Unit 1 – Area of study 3
In this area of study we focus on learning the following dot points:
• Fictional and non-fictional Australian narratives (stories) in two media forms.
• Individual style through the use of crafting narrative and structures to engage audiences.
• Audience engagement and readings of Australian stories.
• Factors that impact audience engagement, reception and consumption.
By the end of this area of study you should be able to Analyse and Discuss these dot points.
Stories have always been a pivotal part of culture. Australian media is built on fictional and non-fictional stories
that reflect our local, national and global cultural histories. Media creators and producers develop an individual
style through the use and crafting of narrative and structures that engage different audiences and their interests.
Audience readings of meaning are mediated through a shared understanding of the media codes and conventions
used to construct narratives in media products.
The creation of narratives in media is contextual. Institutions and individuals involved at each stage of production
constrain and shape narrative development in response to the cultural, institutional, economic, social and political
constraints in which they work. Factors including government regulation, finance and the economic sustainability
of production play a part in the development and distribution of Australian narratives. These factors are most
evident in fictional works, games, photography, print and non-fictional narratives such as news and current affairs,
podcasts and advertising.
Students study a range of narratives in two or more media forms, exploring the context and features of their
construction and how they are consumed and read by audiences. Narratives selected for study must be by Australia
media creators and producers with primarily Australian content.
• the structure of Australian fictional and non-fictional media stories arising from cultural histories and institutions
• media codes and conventions used to engage audiences and communicate meaning
• the influence of the style of media creators and producers in the construction of fictional and non-fictional
• the impact of institutional, economic, social and political constraints on the production and distribution of
fictional and non-fictional narratives
• how audience engagement with and reception of narratives is affected by their expectation, consumption and
prior reading of a range of fictional and non-fictional narratives in a range of contexts
• media language.
• analyse structures in Australian fictional and non-fictional media stories arising from cultural histories and
• analyse media codes and conventions used to engage audiences and communicate meaning
• analyse the construction of narratives through the fictional and non-fictional style of media creators and
• analyse the impact of institutional, economic, social and political constraints on the production and distribution
of fictional and non-fictional narratives
• discuss factors which impact on audience engagement and reception, such as consumption and prior reading
of narratives in a range of contexts
• use media language.
INXS Never Tear Us Apart TV Series
The Lindy Chamberlain Story
Schapelle Corby TV Mini Series
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Never Tear Us Apart is the uncensored story of how six suburban boys from Australia conquered the world with a unique sound and work ethic that became legendary.
A Cry in the Dark
Based on the alleged death of two-month-old baby Azaria Chamberlain by a dingo in August of 1980 near Ayers Rock and the ensuing court case and media circus against her mother, Lindy (Meryl Streep), this 1988 film paints a haunting picture of hysteria.
The telemovie based on the arrest trial and conviction of Schapelle Corby 2004 - 2005. Schapelle Corby a 27 year old beauty school drop out from the Gold Coast was arrested at Bali airport.
Lion is a 2016 Australian biographical drama film directed by Garth Davis (in his feature debut) and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The film stars Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman, and tells the true story of how Brierley, 25 years after being separated from his family in Burhanpur, sets out to find them.
Australian Stories Questions
• What cultural histories arose in your mind after analysing the media texts studied in class?
• List the Australian representations that you noticed in the media texts you studied in class.
• What code and conventions were employed by the producers of each media text you studied in class?
• What impact on institutional, economic, social or political environments post the media text distribution?
• Discuss factors which impact on audience engagement and reception, such as consumption and prior reading of the narratives you studied in class.