically innovative while maintaining a simple, direct form of address. Its abstract backgrounds gently evoke mood and place, as does the powerful music for oud, cello, violin and percussion of Joseph Tawadros, the young 2006 winner of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship.

For further information, please contact http://www.balladfilms.com.au/