The Box - Volume 4
- Product Review (submitted on 14 February 2017):
The Box is an enjoyable and thoroughly enlightening immersion in life as it was in 1970s Australia.
This was a time of innocence and through the series we witness Australia struggling to grow up. We were very much a white Australia, laden with the homophobic, sexist and racist attitudes of the day.
The Box offers insight into this period of our social history both actively and passively. We see characters actively tackling the attitudes of the day; discrimination in its many and various forms. This is riveting: I am taken aback by their thoughts and views that we were still maybe 30 years away from our society understanding, let alone embracing.
And passively, the very topics the characters tackle are simply 'there'. Sexist and homophobic attitudes form the backdrop, which is as honest as it is unintentional. It's how things were.
It's a shame that Crawfords don't promote this iconic work for what it is. Rather, they are using the same pitch used in 1973 (a raunchy soapie) which is a grave injustice and would be unlikely to attract anyone.
Crawfords, why not promote The Box for what it truly is today: an authentic and fascinating record of a period of immense social change in Australia's history?