VCE Context suggestions

Some Context suggestions:


A sense of self/Who am I in my world

This Context invites exploring a sense of identity through a number of lenses.


Great poets steal

Kelly’s work invites the exploration of intertextuality in work, that is, the explicit and implicit use of other existing work in the creation of new work. This could be a particularly powerful Context approach because it makes explicit to the students what they are in fact being asked to do in this Area of Study.

Throughout the documentary, we are shown how Kelly draws on the influence of other musicians, art, novels, plays, and philosophy.

Sections of particular interest for this Context include Kelly’s early student days (note, for example, the Proust references, the books in his “room” under the stairs), the creation process Kelly refers to as he becomes a storyteller in song, and the section on his approach to an informal education.

That the strongest influences he refers to in the documentary are the Beat poets, Shakespeare and the Bible invites the use of these texts to support development of the Context response.


Responsible citizenship

Artists influence our view on the world through both the art they create and the way they work with the world around them.

Social responsibility, the sense of “doing it if it is right”, runs central to the Kelly family narrative. This opens Context responses which are concerned with the way in which we work with those in our society who are “not like us”. How do we engage in issues beyond our own, small communities? How do we invite genuine engagement with social concerns and issues?

Kelly’s work with indigenous artists as it is articulated in the documentary would enable a strong Australian reading of this context. A further Kelly text which would work to support this Context focus is the feature film One Night the Moon. Indigenous artists’ work (poetry, film, music) could form the basis of additional texts for this unit.