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12 JANUARY 2013

The Last Picture Show: ode to a Texan small town

"It's hard to overestimate the influence of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971) ... on all those other elegiac movies about lost youth and crumbling dreams in small American towns that followed it in such huge numbers. We know the storylines, which never vary much. Boy meets girl. They fall in love and think their relationship will last forever but war/adulthood/pregnancy intervenes. Old school friends spend a last summer of high jinks together. They vow eternal loyalty to one another but then the autumn rolls in and their lives drag them off in very different directions. The visual clichés are familiar, too: by the final reel, the once teeming street is empty, with wind blowing the dust, or the old café where the friends used to meet is boarded up. ...

When Bogdanovich revisited Thalia with a belated sequel, Texasville, in 1990, the results were mixed at best. What had made the original so distinctive was the youth of the characters played by Shepherd, Bottoms and Bridges – their curiosity, innocence and their sense of yearning. Witnessing their travails in middle age simply didn't have the same impact. The real follow–up to The Last Picture Show wasn't Texasville but the films that were made – and are still being made today – in its mould."

(The Independent, 18 March 2011)

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1971adolescence • American Graffiti (1973) • Archer City • arthouse cinema • Big Wednesday (1978) • black and white • broken dreams • Cloris Leachman • coming of age • crumbling dreams • Cybill Shepherd • Diner (1982) • Easy Rider (1969) • Eileen Brennan • femme fatale • football coach • Hank Williams • high school • illicit relationship • innocenceintrospectionJeff Bridges • juvenile • Korean War • Larry McMurtry • lost youth • nakedPeter Bogdanovich • pool hall • provincial town • rites of passage • roughhouse • Rumble Fish (1983) • Sam Bottoms • self-conscious • sense of yearning • sexsmall townsmall town America • sombre • soulful • Stand By Me (1986) • swimming • teenage temptress • teenagersTexas • Texasville (1990) • Thalia • The Last Picture Show (1971) • The Outsiders (1983) • Timothy Bottoms • would-be rebel • youth

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Simon Perkins
11 OCTOBER 2012

One Minute Puberty

"Puberty, the fun and exciting times you had with pimples, uncontrolled new powers, and a thousand things you tried out for the first time. Metamorphosis and change and chaos of becoming a real person are some of the themes that I tried to touch on."

(Alexander Gellner, 2011, bitteschön.tv)

Fig.1 "One Minute Puberty (2011) "Written & Animated by Alexander Gellner, Sound Design by Niklas Kröger.

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20112D animation • acne • adolescence • adolescent development • adult body • adulthood • Alexander Gellner • black and whitebodily formbodybody awarenessbody hairchildhoodcoming of age • cultural maturation • hand-drawn animation • hormonal cascade • hormonal signals • libidoline drawing • maturation • maturity • metamorphosis • morphologic changes • Niklas Kroger • physical changes • physical growth • physical transformationphysiquepimplespsychosocial maturationpuberty • sexual maturation • teenage boys • teenagers

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
14 AUGUST 2012

Two Cars, One Night: cars in loco parentis outside a rural NZ pub

"Youngsters Romeo, Ed, and Polly wait in two cars after dark while their parents are inside drinking. It's a situation many Kiwis would recognise: cars in loco parentis outside the bar or rugby club. Soon cross–car rivalry warms to budding friendship. Winning performances, and the tender mix of comedy and romance saw the tale of a Te Kaha pub carpark become an international hit."

(New Zealand on Screen)

Fig.1 writer/director: Taika Waititi (2003). "Two Cars, One Night".

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2003 • after dark • Aotearoa New ZealandAustralasiabarblack and white • budding friendship • carcarpark • cars in loco parentis • coming of age • delinquent • delinquent parents • Dion Waikato • Hutini Waikato • in loco parentis • kiwi short filmMaoriNew Zealand Film Commission • parental neglect • pub • pub carpark • Rangi Ngamoki • Riwai Waka • rugby club • short film • Taika Waititi • Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards • Te Kaha • teenagersThe Coming of Age of The New Zealand Short Film • two cars

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
13 AUGUST 2012

O Tamaiti: young boy who is expected to play guardian to his siblings

"Sima Urale's debut short film, beautifully realised in black and white, tells the story of a young Samoan boy who is expected to play guardian to his siblings. As his parents struggle in their new country, he is overwhelmed by the responsibility. When faced with his grief, the adults fail to recognise his pain. Poignant attention to details that convey a child's perspective (eg. the movement of a spacies game and shopping trolley are intercut) saw O Tamaiti win awards at film festivals around the globe, including the prestigious Silver Lion at Venice."

(NZ On Screen)

Fig. 1 Dir. Sima Urale, 15mins, NZ, 1996, black & white, 1.1:66

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1996Aotearoa New Zealandarcade gameattention to detailAustralasiababyblack and whitechildrenchilds perspectivechurch • Coke machine • coming of age • cot death • deathdebutfamily • female filmmaker • hospitalimmigrant • Kara Paewai • kiwi short films • new baby • New Zealand • New Zealand cinemaNew Zealand on Screen • O Tamaiti • PacificPacific IslanderPolynesianpregnancySamoan • sensitive portrayal • shopping trolley • short filmsiblings • Sima Urale • socialsoundSpace InvadersspaciesThe Coming of Age of The New Zealand Short Filmyoung boy

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
25 NOVEMBER 2006

Inanimate Alice: interactive coming of age story

"'Inanimate Alice' tells the story of Alice, growing up in the early years of the 21st century. Written and directed by writer Kate Pullinger and digital artist Chris Joseph, this series of multimedia, interactive episodes uses a combination of text, sound, images, and games as Alice takes us on a journey through her life from the age of eight through to her twenties. Alice becomes a games animator; not just any animator, but a creator of characters for the most successful games company in the world."
(The BradField Company)

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Alice in Wonderland • Chris Joseph • coming of ageInanimate Aliceinteractive narrative • Kate Pullinger • narrative
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