This summer holidays many Australians will be spending time at the beach. This collection is a celebration of beach culture from the 1910s to the 2000s.
The titles below show many sides of the beach: from happy days spent picnicing, beachcombing, surfing and swimming, to the more sinister threat of sharks (see Australia Today – Man-Eater, 1939), and gang violence (in All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front, 1963).
See all titles on australianscreen online tagged beaches.
NFSA Film Archivist Richard Carter has created this mash-up of summer footage from the 1940s-1970s using only film, music and audio from over 40 films from the Film Australia Collection:
Another Sunny Day – FAC Archive mix and mash #1 (2011)
See also the Summer playlist on the NFSA Films YouTube Channel.