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Newspaper Feature Article Australian Identity Extracted From 'gettin' Square'

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There's some reason that we feel we understand Aussies that battle against the odds, whether it's against the government, the police or English bowlers, we're on their side. But why? Reporter Jeremy Poxon delves into a topic everyone recognizes.'My old mate Barry Wirth. What's he worth? Not much if you ask me.' Detective Arnie deViers walks around the room circling the small table in the middle with ex-con turned clean Barry Wirth seated on a standard police interrogation room chair. Grabbing a fistful of ear and hair on Barry's head, deViers slams Barry's face down onto the table hard enough to send a clear message that there's no love loss between these two, he leans down to Barry's ear and threatens 'You're going back inside where you belong, only this time you're never getting out.'The 2003 film, 'Gettin' Square', directed by Jonathan Teplitsky, echoes through Barry Wirth (Sam Worthington), a new vision of the typical Aussie, the battler, an image thousands of people around the world recognize as the Australian Identity. An old picture created by social legends, international films, paintings, advertisements, novels, newspapers and poetry. While the Aussie battler is seen widely as an Australian identity, it must also be recognized that there are many other personalities and figures that fill people's imagination when the think of the typical Australian.The IdentitiesThe Bush BattlerSuccessful films like the 1982 'The Man from Snowy River, the legend of the Eureka stockade, the television show Macleod's Daughters, the flying doctor and poems by Patterson and Lawson, bring to mind a picture of the Outback bushman as the Australian Identity. The image of a silhouette on horseback, a big akubra hat, R.M Williams boots and the classic Australian Driza-Bone. An image that promotes the idea of the Aussie that battles against foreign terrain, enemies and the unforgiving weather, in a constant uphill battle with the goal of simply keeping our country running. An honourable and often unrecognized existence, but one that every now and then is given the slightest piece of attention that brings Australians back to their roots, and reminds us of the 'little guy' that makes life a little easier for us.The Simplistic SurferThe beaches of Bondi and Surfers Paradise as well as the internationally successful television series 'Home and Away' give a hint of the growing surf culture in Australia. The tanned skin, surfboard and blonde, salt encrusted hair captures a culture of nature, music, contentment and the need for nothing but what is necessary. This picture reminds Aussies that life doesn't need to be a pressure cooker, there's nothing that brings us back to reality like a dip in the great blue ocean that makes our country so special.QantasMillions upon millions of people watched the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, a time in Australian history when we had never been prouder to be Australian. But what was at the core of this phenomenon? It was the feeling we all...

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