Choose two scenes and analyse the film techniques used by Peter Weir to create Images of Australia. Link techniques to director’s purpose.
In the film Gallipoli the director, Peter Weir’s main image portrayed is Nationalism and mateship. The target audience is broad as it is aimed at the general public. The director’s purpose is to show the importance of friends and to show the reality of war.
The images of Australia that are in this film are depicted with multiple film techniques to shape the directors attitudes, values, beliefs and purpose. Some of these techniques include camera angles, use of props and use of music.
In the beginning of the film in scene one Archie is shown making a bet against Les about winning a race. The use of making a bet immediately links the race to one of Australia’s main values of having a go. The director has put this into the movie to make us relate to the film. When the race begins music starts playing. The music is fasted paced which generates a sense of excitement and anticipation. In close proximity to the end of the race a close-up of Archie’s feet and the ground is made. The use of this camera angle is to emphasise the dry, rugged and harsh landscapes of Australia. A close-up has also been used to show the perseverance that this Australian athlete has to finish the race even if he doesn’t win. This again links to one of Australia’s value of having a go and also the significance of sport in Australia.
In scene six the troops arrive in Egypt for ‘war games’. Frank and his troop friends are told to meet British officers on horseback. As a joke Frank and his friends greetsthe officers on donkeys and are seen laughing and satirising the British officers. This scene is used to link to the directors purpose of mateship and the importance of friends. A low angle shot is used to give us the impression that the British officers are powerful and this then shows us how these troops are larrikins for bantering...