Understanding Oz Film Festival

  • Williams, Greg (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Holt, Mark (Co Investigator/Chief Investigator B)

Project: Research

Project Details


At the beginning of each academic year, students from overseas arrive in Australia and struggle to understand aspects of Australian culture and contemporary life in particular, Indigenous people, cultures and some of the issues generated by their initial and superficial interactions.

Eight movies presented across the academic year (four movies in each semester at key points in the CDU calendar that maximise participation and impact) at CDU’s Casuarina and Waterfront Campuses will showcase Australian cinematic masterpieces, including movies that familiarise international students with Indigenous Australia, generating discussion on key socio-cultural issues, local idioms and humour.

Movies screened will reflects settler and Indigenous perspectives on Australian history, comedy and drama, key social and cultural issues in Australian society and will be chosen to take into account student’s ability to understand and interpret English language.

Each movie will be preceded by a presentation from CDU academic staff with expertise in the general field of the movie and followed by a Q and A session that affords an opportunity for students to ask questions of a panel of academic staff to clarify issues raises and/or general queries and discussion.

Food or movie snacks relevant to the movie being shown (or iconic Australian) will be provided.
Short titleOz Film Festival
Effective start/end date3/04/2030/06/21


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