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VIC Unit 2 (Australian Identity) Bundle

$55.00

Select any three publications from our curated lists of text suggestions for Unit 2 (Australian Identity).

Selected texts represent stories which focus on a person, event, place or social issue within contemporary or historical Australian context. Texts also includes stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those from the Asia-Pacific region, Twentieth Century Migrants, Urban and Rural perspectives.

White China by Therese Collie

Go against the tide to find what is lost.

Bukal by Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie

From the heart of Cairns Yidinji people comes the inspiring story of a courageous woman who set out to change the world.

Unprecedented by Campion Decent

I don’t hold a hose, mate.

Face to Face by Emily Wells

Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?

Behind the Cane by Michael and Margery Forde

In the late 1800s Australian ships arrived in the South Sea Islands.

Black Cockatoo by Geoffrey Atherden

Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Jonny Mullagh and Australia's first ever international sporting team, this is not just about cricket. This is a story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility.

Description

 

 

White China by Therese Collie

GENRE: Historical & Contemporary Australian Context (Asia-Pacific Region)
THEMES:
Chinese Australian Heritage, Family, Forgiveness
LENGTH:
90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS:
5
SYNOPSIS:
 Lily has rediscovered her half sister Joy, who is desperate to uncover the resting place of their mother, Mary Wong. It is approaching Bi San, Ancestors’ Day, when Chinese traditionally worship the dead, but without knowing where her grave is, Joy is fearful that she will be cursed for shirking her duty. So, they begin their search by unpacking family lore and retracing historical steps.

 

 


 

 

Bukal by Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie

GENRE: Historical & Contemporary Australian Context (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and Urban & Rural Perspectives)
THEMES: Culture & Heritage, Generational Storytelling
LENGTH:
60 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS:
3-4
SYNOPSIS:
From the heart of Cairns Yidinji people comes the inspiring story of a courageous woman who set out to change the world. Bukal is the imagining of social justice warrior, traditional owner, elder, mother and internationally recognised academic Henrietta Marrie’s extraordinary life realised on stage. This is a story of resilience, of passion that is ignited from the fire inside, of great adventure, of never giving up, and most importantly of connection.

 

 


 

 

Unprecedented by Campion Decent 

GENRE: Contemporary Australian Context (Rural Perspectives)
THEMES: Black Summer Bushfires (2019-20), Climate Emergencies, Disaster Response
LENGTH: 100 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: Large Cast
SYNOPSIS: Part verbatim, part history, and part polemic; Unprecedented poses urgent questions about our collective response to a devastating new scale of environmental disaster, and our capacity for resilience in the face of a growing climate emergency.

 

 

 


 

 

Face to Face by Emily Wells 

GENRE: Contemporary Australian Context (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and Urban & Rural Perspectives) 
THEMES:
Indigenous Culture & Community, Loss & Disconnection, Family & Relationship
LENGTH:
90 Minutes
NO.OF CHARACTERS:
2
SYNOPSIS:
Moxie, passion, drive; whatever you want to call it, Leila’s got it and it compelled her hundreds of kilometers from the remote country town she grew up in to the big city. It’s been a hard six years, but she’s so close to the success she craves, so close to her dreams of representing her community, so close to being an inspiration to the other girls back home just like her. However, her niece Maddie, has just shown up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, and she’s about to make her understand just how far she’s strayed from home.

 

 


 

 

Behind the Cane by Michael and Margery Forde

GENRE: Historical Australian Context (Asia-Pacific Region, Twentieth Century Migrants) 
THEMES:
Blackbirding, White Australia Policy, Australian South-Sea Islander History and Culture
LENGTH:
120 Minutes
NO.OF CHARACTERS:
Large Cast
SYNOPSIS:
 In the late 1800s, Australian ships arrived in the South Sea Islands. They took children off the beaches, thousands of men and women from the islands, and brought them back to work in North Queensland — to cut sugar cane. Then in 1901, under the White Australia Policy, most were sent back to the islands — but not necessarily back to the islands, they came from. Through music, song, and adapted oral history, Behind the Cane tells the stories of the ‘blackbirded’.

 

 


 

 

Black Cockatoo by Geoffrey Atherden 

GENRE: Historical Australian Context (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander)
THEMES:
Johnny Mullagh and Australian XI, Racism, Colonial Power
LENGTH:
90 Minutes
NO.OF CHARACTERS:
6
SYNOPSIS: 
Over 150 years ago, 13 brave Aboriginal men in Western Victoria picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown – all in the name of sport. Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team – including Indigenous sporting hero Johnny Mullagh – amazed the English crowds with astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned to Australia as celebrated heroes. Instead they came back to find the world they once knew was no longer there.

 

 

 


 

Additional information

Weight 0.775 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 2.5 cm

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