All posts tagged: Australia

The 78 Year Old Bush Kid

Gary Tolhurst’s earliest childhood memories are etched into the large gum trees and hidden paths which run along the Illawarra escarpment; memories which are still as lively as the running streams in which he played. Jump forward 70 years and Gary still smiles about his wondrous childhood and the unique relationship he developed with the Australian bush, a sanctum of life, beauty and raw nature. The bush has not only become a part of Gary’s identity, but has also ignited his passions for wildlife and nature, a fire which still burns so brightly in the dark green eyes of this 78 year old bush kid. Advertisements

Comedy In Translation: Hahahaha! Wait…what?

Alright, look at moiye. Look at moiye. Laughter and comedy do often tend to bring people together, but only if both parties find what they are witnessing to be actually funny. It can be argued that comedy can only truly be successful when the actors are the right choices for the characters and if the audience actually understands the cultural contexts of the comedy. It is argued that comedy ‘plays an absolutely pivotal role in the construction of national identity, because it invites us to belong by sharing the joke’ (Turnball, 2008, p. 10). When looking at Australian comedy, no stars shine brighter than those of Kath and Kim. This Australian comedy has been perceived by most Australians as being hilarious, with the nation growing to love these two monstrous personalities. The humour and sarcasm of the show was widely accepted throughout Australian society. Australian viewers thoroughly enjoyed the irony of the show, though this was all lost in translation when the American version of Kath and Kim was aired. Karen Brooks ultimately argues that ‘the …