Year 9 English - Roses and Daggers
The Year 9 Roses and Daggers Unit explores a range of texts with the central theme of love. However, the course of true love never does run smooth, and we will look at all aspects - Forbidden love, unrequited love, familial love, jealousy, envy, obsession, sparks, electicity, and butterflies...
"Strictly Ballroom" and "Romeo + Juliet" are films by Australian revolutionary film-maker Baz Luhrmann, who is renowned for his use of colour, editing, and music to captivate his audience. "Across the Barricades" is Joan Lingard's classic novel of forbidden love set to the back-drop of war-torn Belfast. Song lyrics from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' album "Murder Ballads" has a focus on the more obsessive nature of love. Added to this is a variety of short stories from New Zealand authors such as David Hill and Witi Ihimaera, and classic poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Alfred Noyes.
A varied and eclectic range of texts for you to enjoy...
Baz Luhrmann burst onto the big-screen in 1992 with his cult classic "Strictly Ballroom". This was quickly followed up in 1996 by rejuvinating Shakespeare's classic tale of the star-crossed lovers "Romeo + Juliet". The third smash-hit of "The Red Curtain Trilogy" was his musical "Moulin Rouge!" released in 2001. Luhrmann has since followed these up with his epic "Australia" in 2008, but it is his original trilogy for which he is best known - making ballroom dancing sexy, brining Shakespeare to the MTV generation, and producing a hit musical all within one decade.
Australian singer/song-writer Nick Cave creates music that incorporates his obsessions with love, religion, death, and violence with a bizarre eclectic hybrid of blues, gospel, rock, and punk. The result is a narrative style of songs that tells a story.
Follow the link to listen to some of Cave's more famous songs.