Looking for Alibrandi and Changing Perspectives

From what you have seen so far, what changes in perspective are evident and what film techniques have been used to convey them?

Josephine Alibrandi is intelligent and dramatic, funny and observant as well as being quite self-absorbed. Initially, the audience are let in to observe director Kate Woods’s interests in telling the tale of Josie’s coming of age; religion, sexuality, feminism, and the importance of female friendship and guidance to this maturing young woman. Well into the film, after the audience has begun to develop an understanding of who Josie is, she begins to address her experiences and feelings as an Italian-Australian living in inner Sydney suburbia.

Josie provides a voice over for the entirety of the film.   Through her voice over narration, Josie gives a brief overview of what’s going on, letting us know any important background information.   This helps us to understand ideas in the film because Josie’s feelings and thoughts are revealed through the voice over’s.  

Her own feelings of not belonging, cultural and class differences, love and family are expressed through the voice over’s.   These ideas are major themes in the film.   It has the effect of making us connect more with Josie and other central characters, as we are taken on a journey through her own thoughts.   The voice over in Looking for Alibrandi also adds humour to the storyline.

“Dear Guinness Book of Records.   I’ve just been on a ten minute date.   Is that a record?”

The voice over provides a unique insight of being a teenager.  
This successfully shows the pain and happiness that comes with growing up.

In the opening scenes, we are introduced to theme, character and plot through music.   An Italian song provides the background music as we meet the central characters and are introduced to the setting of the film. The filming of the opening scene suggests almost, that we the audience, are visualizing Josie’s family through her eyes.
Her sneering and sardonic...