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MALAKI HARROD ponders ‘Oblivion’ and absence and Lacan

I am not the first to notice that there has been a worrying number of “where did everybody go?” films recently (look only to Will Smith vehicle After Earth coming down the pipe in a little while).  Wandering about wondering where the all the chaps have gone is a lot of fun. It’s a variation on the invisible man trope.  What do you do?  Do you steal cars and go hunting in New York (as in I Am Legend)?  Do you wander about trying to work out what happened (28 Days Later)?  Or, as here, do you patrol the planet for mysterious “scavs”, and pretend to play baseball in destroyed stadia (Oblivion) and wander about the astonishingly well preserved New York Public Library (both Logan’s Run and Oblivion).  Slavoj Zizek, talking about Alan Weisman’s bizarre book The World Without Us notes “this is the fundamental subjective position of fantasy: to be reduced to the gaze which observes the world in the condition of the subject’s non-existence – like the fantasy of witnessing the act of one’s own conception”.

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We’re Broken Free: Troy, Gabriella and the death of Religion, by Toby Fergusson



Interviewed in London, just prior to the launch of ‘High School Musical 3’, Kenny Ortega, the director of all three films was quoted as follows:

“I met a little girl in an orphanage in Africa, in Nairobi, where every child in there  is HIV positive or is living with AIDS. She’s 15 and her name is Joyce, and I’ll  never forget her, and I’ll work for her for the rest of my life. She said to me: “Thank you for High School Musical, Mr Ortega, because you’ve given me back my hope  and you’ve given me back my courage.” And if someone can find that in a little movie like High School Musical then I’ll do four, I’ll do five, I’ll do six, I’ll do seven of them.” (Quoted in The Northern Echo on 20th October 2008)


The High School Musical films are a careful and difficult trilogy of films; as the audience watches, it becomes clear that the films are studded with exciting and revolutionary arguments.   Continue reading