The Castle

Discuss the negative and positive aspects of global village in your prescribed text and in at least 1 other text.

The phrase, global village was coined by Marshall McLuhan to describe the world as being “shrunk” by modern advances in communications. McLuhan likened the vast network of communications systems to one extended central nervous system, ultimately linking everyone in the world. These linkages have both positive and negative aspects, which are addressed in The Castle, Gaza diary – ‘Are we not human?’ and the Casey Haynes bullying video.

The Castle, directed by Rob Stitch tells the story of Darryl Kerrigan and his battle against the corrupt world of government and big business. Stitch utilises techniques such as diegetic sounds, high angle shots and mid shots to highlight the positive and negative aspects of the global village.

Diegetic sound is incorporated at the beginning of the film to represent the world in which the Kerrigan’s live. Through the barking of dogs and the chirping of birds, the responder is made aware that the Kerrigan’s life revolves around their suburban home, which subtly shows their simplistic, insular world and thus their reluctance to embrace the global village. Therefore, stitch has used diegetic sounds to highlight the negative attitude of the Kerrigan’s towards the global village.

High-angle shots are used to show the vulnerability of the Kerrigan’s. An example of this is when Darryl, Dale and Sally are reading the letter received after the land valuation. The high angle shot reveals the negative outcome of the land valuation and it effectively makes the viewer look down upon this small family. This emphasizes their vulnerable position which is further reinforced by the concerned facial expressions worn by each character. In showing the Kerrigan’s vulnerability through high angle shots, Stitch highlights the Kerrigan’s fight against the negative aspects of the global village.

Mid-shots are used in the opening...