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The Removalists and Domestic Violence

MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability
Literacy
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

 

1. In groups of 3 - 4 students, look at the following video about David Williamson's The Removalist. Video

ABC Education

Williamson's play was created in 1971 and explores Australian attitudes to domestic violence. It is on the English Curriculum for Year 9 students. Be mindful of the bad language.

"Violence still permeates Australian society, from the actions of sporting figures, to police corruption, to high levels of domestic violence. For these reasons, David Williamson's The Removalists remains as relevant to Australian audiences as when it was first performed. Listen to Williamson speak to Tom Tilley about the story behind the play and his early life as a writer." (Source: ABC Education)

Is this statement still true?

Discussion

Discuss within your group.

2. Watch:
An Abusive scene from 'The Removalists' feat Breearna Mandla & Dallin Williams Video
https://youtu.be/83ol09ePs-U

"Breearna Mandla and Dallin Williams perform a watered down version of a violent scene from David Williamson's Aussie play 'The Removalists'. It was recently voted 'Best performance' and won the people's choice award. Kenny (Dallin) has returned home early and drunk with one thing on his mind. Little does he know his abused wife, Fiona (Breearna) has arranged for removalists to come and help her secretly leave him. With moments of black humour, tension rises as both fight for their desires."

 

3. Individually, [you do not need to share this reflection] write a reflection of 100 - 200 words after watching this video.

How did it make you feel? Describe using imagery - smell, touch, taste, sounds like, looks like...

E.g. I feel tight inside like.... an old clock wound up; it tastes like lemon; it smells like mouldy leaves; it sounds like glass breaking; and, looks like deciduous trees in winter.

4. As a group, read the following article from The Conversation 4 August 2014 and discuss the statistics shown here:

The Conversation

 

5. What do you think you could do to change society's attitude to women? Look at the following video campaigns that were created a few years ago. Allocate one video for one person in your group.

Respect - Television Commercial 60 Seconds
https://youtu.be/wjBfU-bfGII

 

Stop it at the Start - What comes to mind when you hear these phrases?
https://youtu.be/GasJpC81fZM

 

Stop it at the Start Television Commercial - Detention 30sec HD
https://youtu.be/EhORZQhUwPU

 

Stop it at the Start campaign - Common excuses
https://youtu.be/TBqhBRMBLtM

 

Discussion

6. As a group, discuss what you think could be a more effective campaign to help change Australians' attitude to domestic violence.

 

 

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