I was studying part-time at RMIT for a degree in Media Studies. Imagine my delight when I discovered the subject ‘Cinema Studies’. Each Tuesday afternoon we would traipse into the old theatre on campus and watch a movie. It was my introduction to many classic movies -Singin’ In the Rain, Metropolis, The Searchers, Blade Runner – and to genres such as film noir, and westerns. Each Wednesday evening we would talk about the movie we’d seen, learning about sub-text and visual language. Little did I know how useful that would later become when I started facilitating.
So when on a trip in Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley didn’t seem that far a side trip. It was. But it was worth it.