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3 Acts of Murder
3 Acts of Murder 
3 Acts of Murder tells a riveting true story of solitary outback life, hard working men, friendship, storytelling and murder. First World War veteran and would-be crime novelist, Arthur W. Upfield, ekes out an existence as a boundary rider overseeing 163 miles of rabbit-proof fence. As he trudges mile after mile through harsh and unforgiving land, with only a couple of camels for company, Arthur works up story ideas for his fictional super sleuth, Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony for short). 3 Acts of a Murder is an outstanding film for use in an educational context. It is an example of Australian filmmaking at its very best; it brilliantly evokes a period that may seem like ancient history to teenage students; it presents fascinating characters and an intriguing story; and it raises interesting questions about the nature of the creative process and the social responsibilities of art. All of that, and it includes three muders and one execution - almost guaranteed to engage students! It has relevance to middle and senior secondary English, History and Media Studies.

The following section of this guide suggests how the film might be used in the context of Victorian (VCE) Syllabus documents for Years 11 & 12. Teachers from other states or teaching other year levels are advised to consult their curriculum documents to situate the film in the most meaningful learning context possible. Most of the study guide activities are designed to be open-ended in order to meet different needs, and teachers are encouraged to adapt the material and to pick and choose lesson ideas, rather than to work through the entire guide systematically. Teachers are also advised that the film includes two sex scenes and some coarse language. It is rated M for violence and sex scenes.
 

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