The Castle

Essay by bobpetHigh School, 12th gradeA-, July 2004

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Australia has the terrible condition of having an essentially pointless, and prefabricated idea of 'Aussie-ness' that really has no relation to our real culture or the way in which we really sea ourselves. We, however subscribe to these stereotypes when trying to find some expression of our Australian identity. The feature film The Castle deals with issues about Australian identity in the 1990's. The film uses techniques like camera shots, language and the use of narration to develop conflict between a decent, old fashioned suburban family, the Kerrigan's and an unscrupulous corporation called Airline.

There are far to many stereotypes in The Castle to mention although her are a few examples, the accents, the barbecues, the holiday home at Bonniedoon, the boat, the clothes and the fact that one of them is in jail. Perhaps part of the success of the feature film lies in our ability to laugh at these characters, with no doubt of our own superiority.

Whether it is working class Australia or the overseas, especially America, the certainty of superiority is desirable, and a film that promotes this will be successful.

The insistence on justice runs through the whole film, as Darryl fights to keep his house, the family home, which is being unjustly compulsorily acquired to make way for extension on an airport. Self-reliance is shown by Darryl's continual struggle, but this is balanced by the team work evident in the co-operation of the Kerrigan family and other neighbors who are also threatened. The 'Australian larrikin spirit', which some may see as positive, is portrayed by Darryl and Steve pulling the gates off the estate to one of the Barlow members, who are responsible for the acquisition.

It is this promotion of Aussie values that makes the film work so good. We are presented...