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Making Myth -Takes

Tuesday 11th March / presented by James Hall

The sequel to 2006’s Spartan war epic, 300, opened across Perth cinemas last week.

 300: The Rise of an Empire is based on an unreleased Frank Miller graphic novel dramatizing the defence of Greece against invading Persian forces.

But the film’s violence is not restricted to the battle scenes; the history takes a mauling too.

If it’s true we learn from our ‘myth-takes’, is there a deeper issue at the heart of Hollywood’s habit of rewriting history to suit cinematic storytelling?

Dr Han Baltussen is a professor of classics at the University of Adelaide and is with James Hall to look at Hollywood’s love affair with poetic license when it comes to historical accuracy…

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