|The Anzac Centenary logo|
The event branding does not assuage these fears. The '100 Years of Anzac: The Spirit Lives 2015-2018' logo suggests a celebration of myth, rather than history. In contrast to the New Zealand and British Centenary logos, which at least allude to the First World War, Australia seems firmly rooted in a mythic
|First World War Centenary UK|
|Remembering WWI New Zealand|
The documentary producers requested video submissions from contributors and I had a marvellous time last weekend writing and shooting a video over 24 hours. Video is a powerful medium and the creative process was really rewarding in itself. The performative aspect was very new to me but once I got over initial awkwardness it was a lot of fun!
You can view my submission (and blooper video below).
Lest We Forget What? from Jo Hawkins on Vimeo.
Q1. Why do you love Australian history? (00.23)
Q2. What do you think is problematic about the way Australians remember WWI? (02.53)
Q3. Find a volunteer (friend, family or foe) and get into an engaging debate about WWI. Attempt to change their point of view. (08.00) The Debate: Is the AFL Anzac Day Clash an appropriate form of commemoration?