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Open Right

Josh Nelson: REAR WINDOW

Session Info:

This presentation explores Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’, preparing students for their Year 12 English/EAL assessment tasks and examination.

Familiarising students with the formal aspects of the cinematic text (Cinematography, Mise En Scene, Editing, Music and Sound etc.) I focus on the various ways Hitchcock uses these elements to generate meaning in the text across a variety of key themes, motifs and characters.

Additionally, the presentation will assist students in the application of appropriate terminology for their textual analyses, providing useful advice on writing strategies when approaching their assessment tasks and end-of-year examination.

Please note: this presentation can be tailored to the specific needs of the students or staff.


  • Rear Window: Then & Now
  • Voyeurism & spectatorship
  • Marriage and gender relationships
  • The role of the camera
  • Private & public spaces
  • The courtyard as social mirror
  • The film as allegory

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