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Lady Lash (ATOM Study Guide)

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Lady Lash (Crystal Clyne) is an Indigenous Kokatha woman with Greek ancestry. Pushing against barriers, she has established a career in the male dominated Hip Hop industry. After decades living in Melbourne, struggling and facing life's challenges with bravery and creativity, she returns to country to explore her spiritual connection to land and deepen her sense of identity. In confronting the colonial mindset that continues to limit and damage her people, Lady Lash courageously rewrites her narrative, demolishes stereotypes and creates a wild storm of musical fusion.

The documentary, Lady Lash, celebrates the power of creativity against adversity, countering all too common negative media representations of Indigenous women with its real and personal story. Lady Lash is a profound celebration of creativity, led by an all-female production team.

Curriculum Links:

Many of the activities in this guide have a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

The film connects to specific goals in education with regard to Indigenous perspectives. The Australian Curriculum is working towards addressing two distinct needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education:

  • that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are able to see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum of each of the learning areas, can fully participate in the curriculum and can build their self-esteem
  • that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world's oldest continuous living cultures.

The activities in this guide are designed with Years 7–10 in mind, but creative teachers with classes at different year levels may find relevant activity suggestions. The material below is taken from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Key Learning Areas:

  • Music (Years 7–10)
  • Media Arts (Years 7–10)
  • English (The activities in this guide allow teachers to address key learning in the three strands of the English curriculum: Reading and Viewing, Speaking and Listening, and Writing).

Learning Capabilities:

  • Learning in Intercultural Capability
  • Learning in Personal and Social Capability
  • Learning in Ethical Capability
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Intercultural Capability

Before Viewing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this program may contain images and voices of deceased people. Lady Lash contains one moment of coarse language. The film also touches on the topics of domestic violence and alcoholism. This needs to be handled with sensitivity and consideration for the students in your care. Teachers are advised to watch the film before screening it for students.

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