Episode 9: ‘Stay’

Chester returns to the park to make up with Mapplethorpe but meets Remus, who leads him into the Mirror Maze. Inside, Remus reveals something terrifying that makes Chester say he wants to stay in the park forever.

Task 1: Year 7 English

One morning, Chester’s parents wake to find him missing. He’s gone back to Crazy Fun Park to make a deal with Remus to stay there forever. Create an alternative scenario where Chester doesn’t go back to the park, but instead goes to … Focus on character, setting and an event.

AC9E7LE05: Year 7 English | Literature: Examining literature | Identify and explain the ways that characters, settings and events combine to create meaning in narratives.


Task 2: Year 8 English

Mapplethorpe uses his dragon figurine to leave the park and visit his mum. He discovers she’s fallen apart. Their house is in disarray and every night she posts a message to him on his social media site, telling him about her day and how much she misses him.

Explain how this scene relates to the theme GRIEF. Then choose one other theme: ADOLESCENCE or FRIENDSHIP. Identify a scene in the episode that relates to your chosen theme. What do you see and hear in the scene that links to the theme?

AC9E8LY01: Year 8 English | Literacy: Texts in context | Identify how texts reflect contexts.


Task 3: Years 7 and 8 Media Arts

Form a group of four and each take one of the following roles: camera, sound, interviewer, and interviewee. Script a television interview where Chester discusses his decision to enter the park permanently. As the interviewer, challenge Chester’s reasoning by asking questions that tease out interesting answers. Remember to use open-ended questions for the best result.


Open-ended questions: these questions invite a more detailed response than yes or no. Open-ended questions encourage people to express their thoughts, opinions, and experiences. They typically begin with words like how, what, why and tell me about.

AC9AMA8C02: Years 7 and 8 Media Arts | Creating and making | Apply production processes and use media arts concepts to construct representations and produce media arts works that communicate ideas, perspectives and/or meaning for specific audiences using responsible media practice.


Task 4: Years 7 and 8 Media Arts

When Mapplethorpe visits his mum, he finds she is grieving him. How is lighting used in this scene to demonstrate and communicate his mum’s emotional state? Choose another scene. How is lighting used in it to communicate mood and/or emotion?

AC9AMA8E01: Years 7 and 8 Media Arts | Exploring and responding | Investigate the ways that media arts concepts are used in media arts works and practices across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts.


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