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Screen Australia

Catalogue 2009
Screen Australia is proud to continue Film Australia’s 60-year heritage,
representing a diverse range of high quality Australian documentary and
educational programs.

This catalogue showcases recent programs produced under the National
Interest Program and Making History Initiative together with independently-
produced programs and a selection of material from the rich library archive.

For further information contact Screen Australia Sales or visit
www.screenaustralia.gov.au


titles in detail                                                                                 2

backlist                                                                                      24

index to subject areas                                                                        29

index to new releases & captioned titles                                                      31

pricing and ordering                                                                          32

order form                                                       inside back cover
Classification and the availability of teachers notes (notes) are indicated for each title where applicable.
Teachers notes can be downloaded from the Screen Australia website.

Cover: photographers Luigi Acquisto, Suzanne Brown, Simon Cardwell, Ross Coffey, Marcus Filinger, Jimmy
Foggo, David Johns, Jimmy Malecki, Belinda Mason, Michael Molkentin, Andrew Railton, Mark Rogers, Ilana
Rose, Joe Shemesh, John Witzig and Tony Wright. Archive image courtesy of Australian War Memorial.
Images reproduced by permission. Designer: Cecealia Dalgairns.

Screen Australia is the Australian Government’s newly established screen agency replacing the AFC, FFC and
Film Australia.
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Abortion, Corruption and Cops –                                  Air Australia                                                    Australian Biography Series 1–11
The Bertram Wainer Story                                         Australia’s aviation history is a saga of daring                 The Australian Biography series profiles some
In 1967 a young woman came to Dr Bertram                         feats, can-do attitude, pig-headed visionaries,                  of the most extraordinary Australians of our
Wainer’s Melbourne surgery seeking emergency                     iron-fisted politicians and warring pilots; of humble            time. Many have had a major impact on the
medical treatment after a backyard abortion.                     beginnings and mega deals. The story begins in                   nation’s cultural, political and social life. All
She was desperately ill yet too afraid to go                     World War One with the bold young airmen who                     are remarkable and inspiring people who have
to hospital. For Wainer this was the start of a                  would later establish Australia’s first airlines,                reached a stage in their lives where they can
long, hard struggle to overturn laws that made                   marred by accidents and fatalities, but highlighted              look back and reflect. Through revealing in-depth
abortion a punishable offence. In the process he                 by ground-breaking flights. Behind the scenes,                   interviews, they share their stories—of beginnings
uncovered a web of corruption involving highly                   however, battles were fought in boardrooms and                   and challenges, landmarks and turning points.
paid doctors, backyard abortionists, high-ranking                with backers and bureaucrats to keep the airlines                In so doing, they provide us with an invaluable
police and politicians. It would lead to attempts                aloft. Then businessmen replaced aviators at the                 archival record and a unique perspective on the
against his life and the first major public enquiry              helm of the companies, and take-overs rather than                roads we, as a country, have travelled.
into a state police force, as he fought to make                  take-offs became front-page news.                                A Film Australia National Interest Program.
                                                                 Year:                        2006
abortions accessible, affordable and safe.                                                                                        Winner, Outstanding Contribution to the Quality of Australian
                                                                 Duration:                    3 x 55 minutes                      Life, Centre of Australian Cultural Studies. Finalist, Audio/Visual
Year:                        2005                                Executive Producers:         Anna Grieve, Mark Hamlyn            Prize, NSW Premier’s History Awards.
Duration:                    52 minutes                          Producers:                   Alan Lindsay, Helen Clucas
Executive Producers:         Penny Robins, Franco di Chiera      Director/Writer:             Alan Lindsay                        notes sold as single programs (discount available
Producers:                   John Moore, Sue Seeary              A Film Australia National Interest Program in association        for purchase of multiple programs)
Writer/Director:             John Moore                          with Vue DC. Produced with the assistance of ScreenWest,
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   LotteryWest and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
John Moore Productions. Developed and produced with                                                                               Series 1
                                                                 Winner, Silver Award for Dramatised Documentaries,
the assistance of Film Victoria. Produced in association with
SBS Independent.
                                                                 State Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.                Nancy Bird Walton—pioneer aviator [g]
                                                                 Finalist, Visual Effects, AFI Awards. Finalist,                  Neville Bonner—former senator [pg]
Finalist, Best Achievement in Direction in a Documentary         Documentary, Series/Factual Entertainment/Natural
and Best Achievement in Cinematography in a Non-                                                                                  H C “Nugget” Coombs—economist [g]
                                                                 History, Australian Directors Guild Awards.
Feature Film, AFI Awards. Finalist, International Film                                                                            Dame Joan Hammond—opera singer [g]
and Video Competition, Mumbai International Film                 notes    english subtitles for hearing impaired          [pg]    Jack Hazlitt—World War I veteran [pg]
Festival. Finalist, Best Documentary Social and Political                                                                         Donald Horne—writer and academic [g]
Issues, ATOM Awards.
                                                                 The Art of War                                                   Sir Marcus Oliphant—scientist [g]
notes   [m]                                                                                                                       Year:                        1991
                                                                 A four-part series about Australian art inspired                 Duration:                    26 minutes each
                                                                 by our involvement in conflicts over the past                    Executive Producer:          Ron Saunders
Admission Impossible                                                                                                              Producer/Director:           Frank Heimans
                                                                 century, from the First World War to the war on
For much of the 20th century, Australian                         terrorism. It reveals how dramatically attitudes                 Series 2
governments deported and barred entry to                         to war have changed, and how radically the                       Faith Bandler—civil rights activist [pg]
people they considered undesirable. This was                     trauma of war has changed art itself. Presented                  Franco Belgiorno-Nettis—industrialist [pg]
known as the White Australia policy. This                                                                                         Nancy Cato—author [pg]
                                                                 by Betty Churcher, this is a personal exploration
is the true story of the political forces and                                                                                     Frank Hardy—author [pg]
                                                                 of art rather than a comprehensive history.                      Phillip Law—scientist, Antarctic explorer [g]
propaganda campaigns that attempted to                           With images from official war artists, soldiers                  Dame Roma Mitchell—lawyer and Governor of
populate Australia with “pure white” migrants.                   on the frontline or in POW camps, civilians                      South Australia [g]
See also Film Australia’s Immigration.                           in concentration camps and those on the                          Elizabeth Riddell—journalist and poet [pg]
Year:                        1992
                                                                 homefront, it is a story of unknown artists and                  Year:                        1992
Duration:                    54 minutes                                                                                           Duration:                    26 minutes each
Executive Producer:          Chris Oliver                        famous names such as Arthur Streeton, Sidney                     Executive Producer:          Ron Saunders
Writer/Director:             Alec Morgan                         Nolan, Margaret Preston and Stella Bowen.                        Producer/Director:           Frank Heimans
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.       Year:                        2005
                                                                 Duration:                    4 x 26 minutes                      Series 3
Finalist, Best Television Documentary, AFI Awards and            Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                         Flo Bjelke-Petersen—former senator [g]
AWGIE Awards.                                                    Producers:                   John Hughes, Betty Churcher         Veronica Brady—nun and academic [g]
[pg]                                                             Director:                    John Hughes                         Smoky Dawson—entertainer [pg]
                                                                 Writer:                      Betty Churcher
                                                                                                                                  Malcolm Fraser—former prime minister [g]
                                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
                                                                 Early Works. Produced with the support of the Australian         Hayes Gordon—actor and director [g]
                                                                 War Memorial and in association with SBS Independent.            Lois O’Donoghue—Aboriginal leader and senior
                                                                 Winner, Script Writing Award, NSW Premier's Literary             public servant [pg]
                                                                 Awards. Finalist, Best Music for a Television Series or          Albert Tucker—artist [pg]
                                                                 Serial, APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards. Honourable                Year:                        1993
                                                                 Mention, Local Documentary, Sydney Morning Herald                Duration:                    26 minutes each
                                                                 Couch Potato Awards.                                             Executive Producer:          Sharon Connolly
                                                                 notes   [pg]                                                     Producer/Director:           Frank Heimans




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Series 4                                             Series 9                                         Writers:                   Robert Lewis, Terry Hastings,
Lily Ah Toy—Northern Territory pioneer [g]           Betty Churcher—arts educator and gallery                                    Pennie Stoyles, Andrew King
                                                                                                      A Film Australia production in association with Pacific Films.
Graeme Bell—father of Australian jazz [g]            director
                                                                                                      Finalist, Best Secondary Education Resource, ATOM Awards.
Freda Brown—political activist and women’s           Marjorie Jackson-Nelson—Olympic athlete
                                                                                                      Finalist, Best Learning, AIMIA Awards. Shortlisted, Best
leader [g]                                           Thomas Keneally—author                           Secondary School Educational Website, The Australian
Helen Hughes—economist [g]                           Bill Mollison—environmentalist [g]               Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing.
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks—actor and Aboriginal            Bernard Smith—arts historian and critic [g]      notes
activist [g]                                         Charles “Bud” Tingwell—actor, director
Jim McClelland—lawyer and politician [g]             Joan Winch—Aboriginal health worker and
Shirley Strickland de la Hunty—athlete and           educator                                         The Back of Beyond                                 classic

conservationist [g]                                  Year:                 2004                       This 1954 outback classic takes a hard look at
Year:                  1995                          Duration:             26 minutes each
                                                     Executive Producer:   Mark Hamlyn                the development of inland Australia—it follows
Duration:              26 minutes each
Executive Producer:    Sharon Connolly               Producer/Director:    Rod Freedman               a carrier called Tom Kruse as he sets out
Producer/Director:     Frank Heimans                 Writer:               Robin Hughes
                                                                                                      along the Birdsville Track with supplies and
Series 5                                             Series 10                                        mail for half a dozen cattle stations. The film
Charles Birch—scientist and theologian [g]           Tom Bass—sculptor                                leaves him at various points along the route to
Zelda D’Aprano—feminist, political activist [pg]     Noeline Brown—actor                              tell stories associated with the areas through
Miriam Hyde—composer, pianist [g]                    Sir Zelman Cowen—former Governor-General
                                                                                                      which he passes.
Ruby Langford Ginibi—writer [pg]                     and academic
                                                     Anne Deveson—writer, broadcaster, filmmaker         This 50th anniversary collectors edition DVD
Mungo MacCallum Snr—writer, broadcaster [g]
Dame Margaret Scott—dancer and founding              Joan Kirner—community activist and former        includes a photo gallery and a biography of
director of the Australian Ballet School [g]         Premier of Victoria                              writer/director John Heyer as well as an extract
Tom Uren—politician [g]                              Max Lake—surgeon, winegrower and author          from one of Heyer’s earlier films—the 1947
Year:                  1996                          Noel Tovey—actor, choreographer, director [m]    documentary Journey of a Nation.
Duration:              26 minutes each               Year:                 2006                       Year:                       2004
Executive Producer:    Sharon Connolly               Duration:             26 minutes each            Duration:                   80 minutes
Producer/Director:     Frank Heimans                 Executive Producer:   Mark Hamlyn                Producer/
                                                     Producer/Director:    Rod Freedman               Director/Writer:            John Heyer
Series 6                                             Writer:               Robin Hughes               The Shell Film Unit
Eva Burrows—Salvation Army leader
                                                     Series 11                                        Winner, Grand Prix Assoluto, Venice International Film Festival
Bruce Dawe—poet
Elizabeth Durack—painter                             Dame Beryl Beaurepaire–women’s rights activist   [g]
Margaret Fulton—cookery writer                       Don Burrows—jazz musician
B A Santamaria—political commentator*                June Dally-Watkins—model, businesswoman
                                                                                                      The Balanda and the Bark Canoes –
                                                     Ted Egan—singer, songwriter
Year:                  1997
                                                     Donald Metcalf—medical researcher                Making “Ten Canoes”
Duration:              4 x 26 minutes,
                       *1 x 52 minutes               May O’Brien—educator, writer                     A documentary about making the feature film
Executive Producers:   Sharon Connolly,              David Williamson—writer
                       Megan McMurchy
                                                                                                      Ten Canoes. It is May, 2005 in Central Arnhem
Producers/Directors:   Robin Hughes,                 Year:                 2007                       Land: “The story is their story, those that live on
                       Linda Kruger                  Duration:             26 minutes each
                                                     Executive Producer:   Mark Hamlyn                this land, in their language, and set a long time
Series 7                                             Producer/Director:    Rod Freedman               before the coming of the Balanda, as we white
                                                     Writer:               Robin Hughes
Rosalie Gascoigne—artist                                                                              people are known. For the people of the Arafura
Priscilla Kincaid-Smith—kidney specialist                                                             Swamp, this film is an opportunity, maybe a last
Charles Perkins—Aboriginal activist and politician                                                    chance to hold on to the old ways. For all of us,
Bill Roycroft—Olympic equestrian                     Australians at Work Video Clips
                                                                                                      the challenges are unexpected, the task beyond
Peter Sculthorpe—composer                            This DVD features more than 50 video clips
Victor Smorgon—industrialist                                                                          anything imagined. For me, it is the most difficult
                                                     from the Film Australia archive on the theme     film I have made, in the most foreign land I’ve
Year:                  1999
Duration:              26 minutes each               of Australians at work. Ranging from 1901 to     been to...and it is Australia.” – Rolf de Heer
Executive Producer:    Megan McMurchy                the present and covering a range of issues,      Year:                      2006
Producer/Director:     Robin Hughes
                                                     these short clips capture a broad sweep          Duration:                  52 minutes
                                                                                                      Executive Producer:        Sue Murray
Series 8                                             of Australian life from our fledgling airline    Producers:                 Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan
Diane Cilento—actor                                  industry to the last days of a steelworks,       Directors/Writers:         Molly Reynolds, Tania Nehme,
Dame Rachel Cleland—Liberal Party matriarch          community market gardens to test-tube                                       Rolf de Heer
and conservationist                                                                                   A Fandango Australia production. Supported by Bula’bula
                                                     babies, artists to axemen, peacetime to war.     Arts Aboriginal Corporation. Produced in association with
Inga Clendinnen—historian
Bill Harney—Aboriginal elder                         The clips also form part of the Australians      SBS Independent.
                                                     at Work website, along with study modules        Winner, Best Documentary, Film Critics Circle of Australia
Barbara Holborow—children’s court magistrate                                                          Awards. Winner, Urban Cinefile Audience Award for Best
Jack Mundey—unionist and environmentalist            suitable for all secondary year levels.          Documentary, Sidebar Program, Sydney Film Festival.
Ray Whitrod—policeman                                Year:                 2006
                                                     Duration:             97 minutes
                                                                                                      notes      [pg]
Year:                  2002
Duration:              7 x 26 minutes                Executive Producer:   Chris Warner
Executive Producer:    Mark Hamlyn                   Producer:             Ron Saunders
Producer/Director:     Robin Hughes                  Content Director:     Nicola Woolmington



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Black Chicks Talking                                        From Little Things, Big Things Grow                           Bombora – The Story of
                                                            Kev Carmody is a musician and songwriter with                 Australian Surfing                                   new
Performer and writer Leah Purcell talks with
                                                            a great sense of humour. He has performed
five dynamic Indigenous women—Rosanna                       with Paul Kelly and Billy Bragg, both of whom                 A definitive history of surfing in Australia as
Angus, Kathryn Hay, Deborah Mailman, Cilla                  appear in this film. When Kev released his first              told by our surfing champions, writers, pioneers,
Malone and Tammy Williams—about what it                     album, Pillars of Society, in 1989, Rolling Stone             entrepreneurs, mavericks, legends, drop-outs and
means to be Aboriginal in Australia today.                  magazine described it as “the best album ever                 drop-ins. The two-part series follows the rise of
   In a series of individual interviews and at              released by an Aborigine and arguably the best                surfing and its culture in Australia, using archival
                                                            protest album ever made in Australia”. Kev was
one lively dinner party, the women share their                                                                            footage and classic Australian music to illustrate
                                                            propelled onto the national stage as a voice of
experiences and opinions with extraordinary                 protest for black Australia. This film looks at               its growing importance in Australian society in
candour. The result is a passionate and                     Kev up close.                                                 the 20th century and beyond.
challenging exploration of black identity and a                                                                           Year:                     2009
                                                            Jardiwarnpa–Warlpiri Fire Ceremony                            Duration:                 2 x 55 minutes
celebration of five very different lives.
                                                            Law man Darby Jampinjimpa Ross and                            Executive Producer:       Penny Robins
Year:                       2002                            other Aboriginal elders introduce us to their                 Producers/Directors:      Paul Clarke, Greg Appel
Duration:                   52 minutes                                                                                    Writers:                  Paul Clarke, Greg Appel,
Producer:                   Bain Stewart
                                                            community’s fire ceremony. Made with the co-                                            Nick Carroll
Writer/Director:            Leah Purcell                    operation of the Warlpiri community of Yuendumu,              A Screen Australia/Bombora Film and Music production.
Co-Writer/                                                  the film follows the staging of the ceremony,                 Developed and produced in association with the Australian
Co-Producer:                Brendan Fletcher                involving hundreds of people, over several weeks—             Broadcasting Corporation. A National Interest Program
Produced by Bungabura Productions with the assistance
                                                            part of the process of retaining traditional law and          notes   australia   & nz only {m}      schools version
of SBS Independent. Developed with the assistance of the
Indigenous Branch, Australian Film Commission. Financed     culture within the community. Anthropologists                 available
by the Australian Film Finance Corporation.                 describe the ceremony as a means of resolving
Winner, Best Documentary, IF Awards. Finalist, Television   personal conflicts in society; the elders speak of
Category, Human Rights Medal and Awards; Most               paying tribute to their ancestors.                            Bush Mechanics – The Series
Outstanding Documentary Series, TV Week Logie Awards;       Year:                        1993                             This off-beat series follows the exploits of
Best General Documentary (Social and Political Issues),     Duration:                    4 x 60 minutes
ATOM Awards.                                                                             (sold as single programs)        the Bush Mechanics, a group of engaging
notes   [ma15+]   schools (non-expletive) version
                                                            Producers:                   Ned Lander, Rachel Perkins       Aboriginal characters who travel through
                                                            Directors:                   Trevor Graham, Ned Lander,
available                                                                                Rachel Perkins
                                                                                                                          central Australia. In each episode, the five Bush
                                                            Writers:                     Trevor Graham, Marcia Langton,   Mechanics are presented with new challenges
                                                                                         Ned Lander, Rachel Perkins       as they set off in their clapped-out motorcar.
Blood Brothers                                              Produced by City Pictures in association with SBS
                                                            Indigenous Unit. Made with the participation of the           Along the way, they manage to solve multiple
Four extraordinary stories of Aboriginal                    Australian Film Finance Corporation. Developed                car problems with wacky and inventive bush
Australia are told in this acclaimed series.                with the assistance of the NSW Film and Television
                                                            Office. Jardiwarnpa was produced in association with          repair techniques. Combining adventure, magic
Broken English                                              Warlukurlangu Artists Association and supported by the        realism and a distinctive brand of Indigenous
For more than 30 years, Arrernte man Rupert                 Australia Council for the Arts.
                                                                                                                          humour, the series provides an insight into both
Max Stuart has maintained his innocence of                                                                                contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture.
the rape and murder of a young white girl. Max
                                                                                                                          Year:                        2001
Stuart claims he fell prey to prejudices in the                                                                           Duration:                    4 x 26 minutes
white justice system and alleges he was beaten              Bobtales                                                      Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore
and verballed by police. He spent 14 years in               How did Australia’s native animals come to look               Producer:                    Jeni McMahon
prison and faced the gallows nine times for the                                                                           Writer/Director:             David Batty
                                                            the way they do? Why do the moon and stars                    Co-Director: Francis Jupurrula Kelly
crime he says he didn’t commit. This film, which            appear in the sky? Presented by Aboriginal                    A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
combines documentary and drama, recreates                                                                                 with Warlpiri Media Association Inc. Produced with the
                                                            storytellers, these beautifully illustrated stories
some of the events of his trial, appeals and                                                                              assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
subsequent Royal Commission. Features Hugo                  use computer animation based on drawings by                   Finalist, Independent Producers Award, Screen
Weaving and Noah Taylor.                                    Aboriginal children from Western Australia to                 Producers Association of Australia and in Group Category
                                                            document traditional legends in an imaginative,               for an Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture,
Freedom Ride                                                                                                              Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Cultural
                                                            colourful way.                                                Awards.
Outspoken leader Charles Perkins grew up
                                                            Year:                      1997
on a reserve, separated from his relatives. He                                                                            notes   [pg]
                                                            Duration:                  13 x 5 minutes
was shunned by white Australian society and                                            (sold as a compilation)
his early experiences of racism spurred him                 Producer:                  Patricia Evans
to go on to university and to challenge racial              Director:                  Todd WIlliams
inequality. One of the first Aboriginal people to           Gripping Films and Graphics and The Western Australia
                                                            Aboriginal Media Association. Produced with the assistance
graduate from university, he soon came to the               of SBS Independent for Creative Nation. Produced
forefront of direct action against oppression and           in association with the Australian Film Commission,
injustice, leading the 1965 freedom rides that              ScreenWest, the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia
challenged apartheid in northern NSW. This                  and SBS Independent.
film takes Charles Perkins back to Moree and
Walgett and uses newsreel footage and dramatic
reconstructions to retrace his story.




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Cane Toads –                                                     searches for the man behind the legend as she                   Christmas Lights                                       new
An Unnatural History                              classic        traces his story in a series that is part biography,
                                                                                                                                 Ever wondered what drives people to spend up to
                                                                 part travelogue—and completely enthralling.
In one of the most bizarre biological blunders                                                                                   11 months of the year and thousands of dollars
                                                                 Year:                         2007
of all time, the cane toad was introduced to                     Duration:                     4 x 53 minutes
                                                                                                                                 on Christmas lights? Meet the Watsons, the
Australia to save the nation’s cane crops from                   Executive Producers:          Stephen Amezdroz, John            Greenways and the Overtons, some of Australia’s
                                                                                               Barnett, Pat Ferns, Mark Hamlyn   most passionate Christmas enthusiasts, and
devastation. This humorous film takes a close
                                                                 Producer:                     Tony Wright
look at these pests, now in plague proportions,                  Producer Canada:              Andrew Ferns                      discover the meaning and motivation behind their
and at how different people have responded to                    Series Producer:              Paul Rudd                         curious and creative passion.
                                                                 Writers/Directors:            Wain Fimeri, Paul Rudd,
living down among the toads.                                                                   Matthew Thomason                  Year:                     2008
                                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program. A Cook Films,       Duration:                 22 minutes
Year:                      1987
                                                                 Ferns Productions, South Pacific Pictures and December          Executive Producer:       Penny Robins
Duration:                  46 minutes
                                                                 Films production. Produced with the assistance of New           Producer:                 Rachelle Bakarich
Producer/
                                                                 Zealand On Air, the Canadian Television Fund and Film           Writer/Director:          Lizzie Fisher
Director/Writer:           Mark Lewis
                                                                 Victoria, in association with History Television, ZDF in        Produced in association with Screen Australia.
A Film Australia Production.
                                                                 co-operation with ARTE and the Australian Broadcasting
Best Documentary, AFI Awards and Greater Union
                                                                 Corporation. An Australia - Canada Co-production
Awards. Best Film, San Francisco International Film
Festival. Jury Prize, Wildscreen. Silver Medal (Ecology),        Winner, Group Category, Manning Clark House National
Prix Leonardo Film & Television Festival.                        Cultural Awards; Winner, Audio/Visual History Prize, NSW        City of Dreams
                                                                 Premier’s History Awards; Winner, Best Documentary
[pg]                                                             Series, Leo Awards, Canada; Winner, Best History                When the brilliant and fiery Marion Mahony, the first
                                                                 Documentary, The Gemini Awards, Canada. Finalist,               registered woman architect in the world and the
                                                                 Most Outstanding Documentary, TV Week Logie Awards.
Capitalist Drive                                                 Readers Choice - Best Local Telemovie or Miniseries,
                                                                                                                                 longest-serving designer in Frank Lloyd Wright’s
                                                                 Sydney Morning Herald Couch Potato Awards.                      practice, married Walter Burley Griffin, it was the
A very personal account of one family and
                                                                 notes   [pg]                                                    beginning of one of the most outstanding artistic
its links across two continents and three
                                                                                                                                 collaborations of the 20th century. This visionary
generations, despite political divides. In
                                                                 Ceremony – The Djungguwan of                                    American couple won a controversial international
Capitalist Drive, Barbara Chobocky turns the
                                                                 Northeast Arnhem Land                                           competition in 1912 to design the new Australian
camera on her own extended family to discover
                                                                                                                                 capital in Canberra. Although the city of their
how ordinary people cope with social and                         Through song, dance, art and ritual, the Yolngu
                                                                                                                                 dreams was never built, the Griffins chose to stay
personal upheaval. She explores the parallels                    people of northeast Arnhem Land pass on their
                                                                                                                                 in Australia. This documentary explores their
between her enterprising cousins negotiating                     sacred knowledge. The Djungguwan is one of their
                                                                                                                                 unconventional approach to life and architecture,
the first years of free-market democracy in the                  most important ceremonies. Now, at the request
                                                                                                                                 and their lasting impact on Australian culture.
Czech Republic and the post-war migration of                     of Yolngu leaders and with material from Ian
                                                                                                                                 Year:                        2001
her immediate family to what her father called                   Dunlop’s Yirrkala Film Project, this two-DVD set                Duration:                    55 minutes
“the wild west”—a new life in Australia. Along                   brings together three rare films of the Djungguwan              Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
                                                                                                                                 Producer/Writer:             Gaby Mason
the way, she uncovers stories of love and loss,                  from 1966, 1976 and 2002—including, for the                     Writer/Director:             Belinda Mason
and a rather eccentric attachment to cars.                       first time, secret and sacred scenes—plus an                    A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
Year:                                                                                                                            the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
                             2004                                introductory film and five mini-documentaries.
Duration:                    55 minutes                                                                                          Winner, Gold Hugo, Documentary Arts/Humanities, Chicago
Executive Producers:         Penny Robins, Anna Grieve           It explores the role of ceremony in Indigenous
                                                                                                                                 International Television Competition. Finalist, Best Tertiary
Producer/Director:           Barbara Chobocky                    Australia and provides an extraordinary cultural                Educational Resource, ATOM Awards. Finalist, NSW
Co-Producer:                 Damien Parer                                                                                        Premier’s History Awards. Finalist, Best Achievement in
                                                                 record for future generations.
Writers:                     Barbara Chobocky,                                                                                   Cinematography in a Non-Feature, AFI Awards.
                             Jeff Bruer                          Year:                        2006
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Duration:                    367 minutes
Documentary Films Pty Ltd. Produced with the assistance          Executive Producer:          Chris Warner
of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                      Producer:                    Denise Haslem
                                                                 Director:                    Trevor Graham
Finalist, Documentary, Public Broadcast, AWGIE Awards.
                                                                 Writers:                     Trevor Graham, Professor
notes                                                                                         Howard Morphy, Philippa
                                                                                              Deveson
                                                                 A Film Australia production in association with Denise Haslem
Captain Cook –                                                   Productions. Made in collaboration with the Yirrkala Dhanbul
                                                                 Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.
Obsession and Discovery
                                                                 Winner, Best Indigenous Resource, ATOM Awards.
It’s high adventure, triumph and tragedy as we                   Finalist, Best Australian Documentary Feature, Film
                                                                 Critics Circle of Australia Awards. Finalist, Best Use
journey around the world in the wake of one of                   of Footage on Non-Broadcast Digital Platforms, Focal
the greatest explorers of all time—James Cook.                   Awards. Honourable Mention, Group Category, Manning
A hero to some, a curse to others, this son of                   Clark House National Cultural Awards.

an English farm labourer described more of the                   notes

globe than any other man in three incredible
voyages. Geographer, historical consultant
and bestselling author Vanessa Collingridge




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Colour of War – The Anzacs                                       a haven for young people on a farm outside                       Year:                      2007
                                                                                                                                  Duration:                  55 minutes
                                                                 Melbourne. She has been called an angel of
This is the story of Australia and New Zealand at                                                                                 Executive Producer:        Alex West
                                                                 mercy and a pain in the neck. One thing’s for                    Producers:                 Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood
war as never seen before. For the first time, only                                                                                Director:                  Franco di Chiera
                                                                 certain—she won’t let anything stand in her way.
original colour footage is used to paint a vividly                                                                                Produced with the assistance of ScreenWest and Lottery
                                                                 Year:                          2001                              West. Developed and produced in association with the
detailed picture of these closely allied nations,                Duration:                      55 minutes                        Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A Film Australia Making
from the build up to World War Two to the end of                 Executive Producer:            Franco di Chiera                  History Production in association with Prospero Productions.
the Vietnam conflict. Newly discovered films and                 Producers:                     Helen Clucas, Alan Lindsay
                                                                 Writer/Director:               Alan Lindsay                      Winner, Gold Award Dramatised Documentaries, State
home movies along with diary and letter extracts                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Australian Cinematographers Society Awards. Finalist, Best
                                                                 Vue Pty Ltd. Developed with the assistance of the Australian     Music for a Documentary, APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards.
allow viewers a very personal connection with
                                                                 Film Commission and Cinemedia’s Film Victoria. Produced with
the war experience, both on the battlefield and                  the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
                                                                                                                                  A Wire Through the Heart
on the homefront. In colour, that shared history                                                                                  This is the story of John McDouall Stuart’s
                                                                 notes
becomes even more intimate and involving.                                                                                         incredible crossing of inhospitable land, which
                                                                                                                                  enabled Charles Todd to construct a telegraph
Narrated by Russell Crowe, this powerful and
                                                                 Constructing Australia                                           line through the heart of the continent. The
moving three-part series captures the thoughts                                                                                    line’s construction heralded the start of a new
and feelings of ordinary people caught up in                     Politics, tragedy and conquest combine in                        communications era every bit as revolutionary
world-shattering events.                                         stories behind the building of Australia. These                  as the internet. It made Todd a hero - but it cost
Year:                        2004                                programs combine rare archival images with                       Stuart his life.
Duration:                    3 x 45 minutes                      dramatic storytelling in showcasing three                        Year:                       2007
Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn                                                                                          Duration:                   55 minutes
Series Producer:             Paul Rudd                           landmark events that would allow Australia
                                                                                                                                  Executive Producer:         Alex West
Producer:                    Anita Sheehan                       to mark its place in the world. The Sydney                       Producers:                  Mike Piper, Simon Nasht,
Co-producer:                 Sally Regan                         Harbour Bridge, the Kalgoorlie Pipeline and                                                  Corey Piper
Directors/Writers:           Paul Rudd, Ben Ulm                                                                                   Director:                   Darcy Yuille
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   the Overland Telegraph line were engineering                     Developed with the assistance of the Australian
TWI, Nine Network Australia, Screensound Australia, NZ On        triumphs, but the human drama in constructing                    Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC. Produced with the
Air, TVNZ and the New Zealand Ministry of Defence.                                                                                assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A
                                                                 Australia is even more fascinating.
Winner, Best Television Theme, APRA-AGSC Screen                                                                                   Film Australia Making History Production in association with
Music Awards.                                                    See also Federation.                                             Piper Films and the South Australian Film Corporation.

                                                        [m]                                                                       Winner, Silver Award Dramatised Documentaries, State
notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired                   english subtitles for hearing impaired          [pg]   sold
                                                                                                                                  Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.
                                                                 as a series or as individual programs

Community Cop                                        new
                                                                 The Bridge
On one of the toughest beats in town, a cop                      Massive, majestic, breathtaking—the Sydney                       Dhakiyarr vs the King
                                                                 Harbour Bridge was the greatest engineering
lays down his gun and takes up a new style of                                                                                     The family of the great Yolngu leader Dhakiyarr
                                                                 challenge of its day anywhere on earth.
policing. Community Cop follows Constable                        Completed during the Great Depression, it is the                 Wirrpanda is searching for answers. Seventy
Andrew ‘AJ’ Allen working with the young African                 legacy of a fateful partnership between two very                 years after his controversial murder trial and
refugee community in the Flemington high-rise                    different men—a brilliant engineer and a maverick                subsequent disappearance, Dhakiyarr’s body has
estate in inner city Melbourne.                                  politician—who shared a relentless ambition to                   still not been found. His descendants know that
See also I’ll Call Australia Home.                               create “the people’s bridge”. It not only altered
                                                                                                                                  justice was not served. They want to restore what
Year:                        2009
                                                                 the life of a city forever, it became a symbol of a
                                                                 bold young nation and a changing world.                          was denied to him: his honour. This is their story,
Duration:                    51 minutes
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                         Year:                       2007                                 told in their own words—of two laws, two cultures
Producer:                    Sally Ingleton                      Duration:                   55 minutes                           and two families coming to terms with the past.
Writer/Director:             Helen Gaynor                        Executive Producer:         Alex West                            Year:                        2004
A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association      Producers:                  Simon Nasht, Renee Kennedy           Duration:                    56 minutes
with 360 Degree Films. Developed with the assistance of Film     Director/Writer:            Simon Nasht                          Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Victoria. Produced in association with SBS Independent.          Developed with the assistance of the New South Wales             Producer:                    Graeme Isaac
                                                                 Film and Television Office. Produced with the assistance of      Directors:                   Tom Murray, Allan Collins
notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired
                                                                 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A Film Australia        Writer:                      Tom Murray
schools (non-expletive) version available
                                                                 Making History Production in association with Real Pictures.     A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
                                                                 Winner, Documentary Public Broadcast, AWGIE Awards.              the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
A Compassionate Rage                                             Winner, Best Australian Produced Series, Grenfell                and CAAMA Productions. Made in collaboration with the
                                                                 Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts. Winner, Silver                Dhuruputpi and Yilpara communities of Blue Mud Bay,
Moira Kelly has run an AIDS clinic for children                  Award Dramatised Documentaries, State Australian                 northeast Arnhem Land.
                                                                 Cinematographers Society Awards.                                 Winner, Rouben Mamoulian Award, Dendy Awards; Audio/
in Romania, been house mother at an Aboriginal
                                                                                                                                  Visual History Prize, NSW Premier’s History Awards. Highly
mission, worked in India with Mother Teresa,                     Pipe Dreams                                                      Commended, Human Rights Medal and Awards. Finalist,
nursed crack babies in the Bronx and set up                      As Australia was beginning its life as a new                     World Cinema Documentary Competition, Sundance Film
schools for kids in Bosnia. She brings those in                  nation, an immense water pipeline was being                      Festival; Asia Pacific Film Festival, Malaysia; Chicago
                                                                 constructed from the remote coast of Western                     International Documentary Film Festival; Best Documentary,
need of surgery from war zones to hospitals                                                                                       Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards. Special Mention,
                                                                 Australia to deep within its inhospitable interior. It
in the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Now,                                                                                    Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Awards.
                                                                 would unlock countless riches and help build the
after three years dedicated to ill, injured and                  nation. But the dream of political visionary John                notes
impoverished children in Albania, she’s creating                 Forrest and engineering genius Charles Yelverton
                                                                 O’Connor would end in personal tragedy.


6
                                                                                                                                                          Titles in Detail




Diverted to Delhi                                            Downunder Grads                                                  Everyday Brave
An Australian phoning Coles Myer, a New                      It’s the start of the semester at one of                         This series profiles Indigenous Australians
Yorker dialling American Express and an                      Australia’s top universities and 37,000 students,                whose wisdom, strength and commitment have
Englishman ringing Harrods all have one thing                are about to embark on their studies. University                 made a real difference to their communities and
in common: their customer service queries are                is make or break time; a time that can change                    to society.
likely to be re-routed to India and answered by              people forever. From free education in the
                                                                                                                              Saltwater Bluesman–Uncle Kiddo Taylor
Indians impersonating local operators. It’s an               1980s to HECS fee debt and a large increase in                   Uncle Kiddo’s harmonica playing captures
increasingly attractive business proposition—                full fee paying students, university education                   Broome’s rich musical tradition.
labour and set-up costs are low yet the staff                is now big business. Through a variety of
                                                                                                                              For Who I Am–Bonita Mabo
is keen and highly educated. Diverted to                     character stories this four-part series explores
                                                                                                                              Bonita Mabo, widow of Eddie Mabo, has a new
Delhi follows university graduates through                   the contemporary Australian university                           campaign—to gain recognition for her people,
a training course as they put aside their own                experience of both international and Australian                  Australia’s South Sea Islanders.
identities and learn to speak and think like their           students from a range of different backgrounds.
                                                                                                                              Stranger In My Skin–Ray Cotti
international callers.                                       Year:                         2007
                                                             Duration:                     4 x 26 minutes                     Born black but brought up white, Ray Cotti is
Year:                       2003
                                                             Executive Producer:           Penny Robins                       searching for his identity.
Duration:                   55 minutes
                                                             Producer:                     Mark Chapman
Writer/
Producer/Director:          Greg Stitt                       Directors:                    Phoebe Hart,                       Jetja Nai Medical Mob–Naomi Mayers
Associate Producer:         Paul Roy                                                       Randall Wood, Suzanne Howard       Highly respected for her expertise and
                                                                                           (segments)                         commitment to Aboriginal health, Naomi Mayer’s
A Greg Stitt Production. Developed in association with the
                                                             Writers:                      Suzanne Howard, Phoebe Hart
Australian Film Commission. Financed with the assistance                                                                      strength comes from her background on the old
                                                             A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
of the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Produced with                                                                     Cummeragunja mission.
                                                             with Big Island Pictures and the Pacific Film and Television
the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
                                                             Commission. Produced in association with SBS Independent.
Finalist, Flint Annual Documentary Festival, USA.                                                                             Media Nomads–The Thaiday Brothers
                                                             notes
notes                                                                                                                         Bill and Mick Thaiday are media nomads,
                                                                                                                              developing Aboriginal radio stations in the
                                                             East Timor – Birth of a Nation                                   remotest areas of Australia.
Divorce Stories
                                                             Narrated by Cate Blanchett, this series looks at                 Mistake Creek–Steven Craig
Around 200,000 Australians marry every year.
                                                             how a country is born, literally from the ashes,                 At Mistake Creek, Steven Craig and his wife
Over 43 per cent of these marriages will fail.                                                                                Jo-Anne have together built a highly successful
                                                             and how the East Timorese people are working to
This three-part series takes a close-up and                                                                                   cattle station and a strong family life.
                                                             build a future in their newly independent country.
personal look at divorce as people reveal their                                                                               Year:                      2002
experiences, from marriage to breakup, conflict              Rosa’s Story                                                     Duration:                  6 x 26 minutes
                                                             A young woman struggles to rebuild her life and                  Executive Producer:        Mark Hamlyn
to compromise. We go inside homes, mediation                                                                                  Series Producer:           Rod Freedman
                                                             one day reunite her family.
offices and the courtroom to hear from couples,                                                                               Producers:                 Jeff Bruer, Priscilla Collins,
                                                             See also Rosa’s Journey.                                                                    Rod Freedman
their children, judges and private investigators.                                                                             Directors:                 Allan Collins, Donna Ives, Darlene
The result is an honest and compassionate                    Lu Olo’s Story                                                                              Johnson, Danielle Maclean,
exploration of an important contemporary                     A resistance soldier makes the difficult transition                                         Catriona McKenzie, Mitch Torres

issue—one that is having a huge impact on our                to political leader.
                                                                                                                              Writers:                     Donna Ives, Darlene Johnson,
society and our future.                                      Year:                        2002                                                             Danielle Maclean, Catriona
                                                             Duration:                    2 x 55 minutes                                                   McKenzie, Mitch Torres
Year:                        2005                            Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera                    A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Duration:                    3 x 52 minutes                  Producers:                   Luigi Acquisto,                     Macumba Media Enterprises and CAAMA Productions.
Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                                                 Stella Zammataro                    Produced with the support and assistance of ScreenWest,
Producers:                   Mary-Ellen Mullane,             Directors:                   Luigi Acquisto, Andrew Sully        the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, the National
                             Jessica Douglas-Henry           Writer:                      Luigi Acquisto                      Council for the Centenary of Federation and the Australia
Series Director:             Steve Westh                     A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Council and in association with the NSW Film & Television
Co-Director:                 Jessica Douglas-Henry           Abracadabra Film and Television Productions. Developed           Office, Pacific Film and Television Commission and SBS
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Developed with   with the assistance of Film Victoria. Produced with the          Independent.
the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Produced   assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
in association with SBS Independent.                                                                                          Winner, Best Television Series, Tudawali Film and
                                                             Rosa’s Story: Winner, SBS Award for the Promotion of             Video Awards. Finalist, Best Indigenous Resource,
Winner, Best Local Documentary, Sydney Morning               Cultural Diversity Through Film, REAL: Life on Film              ATOM Awards. Media Nomads: Finalist, Global Visions
Herald Couch Potato Awards. Finalist, Most Outstanding       Festival. Nominated for five AFI Awards. Finalist, DocAviv,      Festival. Mistake Creek: Winner, Documentary Category,
Documentary or Documentary Series, TV Week Logie             Tel-Aviv International Documentary Festival. Lu Olo’s            Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards.
Awards; Winner, Certificate of Merit (Documentary            Story: Finalist, Down Under Film Festival.
Series), Chicago International Hugo Awards for                                                                                notes
Excellence in Television.                                    notes   [pg]
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Screen Australia




Exile and the Kingdom                                            Facing the Music                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
                                                                                                                                  with Mask Productions. Produced and developed with the
A comprehensive account of the experiences                       After nearly a decade of relentless government                   assistance of ScreenWest and the Lotteries Commission of
                                                                                                                                  Western Australia. Produced in association with
of a community of Aboriginal people from                         funding cuts, Professor Anne Boyd at the                         SBS Independent.
pre-colonial times to the 1990s. This film                       University of Sydney is struggling to preserve                   Finalist, Brisbane International Film Festival,
argues that the relentless removal of the                        basic standards in her music department. But                     Global Visions Festival; Hollywood Documentary
Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma people into coastal                        Boyd is an innocent when it comes to harsh                       Film Festival.

ghettos has led to the community’s current                       economic realities and the very qualities                        notes   [pg]
problems. Yet it never allows the viewer                         that are her strengths as a composer and
to forget the significance and influence of                      teacher—her passion and dedication—leave her                     Federation
spiritual homelands, the bedrock upon which                      vulnerable. Forced to drop staff and courses                     This series tells the making of Australia—the
Yindjibarndi/Ngarluma tribal law is based.                       and plead for private sponsorship, the usually                   stories of the founding fathers and of the people—
Above all, the film is a beautifully logical and                 conservative Boyd is forced to fight for what                    in six separate colonies in the decades leading to
persuasive argument for land rights.                             she believes in. The problem is, how long can                    federation. See also Constructing Australia.
Year:                       1993 (DVD 2005)                      she continue?
Duration:                   2 x 55 minutes (+ bonus DVD          Year:                        2001
                                                                                                                                  The Land
                            extras)                                                                                               In the winter of 1889, Sir Henry Parkes decides
                                                                 Duration:                    85 minutes
Producers:                  Frank Rijavec, Noelene Harrison                                                                       he will federate the colonies and create one
                                                                 Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore
Director:                   Frank Rijavec                        Producers/                                                       nation.
Writers:                    Frank Rijavec, Roger Solomon         Directors/Writers:           Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
Produced with the assistance of the Australian Film              A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   The People
Commission, ScreenWest, ATSIC, AAPA (WA) and Ngurin              Arundel Films, Channel Four Television and the Australian        After floundering in the doldrums of the
Aboriginal Corporation. DVD produced with the assistance of
                                                                 Broadcasting Corporation.
Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation and Woodside Energy Limited.                                                                     Depression, the quest for federation is revived.
                                                                 Finalist in numerous Australian and international festivals
Major Media Peace Award, United Nations Association of                                                                            Some now realise that creating a nation will
                                                                 and competitions including Winner, Best Australian
Australia with the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation;
                                                                 Documentary, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards;            require the determination of the people.
Best Documentary and Best Achievement in Sound, AFI
                                                                 Best Documentary and Best Sound in a Non-Feature
Awards; Best Documentary, Australian Human Rights
                                                                 Film, AFI Awards; Best Documentary, IF Awards;
                                                                                                                                  The Nation
Awards.                                                                                                                           In 1897 the “men with beards” try again to bring
                                                                 Australian Film of the Year, Catholic Film Office; Most
notes                                                            Popular Documentary, Sydney Film Festival and Brisbane           the colonies together.
                                                                 International Film Festival; and the White House Project         Year:                        1998
                                                                 Women and Leadership Award, DoubleTake Documentary               Duration:                    3 x 52 minutes
The Fabric of a Dream –                                          Film Festival, USA.                                              Executive Producers:         Sharon Connolly,
The Fletcher Jones Story                                         notes   [pg]                                                                                  Megan McMurchy
                                                                                                                                  Producer:                    Anna Grieve
This is the story of how a shellshocked World                                                                                     Director:                    Ian Munro
                                                                                                                                  Writer:                      Sue Castrique
War One veteran, who’d left school at 12, ended                  Fearless – Stories from Asian Women                              A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
up creating a national icon. A man with bold and                 Four women from four different cultures fight                    the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
imaginative ideas, Fletcher Jones established                    for social justice.                                              Winner, AWGIE Awards. Highly Commended, History
his clothing design, retail and manufacturing                                                                                     Council of NSW (Max Kelly Medal) for The People.

business with an emphasis on quality, service                    Explosive Devices                                                notes
                                                                 Doris Nuval is still trying to bring justice to the
and innovation. But his primary concern was for
                                                                 Philippines but where once she resorted to
people—both his customers and his workers—                       terrorism, she’s now using TV.                                   Feral Peril                                         new
and they, in turn, were intensely loyal. This is                                                                                  Tasmania is one of the world’s last great
a celebration of the man and his dream—of a                      The Price of Freedom
                                                                 Although she is living under a fatwa, nothing will               wildlife havens but its struggling native species
model working environment based on values                                                                                         are under threat from a feral fox invasion. Or
                                                                 stop Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin in her
other than simple profit—set against the                         struggle against fundamentalism and women’s                      are they? There’s some nasty business going
backdrop of 20th century history.                                oppression.                                                      down in Australia’s island state. A feral intruder
Year:                      2006
Duration:                  52 minutes                            Breaking the Caste                                               is on the loose. He’s cunning, deadly and a
Executive Producer:        Penny Robins                          Fathima Burnad’s aim is to empower India’s Dalit                 master of stealth, so expert at flying under the
Producer:                  Melanie Coombs                        women but it means changing a 3000-year-old                      radar that some believe he doesn’t even exist.
Director/Writer:           Dennis K Smith
                                                                 caste system.                                                    Year:                      2009
                                                                                                                                  Duration:                  55 minutes
                                                                 Heart on the Sleeve
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with                                                                    Executive Producers:        Penny Robins (Screen Australia),
Melodrama Pictures. Produced with the assistance of Film         Hien Tran is a voice for Australian outworkers                                               Ian Walker (Magic Real)
Victoria and in association with SBS Independent.                who are vulnerable to employer exploitation.                     Producers:                  Gina Twyble
Winner, Gold Award Dramatised Documentaries,                     Year:                      2003                                  Director:                   Andrew Sully
State Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.                Duration:                  4 x 26 minutes                        Writers:                    Andrew Sully, Alex Barry,
Finalist, Best History or Biography Program, Banff               Executive Producer:        Franco di Chiera                                                  Ian Walker
World Television Festival. Finalist, Documentary Public          Producers:                 Samantha Kelley,                      A Screen Australia and Magic Real Picture Company
                                                                                            Peter Du Cane                         production in association with Screen Tasmania. Made in
Broadcast, AWGIE Awards.
                                                                 Writers/Directors:         Peter Du Cane, Mathew Kelley          association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A
notes                                                                                                                             Screen Australia National Interest Program.
                                                                                                                                  english subtitles for hearing impaired




8
                                                                                                                                                 Titles in Detail




Film Australia’s Immigration                          Film Australia’s Wilderness                                      Fortress Australia
When Australia embarked on its mass                   Drawing on a selection of remarkable films                       Uncovers one of the most extraordinary
migration program after World War Two, it was         from the Film Australia Library and Archives                     chapters in Australia’s history —the brazen
with a movie camera in hand. Film Australia,          Office of Tasmania, this beautifully designed                    attempt by successive Australian governments
as the Government’s film unit, made films to          two-DVD set explores the concept of                              to fortify the nation with atomic weapons. This
attract migrants and to change attitudes to new       wilderness.                                                      groundbreaking film reveals a web of intrigue
arrivals. More recently, it made films about how         Combined with a website, providing access                     as it penetrates a murky world of diplomatic
migrants themselves were changed by coming            to additional materials such as transcripts and                  double-dealing and atomic espionage. Set
here and the impact they had on shaping the           a study guide, this is an excellent teaching tool                against a backdrop of cold war paranoia and
nation.                                               and a thought-provoking and visually stunning                    fear of Asian aggression, it explores the motives
   Film Australia’s Immigration presents              foray into the Australian wilderness.                            of the politicians, defence chiefs and scientists
a selection of fascinating films from this            Year:                        2005                                who set out to buy, then ultimately build, a
                                                      Duration:                    257 minutes
historically significant collection, along with                                                                        nuclear arsenal.
                                                      Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
contemporary interviews with some of the              Producers:                   Steve Thomas, Kath Symmons          Year:                        2002
                                                      Writer/Director:             Steve Thomas                        Duration:                    55 minutes
people who made them. Combined with
                                                      A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore
a website and study guide, this DVD is a              Roar Film.                                                       Producers:                   Peter Butt, Rob McAuley
superb educational resource. An illuminating                                                                           Writer/Director:             Peter Butt
                                                      Finalist, Best Multimedia, ATOM Awards.
                                                                                                                       A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
exploration of immigration and Australia—the          notes   [g]                                                      the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
people, policies and propaganda.                                                                                       Winner, Best Achievement in Sound for a Documentary,
Year:                      2004                                                                                        Australian Screen Sound Awards. Finalist, Melbourne
Duration:                  195 minutes                The Floating Brothel                                             International Film Festival.
Executive Producers:       Penny Robins,
                           Franco di Chiera
                                                      Three women uncover the rags-to-                                 notes

Producers/                                            respectability tale of their ancestors—the feisty
Directors/Writers:           Paul Byrnes,             convicts who became the unlikely founding
                             Penelope McDonald
                                                                                                                       From Korea With Love
A Film Australia National Interest Program.           mothers of modern Australia.
                                                                                                                       The path to parenthood is never easy, especially
Winner, Best Multimedia, ATOM Awards; Best Use of        This is the rip-roaring tale of The Lady
                                                                                                                       when adopting from another country. Filmed
Footage in Electronic Publishing, Focal Awards, UK.   Juliana and the boatload of streetgirls, thieves
                                                                                                                       over a period of two years, From Korea With
notes                                                 and con-women who sailed to the ends of the
                                                                                                                       Love follows the efforts of an Anglo-Australian
                                                      earth to breathe life and a sense of enterprise
                                                                                                                       couple to adopt a child from Asia. It is a nerve-
Film Australia’s Outback                              into a dying colony. Together they would give
                                                                                                                       wracking, frustrating and often lonely affair,
                                                      Australia something much more—a future.
The Australian outback—real and imagined—is                                                                            marked by a mountain of paperwork, medical
                                                         See also Rogue Nation.
captured in a diverse and fascinating selection                                                                        tests and police checks, but it’s worth it. This
                                                      Year:                       2006
of films from the Film Australia archives. This       Duration:                   55 minutes                           is a warm and intimate portrait of lives about
innovative DVD includes some of the nation’s          Executive Producers:        Mark Hamlyn (Film Australia)         to change, the pain of the wait, the reality of
                                                                                  Chris Hilton (Essential Viewing)
most acclaimed documentaries from the 20th                                                                             racism and the power of love.
                                                      Producer:                   Sonja Armstrong
century, as well as an award-winning animation        Writer/Director:            Mark Lewis                           Year:                      2002
                                                      A Film Australia/Essential Viewing Production.                   Duration:                  52 minutes
and a short Henry Lawson drama. A wealth of                                                                            Producers:                 Jessica Douglas-Henry,
                                                      Produced in association with the NSW Film and
behind-the-scenes information is included, from       Television Office and with the assistance of the Australian                                 Christopher Thorburn
interviews with the filmmakers to a gallery of        Broadcasting Corporation.                                        Director:                  Jennifer Cummins
                                                                                                                       Writer:                    Justine Flynn
production stills. A website link provides access     Winner, Gold Camera Award for Best History/Biography
                                                                                                                       An Iris Pictures and Heiress Films Production.
                                                      Program, US International Film and Video Festival;
to material such as storyboards, production           Winner, Secondary School Teaching & Learning Category,
                                                                                                                       Produced in association with SBS Independent. Financed
                                                                                                                       with the assistance of the Australian Film Finance
notes and a comprehensive study guide.                Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational
                                                                                                                       Corporation.
Year:                        2002                     Publishing; Winner, Silver Award for Dramatised
                                                      Documentaries, State Australian Cinematographers                 Finalist, Most Outstanding Documentary Series,
Duration:                    195 minutes
                                                      Society Awards; Finalist, Official Competition, Pacific          TV Week Logie Awards.
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Producer/Director:           Denise Haslem            International Documentary                                        notes
A Film Australia National Interest Program.           Film Festival.

Shortlisted, Secondary Technology Showcase,           notes   [m]
The Australian Awards for Excellence in
Educational Publishing.
notes   [pg]




                                                                                                                                                                               9
Screen Australia




Gone to a Good Home                                              Handle with Care                                                 Hidden Treasures – Inside the
                                                                 Meet a cast of dynamic doctors and nurses who                    National Library of Australia                        new
For three decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s,
                                                                 are at the frontline of medical rescue. Handle                   The National Library of Australia is the country’s
Australian authorities pressured many unmarried
                                                                 with Care follows the work of NETS, a mobile                     largest reference library with over nine million
mothers to give up their babies for adoption into
                                                                 intensive care service for Australian children                   items in its collection, including a surprising
what they considered “better” homes—those of
                                                                 and babies. Covering an area of 800,000                          number of art works. In this series, Betty
married couples. At a time when society had no
                                                                 square kilometres and 6.4 million people, the                    Churcher presents an insider’s guide to some
place for single mothers and their illegitimate
                                                                 NETS teams travel by helicopter, plane or road                   of the little known and rarely displayed art
children, these women were unaware of their
                                                                 ambulance to the bedsides of sick children.                      treasures held by the National Library. From her
legal rights. This documentary explores the
                                                                 Bringing intensive care to stabilise the children                unique vantage point, Churcher makes intriguing
experiences of these women and their efforts to
                                                                 before transporting them to more specialised                     historical connections between paintings and
contact their children and gain recognition for
                                                                 help means their chances of survival are                         engravings, photography, manuscripts and
past wrongs, while revealing the dramatic change
                                                                 dramatically increased. For the families in                      artefacts, illustrated journals and diaries. These
in social values that has since occurred.
                                                                 this series, this is one of the most confronting                 are fascinating tales about the creative process
Year:                        2005
Duration:                    52 minutes
                                                                 experiences that they will ever have to face.                    and the works themselves that offer a tantalising
Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn                         For the NETS teams, saving children’s lives                      insight into Australia’s culture and heritage.
Producer:                    Mark Chapman                        happens every day.                                               See also Hidden Treasures - Inside the National
Director:                    Karen Berkman
Writer:                      Heather Phillips (original script   Year:                       2004                                 Gallery of Australia.
                             and concept)                        Duration:                   4 x 26 minutes
                                                                                                                                  Year:                        2008
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Producer:                   Mary-Ellen Mullane
                                                                                                                                  Duration:                    10 x 5 minutes
Big Island Pictures. Produced in association with the Pacific    Writer/Director:            Jessica Douglas-Henry
                                                                                                                                  Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Film and Television Commission and SBS Independent.              An Iris Pictures Production. Financed with the assistance
                                                                                                                                  Producers:                   Betty Churcher, John Hughes
                                                                 of the NSW Film and Television Office. Produced in
Winner, Gold Award Dramatised Documentaries,                                                                                      Director:                    John Hughes
                                                                 association with SBS Independent.
Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards.                                                                                 Writer:                      Betty Churcher
Finalist, International Film and Video Competition,                                                                               A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Mumbai International Film Festival.                                                                                               Early Works. Produced in association with the Australian
                                                                                                                                  Broadcasting Corporation. With special thanks to the
notes
                                                                 Hidden Treasures – Inside the                                    National Library of Australia.
                                                                 National Gallery of Australia                                    Finalist, Best Direction in a Documentary Series,
                                                                                                                                  Australian Directors Guild Awards.
Growing Up and Going Home                                        The National Gallery of Australia has more                       notes
Alemayehu, Sisay and Eleni are three young                       than 100,000 works in its collection—from
Ethiopians who were adopted by an extended                       decorative arts to photography and sculpture—
Australian family in the mid 1990s. Ten                                                                                           Hired Assassins –
                                                                 but only a fraction of these can be exhibited
years on, the two brothers (aged 19 and 16)                                                                                       Political Cartooning in Australia
                                                                 at one time. In this series of micro-docs,
and their 14-year-old sister are returning to                    former director of the gallery Betty Churcher                    From the war in Iraq and the Bali bombing to
their homeland—with their adoptive parents                       presents an insider’s guide to some of the                       immigration policy and party leadership, this
and siblings—to reconnect with the family,                       “hidden treasures” that are rarely on public                     is a biting look at politics and current affairs
friends and culture they left behind. Exploring                  display. From her unique vantage point, she                      through the eyes of five editorial cartoonists.
contemporary issues surrounding inter-racial                     makes intriguing connections between a range                     Bill Leak (The Australian), Warren Brown (Daily
adoption and immigration, this is a poignant                     of artworks and artists. These are fascinating                   Telegraph), Geoff Pryor (Canberra Times), David
story of identity and belonging.                                 tales—about the works themselves, the                            Rowe (Australian Financial Review) and Rod
See also Little Brother, Little Sister (backlist).               people who created them and the challenge                        Emmerson (Rockhampton’s Morning Bulletin)
Year:                        2006                                of preserving them—and a tantalising look at                     take us into the world of daily newspapers,
Duration:                    52 minutes                                                                                           revealing the processes behind their work and
Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                        some of the ideas and influences that have
Producer:                    Mary-Ellen Mullane                  shaped modern art across the globe.                              the struggle to be funny on a deadline. They
Director/Writer:             Belinda Mason                                                                                        wield a double-edged sword of humour and
                                                                 See also Hidden Treasures - Inside the National
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
with Iris Pictures, the New South Wales Film and Television      Library of Australia.                                            seriousness, which may provoke more than just
Office and SBS Independent. Developed with the                   Year:                        2006                                a chuckle in their readers.
assistance of the Film Australia/New South Wales Film and        Duration:                    15 x 5 minutes                      Year:                     2003
Television Office Hothouse Scheme.                               Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                         Duration:                 58 minutes
Winner, Rouben Mamoulian Award & Finalist, Community             Producers:                   John Hughes, Philippa Campey        Producer/
Relations Commission Award, Sydney Film Festival                 Director:                    John Hughes                         Writer/Director:          Helen Barrow
Dendy Awards. Finalist, Best Documentary Human Story,            Writer:                      Betty Churcher                      Produced by Evershine. Financed by the Film Finance
ATOM Awards. Finalist, International Film and Video              A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   Corporation. Produced in association with the Australian
Competition, Mumbai International Film Festival.                 Early Works. Produced with the assistance of the Australian      Broadcasting Corporation.
                                                                 Broadcasting Corporation.
notes                                                                                                                             Winner, Silver Award Documentaries, Australian
                                                                 notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired                   Cinematographers Society State Awards.
                                                                                                                                  notes   [pg]




10
                                                                                                                                                            Titles in Detail




Human Contraptions                                               I’ll Call Australia Home                             new         Infamous Victory – Ben Chifley’s
Academy Award winning animator Bruce Petty                       Refugee families from Burma and Sudan                            Battle for Coal                 new

takes a satirical look at the “contraptions”                     discover the joys and challenges of their new                    This is a story of coal, communism, and the
that shape our lives. Education, sex, finance,                   Australian home. While the horrors of war and                    Australian prime minister who went to war
globalism, art, media, medicine, law,                            the confinement of refugee camps are behind                      against his own during the national miners’
government and even the brain are transformed                    them, the new lives of these families are not                    strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and
by Petty into evolving machines. Beginning with                  without struggle as they negotiate the everyday                  re-creations based on meticulous research, the
a simple concept, he takes us on an anarchic                     realities of settling in a new country.                          dramatised documentary takes viewers into the
journey through history as each apparatus                        See also Community Cop.                                          corridors of power to show how Labor Party
builds to its complex contemporary form.                         Year:                     2008                                   leader Ben Chifley took on and defeated the
                                                                 Duration:                 54 minutes
In the wry, ironic style that is his hallmark,                                                                                    growing forces of communism in Australia. It
                                                                 Executive Producers:      Anna Grieve (Screen Australia),
Petty reveals these to be contraptions of                                                  Sue Clothier (Becker Entertainment)    examines the complex issues the conflict raised,
a very human kind—imperfect, sometimes                           Producer:                 Mike Bluett                            introduces the major players in the dispute and
                                                                 Writer/Director:          Belinda Mason
unpredictable and always subject to change.                      A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association      portrays a fascinating era of Australian history
See also The Bruce Petty Collection.                             with Becker Entertainment. Produced in association with          rarely seen on screen.
                                                                 SBS Independent.
Year:                        2003                                                                                                 Year:                      2008
Duration:                    10 x 5 minutes                      notes                                                            Duration:                  55 minutes
Executive Producers:         Anna Grieve, Stefan Moore                                                                            Executive Producer:        Penny Robins
Producer:                    Deborah Szapiro                                                                                      Producer:                  Perry Stapleton
Writer/Director:             Bruce Petty                         In the Realm of the Hackers                                      Director:                  Geoff Burton
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with                                                                         Writers:                   Geoff Burton, Bob Ellis
the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.       In 1989, two Melbourne teenage hackers                           A Screen Australia Making History production. Produced in
Episodes in the series have been finalists in numerous           known as Electron and Phoenix stole a                            association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Australian and international festivals including Winner,         restricted computer security list and used it to                 Winner, Bronze Award for Dramatised Documentaries,
Best Music for a Short Film, APRA-AGSC Screen Music                                                                               Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards.
Awards; Winner, Cinanima International Animated                  break into some of the world’s most classified
                                                                                                                                  notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired        [g]
Film Festival, Portugal. Highly Commended, Yoram                 and supposedly secure computer systems. So
Gross Animation Award, Dendy Awards. Commended,
                                                                 fast and widespread was the attack, no-one
Melbourne International Animation Festival.
                                                                 could work out how it had happened—until                         Land of the Morning Star
notes   [pg]
                                                                 one of the hackers called The New York Times                     The western half of the island of New Guinea
                                                                 to brag. Ten years after their arrest, this                      has been known by many names including
The Hunt for HMAS Sydney                             new
                                                                 dramatised documentary uncovers not only                         Netherlands New Guinea, West Papua, Irian
Follow the world’s top shipwreck hunter, David                   how they did it but why. It takes us headlong                    Jaya and Papua. Narrated by Rachel Griffiths,
Mearns, as he makes history by finding the                       into the clandestine, risky but intoxicating world               this film reveals the rich and turbulent history
HMAS Sydney II, solving one of Australia’s                       of the computer underground.                                     of a troubled country, swept up in the power-
most tragic and enduring mysteries. The Hunt                     Year:                        2003                                play of international politics. It highlights the
for HMAS Sydney gives an eyewitness account                      Duration:                    55 minutes
                                                                                                                                  role of the Netherlands, the USA, Australia,
                                                                 Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera
of the quest to find the Sydney and its crew                     Producer:                    John Moore                          Indonesia and the UN at crucial points in
of 645 sailors, ending 66 years of speculation                   Associate Producer:          Suelette Dreyfus                    the country’s history. And, by providing a
                                                                 Writer/Director:             Kevin Anderson
and anguish. It follows an unprecedented                         A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   background to this complex story, helps us
multi-million dollar search and reveals its                      John Moore Productions. Developed and produced with the          understand this beautiful yet forgotten land.
                                                                 assistance of Film Victoria. Produced with the assistance of
extraordinary history: a deadly World War                                                                                         Year:                        2003
                                                                 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
II encounter on the high seas, a secret code                                                                                      Duration:                    55 minutes
                                                                 Finalist, Script Writing Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.   Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
hidden inside a dictionary and a mysterious                                                                                       Producer:                    Janet Bell
                                                                 notes   [m]
body found in an island grave.                                                                                                    Writer/Director:             Mark Worth
                                                                                                                                  A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
Year:                       2008
                                                                                                                                  the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Duration:                   55 minutes
Executive Producers:        Mark Hamlyn (Film Australia),                                                                         Winner, Best Sound in a Non-Feature, AFI Awards; Best
                            Andrew Ogilvie (Electric Pictures)                                                                    Achievement in Sound for a Documentary, Australian
Producers:                  Andrea Quesnelle,                                                                                     Screen Sound Guild Awards.
                            Andrew Ogilvie                                                                                        notes
Directors:                  Mathew Kelley,
                            Rob McAuley (Supervising)
Writer:                     Rob McAuley
A Film Australia/Electric Pictures Production. Produced in
association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
ScreenWest and Lotterywest. A Film Australia National
Interest Program.
Readers Choice Award, Best Local Feature Documentary,
Sydney Morning Herald Couch Potato Awards.
notes   [g]




                                                                                                                                                                                       11
Screen Australia




The Last Great Amateurs                                          Winner, Silver Hugo, Educational Documentary Series,            Lost in Flanders                                   new
                                                                 Chicago International Television Competition for Excellence
This season, the women of Melbourne Phoenix                      in Television. Winner, Gold Dragon Award for Life Science       Ninety years after the last shots were fired,
                                                                 and Medicine, Beijing International Scientific Film Festival;
Netball Club will again put their personal lives                 Honourable Mention, Local Documentary, Sydney Morning
                                                                                                                                 two young Australian historians embark on
and other careers on hold and train to exhaustion                Herald Couch Potato Awards; Winner, Documentary, Series/        an emotional journey to the First World War
at least six times a week for the love of their                  Factual Entertainment/Natural History, Australian Directors     battlefields on the infamous Western Front.
                                                                 Guild Awards. Finalist, Best Cultural, Lifestyle or Sport,
sport and a shot at glory. These players are the                 AIMIA Awards; Finalist, SCINEMA International Festival of       History teacher Michael Molkentin joins war
best in the world yet, in an era of multimillion-                Science Film, Video & Multimedia.                               historian Mat McLachlan on an archaeological
dollar sporting competitions, the clubs in the                   notes   [pg]                                                    excavation on the battlefields where 20,000
National Netball League operate on shoestring                                                                                    Australians went missing. A discovery of the
budgets and are run largely by volunteers.                       Life at 3                                            new        bodies of five Australian soldiers sparks a unique
Presented by Magda Szubanski as Sharon, The                                                                                      investigation, bringing science and military history
                                                                 The story continues for the children of the Life
Last Great Amateurs follows players, coach                                                                                       together in a gripping forensic detective story.
                                                                 series—now they are three—as they reveal
and administrators through a year of pain and                                                                                    Through DNA testing used for the first time on
                                                                 what it takes to give a child the best chance at
passion, rivalry and camaraderie, fundraising                                                                                    First World War remains, two of the soldiers are
                                                                 life. Over two episodes Life at 3 measures our
raffles and contract battles. To watch these                                                                                     ultimately identified and finally laid to rest in
                                                                 group of children against the latest scientific
talented, dedicated sportswomen on the court                                                                                     graves marked with their names.
                                                                 findings on two of the hottest topics in child
is remarkable but the story of how they make it                                                                                  Year:                       2009
                                                                 development—obesity and bad behaviour.                          Duration:                   52 minutes
there is equally enthralling.
                                                                 The Life series is made in conjunction with a                   Executive Producer:         Penny Robins
Year:                        2004                                                                                                Producers:                  Stuart Scowcroft
Duration:                    55 minutes                          long-term study—Growing Up in Australia—in
                                                                                                                                 Writer/Director:            Geoff Burton
Executive Producers:         Anna Grieve,                        which 10,000 children have been placed under a                  A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association
                             Franco di Chiera                                                                                    with Intomedia & McLachlan Media. Developed with the
                                                                 sociological and scientific microscope. Join us on
Producers:                   Richard Keddie, Lisa Keddie                                                                         assistance of the New South Wales Film and Television
Co-Producer:                 Andrew Wiseman                      the greatest journey of all—life.                               Office and the Australian Film Commission. Developed and
Director:                    Sue Thomson                         See also Life at 1.                                             produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting
Writers:                     Richard Keddie, Angela                                                                              Corporation.
                             Buckingham                          Year:                      2008
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association        Duration:                  2 x 55 minutes                       notes   english subtitles for hearing imparied
with Apollo Films. Developed with the assistance of the          Executive Producer:        Penny Robins
Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria. Produced with      Producer:                  Jennifer Cummins
the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.       Writer/Director:           Catherine Marciniak                  Mabo – Life of an Island Man                     classic
                                                                 A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association
Honourable Mention, Sport Movies and TV International            with Heiress Films. Developed and produced in association       On 3 June 1992, six months after Eddie Mabo’s
Festival, Italy.                                                 with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                   tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that
notes                                                                                                                    [pg]
                                                                 notes   english subtitles for hearing imparied                  Murray Islanders held native title to land in the
                                                                                                                                 Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was
Life at 1                                                        Lonely Boy Richard                                              empty when first occupied by white people had
How do you give a child the best chance in life?                 Richard Wanambi is about to go to prison for a                  been laid to rest. This film tells the private and
Life at 1 is the first instalment in a landmark                  long time. He knows what it’s like. He’s been                   public stories of a man so passionate about family
series that aims to unlock the secrets of                        there before... In Australia’s Northern Territory               and home that he fought an entire nation and its
child development by following 11 babies and                     three-quarters of the people behind bars are                    legal system. Though his greatest victory was won
their families for seven years. We witness the                   Indigenous men. Lonely Boy Richard is an                        only after his death, it has ensured his place —on
factors that impact their lives, watch the interplay             intimate account of one man’s journey to jail.                  Murray Island and in Australian history.
of nature and nurture, and talk to experts to                    In Richard’s home of Yirrkala, like elsewhere,                  Year:                        1997
                                                                                                                                 Duration:                    87 minutes
find out what limits children’s growth and                       alcohol abuse and violence are threatening                      Executive Producer:          Sharon Connolly
wellbeing and what makes them thrive. Made in                    family and community life. Although his people                  Producers:                   Denise Haslem, Trevor Graham
conjunction with the long-term study in which                                                                                    Writer/Director:             Trevor Graham
                                                                 are doing what they can, it’s not enough to save                A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
10,000 Australian children have been placed                      Richard from himself or his community from him.                 the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
under a sociological and scientific microscope,                  Year:                        2003                               Finalist in numerous Australian and international festivals
this groundbreaking program will try to discover                 Duration:                    55 minutes                         and competitions including Winner, AFI Award for Best
                                                                 Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn                        Documentary; Winner, NSW Premier’s History Award and
what creates a happy, healthy child and what                     Producer:                    Denise Haslem                      Literary Award; Special Commendation, ATOM Awards;
makes us who we are. Join us for the beginning of                Writer/Co-Producer:          Rose Hesp                          Semi-Finalist, Emmy Awards; Silver Apple Award, NEMN
                                                                 Writer/Director:             Trevor Graham                      Film & Video Competition; Winner, Best Documentary,
an extraordinary journey...                                                                                                      Sydney Film Festival.
                                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
See also Life at 3.                                              the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.      notes   [g]
Year:                        2006                                Finalist, Best Documentary, AFI Awards; Best
Duration:                    2 x 55 minutes                      Achievement in Sound for a Documentary, Australian
Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                        Screen Sound Guild Awards; Independent Spirit Award,
Producer:                    Jennifer Cummins                    IF Awards and in FIPA, France and Global Visions
Director/Writer:             Catherine Marciniak                 Festival, Canada.
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Heiress Films. Developed and produced in association with        notes   [m]
the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.



12
                                                                                                                                                      Titles in Detail




                                                                                                                                                                                 new
Maternity Unit                                                Menzies and Churchill at War                        new       Monash – The Forgotten Anzac
For any woman, giving birth is a highly emotional             Using Robert Menzies’ World War II diaries                    One of the most brilliant generals of World War I
experience—made even more challenging if                      and remarkable 16 mm film, this film lifts                    and an architect of Anzac Day, Sir John Monash
you are new in a country and have little family               the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle                  helped create the Anzac legend by ensuring the
support. At Sydney’s Canterbury Hospital, nearly              between Winston Churchill and the Australian                  courage of his men was enshrined in Australian
80 per cent of the mothers-to-be are born outside             Prime Minister as the fate of Australia hangs                 history. Today he is all but forgotten. Monash
Australia. As well as catering for this cultural              in the balance. It follows Menzies to London                  – The Forgotten Anzac explores the character
diversity, staff must—as always—judge when to                 during the dark months of 1941 as he takes on                 and achievements of an extraordinary figure in
let nature take its course and when to intervene              the British Prime Minister over the strategic                 Australian history, the battles he fought both
medically. This very personal and revealing                   direction of the war, telling the story of Menzies’           on and off the battlefield, and the prejudice he
documentary goes behind the closed doors of the               political epiphany from his own point of view.                overcame to help win a war.
maternity unit to follow all the drama, intensity             Year:                      2008                               Year:                      2008
                                                              Duration:                  55 minutes                         Duration:                  55 minutes
and unpredictability. It also provides an intimate
                                                              Executive Producers:       Alex West, Mark Hamlyn             Executive Producers:       Mark Hamlyn, Alex West
insight into how different women and their families           Producer:                  John Moore                         Producer:                  John Moore
and cultures welcome new life into the world.                 Director:                  Steve Jodrell                      Director:                  Malcolm McDonald
                                                              Writers:                   John Moore, Mick Cummins,          Writers:                   Mick Cummins, John Moore,
Year:                       2005                                                         Steve Jodrell                                                 Mac Gudgeon,
Duration:                   52 minutes                        A Screen Australia Making History Production in association                              Malcolm McDonald
Executive Producer:         Jessica Douglas-Henry             with 360 Degree Films. Produced with the assistance of        A Screen Australia Making History Production in association
Producer:                   Mary-Ellen Mullane                Film Victoria. Developed and produced in association with     with 360 Degree Films. Produced with the assistance of
Director:                   Janette Howe                      the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.                       Film Victoria. Developed and produced in association with
An Iris Pictures Production in association with Janette                                                                     the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Howe. Developed with the assistance of the NSW                notes   english subtitles for hearing imparied         [pg]
Film and Television Office and in association with the                                                                      notes   english subtitles for hearing imparied       {pg}
Australian Film Commission. Produced in association with
SBS Independent. Financed with the assistance of the          A Million Acres a Year
Australian Film Finance Corporation.                                                                                        Mr Patterns
                                                              The southwest of Western Australia is one
notes
                                                              of the world’s most biodiverse areas. But in                  In the 1970s in Australia’s Western Desert,
                                                              the last 50 years it has seen environmental                   a teacher named Geoff Bardon helped start
Mawson – Life and Death in                                    destruction on a massive scale. Successive                    one of the most significant art movements of
Antarctica                                                    governments have sold off and encouraged                      the 20th century. Working with the Aboriginal
The Douglas Mawson Antarctic Expedition                       the clearing of millions of acres for agriculture.            community at Papunya, he encouraged the
of 1912 is one of the most amazing feats                      The long-term consequences have been                          people to paint their traditional dot designs
of endurance of all time. Although his two                    devastating. Through the voices of people on                  using western materials. In defiance of white
companions perished, Douglas Mawson                           the land, this film tracks the history of this                authorities, Bardon also encouraged the artists
survived, but how? In a bold historical                       ecological disaster and reveals the impact                    to value their work commercially as well as
experiment, adventurer Tim Jarvis retraces                    it has had on them, the landscape, flora and                  spiritually, believing that by selling paintings
the gruelling experience, with similar meagre                 fauna. It also looks at their attempts to turn                they could become independent of welfare and
rations, primitive clothing and equipment to                  around decades of gross mismanagement and                     bring Indigenous art to the attention of the
uncover what happened to Mawson physically—                   outlines a case for a “land ethic”.                           wider community. This is his story.
                                                                                                                            Year:                        2004
and mentally—as a man hanging on the                          Year:                       2002
                                                                                                                            Duration:                    55 minutes
                                                              Duration:                   51 minutes
precipice of life and death.                                  Producers:                  Frank Rijavec, Noelene Harrison
                                                                                                                            Executive Producer:          Penny Robins
Year:                      2008                                                                                             Producers:                   Nic Testoni, Jo Plomley, Megan
                                                              Director:                   Frank Rijavec
Duration:                  85 minutes                                                                                                                    McMurchy
                                                              Writers:                    Keith Bradby, Frank Rijavec
Executive Producer:        Alex West                                                                                        Director:                    Catriona McKenzie
                                                              Produced by Snakewood Films in association with SBS
Producer:                  Richard Dennison                                                                                 Writers:                     Nic Testoni, Jo Plomley
                                                              Independent. Developed with the assistance of the
Writer/Director:           Malcolm McDonald                                                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
                                                              Australian Film Commission. Financed with the assistance
Produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting                                                                 with ReelWorld Productions. Developed with the assistance
                                                              of the Australian Film Finance Corporation.
Corporation and Channel 4. A Film Australia Making History                                                                  of the Australian Film Commission and the NSW Film
                                                              Winner, Best General Documentary (Science, Technology         and Television Office. Developed and produced with the
Production in association with Orana Films.
                                                              and Environment), ATOM Awards and Outstanding                 assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Winner, Best Director, Jules Verne Film Festival, USA;        Editing, WA Screen Awards.
Winner, Best Documentary, International Festival of                                                                         Winner, Best Documentary (under 60 minutes), Film
Mountain Films, Poprad, Slovakia.                             notes                                                         Critics Circle of Australia Awards; Golden Maile Award,
                                                                                                                            Hawaii International Film Festival; Emerging Australian
notes   [pg]                                                                                                                Filmmakers Award, Melbourne Film Festival; Best
                                                                                                                            Achievement in Editing in a Non-Feature Film, AFI
                                                                                                                            Awards. Finalist, Script Writing Award, NSW Premier’s
                                                                                                                            Literary Awards; Best Documentary Human Story,
                                                                                                                            ATOM Awards; Best Use of Footage in a History Factual
                                                                                                                            Production, Focal Awards, UK; Creative Crossroads,
                                                                                                                            International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal.
                                                                                                                            notes   [pg]   schools (non-expletive) version
                                                                                                                            available




                                                                                                                                                                                13
Screen Australia




Mr Strehlow’s Films                                          National Treasures                                     Convict Shirt
                                                                                                                    A 160-year-old convict shirt is the only example
TGH Strehlow was Australia’s pre-eminent                     Take a road-trip of discovery with the                 of this common piece of clothing that still
and most controversial anthropologist and                    irrepressible Warren Brown—political                   survives intact.
Arrernte linguist. This film traces his life, from his       cartoonist, columnist and history “tragic”—
                                                                                                                    HMAS Sydney’s Carley Float
childhood at Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in                as he reveals a fascinating mix of national
                                                                                                                    A tiny, war-ravaged liferaft is our only physical
the early 1900s to his death in 1978, and looks at           treasures drawn from public and private                link to Australia’s worst-ever naval disaster.
his extraordinary legacy—an extensive collection             collections across Australia.
of film and sound recordings and cultural objects                                                                   Vice Regal Rolls Royce
                                                             Phar Lap’s Hide                                        Imported to Australia in 1970 as the official
from the Aboriginal people of central Australia.             In the 1930s, a New Zealand-born horse won             vehicle for royal tours, this luxury Rolls
It also examines some of the complex issues                  the hearts of Australians and became one of our        weathered a constitutional crisis and then the
and controversies surrounding both this unique               most loved and enduring icons.                         tough life of a rally car.
archive and this remarkable individual.                      Gallipoli Boat                                         Waltzing Matilda Songsheet
Year:                     2001                               A small lifeboat, retrieved from the shores of
Duration:                 52 minutes                                                                                This original handwritten score holds the story of
Producer:                 Adrian Herring
                                                             Gallipoli, is a direct link to the first Anzacs and    a musical collaboration that created Australia’s
Writer/Director:          Hart Cohen                         the day that helped forge Australia’s identity.        national song.
A Journocam Productions production. Produced in              Thomson Car                                            Year:                        2004
association with SBS Independent. Financed by the                                                                   Duration:                    15 x 5 minutes
Australian Film Finance Corporation with the assistance of   Fifty years before the first Holden, Herbert           Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
the University of Western Sydney.                            Thomson was the first person to design, build          Series Producer/Writer: Paul Rudd
notes
                                                             and market a wholly Australian-made car.               Producer:                    Sally Regan
                                                                                                                    Director/Writer:             Matthew Thomason
                                                             First Surfboard                                        A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
                                                             Huge, heavy and finless, the first Aussie              the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Muddy Waters – Life and Death on
                                                             surfboard was actually handmade by a visiting          notes
the Great Barrier Reef                                       Hawaiian in 1914 using a piece of local wood.
The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Global warming              See also Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing
and outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have
                                                                                                                    Nerves of Steel
                                                             Endeavour Journal
put massive pressure on the coral. Now scientists                                                                   Skeleton is a head-first, face-down, full-throttle
                                                             Written on board the Endeavour during his trip
have identified another threat—agricultural                  down under in 1770, James Cook’s journal records       slide down a winding, icy track. And, for four
run-off. Sugar-cane farmers are reeling at the               the beginning of Australia as we know it today.        young women from Australia’s beaches, it’s their
prospect that their land management practices                                                                       unlikely chance at Olympic glory. Handpicked
                                                             CSIRAC
may be part of the problem. Some locals are                                                                         for the challenge, science is now pushing them
                                                             Invented by Australian scientists in the late
trying to bring all the parties together to develop          1940s, this is the only surviving “first-generation”   to new extremes. A gold medal seems to be
a workable solution, but leading the way can                 computer left in the world.                            within reach but, in the end, only one of them
be hard work. This film is the story of a small                                                                     will be selected to compete. This exhilarating
                                                             The Magic Pudding Illustrations
community facing the challenges of change and                                                                       documentary follows the fate of the team—the
                                                             Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding is one of
responsibility. It asks what’s killing the reef and          our best-loved children’s books and the central        athletes, manager, coach and doctor—as they
can anything be done to save one of the world’s              character, one of our great Australian anti-heroes.    hurtle towards the 2006 Torino Winter Games,
greatest natural treasures?                                                                                         tracking both the scientific juggernaut and the
                                                             Cuc Lam’s Suitcase
Year:                        2003                                                                                   all-too-human drama.
                                                             It may be just a small red vinyl suitcase but for
Duration:                    52 minutes                                                                             Year:                        2006
Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera                Vietnamese refugee Cuc Lam it’s a symbol of a
                                                                                                                    Duration:                    55 minutes (bonus DVD extras)
Producers:                   Tony Wright, Stuart Menzies     new beginning in a new country.                        Executive Producer:          Penny Robins
Writer/Director/                                                                                                    Producer:                    Sally Regan
Co-Producer:                 Sally Ingleton                  The Sentimental Bloke                                  Director:                    Andrea Ulbrick
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association    This classic 1919 silent movie is regarded as one      A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
with December Films. Developed with the assistance of the    of the greatest Australian films.                      the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria. Produced in
                                                                                                                    Winner, Best Journalism on Australian Sports
association with SBS Independent.                            Donald Bradman’s Bats                                  Commission Related Program and Finalist, Best
Winner, Environment/Conservation Award, Japan Wildlife       A reminder of how this cricket legend played           Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach, Australian Sports
Film Festival. Special Jury Prize, Earth Vision, Tokyo       himself into the record books, earning the status      Commission Media Awards; Winner, Mention D’Honneur
Global Environmental Film Festival. Finalist, United                                                                Olympic Spirit, Sport Movies & TV International Festival;
                                                             of Australian icon.
Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards;                                                                Winner, Best Director, SCINEMA International Festival
International Scientific Film Festival, Hungary; Festival    Tom Robert’s Bailed Up                                 of Science Film, Video & Multimedia; Finalist, Best
International du Film Nature and Environment, France;                                                               Documentary Science, Technology & the Environment,
British Environment and Media Awards.
                                                             With its revolutionary approach to depicting the       ATOM Awards; Finalist, Sports Programs, Banff World
                                                             landscape and light, this painting helped define       Television Festival.
notes
                                                             Australia’s national identity.
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Operation Babylift                                           Our Brother James                                            The Pilot’s Funeral
In April 1975, in the closing days of the                    James Dalmann killed himself in 1996. He was                 When Adrian Wagg arrived in Arnhem Land in
Vietnam War, more than 2500 babies were                      20. In this very personal film, director Jessica             the 1970s, he fell in love with the place and its
airlifted from Saigon orphanages. Some people                Douglas-Henry returns to Geraldton in Western                people, helping the Yolngu to build homes on
saw Operation Babylift as a humanitarian act,                Australia with her sister Alix, to document the              their ancestral lands and establish their own
others as blatant kidnapping. Thirty years on,               impact of her brother's death. Alix was the                  airline. This moving documentary recounts the
this emotionally powerful documentary tells                  person closest to James. She was 17 when he                  life of this gentle giant of a man. But more than
the stories of some of the 278 children brought              died. In the three years that followed, she lost             this, it tells of the extraordinary ten-day funeral
to Australia. Through candid interviews with                 five other friends to suicide. Although this film            that followed his tragic death in a helicopter
them, their adoptive parents, those involved in              is about James, it’s also Alix’s story. It’s about           accident. Not performed since the arrival of
the airlift and some of the families left behind,            the people left behind, whose lives have been                missionaries in the 1930s, the traditional Yolngu
this film explores complex issues of inter-racial            changed forever by the suicide of someone they               ceremony celebrates a remarkable bond,
adoption and cultural identity, and provides an              loved.                                                       connecting black and white, people and land,
insight into the political background behind this            Year:                        2001                            past and future.
                                                             Duration:                    52 minutes
controversial operation.                                                                                                  Year:                        2005
                                                             Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera                Duration:                    26 minutes
Year:                        2005                            Producer:                    Mary-Ellen Mullane
                                                                                                                          Executive Producer:          Penny Robins
Duration:                    55 minutes                      Writer/Director:             Jessica Douglas-Henry           Producer:                    Denise Haslem
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                     A Film Australia National Interest Program in association    Co-Producer:                 Trevor Graham
Producer:                    Helen Barrow                    with Iris Pictures Pty Ltd. Developed with the assistance    Writer/Director:             Rose Hesp
Writer/Director:             Dai Le                          of the NSW Film and Television Office and the Australian     A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in      Film Commission. Produced in association with SBS
                                                                                                                          the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
association with SBS Independent.                            Independent.
                                                                                                                          Highly Commended, Television Category, Human Rights
Finalist, International Film and Video Competition,          Winner, Documentary Public Broadcast, AWGIE Awards.          Medal and Awards. Finalist, Brisbane International Film
Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary.          Finalist, Best Australian Documentary, Critics Jury Panel,   Festival.
notes                                                        Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards and Script Writing
                                                             Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.                        notes

                                                             notes
Ordinary People                                                                                                           Pioneers of Love
Far right and anti-immigration politics are on               Peter Berner’s Loaded Brush                                  It’s 1915 in northern Queensland: a Russian
the rise worldwide. In Australia, as in many
                                                             Stand-up comic, media presenter and former                   revolutionary and an Aboriginal woman are
other western countries, a political force
                                                             art student Peter Berner swaps banter for                    thrown together by the social upheaval of the
is drawing on the discontent of those who
                                                             brushes in a serious bid for artistic acceptance.            20th century. Leandro Illin and Kitty Clarke
feel excluded from the promised benefits of
                                                             He decides to tackle the subject he knows and                create a family. But inter-racial marriage is
globalisation. This revealing documentary
                                                             loves best—himself—and enter a self-portrait                 breaking the law. They fight to overcome all
follows One Nation candidate Colene Hughes
                                                             into the Archibald Prize. This is a video diary of           the barriers that human prejudice tries to put
over two years and two elections as her
                                                             his endeavours from blank canvas to judgement                between them and to save their children from
idealism turns to disillusionment.
                                                             day, including interviews with other artists                 slavery. They are pioneers on the trail of human
Year:                        2001
Duration:                    55 minutes                      and critics about the creative process and the               values that touch the very essence of our
Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore                    background to Australia’s highest profile art                existence—truth, justice, equality—and love.
Producer:                    Martha Ansara                                                                                Year:                       2005
Consultant Producer:         Denise Haslem                   competition, and some excruciatingly honest
                                                                                                                          Duration:                   2 x 55 minutes
Writer/Director/                                             critiques of his work.                                       Producer:                   Richard Dennison
Co-Producer:                 Jennifer Rutherford
                                                             Year:                        2005                            Director/Writer:            Julie Nimmo
Associate Director:          Kit Guyatt
                                                             Duration:                    56 minutes                      An Orana Films and Big Island Pictures production.
A Film Australia National Interest Program produced with                                                                  Developed with the assistance of the New South Wales
                                                             Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
the assistance of the Australian Film Commission, the NSW
                                                             Producer:                    Sally Regan                     Film and Television Office. Produced in association with
Film and Television Office and the Australian Broadcasting                                                                SBS Independent. Principal investment by Film Finance
                                                             Director:                    Edwina Throsby
Corporation.
                                                             Writers:                     Edwina Throsby, Peter Berner,   Corporation of Australia Ltd. Financed with the assistance of
Highly Commended, Documentary Category, Dendy Awards.                                     James Robert Burnett            the Pacific Film and Television Commission.
notes
                                                             A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
                                                                                                                          notes
                                                             the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
                                                             notes   [m]   schools (non-expletive) version
                                                             available




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Plumpton High Babies                                          The Prime Minister is Missing                      new        Rare Chicken Rescue                                    new

Plumpton High, in Sydney’s outer western                      With Australia at war in Vietnam in 1967,                     After a long battle with depression, Queensland
suburbs, was one of the few schools in Australia              suddenly Prime Minister Harold Holt                           rare chicken breeder Mark Tully is now on a
with a program that supported schoolgirl                      disappeared without a trace—an event                          mission to protect the endangered chickens
mothers completing their education. This four-                unparalleled in the history of western                        to which he owes his life. He begins an epic
part series follows a year in the lives of some               democracy. Four decades after Harold Holt’s                   ‘chicken chase’ fuelled by a determination to
of these young women as they hurtle from                      bizarre disappearance at Cheviot Beach,                       find ‘lost’ breeds of poultry before they are
girlhood to motherhood. None of it is easy—the                a coronial inquiry confirmed that he had                      gone forever. His search covers almost 10,000
decision to give birth, the conflicts with family             accidentally drowned. Some people may still                   kilometres and five Australian states as he
and boyfriends, the new responsibilities. The                 believe that Holt was a spy and fled to China                 tracks down rare heritage breeds and meets
school offers them health and welfare support                 in a submarine. But most suspect that there                   others who share his passion.
and constant encouragement, but the outcome                   was more to his disappearance than has ever                   Year:                        2008
                                                                                                                            Duration:                    26 minutes
depends on the girls.                                         been revealed. Reconstructed from eyewitness
                                                                                                                            Executive Producers:         Mark Hamlyn (Film Australia),
Year:                        2003                             accounts, this dramatised documentary                                                      Trish Lake (Freshwater Productions)
Duration:                    4 x 26 minutes                                                                                 Producer:                    Vickie Gest
                                                              investigates all aspects of the mysterious case
Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn                                                                                    Writer/Director:             Randall Wood
Writer/Producer:             Julian Russell                   and asks why the nation’s leader entered such                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Writer/Director:             Aviva Ziegler                    violent surf that day. Do gaps in the police                  Freshwater Productions. Produced in association with the
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association                                                                   Pacific Film and Television Commission and the Australian
with 220 Productions. Produced with the assistance of the     investigation and recently discovered classified              Broadcasting Corporation.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                          documents suggest an answer?                                  Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short,
Runner-up, Issues in Education Category, Japan Prize.         Year:                      2008                               Slamdance Film Festival; Winner, Best Documentary,
Bronze Plaque, Education Category, Columbus International     Duration:                  56 minutes                         Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards; Winner, Best
Film and Video Festival. Finalist, Most Outstanding           Executive Producer:        Anna Grieve                        Sound in a Documentary, AFI Awards. Finalist, Best
Documentary Series, TV Week Logie Awards and United           Producers:                 Peter Butt, Sally Regan            Documentary, Finalist, Best Direction in a Documentary,
Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards.          Writer/Director:           Peter Butt                         Finalist, Best Cinematography in a Documentary, Finalist,
                                                              A Screen Australia Making History Production in association   Best Editing in a Documentary, AFI Awards; Finalist, Best
notes   [pg]                                                  with Blackwattle Films. Developed and produced in             Documentary Short Form and Best Documentary Human
                                                              association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.     Story, ATOM Awards; Finalist, Best Short Documentary,
                                                                                                                            IF Awards; Finalist, Animal Planet International People
Policing the Pacific                                          Winner, Gold Award for Dramatised Documentaries,
                                                                                                                            and Animals Award, Wildscreen International Wildlife
                                                              Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards;
Australian Federal Police find adventure                      Readers Choice Award, Best Local Miniseries/Telemovie,        and Environmental Film Festival; Finalist Official Short
                                                                                                                            Film Competition, Cinequest Film Festival, USA.
and challenges in the region as they join                     Sydney Morning Herald Couch Potato Awards.
                                                                                                                            notes
the multinational police force known as the                   notes   [pg]
Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon
Islands (RAMSI) and embark on a tour of                       The Prime Ministers’ National                                 Rats in the Ranks                                   classic

duty to East Timor. This series follows several               Treasures                                                     Politics is a bruising business. The best policies
Australian Federal Agents deployed to the                     Award winning cartoonist and yarn spinner,                    in the world mean nothing unless you’ve got the
Solomon Islands, where they patrol the                        Warren Brown, reveals the emotional lives of                  numbers. This film takes a behind-locked-doors
streets of the capital Honiara, the remote and                ten Australian Prime Ministers through objects                look at how politicians get these numbers.
dangerous Weather Coast and outer islands                     they used every day or even adored—from                       Every September Sydney’s Leichhardt Council
that rarely, if ever, see law enforcement. In                 Robert Menzies’ home movie camera, to Joseph                  elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand is
the final episode we are reacquainted with                    Lyons’ love letters, Harold Holt’s briefcase and              popular with the citizenry, but they don’t vote
Australian Federal Agent Dave Elson who                       Ben Chifley’s pipe.                                           for mayor—the 12 councillors do—and after
makes a tour of duty to Dili in East Timor after              Year:                        2007
                                                                                                                            three years of Larry some of them are after his
the recent unrest.                                            Duration:                    10 x 5 minutes                   job.
Year:                        2006                             Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                     Year:                      1996
Duration:                    4 x 26 minutes                   Series Producer:             Paul Rudd                        Duration:                  97 minutes
Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                     Producer:                    Perry Stapleton                  Executive Producer:        Chris Oliver
Series Producer:             Chris Hilton                     Director:                    Matthew Thomason                 Producers/
Producer:                    Nial Fulton                      Writers:                     Paul Rudd, Matthew Thomason      Directors/Writers:         Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
Directors:                   Alan Erson, Andrew Merrifield,   A Film Australia National Interest Program produced in        An Arundel Productions Pty Ltd/Film Australia National
                             Stephen Oliver                   association with Old Parliament House and the Australian      Interest Program in association with the Australian
Writer:                      Alan Erson                       Broadcasting Corporation.                                     Broadcasting Corporation, Channel Four and La Sept
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association     Finalist, Young People’s History Prize, NSW Premier’s         ARTE.
with Essential Viewing. Produced in association with SBS      History Awards.                                               Winner of numerous awards including the Gold ATOM
Independent.                                                                                                                Award, TV Week Logie Award and Film Critics Circle of
                                                              notes
notes                                                                                                                       Australia Award for Best Documentary.
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Reef Route 66 – The Colour Cycle                             Road to Tokyo                                                 Roller Derby Dolls                                  new

One night a year, the corals of Australia’s                  By late 1944, the worst of World War Two                      In the sprawling outer suburbs of Brisbane, a
Great Barrier Reef explode into the largest                  appears to be over. But the conflict in the Pacific is        revolution is brewing. A sassy group of women
mass breeding event on the planet. Reef Route                about to hot up and it will be a long road to Tokyo           from all walks of life has a dream: to resurrect
66 is the investigative journey of a young                   for the Allies... Combining interviews and vivid              the lost sport of full-contact roller derby in
environmental scientist and a slightly mad,                  archival footage, this is an eyewitness account of            Australia. Led by their president Evil Doll, and
Emmy Award winning cameraman as they set                     an often forgotten episode in history, providing a            despite none having experience in business, the
out to record this phenomenon. The result is                 social context as well as a military overview of the          roller girls have set up a roller derby league,
part natural history documentary, part road-trip,            titanic struggle to defeat Japan. For Australia, it is        one of 220 now dotted around the globe. Roller
part travelogue—mixing brains with boardshorts,              signposted with some of the bloodiest campaigns               Derby Dolls is a story of female empowerment
stunning footage with fascinating science.                   of the war—and the memory of 8031 POWs who                    and of women with a dream—the dream of
Year:                     2005                               would never come home.                                        inspiring women in Australia to strap on the
Duration:                 27 minutes
                                                             Year:                        2005                             skates and give the sport a go.
Producer/
                                                             Duration:                    56 minutes (bonus DVD extras)
Director/Writer:          Matt Tomaszewski                                                                                 Year:                     2008
                                                             Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
Produced by Triton Media.                                                                                                  Duration:                 26 minutes
                                                             Producer:                    Sally Regan
                                                                                                                           Executive Producers:      Mark Hamlyn (Screen Australia),
notes                                                        Writer/Director:             Graham Shirley
                                                                                                                                                     Trish Lake (Freshwater Productions)
                                                             A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with
                                                                                                                           Producer:                 Vickie Gest
                                                             the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
                                                                                                                           Director:                 Phoebe Hart
Remembering Rain                                             notes   [pg]                                                  Writers:                  Erin McBean, Phoebe Hart
                                                                                                                           A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association
In the face of the worst drought on record,                                                                                with Freshwater Productions and the Pacific Film and
rural Australians have gambled their dreams                  Rogue Nation                                       new        Television Commission. Produced in association with the
                                                                                                                           Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
on the chance of rain—and cracks are starting
                                                             Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story               Finalist, Best Documentary Short Form, ATOM Awards;
to show in more than just the parched earth. In
                                                             of how the colourful characters of early colonial             Finalist, Produced by a woman, for an outstanding
Remembering Rain we meet the people of one                                                                                 show or film, Women’s Image Network, USA. ‘Mention
                                                             Australia transformed a penal settlement into
farming community as they attempt to weather                                                                               D’Honneur’ for Documentary: Individual Sport, Sport
                                                             a land with rights and opportunity in a mere                  Movies & TV, Milan International Festival.
the crisis. Beautifully photographed, in turns
                                                             40 years. This sweeping two-part dramatised                   notes
funny and moving, this is an iconic portrait of a
                                                             documentary covers formative events in
land and a character shaped by drought—one
                                                             Australia’s history, including the Rum Rebellion              Rosa’s Journey –
that raises the question of the very viability
                                                             and early court cases, which established
of farming in the driest inhabited continent on                                                                            The Story of a Nation                               new
                                                             independence and civil rights for all settlers.
earth.                                                                                                                     The journey of independent East Timor through
                                                             Rogue Nation explores how a fledgling colony
Year:                        2005
                                                             on the wrong side of the globe was rapidly                    the eyes of a remarkable and resilient woman.
Duration:                    55 minutes
Executive Producer:          Penny Robins                    transformed from a place of punishment                        Following the acclaimed documentary East
Producers:                   Megan McMurchy,
                                                             to a place of opportunity; a confident and                    Timor – Birth of a Nation, Rosa’s Journey picks
                             Mandy Chang                                                                                   up the story of young East Timorese widow
Director:                    Mandy Chang                     prosperous community. It goes behind the
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with    power struggles between wealthy landowners,                   Rosa Martins and her family seven years
the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                                                                 after independence. Unlike the celebratory
                                                             the educated offspring of convict settlers and
Winner, Gold Award, Documentaries—Cinema and TV,                                                                           climate of 2000, life in East Timor is violent
Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards.            the governors who ran the colony.
Finalist, In Competition, Mediterranean Environmental        See also The Floating Brothel.                                and democracy fragile as one of the world’s
Award; Finalist, Official Competition, Ecofilms, Rodos
                                                             Year:                      2009
                                                                                                                           youngest nations faces an uncertain future.
International Film & Visual Arts Festival.                                                                                 See also The Diplomat (backlist) and
                                                             Duration:                  2 x 54 minutes
notes                                                        Executive Producer:        Mark Hamlyn                        East Timor – Birth of a Nation.
                                                             Producer:                  Ian Collie
                                                             Directors:                 Lisa Matthews, Peter Andrikidis    Year:                     2008
                                                             Writer:                    Katherine Thomson (episode 2)      Duration:                 52 minutes
                                                             A Screen Australia Making History production in association   Executive Producer:       Anna Grieve
                                                             with Essential Media & Entertainment. Produced in             Producers:                Stella Zammataro, Luigi Acquisto
                                                             association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.     Director:                 Luigi Acquisto
                                                                                                                           A Screen Australia National Interest Program in association
                                                             notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired        {m}     with Abracadabra Films. Produced in association with SBS
                                                                                                                           Independent.
                                                                                                                           notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired




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The Safe House                                             Selling Australia                                           Finalist, Best Documentary, Best Achievement in
                                                                                                                       Direction in a Documentary, and Best Achievement in
It’s the summer of 1954 and seven-year-old Lee             This series takes an eye-opening journey behind             Sound and in Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film,
                                                                                                                       AFI Awards. Winner, Best Achievement in Sound for a
and her friends are drifting through the holidays,         the scenes of Australia’s multi-billion dollar              Documentary, Australian Screen Sound Awards. Winner,
exploring their quiet suburban neighbourhood               tourism industry. It reveals a world of ruthless            Best Film, Earth Vision Tokyo Global Environmental Film
where nothing ever seems to happen... until                marketing where canny entrepreneurs are                     Festival. Best Documentary, Social and Political Category,
                                                                                                                       ATOM Awards; Best Music for a Documentary, APRA-
the day mysterious strangers move in with the              determined to give visitors exactly what they               AGSC Screen Music Awards.
old lady next door. No one explains the odd                want, whether it’s Aboriginal culture, sandy                notes
comings and goings, the big black cars, the men            beaches or bush adventure. But how does it
in suits and hats, the overheard snippets of               fit with reality and the image the nation has of
                                                                                                                       Slow Food Revolution
conversation, but that doesn’t stop the children           itself?
from imagining. The Safe House, from award-                                                                            Speed—the obsession of the modern world—is
                                                           The Games                                                   determining what people should eat and
winning animator Lee Whitmore, is based on a               In town for the Sydney Olympics, foreign
true story—a young girl’s innocent perspective                                                                         how, at the expense of traditional foods. An
                                                           journalists attempt to uncover the real Australia.
of one of the most talked about moments in                                                                             international eco-gastronomic movement
                                                           The Brand                                                   known as Slow Food champions the protection
Australia’s history: the real-life spy drama               Crocodile Dundee is back in the ads and bringing
known as the Petrov Affair.                                                                                            of traditional culture, the environment and
                                                           in tourists like never before.
Year:                        2006                                                                                      biodiversity while encouraging local production
Duration:                    26 minutes                    Tourist Town                                                and food education. Slow Food Revolution
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                   To protect its biggest industry, Cairns will do             travels around the globe recording this growing
Producer:                    Denise Haslem                 virtually anything to cater for the tourists.
Writer/Director:             Lee Whitmore                                                                              phenomenon. Beautifully photographed, it is a
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in    The Red Heart                                               seriously sensual journey from earth to table.
association with SBS Independent.
                                                           Deep in Australia’s red centre, two groups of               Year:                        2003
Winner, Yoram Gross Animation Award, Sydney Film           tourists seek an authentic Aboriginal cultural              Duration:                    52 minutes
Festival Dendy Awards; Winner, Best Animation, ATOM                                                                    Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera
Awards. Finalist in numerous awards including Best         experience.
                                                                                                                       Producer:                    Carmelo Musca
Animation, AFI Awards; International Competition, I        Year:                        2001                           Director:                    Carlo Buralli
Castelli Animati - International Animated Film Festival;   Duration:                    4 x 26 minutes                 Writer:                      Gabriella Pignatelli
Best Animation, IF Awards; Best Australian Short Film,     Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore                   A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards; International     Producers:                   Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood     CM Film Productions. Developed with the assistance of Film
Short Film Competition, Animadrid; Shorts Competition,     Director:                    Julia Redwood                  Victoria. Produced with the assistance of ScreenWest and
Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival of Brazil;   Writers:                     Julia Redwood,                 the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia. Produced in
Animation Programs Banff World Television Festival.                                     Lawrie Silvestrin              association with SBS Independent.
                                                           A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired
                                                           with Prospero Productions Pty Ltd. Produced with the        Voted in Top 5 by Audience, Global Visions Festival,
                                                           assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.      Canada. Finalist, Cork Film Festival, Ireland and
                                                                                                                       Ecocinema International Film Festival, Greece
Secrets of the Jury Room                                   Certificate of Merit, Education/Documentary Section,
                                                           Chicago International Television Competition.               notes
Enter the secret world of the jury room to                 notes
discover how juries really work. In this thought-                                                                      Spinning Out
provoking documentary, two juries decide the
                                                           Silent Storm                                                This is the story of heroic daily struggles with
fate of the accused in a murder case. The case
                                                           From 1957 to 1978, scientists secretly                      the most maligned and misunderstood illness in
is fictional, but highly realistic. On trial is a
                                                           removed bone samples from over 21,000 dead                  history, schizophrenia. We go inside the locked
young gay Lebanese man who is accused of
                                                           Australians as they searched for evidence of                wards, join crisis teams, the self-help groups
killing his terminally ill lover. A retired judge
                                                           Strontium 90—a by-product of nuclear testing.               and the families to see how they deal with the
presides over real barristers, expert witnesses
                                                           Silent Storm reveals the story behind this                  knife-edge existence of their lives.
and court personnel. As we watch the jurors
                                                           astonishing case of officially sanctioned “body-            Year:                  1991
grapple with the evidence and the moral issues,                                                                        Duration:              55 minutes
we see how personalities and prejudices can                snatching”. Set in the context of the Cold War,             Producer/Director:     Anne Deveson
affect the process of the law.                             the saga follows celebrated scientist, Hedley               Anne Deveson Productions.

Year:                      2004                            Marston, as he attempts to blow the whistle on              notes
Duration:                  52 minutes                      radioactive contamination. Marston’s findings
Producer:                  Julian Russell
Associate Producer:        John Bryson
                                                           are disputed and he is branded “a scientist of
Director:                  Aviva Ziegler                   counter-espionage interest”.
Writers:                   John Bryson, Julian Russell,    Year:                        2004
                           Aviva Ziegler                   Duration:                    52 minutes
A 220 Production. Financed by Film Finance Corporation     Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Australia. Produced in association with SBS Independent.   Producers:                   Peter Butt, Rob McAuley
notes   [pg]                                               Writer/Director:             Peter Butt
                                                           A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in
                                                           association with SBS Independent.




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The Story of Rosy Dock                                           Year:                        2001                           Year:                        2002
                                                                 Duration:                    55 minutes                     Duration:                    55 minutes
An elderly woman ventures out into the desert                    Executive Producer:          Stefan Moore                   Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
                                                                 Producers:                   Gary Steer,                    Producer:                    David Noakes
to set up her home. In her attempt to recreate                                                Tina Dalton-Hagege             Writer/Director:             Marée Delofski
the beauty of the home she has left, she does                    Directors:                   Gary Steer, Alice Ford         A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
not realise the beauty that is already there.                    Writers:                     Alice Ford, Julian Russell     with SeeView Pictures. Developed with the assistance of
                                                                 A Film Australia National Interest Program in association   the Australian Film Commission and the NSW Film and
Internationally acclaimed children’s book author                 with Wild Visuals for Discovery Channel. Produced with      Television Office. Produced with the assistance of the
and artist Jeannie Baker uses a unique collage                   assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.      Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
artform to magnificently recreate the textures                   Highly Commended, Documentary Category, State               Winner, Audio/Visual Prize, NSW Premier’s History
                                                                 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.                 Awards. Finalist, Script Writing Award, NSW Premier’s
and colours of the central Australian landscape.                                                                             Literary Awards and Centre of Australian Cultural Studies
                                                                 notes
Year:                        1995                                                                                            Awards. Voted in Top Ten Documentaries by Audience,
Duration:                    10 minutes                                                                                      Sydney Film Festival.
Executive Producer:          Chris Oliver
Producer:                    Julie Cottrell-Dormer               Trafficked                                                  notes

Director:                    Jeannie Baker
A Film Australia National Interest Program.                      This powerful documentary follows former
                                                                                                                             Troubled Minds –
Gold Medal for Excellence in Animation, Prix Leonardo            police officer Chris Payne, as he investigates the
International Multimedia & Film Festival. Finalist, AFI                                                                      The Lithium Revolution
                                                                 shocking crime of trafficking for prostitution.
Awards and ATOM Awards.
                                                                 For a decade, he’s been haunted by the case of              In a disused hospital pantry in the 1940s, an
notes
                                                                 “Nikkie”, a young Thai girl who was deported                Australian doctor, John Cade, discovered an
                                                                 after she was discovered working in a Sydney                astonishing treatment for bi-polar disorder. It
Ted’s Evolution                                                  brothel. How did she get there? What happened               would revolutionise the way we think about
Charles Darwin started a revolution when                         to her afterwards? Payne follows the trail of               mental illness and mark the beginning of
he published his evolutionary theory in the                      evidence from Australia to Thailand. Along the              psychopharmacology—using drugs to manage
late 1800s. He challenged the belief that                        way, he meets the parents of another Thai “sex              psychiatric conditions. This was inspired thinking
God created the world in seven days, and the                     slave” whose death in an immigration detention              at a time when Freudian psychoanalysis,
theories of people such as Jean Baptiste de                      centre in Sydney made headlines. Through these              electric shock and lobotomy were the dominant
Lamarck, who believed that characteristics                       stories, Trafficked provides a disturbing insight           approaches and patients were often locked up
acquired during a lifetime could be passed on                    into the international sex trade.                           in asylums. The breakthrough followed years of
to the next generation. Since then, Darwinian                    Year:                        2005                           research and experimentation and it would take
theory has become the accepted scientific                        Duration:                    56 minutes                     two more decades of struggle before lithium
                                                                 Executive Producers:         Anna Grieve,
doctrine but now an Australian scientist,                                                     Franco di Chiera
                                                                                                                             treatment was finally accepted—but Cade’s
Ted Steele, is stirring things up again. Is he                   Producers:                   Stella Zammataro,              successors persevered. Their work has meant a
                                                                                              Luigi Acquisto                 chance at stability for hundreds of thousands of
pursuing a false dream or is he about to change                  Writer/Director:             Luigi Acquisto
what we know about life on earth?                                A Film Australia National Interest Program in association   people, and lithium remains the benchmark for
Year:                        2003                                with Abracadabra Films. Produced in association with        bi-polar treatment today.
Duration:                    55 minutes                          SBS Independent.
                                                                                                                             Year:                        2004
Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera                    Finalist, International Film and Video Competition,         Duration:                    52 minutes
Producers:                   David Noakes, Lou Petho             Mumbai International Film Festival.                         Executive Producers:         Penny Robins, Franco di Chiera
Director:                    Lou Petho                                                                                       Producer:                    John Lewis
Writers:                     Geoffrey Burchfield, Lou Petho
                                                                 notes   [m]
                                                                                                                             Writer/Director:             Dennis K Smith
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with                                                               A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Stoney Creek Productions. Developed with the assistance                                                                      Omar Khayam Films. Developed with the assistance of Film
of the Australian Film Commission. Produced with the             The Trouble with Merle                                      Victoria. Produced in association with SBS Independent.
assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.           Merle Oberon was one of the biggest movie stars             Main Prize, International Vega Awards for Excellence in
Winner, Banff Rockie Award, Popular Science and Natural                                                                      Scientific Broadcasting, UK. Winner, Documentary Public
                                                                 of the 1930s and 1940s. Studio publicists said
History Category. Finalist, International Scientific Film                                                                    Broadcast, Australian Writers’ Guild Awards; Media
Festival, Hungary and Québec International Science and           she was born into a wealthy family in Hobart,               Category, Mental Health Matters Awards. Silver Award,
Film Festival, Canada.                                           Tasmania. Yet rumour was that the exotic almond-            State Australian Cinematographers Society Awards.
                                                                                                                             Finalist, Best Music for a Documentary, APRA-AGSC
notes                                                            eyed actress concealed her true past. It was said           Screen Music Awards; Health and Medical Research
                                                                 she was actually “oriental”, perhaps Anglo-Indian,          Journalism, Australian Museum Eureka Prize; Group
                                                                                                                             Category for An Outstanding Contribution to Australian
Ten Million Wildcats                                             and born in Calcutta. In Tasmania, many remain
                                                                                                                             Culture, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National
The estimated 10 million feral cats in Australia                 convinced she was their island’s most famous                Cultural Awards; Beijing International Scientific Film

each year kill billions of native animals. With                  daughter, born not to wealthy parents but to a              Festival, China.
                                                                 Chinese hotel worker and her married employer.              notes   [m]
their remarkable survival skills, they are
thriving in some of the country’s harshest                       The Trouble with Merle looks at celebrity, memory,
regions. Where did they come from? Why did                       identity, race and class...and at why Merle Oberon’s
they spread so quickly? And how much of a role                   origins mattered to people on a tiny island, in a
have they really had in the destruction of the                   country at the bottom of the world.
country’s unique wildlife?




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Two Thirds Sky –                                                Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives                           An Unstoppable Force –         new
Artists in Desert Country                                       of Florence Broadhurst                                        Betty Churcher with John Olsen
Two Thirds Sky reveals different ways of                        In this spirited and highly original documentary,             Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest living
seeing the Australian desert. It follows                        acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals                  artist, the exuberant 80-year-old John Olsen
the creative journeys of five contemporary                      the many lives of one larger-than-life                        talks with acclaimed art commentator Betty
artists—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—from                      woman—flamboyant design pioneer, Florence                     Churcher about his life’s work. Still painting with
blank canvas to finished painting. Each artist                  Broadhurst. Born in outback Australia in 1899,                all his creative energy in his studio in the NSW
has a different relationship to the land they                   she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai in the                Southern Highlands, Olsen speaks of the influence
paint yet all are attempting to express their                   20s and ran her own fashion boutique in London                of poetry and Spain on his art and his restless love
identity and sense of belonging through their                   in the 30s before sweeping into Sydney society                of Sydney Harbour and the Australian bush. Now
work. Combined with stunning images of the                      as a painter and charity queen. But it was in her             at the height of his creative powers, Olsen has won
landscape, this is an unusual insight into the                  last incarnation that she really made her mark,               many awards including the prestigious Archibald
connections between art and place and our                       shaking up conservative Australia with her                    Prize in 2005 for his Self Portrait Janus Faced. As
changing attitudes to Australia’s outback.                      bold, exotic wallpaper designs. Now, with her                 Churcher says, “He is an artist whose lust for life
Year:                     2002                                  prints in huge demand internationally, the times              has few parallels in Australian art”.
Duration:                 52 minutes
                                                                have finally caught up with this glamorous,                   Year:                        2008
Producer:                 Sophie Jackson                                                                                      Duration:                    26 minutes
Writer/Director:          Sean O’Brien                          complicated, unconventional woman, whose
                                                                                                                              Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Produced by Arcadia Pictures in association with SBS            brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved.                  Producers:                   John Hughes, Betty Churcher
Independent. Financed by Australia Film Finance Corporation.
                                                                Year:                      2006                               Director:                    John Hughes
Winner, Best Local Documentary, Herald Critics Awards.          Duration:                  82 minutes                         Writer:                      Betty Churcher
Special Award, Best Documentary (Art and Culture) and           Executive Producer:        Mark Hamlyn                        A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
Finalist, Best General Documentary and Best General             Producers:                 Charles Hannah, Sue Clothier       Early Works. Produced in association with the Australian
Documentary (Social and Political Issues), ATOM                 Director:                  Gillian Armstrong                  Broadcasting Corporation.
Awards. Distinction, Documentary Category, Australian           Writer:                    Katherine Thomson                  notes
Cinematographers Society Awards. Highly Commended,              A Film Australia/Becker Entertainment Production produced
Documentary Category, Dendy Awards. Finalist, Best              in association with the New South Wales Film and Television
Documentary, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards;           Office and SBS Independent. A film by Gillian Armstrong.
Best Sound Design, AFI Awards; Asolo Art Film Festival;                                                                       Vietnam Symphony
Creative Crossroads, Canada.                                    Finalist, World Cinema Documentary Competition,
                                                                Sundance Film Festival. Winner, Documentary Public            In 1965, at the height of the Vietnam War,
notes                                                           Broadcast, AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) Awards;          students and teachers from the Hanoi
                                                                Winner, Television Script QUT Creative Industries Award,
                                                                Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards; Winner, Best
                                                                                                                              Conservatorium of Music were forced to flee the
Under One Roof                                                  Editing in a Documentary (Nicholas Beauman ASE),              city for the safety of a village in the countryside.
                                                                Australian Screen Editors Awards; Winner, Best Music for      With the help of villagers, they built an entire
This series opens the door on contemporary                      a Documentary (Paul Grabowsky), APRA-AGSC Screen
family life. Inside Australian homes, it finds                  Music Awards; Finalist, Documentary Film Competition,         campus underground, including an auditorium
the ties that bind families together and the                    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Finalist,           for 500 and special caverns for each of 40
                                                                Documentaries of the World, Montreal World Film
pressures that pull them apart. Each episode                                                                                  pianos. There they lived, studied and played
                                                                Festival; Finalist, Best Direction in a Documentary, AFI
follows a different family negotiating the ups                  Awards, Finalist, Best Documentary, IF Awards, Finalist,      music for five years. Vietnam Symphony tells
                                                                Documentary Competition, St Louis International Film          their extraordinary story, combining remarkable
and downs of everyday life.
                                                                Festival; Finalist, Best Feature Documentary, Film Critics
                                                                Circle of Australia Awards; Finalist, Time of History
                                                                                                                              archival footage with contemporary interviews.
The Chakos Family
                                                                Competition, Valladolid International Film Festival.          It paints a portrait of life then and now, and of a
Come and have dinner with four generations of
Greek-Australians with a love of life, celebration,             notes   [pg]                                                  rapidly changing nation, embracing trends and
ritual and food.                                                                                                              ideas from the very countries the Vietnamese
                                                                                                                              fought against 40 years earlier.
The Puckeridge Family
                                                                                                                              Year:                        2005
Enter the fun and mayhem of the Puckeridge                                                                                    Duration:                    52 minutes
family—mum, dad and five very active kids aged                                                                                Executive Producer:          Penny Robins
two to 10.                                                                                                                    Producer:                    Kerry Herman
                                                                                                                              Writer/Director:             Tom Zubrycki
The Kapsalides Family                                                                                                         A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
Join the party with a single mum and her two                                                                                  with Stonebridge Productions. Developed with the
                                                                                                                              assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Produced
lively daughters as they talk work, music, money
                                                                                                                              in association with the NSW Film and Television Office and
and boys.                                                                                                                     SBS Independent.
Year:                        2003                                                                                             Winner, Best Achievement in Sound in a Non-Feature
Duration:                    3 x 52 minutes (sold as a set or                                                                 Film, AFI Awards; Best Achievement in Sound in a
                             as individual episodes)                                                                          Documentary, Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards.
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                                                                                      Winner, Silver Conch Award, Mumbai International Film
Series Producer:             Rosemary Blight
                                                                                                                              Festival; Golden Maile Award,
Directors:                   Ray Argall, Kay Pavlou
                                                                                                                              Best Documentary, Hawaii International Film Festival.
A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced in
                                                                                                                              Highly Commended, Documentaries (Cinema and TV),
association with SBS Independent.
                                                                                                                              Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards.
notes   [pg]                                                                                                                  Finalist, Wide Angle, Pusan International Film Festival.
                                                                                                                              notes




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Welcome to the Waks Family                                       Who Do You Think You Are?                                Catherine Freeman
                                                                                                                          Athlete Catherine Freeman goes in search of the
Meet one of the largest natural families                         Australian celebrities play detective as they            source of her drive and determination, unearthing
in Australia. Zephaniah and Haya Waks                            go in search of their family history, revealing          an unexpected family heritage. Gold medallist
have 17 children aged 3 to 24 years, which                       secrets from the past. Along the way there will          in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Catherine
makes everyday life a logistical challenge of                    be scandal, adultery, pioneers, artists and royalty.     is an inspiration to many. She possesses an
monumental proportions. Living in Melbourne’s                    Join the trail of discovery to uncover where these       irrepressible pride in her country and her people.
suburbs, the family stands out from the                          celebrities came from as they find out just who          Her strong sense of identity is something
                                                                                                                          she believes has been passed down from her
mainstream in another way —it is part of a                       they think they are.
                                                                                                                          ancestors. Now she’s on a journey to find out
tight-knit, ultra-orthodox Jewish community.                                                                              where her fighting spirit comes from.
                                                                 Jack Thompson
Year:                        2003                                Australian acting icon Jack Thompson unearths
Duration:                    52 minutes                                                                                   Dennis Cometti
Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera                    more than a couple of surprises—and significant
                                                                                                                          Sports commentator Dennis Cometti finds
Producer/Director:           Barbara Chobocky                    Australian heritage—but where does he come
                                                                                                                          mystery, murder and a gift for the gab as he
Co-Producer:                 Rod Freedman                        from and who does he think he is? Born John
Writers:                     Barbara Chobocky,                                                                            follows his family tree back to Australia’s
                                                                 Hadley Pain in Sydney in 1940, Jack took on the
                             Jeff Bruer                                                                                   settlement. From a remote Western Australian
                                                                 name of the Thompson family, who adopted him
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with                                                            goldfield to northern Italy, Dennis uncovers a
Documentary Films Pty Ltd. Produced in association with          as a child after the death of his mother. In Who         rich Italian heritage before heading to east coast
SBS Independent.                                                 Do You Think You Are? Jack will for the first            Australia where several more surprises—and
Winner, Award for Excellence in Documentary                      time endeavour to discover the real family history       more than one shady character—are revealed.
Filmmaking, Real: Life on Film Festival. Finalist,               of his biological relations. He discovers a link         It is a journey that leaves him with a lifetime
Documentary Broadcast Section, AWGIE Awards; CRC                 to Indigenous Australians—and finds a reason
Awards, Dendy Awards; and Guangzhou International                                                                         of anecdotes and an extended family he never
                                                                 behind his emotional connection to the forests           imagined possible.
Documentary Film Festival.
                                                                 of northern NSW. As Jack’s aunt, the family
notes                                                                                                                     Ita Buttrose
                                                                 matriarch, hands over the family reins to him,
                                                                 he is about to find out more than he could have          Media personality and publisher Ita Buttrose
Welcome to Woomera                                               imagined.                                                discovers determination and drive may be
                                                                                                                          hereditary as she puts her journalistic skills to
This is a film about ordinary people in a small                  Kate Ceberano                                            the test to trace her global family. She knows
town caught up in big events. As Australia’s only                Singer Kate Ceberano is convinced she is                 of a relation named William Butters who sailed
purpose-built defence village, Woomera has been                  descended from ‘pirates and bums’ but as she             from Scotland to Adelaide but not how the
                                                                 delves into her family tree she uncovers links to        family name changed from Butters to Buttrose.
famous for its rocket range, as home to Americans
                                                                 landed gentry, as well as an artistic past. Kate’s       Following her maternal side, Ita discovers she
from the Nurrungar base and, more recently,                      expectations are inflated when she learns that           has a strong Jewish connection, including a
for its controversial immigration reception and                  one early ancestor, an entrepreneurial Swede,            chief rabbi, in her family. She traces her Jewish
processing centre. But since the centre closed, the              was an inventive pioneer and ultimately a pillar         ancestors to New York and Hungary. Along the
town is in danger of closing too. Once heralded                  of the establishment of the Mallee region. On            way she finds the Buttrose will to ‘fight the
as a model of suburban living then reviled as a                  the trail of a mysterious Spanish sea captain,           system’ is flowing through her veins.
                                                                 she heads to Tasmania and finds, to her delight,
“desert jail”, this film looks at Woomera from the                                                                        Year:                      2007
                                                                 a relationship with music teacher-turned-artist          Duration:                  6 x 52 minutes (sold separately)
inside and follows the town’s struggle to stay                   Henry Mundy. Kate will cross cities and cultures         Executive Producers:       Penny Robins (Film Australia),
alive. As a government town however, its future                  in the search for her past, uncovering pioneers                                     Brian Beaton (Artemis
is not necessarily in the community’s own hands.                 and colonialists along the way.                                                     International), Margie Bryant
                                                                                                                                                     (Serendipity Productions)
Marketing of the range has been contracted out                                                                            Series Producer:           Celia Tait
                                                                 Geoffrey Robertson
to a multinational company, with potential to                    Barrister and human rights advocate Geoffrey             Writers/Directors:         Catherine Marciniak, Judy Rymer,
                                                                                                                                                     Franco Di Chiera, Kay Pavlou,
capitalise on escalating global interest in weapons              Robertson QC believes that it is nurture not                                        Jane Manning
development.                                                     nature that shapes our moral integrity, but              Co-Writers/
Year:                        2004                                does his family history support his theory? Fifth        Post Directors:              Alan Carter, Andrew Saw
Duration:                    55 minutes                          generation Australian Geoffrey has lived in London       A Film Australia National Interest Program, Serendipity
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve                                                                                  Productions, Artemis International production in association
                                                                 for decades, but he remains proudly Australian.          with ScreenWest and Lotterywest and SBS Independent.
Producers:                   Steve Thomas, Kim Anning
Writer/Director:             Steve Thomas
                                                                 He traces his Scottish ancestors—early mountain          Format licensed by Wall to Wall Media Ltd. The Who Do
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with   cattlemen who were the first of the self-made            You Think You Are? word mark and logo are trade marks of
Flying Carpet Films. Produced with the assistance of the         Robertsons in Australia—as well as another part          Wall to Wall Media Ltd and are used under licence.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                             of his family, surrounded by a life of wealth and        Series: Winner, Certificate of Merit, Educational/
                                                                 privilege. Within his family history he finds links to   Documentary Series, Chicago International Television
notes
                                                                                                                          Competition Hugo Awards for Excellence in Television;
                                                                 royal patronage, the whiff of a cover-up and even        Bronze Award, Documentaries, Cinema & TV, Australian
                                                                 a royal scandal. His own family, he discovers, is a      Cinematographers Society State Awards.
                                                                 perfect example of the cultural and ethnic melting       Jack Thompson episode: Winner, Most Outstanding
                                                                 pot that makes up Australia.                             Documentary, WA Screen Awards; Winner, Best
                                                                                                                          Australian Produced Single Television Production,
                                                                                                                          Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts.
                                                                                                                          notes   australia    & pacific islands only (not nz)
                                                                                                                          {pg}




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Who Killed Dr Bogle and                                         Wildness                                                         The Winners’ Guide to the
Mrs Chandler?                                                   Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis                           Nobel Prize
At last, an answer to one of crime history’s                    were perhaps Australia’s greatest wilderness                     What does it take to win a Nobel Prize?
great unsolved cases. When the bodies of                        photographers; their work synonymous with                        Guts? Brilliance? Eccentricity? This film
brilliant physicist Dr Gilbert Bogle and his lover              campaigns to protect Tasmania’s natural                          travels behind the scenes of the world’s most
Mrs Margaret Chandler were found in bizarre                     heritage.                                                        prestigious prize and into the minds of Robin
circumstances on a Sydney riverbank in 1963, it                    The pair shared many things, including a                      Warren and Barry Marshall who have reached
captured the public imagination and launched an                 bond that was more like father and son. Both                     this pinnacle of excellence.
unprecedented murder investigation. However,                    came from Baltic Europe, a place of lakes and                    Year:                       2006
                                                                                                                                 Duration:                   55 minutes
the Coroner could find no cause of death,                       forests where people nurtured their relationship
                                                                                                                                 Executive Producers:        Mark Hamlyn, Rod Freedman,
killer or motive. Some suggested it was a Cold                  to the land.                                                                                 Andrew Ogilvie (Electric Pictures)
War assassination, others claimed it was an                        Both migrated to Tasmania where their                         Producer:                   Andrew Ogilvie
                                                                                                                                 Director:                   Mark Gould
overdose of LSD. Now, four decades later, a new                 passion for nature became a crusade to save                      Writers:                    Mark Gould, Paul Payne
investigation uncovers explosive new evidence.                  an environment under threat. And both died in                    A Film Australia and Electric Pictures Production in
                                                                                                                                 association with ScreenWest and Lotterywest. Developed
Year:                        2006                               the wilderness, doing what they loved, leaving a                 and produced in association with the Australian
Duration:                    55 minutes (bonus DVD extras)
                                                                legacy in their extraordinary images.                            Broadcasting Corporation.
Executive Producer:          Anna Grieve
Producers:                   Peter Butt, Kristine Wyld             Their philosophy was simple and remarkably                    Winner, Gold Dragon Award for Science Popularization,
Director/Writer:             Peter Butt                         effective: if people could see Australia’s wild                  Beijing International Scientific Film Festival; Honourable
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association                                                                        Mention, Documentary, Stand Alone, Australian Directors
with Blackwattle Films. Produced in association with the        places and see how beautiful they were, they                     Guild Awards. Finalist, Australian Government Eureka
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.                            may be moved to save them.                                       Prize for Science Journalism, Australian Museum Eureka
                                                                                                                                 Prize.
Winner, Best Local Documentary, Sydney Morning Herald           See also Film Australia’s Wilderness (page 9)
Couch Potato Awards; Winner, Gold Award for Dramatised                                                                           notes   english subtitles for hearing impaired
Documentaries, State Australian Cinematographers
                                                                and Lake Pedder (backlist).
Society Awards; Winner, Most Outstanding Documentary,           Year:                        2003
TV Week Logie Awards. Winner, Best Short Documentary,           Duration:                    55 minutes
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards. Finalist,              Executive Producer:          Franco di Chiera
Best Documentary General, ATOM Awards; Finalist,                Producer:                    Michael McMahon
SCINEMA International Festival of Science Film, Video           Writer/Director:             Scott Millwood
& Multimedia.                                                   A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with
                                                                Big and Little Films. Developed with the assistance of the
notes   [pg]   english subtitles for hearing impaired
                                                                Australian Film Commission. Produced with the assistance
                                                                of Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian
                                                                Broadcasting Corporation.
Who’s Afraid of Designer Babies?
                                                                Winner, Best Documentary and Finalist,
Australia is at the forefront of new genetic                    Best Achievement in Direction in a Documentary, AFI
                                                                Awards. Winner, Best Documentary, IF Awards. Winner,
technology that will let us “design” our                        Best Documentary, Science, Technology and Environment
descendants. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis                 Category, ATOM Awards. Audience Award, Best
or PGD allows scientists to screen embryos                      Documentary, Sydney Film Festival and Joint Winner,
                                                                Audience Award, Best Documentary, London Australian
conceived through IVF. But what is the potential                Film Festival. Honourable Mention, Centre for Australian
of this technology and who should decide how                    Cultural Studies National Cultural Awards. Finalist, Best
                                                                Australian Documentary, Film Critics Circle of Australia
to use it? This compelling documentary follows                  Awards; Documentary (Public Broadcast) Category,
a couple who are trying to have a child with the                AWGIE Awards; and the Tasmania Awards for
                                                                Environmental Excellence as well as in numerous
right genetic make-up to save their son’s life.
                                                                Australian and international festivals including Mumbai
It also talks to parents who have used PGD                      and Vancouver.
for gender selection and to leading scientists                  notes   {g}
and ethicists from around the world. Going
beyond sensationalist media headlines, this
fascinating and thought-provoking film presents
a wide range of perspectives on a complex and
emotionally charged issue.
Year:                        2004
Duration:                    52 minutes
Executive Producer:          Mark Hamlyn
Producers:                   Tony Wright, Stuart Menzies
Writer/Director:             Sean Cousins
A Film Australia National Interest Program in association
with December Films. Developed with the assistance of the
Australian Film Commission. Produced and developed with
the assistance of Film Victoria. Produced in association with
SBS Independent.
notes




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The Yirrkala Film Project                                     In Memory of Mawalan                                   From A Long Time Ago - Hollow Log Painting
DVD Collection                                                In 1971, Wandjuk Marika organised a Djang’kawu         In 1974 Mungurrawuy Yunupingu and other clan
                                                              ceremony, both as a memorial to his father             leaders painted a traditional hollow log coffin at
A limited edition DVD collection of 22 films                  and as a re-affirmation of the Djang’kawu Law          Yirrkala. Now, as Mungurrawuy sings over the
made by Ian Dunlop over a 30 year period with                 that his father taught. This film records this         log, he asks Daymbalipu Munungurr to explain
the Yolngu, the Aboriginal people of northeast                ceremony.                                              the paintings for the film.
Arnhem Land.                                                  Year:                  1983                            Year:                  1996
                                                              Duration:              92 minutes                      Duration:              20 minutes
   Yirrkala was an isolated mission station until
the coming of a huge bauxite mine in the late                 We are the Landowner...That’s Why We’re Here           Marrakulu Funeral - Yirrkala 1974
1960s. The impact of the mine on the Yolngu                   This film documents the work of the Clan               This film is a record of the funeral ceremony for a
and their response is a major theme of this                   Homeland Resource Centre at Yirrkala in 1982,          Marrakulu clan leader.
                                                              and the running of one homeland centre at              Year:                  1996
long-term film project. Each film stands on its
                                                              Baniyala.                                              Duration:              53 minutes
own but each is also part of a rich mosaic. The
                                                              Year:                  1985
relationship between people and their clans,                                                                         Singing in the Rain - Yirrkala in 1974
                                                              Duration:              48 minutes
                                                                                                                     This film shows the Yolngu’s attempts to come
ritual, art and land is an intertwining theme.
                                                              We Believe in It...We Know It’s True                   to terms with, and solve, problems that had
Several major ceremonies are documented. The                  This film is a study of the cultural continuity        arisen in their community as a result of the Gove
importance of the land is ever-present. Despite               at Yirrkala in 1982, forty years after Yirrkala        bauxite mine which had been operating for four
enormous disruption to their lives, the resilience            mission started and twelve years after the Gove        years.
of the Yolngu and their culture shines through.               bauxite mine was established.                          Year:                  1996
Executive Producer:          Chris Oliver                     Year:                  1986                            Duration:              53 minutes
Producer/Director:           Ian Dunlop                       Duration:              48 minutes
Writers:                     Ian Dunlop, Philippa Deveson                                                            Hard Time Now...For the Children
A Film Australia National Interest Program produced in        One Man’s Response                                     Narritjin Maymuru is sitting on the verandah of
association with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and   This film shows how in 1971, one clan leader,          his house quietly painting and talking about the
Torres Strait Islander Studies.                               Narritjin Maymuru, responded to the coming of          troubles at Yirrkala. It is 1974. The film then
Recognised in many festivals and awards including winner      the Gove bauxite mine.                                 moves to 1976, when Narritjin is back at Yirrkala
of RAI Film Prize, International Festival of Ethnographic                                                            to bury his son.
                                                              Year:                  1986
Film and a Gold Apple Award, NEMN Film & Video
                                                              Duration:              54 minutes                      Year:                  1996
Competition. Honourable Mention, Centre for Australian
Cultural Studies Awards. Finalist, Best Television Series                                                            Duration:              54 minutes
                                                              Pain for This Land
– General, ATOM Awards; Finalist – Community Award,
Australian Reconciliation Awards.                             A general introduction to the whole Yirrkala Film      Dhapi Ceremony at Yirrkala - 1972
                                                              Project.                                               This is an archival film of a circumcision
Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka’wuy                                 Year:                  1995                            ceremony at Yirrkala in 1972.
Funeral of a young child at a clan homeland.                  Duration:              43 minutes                      Year:                  1996
Year:                       1979                                                                                     Duration:              91 minutes
Duration:                   88 minutes                        This Is My Thinking
                                                              This film deals with the concerns of the Yirrkala      Baniyala - 1974
Narritjin at Djarrakpi - Parts One & Two                      Aboriginal community during the tumultuous             This film is a record of life at the small Madarrpa
Narritjin Maymuru and his family at their small               years when the Nabalco bauxite mine first came         clan settlement of Baniyala on Blue Mud Bay,
Manggalili clan homeland centre in 1974.                      to the Gove peninsula.                                 and also documents a ceremonial walk and
Year:                       1981                              Year:                  1995                            lecture by the clan head, Wakuthi Marawili.
Duration:                   89 minutes                        Duration:              52 minutes                      Year:                  1996
                                                                                                                     Duration:              58 minutes
My Country, Djarrakpi                                         Conversations with Dundiwuy Wanambi
In this film Narritjin Maymuru talks about his                This is a personal film about Dundiwuy Wanambi         box set includes bonus ceremony dvd

land and explains how one of his bark paintings               made up mainly of interviews filmed with               most films also available individually on dvd

relates to it.                                                Dundiwuy at Yirrkala and at his Marrakulu clan
Year:                       1981                              centre during the years from 1970 to 1982.
Duration:                   16 minutes                        Year:                  1995
                                                              Duration:              50 minutes
Narritjin in Canberra
In 1978 Narritjin Maymuru with his family is                  Dundiwuy’s House Opening
artist in residence at the Australian National                This film shot in 1974 is about the first part of an
University in Canberra. He paints, instructs                  opening ceremony for Dundiwuy’s house after the
students, and holds a major art exhibition.                   death of his father-in-law.
Year:                       1981                              Year:                  1995
Duration:                   40 minutes                        Duration:              35 minutes

At the Canoe Camp                                             Purification Ceremony - Caledon Bay 1971
Narritjin Maymuru and other senior men make                   This is a short film in which a woman is cleansed
two dug-out canoes. Clan leaders gather to                    after an injury. It includes some fine singing by
discuss clan rights over land.                                old Djapu leaders.
Year:                       1981                              Year:                  1995
Duration:                   41 minutes                        Duration:              15 minutes




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  Asia Scope                     Namatjira the Painter                   Risky Business                   Antarctic Pioneers              Breaking Bows and Arrows




Backlist                                             Asia Scope                                           Baruya Muka Archival
                                                     A series for high school level that brings the       Records the first stage of a male initiation
Aboriginal Dance – Three Dances by                   nations of Asia into the classroom.                  ceremony in Papua New Guinea. 804 mins
Gulpilil/Five Aboriginal Dances from
                                                     6 x 16 mins [pg] notes                               Belinda’s Baby
Cape York
Two films recording Aboriginal dance.                Asian Insight                                        A woman’s experience of parenthood in the face
16 mins dvd                                          A record of past and present social structures,      of severe disability. 55 mins dvd
                                                     beliefs, art, architecture and artefacts of the      Beyond Hell’s Gate
Accentuate the Positive
                                                     peoples of Asia. 6 x 60 mins                         Records attempts to locate the shortest route
A program for people who work directly with
the aged in nursing homes. 52 mins notes dvd         Australia at War 1914–1918                           from Cooktown to Palmer Valley in north
                                                     This detailed account of the “war to end all         Queensland. 28 mins dvd
Act of Necessity                  DOCUDRAMA
                                                     wars” is made up of actual footage shot on the       Beyond the Pack Ice
A community is faced with a choice: the
                                                     battlefields of Europe at the time. 63 mins dvd      The Australian Antarctic research team at
immediate prosperity of their crops versus the
possible health risks involved. 90 mins              Australian Ecology                                   Mawson Station in the late 1960s. 19 mins dvd
                                                     A three-part series that explains basic              Big Brother of Christmas Island
Action in Vietnam
                                                     ecological concepts. 45 mins                         The controversial life of Gordon Bennett and his
Australian soldiers in Vietnam. 25 mins dvd
                                                     The Australian Experience                            role in the survival of Christmas Island and its
The Adventures of Snugglepot and
                                                     Three programs that deal with issues of              people. 55 mins
Cuddlepie                 CHILDREN’S
                                                     Australian identity: Land of the Long Weekend        Billion Dollar Crop
A performance of Australia’s most popular            55 mins, Populate or Perish 55 mins, Sheep’s         Reveals the real reasons behind the prohibition
children’s ballet. 45 mins notes dvd                 Back 55 mins. notes sold as single                   of cannabis and the true history of its
Aeroplane Dance                                      episodes dvd
                                                                                                          cultivation and use over the centuries. 55 mins
The story of a 1942 plane crash told through         The Australian Eye Series                            dvd [pg]
Aboriginal dance. 58 mins dvd                        A detailed examination of many of Australia’s        Blekbala
After Hours                      DOCUDRAMA           most outstanding paintings: Four Colonial            The lives and aspirations of Aboriginal people in
Jane Campion’s sensitive portrayal of a worker who   Painters 1832-1887 40 mins, Australian               the Northern Territory. 43 mins dvd
alleges sexual abuse by her employer.                Impressionists 1888-1896 66 mins, Symbolism
29 mins dvd
                                                                                                          Blue Ice
                                                     & Luxury–The New Century 1897-1911 36 mins,
                                                                                                          A record of the 1953–54 Australian National
After the Warming                                    Australian Modernists 1916-1942 48 mins,
                                                                                                          Antarctic Research Expedition. 30 mins dvd
Possible outcomes of the greenhouse effect.          Melbourne–School of the Forties 1943-1947
2 x 55 mins notes dvd                                42 mins, Sydney–The School of the Forties            Boomalli – Five Koorie Artists
                                                     1941-1981 37 mins, Contemporary Painting             Members of an Aboriginal artists’ co-operative
Amazing Scenes
                                                     1950-1979 60 mins (sold as single                    talk about their work. 28 mins dvd [g]
Spike Milligan takes a look at the Australian
fringe theatre scene and finds a colourful,          programs or as series) dvd                           Box Kite to Swing Wing
somewhat offbeat array of talent. 48 mins dvd        Australian Geography                                 Looks at the Royal Australian Air Force from
                                                     A 12-part series setting out the overall pattern     World War One to the 1970s. 28 mins
And Their Ghosts May Be Heard
Retraces the steps of Australians who went           of Australia’s development. 217 mins                 Breaking Bows and Arrows
to Paraguay in 1893 to establish a utopian           Australian Landscape Painters                        On Bougainville, a broken community is turning
community. 50 mins                                   A brief history of Australian landscape painting.    to tradition to heal the rifts caused by a decade
                                                                                                          of armed conflict. 52 mins notes dvd
Animals of Australia in Close Up                     13 mins dvd
A chance to see Australia’s unique animals at        Auto Stories                                         Breakthrough
close hand. 52 mins dvd                              Explores our relationships with cars. 4 x 26 mins    Explores young people’s issues: The Stress
                                                                                                          Factor/A Crime Called Violence, Dad’s Girl/
Annie’s Coming Out                    DRAMA          The Baby Boomers Picture Show
                                                                                                          Common Ground, Hit & Miss/One Voice, In
Based on the true story of Annie McDonald,           A fun-filled, nostalgic romp through daily life in
                                                                                                          Loving Memory/Alice 4 x 30 mins notes [pg]
who has cerebral palsy. 93 mins [pg] dvd             the 1950s and 60s. 70 mins [pg] dvd
                                                                                                          Broken Journey, Mending Dreams
Antarctic Pioneers                                   Baby Crazy
                                                                                                          A Vietnamese family in search of itself. 56 mins
Australia’s expeditions to the Antarctic between     A revealing and contrasting insight into the
1911 and 1954. 30 mins dvd                                                                                The Bruce Petty Collection
                                                     private world of couples contemplating
                                                                                                          Animations include The Magic Arts,
Architecture – A Performing Art                      parenthood. 53 mins
                                                                                                          Meglomedia, The Movers and the Academy
The story of John Andrews, world-famous              Balloons and Spinifex
                                                                                                          Award winning Leisure. 110 mins dvd
Australian architect. 26 mins dvd                    The building of Giles Weather Station in the
                                                                                                          Buried Country
Artisans of Australia                                Western Australian desert. 40 mins dvd
                                                                                                          Reveals how Aboriginal Australians have long
Illustrates the skills required for the authentic
                                                                                                          been inspired by country music and have used it
restoration of buildings. 6 x 16 mins dvd
                                                                                                          to tell their stories. 75 mins notes dvd



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Cunnamulla                        The Diplomat                   The Edge of the World                         Gorgeous                  From Sand to Celluloid



    A Calcutta Christmas                                   The Developing Child                                 Australia, Exploring Futures, Learning About
    This community of elderly Anglo-Indians still          A four-part series: Pregnancy and Birth, From        Life, Living Together, The Natural Landscape,
    cling to the belief that Britain is their true home.   Birth to Walking, Child’s Play and Towards           Political Power, Rights and Responsibilities,
    54 mins dvd                                            School. 56 mins dvd                                  Using the Land, Women in Change, Work.
                                                                                                                13 x 60 mins notes
    The Celluloid Heroes                                   The Diplomat
    A series tracing Australian cinema from its            Follows East Timor freedom fighter and Nobel         Fit for a King
    origins to the 1990s. 4 x 55 mins notes dvd [m]        Peace Prize winner José Ramos Horta in the           A portrait of the King of Tonga. 50 mins
    The Change at Groote                                   final tumultuous year of his 24-year campaign        Flowers and the Wide Sea
    A look at the influence of the manganese               to secure independence for his country. 81 mins      A two-part series on one of Australia’s oldest
    industry on the lives of the Aboriginal people of      notes dvd [pg]                                       immigrant communities: the Chinese.
                                                                                                                110 mins dvd
    Groote Eylandt. 27 mins dvd                            Do I Have to Kill My Child?            DRAMA
    China Dolls                                            A disturbing drama about a young mother who          The Forgotten Force
    A portrayal of gay Asian-Australians and the           bashes her baby. 52 mins                             About the 36,000-plus Australians who served
    journey to self-acceptance. 28 mins dvd                                                                     in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force
                                                           Doc–A Portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt
                                                                                                                in Japan from 1946 to 1952. 55 mins dvd [pg]
    Colonists for a Day                                    The story of the only Australian ever elected
    Australia’s role in the development of Papua           president of the United Nations General              From Sand to Celluloid
    New Guinea. 55 mins dvd [g]                            Assembly. 56 mins dvd                                Six short fiction films from Indigenous
                                                                                                                Australian filmmakers Richard Frankland,
    Confusion in the Aged                                  Dreamings – The Art of Aboriginal
                                                                                                                Darlene Johnson, Bill McCrow, Sally Riley, Rima
    The types and causes of confusion experienced          Australia
                                                                                                                Tamou and Warwick Thornton. 71 mins notes
    by older people. 29 mins dvd                           The meaning behind Aboriginal artworks.
                                                           30 mins dvd [g]                                      dvd [m]
    Coo-ee
                                                           The Edge of the World                                The Fully Ordained Meat Pie
    Re-enacts the 1915 march between Gilgandra
                                                           A unique insight into the intriguing work of Tim     A challenging and provocative documentary
    and Sydney by men determined to enlist in
                                                           Winton, one of Australia’s finest authors.           dealing with one of the most controversial
    World War One. 97 mins dvd [g]
                                                           55 mins notes dvd                                    issues in the Christian community: the attitude
    Cunnamulla                                                                                                  of the Church towards the ordination of women
                                                           Endo What?
    A portrait of life in an isolated community in                                                              as priests. 53 mins dvd
                                                           Women and endometriosis.
    outback Queensland. 82 mins notes dvd
    [ma15+]
                                                           20 mins supertext [m]                                The Gamblers
                                                           Every Inch of the Way                                A behind-the-scenes look at Australia’s
    Cyclone Tracy – Darwin, Christmas 1974
                                                           The experiences of Australians in World War          gambling obsession. 6 x 26 mins dvd
    Filmed in the days after the cyclone hit, this
    film records the devastation caused by Cyclone
                                                           Two Japanese POW camps. 29 mins dvd [pg]             Gorgeous
                                                           Fair Go                                              Why do women and girls feel insecure about
    Tracy. 9 mins dvd
                                                           A seven-part series examining the impact of          body image, and what thoughts tempt them
    Dances at Aurukun 1962
                                                           disability on individuals and their families.        towards eating disorders and other strange
    Traditional Aboriginal dancing at Aurukun
                                                           79 mins                                              beauty rituals? 10 mins notes dvd
    Mission station. 31 mins dvd
                                                           Family                                               Great National Parks of Australia
    Democracy
                                                           Examines the role the family plays in the life of    Six diverse national parks, with special
    An ironic look at the art and business of
                                                           the individual, the community and the country.       attention to the Aboriginal history of each area.
    political electioneering when a citizen, the local                                                          58 mins dvd [g]
                                                           Featuring ten families from ten different
    chemist, stands for Federal Parliament.
    75 mins dvd
                                                           countries: Father and Sons (Hong Kong), In           Harder Than Everest
                                                           Search of the Future (India), A Life in Two Days     Tim Macartney-Snape’s expedition to conquer
    Desert People
                                                           (Russia), Ordinary People (Poland), Portrait of      Gasherbrum IV, a mountain on the Pakistan-
    A day in the life of two nomadic families of the
                                                           Genesia’s Family (Brazil), Speed Bumps of Life       China border. 59 mins [g]
    Australian Western Desert. 50 mins dvd
                                                           (Canada), Two Sons (Korea), Winds of Home            Hellfire Pass
    Desert Tracks                                          (New Zealand), Working Together (Japan).             A group of Allied ex-servicemen return
    White city dwellers spend 10 days with the             10 x 55 mins                                         to Hellfire Pass in Thailand to dedicate a
    Pitjantjatjara people in the central Australian        The Fifth Facade                                     monument to the thousands who died.
    desert. 52 mins dvd                                    The making of the Sydney Opera House.                55 mins dvd [g]
    Destination Australia –                                28 mins                                              History of Australian Cinema
    The Migrant Experience Since 1788                      Film Australia’s Australia series                    A three-part series: Pictures That Moved
    An eight-part series examining the history of          Deals with changes in the physical, social,          1896-1920 45 mins, The Passionate Industry
    migration to Australia. 108 mins dvd                   cultural, political and economic spheres of          1920-1930 60 mins, Now You’re Talking
                                                           Australian life: Arts in Society, Beliefs, Values    1930-1940 46 mins dvd
                                                           and Customs, Black Australia (dvd), Economic



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    Screen Australia




The Human Face of China                  An Imaginary LIfe                Small Island, Big Fight                     The Post                           Shellshocked



    Hospital – An Unhealthy Business                       Kakadu Man                                           The Migrant Experience
    An institution tries to reconcile its mission to       The story of Bill Neidjie, the traditional           Examines the migrant experience in Australia,
    serve the public with economic reality. 57 mins        custodian of the lands that are now Kakadu           from the early colony until now. 6 x 55 mins
    dvd [g]                                                National Park. 52 mins dvd                           notes
    Hospitals Don’t Burn Down!                             Keen As Mustard                                      Mike and Stefani
    A disturbingly realistic film about a fire in a        Tells of brutal and secret chemical warfare          A moving tale of the transition of a family of
    high-rise hospital. 24 mins notes dvd                  experiments in Australia in the years from 1942      displaced persons from their refugee camp in
    How Wonderful                                          to 1945. 55 mins dvd                                 post-war Europe to their new home in Australia.
    A quirky comedy about pregnancy, through the           Kiribati? Here We Are                                57 mins dvd [g]
    eyes of a first-time mother. 55 mins dvd [pg]          Looks at the nation of Kiribati as it declares       Mini Dragons
    The Human Face of China                                independence on 12 July 1979. 52 mins                A look behind the rise of four important Asian
    A series on China and its people in the late           Koalas – The Bare Facts                              economies: South Korea/Taiwan 2 x 50 mins
    1970s. 5 x 28 mins dvd                                 Reveals some intriguing aspects of this famous       and Hong Kong/Singapore 2 x 50 mins
    The Human Face of Hong Kong                            Australian. 60 mins dvd [g]                          Music Makers
    Hong Kong and its people in the 1980s.                 La Stupenda                                          A two-part series about musicians in
    2 x 48 mins                                            A profile of Dame Joan Sutherland—archival           composition, performance, conducting and
    The Human Face of Indonesia                            footage, interviews and performances. 90 mins        education. 35 mins [g]
    A series about the lives of individuals in             Lake Pedder                                          Muttaburrasaurus –
    different parts of Indonesia. 5 x 26 mins                                                                   Life in Gondwana                  ANIMATION
                                                           How a Tasmanian lake was drowned and the
    The Human Face of the Pacific                                                                               Early Australia inhabited by our very own, little-
                                                           world’s first Green party born. 30 mins dvd [g]
    A series about Pacific life: Kiribati, Fiji, the                                                            known dinosaur. 27 mins dvd
                                                           The Land of the Lightning Brothers
    Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Tahiti and                                                                 My Father, My Country
                                                           Ancestral beings of the Wardaman people are
    Samoa. 6 x 28 mins                                                                                          Retraces Hagen-Sepik patrol leader James
                                                           represented in rock art. 26 mins notes dvd
    I, Myself                                                                                                   Lindsay Taylor’s steps into the heart of New
                                                           The Last Crop                            DRAMA
    A seven-part series centred on the self-image                                                               Guinea. 50 mins dvd
                                                           Based on a story by Elizabeth Jolley. 58 mins
    of primary school children. 63 mins                                                                         My Valley is Changing
                                                           The Last Great Cattle Drive
    I’m Still Here – Caring for People with                                                                     A copper mine on Bougainville brought
                                                           A four-month journey with 1200 cattle from
    Dementia                                                                                                    profound change to local landowners. 26 mins
                                                           the Northern Territory to Queensland. 58 mins
    Understanding and caring of people with                dvd [g]                                              Myths of Childhood
    dementia. 57 mins notes supertext dvd                                                                       Today we are more concerned about children
                                                           Leisure
    Images of Man                                                                                               and more confused about childhood than ever
                                                           Bruce Petty, one of Australia’s greatest political
    A study of the various styles of Aboriginal rock art                                                        before, but many of our ideas are based on
                                                           cartoonists, created an Oscar-winning film from
    found in Kakadu and Arnhem Land. 27 mins dvd                                                                myths. 3 x 55 mins notes dvd
                                                           his inventive and amusing exploration of the
    An Imaginary Life                                      history of work and leisure. See also The Bruce      Namatjira the Painter
    A profile of the writer David Malouf, recognised       Petty Collection. 13 mins dvd                        A look at the life and work of Aboriginal
    as one of Australia’s finest novelists and poets.                                                           watercolour artist, Albert Namatjira. 22 mins dvd
                                                           Let’s Talk About It
    57 mins notes dvd [m]
                                                           A five-part series following an education            New Horizons: Cultural Patterns
    Immigration – The Waves that Shaped                    program for upper primary school children on         This program is part of a series that explores
    Australia                                              human reproduction. 104 mins dvd                     the dramatic impact of global economic change
    A history of Australian immigration policy and                                                              on people’s lives. John and Ros Moriarty run
                                                           The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser
    its effects on development. 18 mins dvd                                                                     a successful design consultancy in Adelaide.
                                                           The private and public faces of Malcolm Fraser,
    The Islanders                                                                                               Their company Balarinji exports contemporary
                                                           former Prime Minister of Australia. 63 mins
    A beautifully shot film on the life of the people      notes dvd                                            graphic designs inspired by the colours and
    of the Torres Strait Islands. 22 mins dvd                                                                   patterns of traditional Aboriginal art. John’s
                                                           Little Brother, Little Sister
    It is of Eden I Was Dreaming                                                                                personal history of forced separation and
                                                           The adoption of two Ethiopian children into an
    The life of Arthur Rimbaud, based on a series of                                                            reunion with his tribal community forms a
                                                           Australian family. 52 mins notes dvd
    paintings by Sidney Nolan. 25 mins                                                                          moving backdrop to this story. 55 mins
                                                           The Loneliest Mountain
    Just Australian Planes                                                                                      Niagara’s Gold
                                                           A daring and hazardous journey to conquer
    A program for anyone who has ever been                                                                      The greatest gold salvage in history: RMS
                                                           Mount Minto in Antarctica. 48 mins dvd
    touched by the magic of flying. 110 mins [g]                                                                Niagara sank in 1940 with eight tons of gold on
                                                           Marine Biology                                       board. 47 mins dvd [g]
    Just Australian Trains                                 This five-part series is a microscopic
    The history of Australian rail, combining seven                                                             Nice Guys Finish Last
                                                           examination of marine biology. 5 x 20 mins dvd
    classic films on Australian trains. 150 mins [g]                                                            Five “whistle-blowers” who spoke the truth and
                                                                                                                whose lives were destroyed as a result. 55 mins



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Return to Sandakan                        Rewind                         Shifting Sands                      Once Were Monks                        Open House



        No Milk, No Honey                                    Pearlers of the Coral Sea                            The Real Flying Doctors
        British Group Settlers endured hardship and          Looks at pearl diving around Thursday Island in      An insight into the outback medical service.
        disappointment in the years following World          the Torres Strait and off the coast of Broome in     27 mins dvd
        War One. 54 mins notes dvd                           the 1960s. 16 mins dvd                               Return to Sandakan
        No Sex, No Violence, No News                         People of the Australian Western Desert              Examines the personal impact of one of the
        Explores the impact of the global TV revolution      An ethnographic record of the daily life of          most horrific events of the Pacific war — the
        on China. 55 mins                                    nomadic Aboriginal people in the Gibson Desert       tragedy of the Sandakan POW camp in North
        Norm and Ahmed                                       of central Australia. 327 mins dvd                   Borneo. 55 mins dvd [m]
        A video of Alex Buzo’s controversial and             The People of Parliament                             Rewind
        critically acclaimed play. It reveals the            A behind-the-scenes look at the politicians and      A series of entertaining history bytes, narrated
        racism and prejudice that continue to exist in       other people who work at Parliament House,           by Jack Thompson, that shows Australian
        Australian society. 41 mins notes dvd                Canberra. 34 mins notes                              habits and attitudes as they were made and as
        Not to Lose You, My Language                         Peppimenarti                                         they changed. 26 x 5 mins notes dvd [g]
        Aboriginal bilingual education in the Northern       In 1976 a number of Aboriginal people left           Risky Business
        Territory. 27 mins dvd                               missions and settlements in the Northern             A real-life sitcom that follows four small
        On Sacred Ground                                     Territory to return to live on their tribal land.    businesses and the people who run them.
        The story behind the Noonkanbah dispute,             50 mins dvd                                          4 x 30 mins notes dvd
        the Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the        Photographers of Australia                           Rite of Passage
        Kimberley. 56 mins dvd                               In examining the work of Max Dupain, David           A group of young people confront their self-
        On Target Marketing                                  Moore and Wolfgang Sievers, this film explores       destructive behaviours. 55 mins dvd
        Explains what marketing is all about in practical    popular representations of postwar Australia.        Roads to Xanadu
        terms. 2 x 18 mins                                   43 mins dvd [g]                                      The relationship between East and West in the
        Once Were Monks                                      Plagued                                              making of the modern world. 4 x 55 mins dvd [g]
        Life in a Melbourne religious order. 5 x 26 mins     The relationship between history, destiny and        The Rough and the Smooth
        notes                                                disease. 4 x 52 minutes notes dvd                    Two of Australia’s most influential and
        Open House                                           The Platypus Man                                     important artists, Tom Roberts and Charles
        Looks at the planning, architecture, design and      The story of environmentalist John Wamsley,          Condor. 47 mins dvd
        craftsmanship involved in building the new           who created an ecological paradise on a              The Russians
        Parliament House in Canberra. 55 mins dvd            disused dairy. 27 mins                               A series examining life in the Soviet Union in the
        Our Asian Neighbours – India                         The Post                                             1970s. 3 x 90 mins
        This 15-part series takes a look at the lives of     Looks at Cambodia through the eyes of journalists    Sadness
        various individuals in India. 240 mins               working on the Phnom Penh Post, an independent       Photographer William Yang explores issues of
                                                             English language newspaper. 55 mins notes            grief, family and identity in this adaptation of his
        Our Asian Neighbours – Indonesia
        This 10-part series takes a personal look at the     Pram Factory                                         acclaimed stage performance, Sadness.
        lives of various Indonesians. 189 mins               Looks at a Melbourne theatre collective during       52 mins notes dvd
                                                             the 1970s. 55 mins dvd [m]                           Settlers in a Far, Far Land – Muslims in
        Our Asian Neighbours – Thailand
                                                             Prejudice                        DOCUDRAMA           Australia
        This six-part series takes a look at the lives of
                                                             About the discrimination experienced by two          A portrait of Muslim life in Australia. 17 mins
        various individuals in Thailand. 97 mins
                                                             women from different backgrounds and their           Seven Years On
        Our Multicultural Society
                                                             bid to resolve their situations. 90 mins dvd [pg]    Gillian Armstrong’s series of documentaries
        Made in the late 1970s, these series explore
                                                             Prisoners of Propaganda                              follows the lives of three girls: 14’s Good, 18’s
        Australia’s cultural diversity. Series 1 11 parts,
                                                             Explores the story behind a propaganda film          Better 47 mins dvd; Bingo, Bridesmaids and
        105 mins; Series 2 nine parts, 90 mins
                                                             made by the Japanese secret service during           Braces. 93 mins dvd [pg]
        Painting People
                                                             World War Two. 59 mins dvd [g]                       Shellshocked
        A look at Australian portraiture, featuring
                                                             Punch Lines – A Seriously Funny History              Four very different veterans have one thing in
        artists such as William Dobell and Russell
                                                             20 years of Australian comedy. 55 mins dvd [pg]      common—they’re permanently affected by
        Drysdale. 28 min dvd
                                                             The Queen in Australia                               shellshock. Hoping for redemption they go back
        Patterns of Landscape –
                                                             A record of the visit to Australia by Her Majesty    to Vietnam and share their experiences with their
        Fred Williams 1927–1982
                                                             Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of               old enemy, the VietCong. 55 mins dvd
        The life work of painter Fred Williams. 55 mins
        dvd [g]                                              Edinburgh in 1954. 70 mins dvd                       Shifting Sands
        The Pearlers                                         The Raid                                             Showcases six new short films from Australian
        Beautifully filmed in black and white, this          Tells the story of eleven Iranian-Australians        filmmakers, continuing in the tradition of the first
        classic short film looks at pearling in Australia    involved in a demonstration at the Iranian           series, From Sand to Celluloid. 6 x 10 mins dvd [m]
                                                             Embassy in Canberra in 1992. 55 mins dvd [pg]        schools (non-expletive) version available
        in the late 1940s. 11 mins dvd


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Uncle Chatzkel                        Auto Stories                      China Dolls                     W e l c o m e Yo u r M a j e s t y   M y F a t h e r, M y C o u n t r y



The Ships that Flew                                Tosca–A Tale of Love and Torture                        Welcome Your Majesty                       new
A tribute to the golden era of flying boats.       Behind the scenes of an Opera Australia                 The visit to Australia of Her Majesty Queen
49 mins dvd                                        production. 85 mins notes dvd                           Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1958.
Sister, If You Only Knew                           Touring Australia                                       32 mins dvd
Looks at pressures experienced by Aboriginal       An overall perspective on Australia as a                What is a Jew to You?
women living in the city. 51 mins dvd              tourist destination with details of history and         Filmmaker Aviva Ziegler turns the camera
Small Island Big Fight                             Aboriginal associations. 57 mins                        on herself to explore the essence of her own
Explores the economic and spiritual relationship   Towards Baruya Manhood                                  Jewishness. 50 mins
of Murray Islanders to the sea, a relationship     A nine-part series recording the life and               When the Snake Bites the Sun
threatened by outside commercial fishing           ceremonies of the Baruya tribe in New Guinea.           A group of dispossessed Aboriginal people
interests. 24 mins notes dvd                       465 mins                                                return to their ancient tribal land. 57 mins dvd
The Snowy–A Dream of Growing Up                    Tumanu’s People                                         When Will the Birds Return
Documents Australia’s largest construction         Documents the life of Aboriginal people in the          Records the devastation of Darwin in the days
project. 60 mins dvd                               Northern Territory in the mid 20th century.             following Cyclone Tracy. 50 mins dvd
Staying Out                                        28 mins dvd                                             Where Dead Men Lie
Follows the troubled journeys of Christie and      The Two Christmases                                     A short drama based on a “script” written by
Terry, two people leaving prison to make a         A comparison of wildlife on the Indian Ocean’s and      Henry Lawson in 1896 in the earliest days of
new start on the outside. 56 mins notes dvd        Pacific Ocean’s Christmas Islands. 27 mins dvd          moving pictures. 15 mins dvd
[ma15+]                                            Uncle Chatzkel                                          Where the Forest
A Steam Train Passes                               From Tsarist Russia to independent Lithuania,           Meets the Sea                     ANIMATION
A trip with a C38 class steam locomotive: the      Uncle Chatzkel has seen it all—except his               Jeannie Baker depicts the North Queensland
lovingly restored 3801. 21 mins dvd                Australian relatives. 55 mins notes dvd                 wilderness, as seen through the eyes of a child.
                                                   (includes extras)                                       See also The Story of Rosy Dock (pg 19).
Steel City
                                                   Vegie Wars                                              9 mins supertext dvd
The shutdown of the BHP steelworks in
                                                   The relationship between recent Vietnamese              Who Killed Malcolm Smith?
Newcastle. 55 mins notes dvd
                                                   migrants and post World War Two arrivals from           This documentary tells the story of Malcolm
Storymakers                      CHILDREN’S        Europe. 50 mins
                                                                                                           Smith, one of the 99 cases investigated by the
Designed to develop children’s love of books:      Village of Jars                                         Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
Robin Klein 27 mins, Percy Trezise and Dick        The interaction between Australian                      Custody. 50 mins dvd [pg]
Roughsey 17 mins, Colin Thiele 20 mins, The        archaeologists and the inhabitants of a remote
Illustrators 23 mins notes dvd                                                                             Who’s Telling Stories?
                                                   village in Laos. 50 mins
                                                                                                           An essential training video for professionals
Sugar Slaves                                       Voices on the Page–David Williamson                     working in the area of intrafamilial child sexual
The secret history of Australia’s slave trade,     A personal insight into the life and thoughts of        assault. 26 mins notes dvd [pg]
known as blackbirding. 55 mins dvd                 Australia’s most successful playwright.
                                                                                                           Winds of Change
Teachers of the World                              26 mins notes dvd
                                                                                                           Stories of change and struggle from Indonesia,
Teachers from seven different countries.           Walkabout 1974
6 x 30 mins [g]                                                                                            Vietnam and Hong Kong. 150 mins
                                                   Anthropologist C P Mountford on a journey
That’s Democracy                                                                                           Women 88
                                                   through Central Australia. 25 mins dvd
A guide to the workings of the Australian                                                                  Celebrates Australian women’s achievements.
                                                   Walking in the Sunlight, Walking in the                 7 x 5 mins
government. 59 mins notes supertext                Shadow
                                                                                                           Women of Utopia
Thomson of Arnhem Land                             Looks at the approach to Aboriginal education
                                                                                                           Features the work of Aboriginal women batik
The story of Donald Thomson, visionary             and social issues in the Northern Territory in
                                                                                                           artists who live on Utopia Station. 19 mins dvd
Australian anthropologist and passionate           1970. 51 mins dvd
campaigner for Aboriginal justice. 55 mins                                                                 Work
                                                   Walya Ngamardiki–The Land My Mother
notes dvd                                                                                                  Workplace change is analysed in this series of
                                                   Aboriginal people and their land. 20 mins dvd
Three Directions in Pop Music                                                                              discussion starters. 3 x 10 mins notes
                                                   War Experience
Showcases three Australian bands in the                                                                    The Young Tree Green
                                                   An account of Australia’s military participation
1970s. 11 mins                                                                                             A biography of historian Manning Clark. 55 mins
                                                   in World War One and Two, featuring action
Three to Go                            DRAMA       footage. The Great War 20 mins, Australian
Films from the late 1960s, directed by Peter       Army at War 1939–1945 33 mins, Australian
Weir, Oliver Howes and Brian Hannant, dealing      Seamen at War 1939–1945 28 mins, Australian
with the problems of youth. 3 x 30 mins [m]        Airmen at War 1939–1945 28 mins dvd [pg]




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When the Snake                    The Queen in Australia                                  Steel City                              To s c a — A Ta l e o f           Who Killed Malcolm Smith?
 Bites the Sun                                                                                                                    L o v e a n d To r t u r e



      Subject Areas                                                     The Fabric of a Dream –
                                                                        The Fletcher Jones Story _________________ 8
                                                                                                                                          Everyday Brave:
                                                                                                                                          Jetja Nai Medical Mob ____________________ 7
      This index to subject areas covers the titles on pages 2 to 23.
      The complete catalogue is extensive. If you are interested        Facing the Music ________________________ 8                       Handle With Care _______________________ 10
      in a topic that is not listed, we may be able to assist. Please   Mabo – Life of an Island Man _____________ 12                     Maternity Unit _________________________ 13
      contact Screen Australia Sales with your enquiry.                 Monash – The Forgotten Anzac ___________ 13                       Silent Storm ___________________________ 18
      arts / english                                                    Mr Strehlow’s Films_____________________ 14                       Slow Food Revolution ___________________ 18
      literature and literacy
                                                                        Ordinary People ________________________ 15                       Who’s Afraid of Designer Babies? __________ 22
      Australian Biography: Nancy Cato, Bruce Dawe,                     The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures ____ 16                   The Winners’ Guide to the Nobel Prize ______ 22
      Frank Hardy, Donald Horne, Thomas Keneally,                       Ted’s Evolution _________________________ 19                      mental health

      Ruby Langford Ginibi, May O’Brien, Elizabeth                      The Trouble with Merle __________________ 19                      Our Brother James _____________________ 15
      Riddell, David Williamson _________________ 2                     Unfolding Florence –                                              Rare Chicken Rescue ____________________ 16
                                                                        The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst ____20                      Spinning Out ___________________________ 18
      media studies
                                                                        An Unstoppable Force –                                            Troubled Minds – The Lithium Revolution ___ 19
      Australian Biography: Anne Deveson, Donald
                                                                        Betty Churcher with John Olsen __________20
      Horne, Mungo MacCallum, Elizabeth Riddell _ 2                                                                                       sport and physical education
                                                                        Who Do You Think You Are? ______________ 21                       Australian Biography: Marjorie Jackson-Nelson,
      The Balanda and the Bark Canoes __________ 3
                                                                        Wildness ______________________________ 22                        Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Bill Roycroft __ 2
      Everyday Brave: Media Nomads ____________ 7
      Film Australia’s Immigration ______________ 9                     environment and science                                           Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing ____ 4
      Film Australia’s Outback __________________ 9                     Australian Biography: Charles Birch, Dame                         The Last Great Amateurs ________________ 12
      Hired Assassins –                                                 Rachel Cleland, Donald Metcalf, Bill Mollison,                    Nerves of Steel ________________________ 14
      Political Cartooning in Australia ___________ 10                  Jack Mundey, Sir Marcus Oliphant __________ 2                     Roller Derby Dolls ______________________ 17
      Human Contraptions ____________________ 11                        Cane Toads – An Unnatural History _________ 5                     childhood and youth

      The Safe House ________________________ 18                        Feral Peril ______________________________ 8                      Handle With Care _______________________ 10
      Selling Australia _______________________ 18                      Film Australia’s Outback __________________ 9                     Life at 1/Life at 3 _______________________ 12
      Unfolding Florence –                                              Film Australia’s Wilderness _______________ 9                     Operation Babylift ______________________ 15
      The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst ____20                      Mawson – Life and Death in Antarctica _____ 13                    Plumpton High Babies ___________________ 16
      performing arts                                                   A Million Acres a Year ___________________ 13
                                                                                                                                          indigenous studies
      Australian Biography (various) _____________ 2                    Muddy Waters –                                                    Refer to Film Australia’s Indigenous Studies Catalogue &
      Everyday Brave: Saltwater Bluesman _______ 7                      Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef____ 14                   the Screen Australia Update 2008 for a comprehensive guide
                                                                        Rare Chicken Rescue ____________________ 16                       to all resources.
      The Trouble with Merle __________________ 19
      Vietnam Symphony _____________________20                          Reef Route 66 – The Colour Cycle _________ 17                     Australian Biography:
                                                                        Remembering Rain _____________________ 17                         Neville Bonner, Bill Harney, Rosalie Kunoth-
      visual arts
                                                                        Silent Storm ___________________________ 18                       Monks, Ruby Langford Ginibi, May O’Brien, Lois
      The Art of War __________________________ 2
                                                                        Slow Food Revolution ___________________ 18                       O’Donoghue, Charles Perkins, Noel Tovey, Joan
      Australian Biography: Tom Bass, Betty
                                                                        The Story of Rosy Dock __________________ 19                      Winch _________________________________ 2
      Churcher, Elizabeth Durack, Rosalie Gascoigne,
                                                                        Ted’s Evolution _________________________ 19                      The Balanda and the Bark Canoes __________ 3
      Bernard Smith, Albert Tucker ______________ 2
                                                                        Ten Million Wildcats_____________________ 19                      Black Chicks Talking _____________________ 4
      City of Dreams __________________________ 5
                                                                        Who Killed Dr Bogle & Mrs Chandler? ______ 22                     Blood Brothers __________________________ 4
      Hidden Treasures –
                                                                        Who’s Afraid of Designer Babies? __________ 22                    Bobtales _______________________________ 4
      Inside the National Gallery of Australia ____ 10
                                                                        Wildness ______________________________ 22                        Bush Mechanics–The Series _______________ 4
      Hidden Treasures –
                                                                        The Winners’ Guide to the Nobel Prize ______ 22                   Ceremony –
      Inside the National Library of Australia ____ 10
                                                                                                                                          The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land _ 5
      Mr Patterns ___________________________ 13                        gender studies
                                                                        See also Studies of Society (especially Family/Relationships)
                                                                                                                                          Dhakiyarr vs the King_____________________ 6
      Peter Berner’s Loaded Brush _____________ 15
                                                                        Roller Derby Dolls ______________________ 17                      Everyday Brave _________________________ 7
      The Story of Rosy Dock __________________ 19
                                                                                                                                          Exile and the Kingdom ____________________ 8
      Two Thirds Sky – Artists in Desert Country _20                    health and personal development                                   Lonely Boy Richard _____________________ 12
      An Unstoppable Force –                                            See also Studies of Society (Family/Relationships, Religion)
                                                                                                                                          Mabo – Life of an Island Man _____________ 12
      Betty Churcher with John Olsen __________20                       child protection and welfare
                                                                                                                                          Mr Patterns ___________________________ 13
      Wildness ______________________________ 22                        Australian Biography: Barbara Holborow ____ 2                     Mr Strehlow’s Films_____________________ 14
      biographies/profiles                                              A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6                        The Pilot’s Funeral ______________________ 15
      Australian Biography _____________________ 2                      Gone to a Good Home ___________________ 10                        Pioneers of Love ________________________ 15
      Black Chicks Talking _____________________ 4                      Trafficked _____________________________ 19                       Selling Australia: The Games, The Red Heart _ 18
      Captain Cook – Obsession and Discovery ____ 5                     medical                                                           Who Do You Think You Are?:
      City of Dreams __________________________ 5                       Australian Biography: Priscilla Kincaid-Smith,                    Catherine Freeman _____________________ 21
      A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6                        Donald Metcalf, Joan Winch _______________ 3                      The Yirrkala Film Project ________________ 23
      Everyday Brave _________________________ 7                        A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6




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The Yirrkala Film Project                           Sadness                    Slow Food Revolution              Gone to a Good Home                Australian Biography
                                                                                                                                                         To m B a s s


    studies of society                                        Fearless: Heart on the Sleeve ______________ 8      Under One Roof ________________________20
    See also Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies               In the Realm of the Hackers _____________ 11        Welcome to the Waks Family _____________ 21
    asia–pacific region                                       Remembering Rain _____________________ 17           Who Do You Think You Are? ______________ 21
    See also War and Peace                                    Selling Australia _______________________ 18        Who’s Afraid of Designer Babies? __________ 22
    Diverted to Delhi ________________________ 7              Slow Food Revolution ___________________ 18         legal studies
    East Timor – Birth of a Nation _____________ 7            civics and citizenship/politics                     Abortion, Corruption and Cops –
    Fearless – Stories from Asian Women _______ 8             Admission Impossible____________________ 2          The Bertram Wainer Story ________________ 2
    From Korea with Love ____________________ 9               Australian Biography (various) _____________ 2      Australian Biography (various) _______________ 2
    Land of the Morning Star ________________ 11              Capitalist Drive __________________________ 5       Blood Brothers: Broken English ____________ 4
    Policing the Pacific ______________________ 16            Community Cop _________________________ 6           Dhakiyarr vs the King_____________________ 6
    Rosa’s Journey – The Story of a Nation _____ 17           East Timor – Birth of a Nation _____________ 7      In the Realm of the Hackers _____________ 11
    Trafficked _____________________________ 19               Everyday Brave:                                     Lonely Boy Richard _____________________ 12
    Vietnam Symphony _____________________20                  For Who I Am, Jetja Nai Medical Mob _______ 7       Secrets of the Jury Room ________________ 18
    australian history                                        Facing the Music ________________________ 8         religion, ritual & celebration
    See also Indigenous Studies, War and Peace
                                                              Federation ______________________________ 8         Australian Biography: Charles Birch, Veronica
    Admission Impossible____________________ 2                Fortress Australia _______________________ 9        Brady, Eva Burrows ______________________ 2
    Air Australia ____________________________ 2              Hired Assassins –                                   Blood Brothers: Jardiwarnpa –
    Australian Biography _____________________ 2              Political Cartooning in Australia ___________ 10    A Warlpiri Fire Ceremony _________________ 4
    The Back of Beyond ______________________ 3               Mabo – Life of an Island Man _____________ 12       Ceremony – The Djungguwan of Northeast
    Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing ____ 4          Ordinary People ________________________ 15         Arnhem Land ___________________________ 5
    Captain Cook – Obsession and Discovery ____ 5             Rats in the Ranks _______________________ 16        Christmas Lights ________________________ 5
    Colour of War – The Anzacs _______________ 6              Silent Storm ___________________________ 18         The Pilot’s Funeral ______________________ 15
    Constructing Australia ___________________ 6              Welcome to Woomera ___________________ 21           Welcome to the Waks Family _____________ 21
    Federation ______________________________ 8
                                                              cultural identity and diversity                     social justice
    Film Australia’s Immigration ______________ 9             See also Indigenous Studies, Studies of Society     See also Indigenous Studies
    Film Australia’s Outback _________________ 9              (Asia-Pacific Region)                               Abortion, Corruption and Cops –
    The Floating Brothel _____________________ 9              Admission Impossible____________________ 2          The Bertam Wainer Story _________________ 2
    Fortress Australia _______________________ 9              Black Chicks Talking _____________________ 4        Australian Biography (various) _____________ 2
    Human Contraptions ____________________ 11                Bush Mechanics – The Series ______________ 4        A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6
    Infamous Victory –                                        Downunder Grads _______________________ 7           Fearless – Stories from Asian Women _______ 8
    Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal ______________ 11           Everyday Brave _________________________ 7          Gone to a Good Home ___________________ 10
    Mawson – Life and Death in Antarctica _____ 13            Film Australia’s Immigration ______________ 9       Trafficked _____________________________ 19
    Menzies and Churchill at War _____________ 13             Film Australia’s Outback __________________ 9
                                                                                                                  tourism
    A Million Acres a Year ___________________ 13             Growing Up and Going Home _____________ 10
                                                                                                                  Film Australia’s Wilderness _______________ 9
    National Treasures _____________________ 14               I’ll Call Australia Home _________________ 11
                                                                                                                  Selling Australia _______________________ 18
    Pioneers of Love ________________________ 15              Maternity Unit _________________________ 13
                                                                                                                  war and peace
    The Prime Minister is Missing _____________ 16            Operation Babylift ______________________ 15
                                                                                                                  See also Australian History
    The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures ____ 16           Plumpton High Babies ___________________ 16
                                                                                                                  The Art of War __________________________ 2
    Road to Tokyo __________________________ 17               Selling Australia _______________________ 18
                                                                                                                  Australian Biography: Freda Brown, Eva
    Rogue Nation __________________________ 17                Two Thirds Sky – Artists in Desert Country _20
                                                                                                                  Burrows, Jack Hazlitt, Jack Mundey, Sir Marcus
    The Safe House ________________________ 18                Under One Roof ________________________20
                                                                                                                  Oliphant, Tom Uren ______________________ 2
    Silent Storm ___________________________ 18               Welcome to the Waks Family _____________ 21
                                                                                                                  Colour of War – The Anzacs _______________ 6
    Welcome to Woomera ___________________ 21                 Who Do You Think You Are? ______________ 21
                                                                                                                  A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6
    business and work                                         family/relationships
                                                                                                                  East Timor – Birth of a Nation _____________ 7
    See also Studies of Society (Legal Studies and Tourism)   Australian Biography: Barbara Holborow ____ 2       The Hunt for HMAS Sydney ______________ 11
    Australian Biography: Franco Belgiorno-Nettis,            Black Chicks Talking _____________________ 4        Lost in Flanders ________________________ 12
    HC Coombs, June Dally-Watkins, Bill Harney,               Capitalist Drive __________________________ 5       Menzies and Churchill at War _____________ 13
    Helen Hughes, Jack Mundey, Victor Smorgon,                A Compassionate Rage ___________________ 6          Monash – The Forgotten Anzac ___________ 13
    Tom Uren ______________________________ 2                 Divorce Stories __________________________ 7        Policing the Pacific ______________________ 16
    Australians at Work Video Clips ____________ 3            Everyday Brave _________________________ 7          Road to Tokyo __________________________ 17
    The Back of Beyond ______________________ 3               From Korea With Love ____________________ 9         Silent Storm ___________________________ 18
    Diverted to Delhi ________________________ 7              Life at 1/Life at 3 _______________________ 12
    The Fabric of a Dream –                                   Operation Babylift ______________________ 15
    The Fletcher Jones Story _________________ 8              Our Brother James _____________________ 15
    Facing the Music ________________________ 8               Plumpton High Babies ___________________ 16



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Australian Biography             Australian Biography               Australian Biography                   Australian Biography   Australian Biography
    Joan Kirner                       N o e l To v e y                Noeline Brown                             Max Lake           Sir Zelman Cowen



         New Releases                                        Titles with Captions
         Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing ____ 4    english subtitles for the hearing impaired (dvd)
         Christmas Lights ________________________ 5         Air Australia ____________________________ 2
         Community Cop _________________________ 6           Bombora – The Story of Australian Surfing ____ 4
         Feral Peril ______________________________ 8        Colour of War – The Anzacs _______________ 6
         Hidden Treasures –                                  Community Cop _________________________ 6
         Inside the National Library of Australia _____ 10   Constructing Australia ___________________ 6
         The Hunt for HMAS Sydney ______________ 11          Hidden Treasures –
         I’ll Call Australia Home _________________ 11       Inside the National Gallery of Australia ____ 10
         Infamous Victory –                                  Infamous Victory –
         Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal ______________ 11     Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal ______________ 11
         Life at 3 _______________________________ 12        Life at 3 _______________________________ 12
         Lost in Flanders ________________________ 12        Lost in Flanders ________________________ 12
         Menzies and Churchill at War _____________ 13       Menzies and Churchill at War _____________ 13
         Monash – The Forgotten Anzac ___________ 13         Monash – The Forgotten Anzac ___________ 13
         The Prime Minister is Missing _____________ 16      Nerves of Steel ________________________ 14
         Rare Chicken Rescue ____________________ 16         Rogue Nation __________________________ 17
         Rogue Nation __________________________ 17          Rosa’s Journey – The Story of a Nation _____ 17
         Roller Derby Dolls ______________________ 17        The Safe House ________________________ 18
         Rosa’s Journey – The Story of a Nation _____ 17     Who Killed Dr Bogle & Mrs Chandler? ______ 22
         An Unstoppable Force –                              The Winners’ Guide to the Nobel Prize ______ 22
         Betty Churcher with John Olsen __________20
         Welcome Your Majesty (backlist) __________ 28




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