Arcadie Academy’s commentary exists at the intersection of Art, Literature, Screen and Culture to promote the ‘Connectivity’ screen scripted
genre (Environmental humanities/Speculative fiction etc.) This includes contributing to discussions around representation or coding of marginalised people and places. This commentary draws on my
doctorate research into the abject ‘Monstrous’ Australian Cinematic Landscape, my careers as a screen practitioner, storyteller and educator - and my unique paradigm as a Neurodivergent, Lesbian
of colour, born, raised and assimilated in rural Anglo Australia as per the 'White Australia' policy. By promoting a screen genre or stories which focus on discovery and connection instead of
conflict, conquest and crime - could our society start to imagine a NON-dystopian future, potentially ‘...write ourselves into our future...’ (‘Everywhen’ Saunders, 2022) and free the Australian
landscape from being over-represented as a crime scene?
Arcadie Academy (Arcadie) is a diverse organisation whose philosophy is inspired by the French ‘Association Arcadie’ (1954-1982) and their vision to connect oppressed marginalised communities with their history, culture and community so individuals can be better informed, more discerning and experience equality, freedom of expression and “dignity” as fully integrated citizens who live within and co-create an authentic, eco-conscious, ethical community.