Daily Archives: September 15, 2015

History Week Walk: Migration and the private lives of the Hoddle Grid Oct 18, 2015

This upcoming event for History Week in October might be of interest to those of us interested in Port Phillip and early Melbourne history.

From the History Week website:



Join historian of colonial Melbourne, Nadia Rhook, to retrace the urban foot paths of migrants – from the British colonists who laid the Hoddle Grid over Wurundjeri land to the nascent South Asian diaspora based around ‘Little Lon’ and the politics of love, labour and opium in Little Bourke’s Chinese Quarter.

Discover how Melbourne has been made and remade by migration and its fraught restrictions.

This 2 hour walk will leave you amazed at the tapestry of cultures and languages woven across the streets, residences, shops and churches of colonial Melbourne.

Date: October 18, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: CBD

Cost: Free

Enquiry: Bookings via Nadia Rhook – N.Rhook@latrobe.edu.au

Movie: “Girlhood”

This is a very different Paris than the one I dream of. Where is the Eiffel Tower? The Louvre?  The Arc de Triomphe?  Where is the elfin Amelie-type mademoiselle, with a pixie haircut and a dimple?  Not a sign of any of them. Instead we have the high-rise social housing in suburban Paris outside the central city, with windswept barren gardens, concrete and a large gang of African -French girls.

Marieme is sixteen years old, living with her violent, menacing older  brother and younger sisters in a single-parent family where the mother is often absent working in a hotel. She is doing poorly in school, but resists the idea of vocational education or working in the hotel alongside her mother.  There seems to be no structure to her life. If she’s at school at all, it’s marginal to the rest of her life, and her all-girl gang dabbles in shoplifting, drinking and fighting. Re-named ‘Vic’ (for Victory)  by her gang, she escapes her brother but becomes involved in drug-dealing. However, she retains some degree of agency and makes choices, although the ending is ambiguous.

As you can guess, this is a pretty grim film, showing a Paris that is barely recognizable to tourists, and focussing on a Parisian demographic that is rarely depicted in the media at all.

This is advertised as ‘Last Days’ at Cinema Nova, so I suspect that I’ve caught it just before it disappears.