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Babakiueria short film – 1986

A mockumentary surveying the culture and customs of the white native people of the land of ‘Babakiueria’, from the perspective of the country’s black colonisers.

Babe feature film – 1995

A worldwide hit film based on a children’s book about a farm pig who wants to be a sheepdog.

Backchat, Episode 215 television program – 1988

Viewers respond to a song – 'Sack the Jack’ – broadcast at a time when the republican issue was being hotly debated.

Backchat, Episode 216 television program – 1988

Backchat, presented by Tim Bowden for over eight years, was an opportunity for ABC viewers to vent their spleens or heap praise on Aunty.

Backchat, Episode 217 television program – 1988

For some, ABC’s religious programs are a welcome alternative to commercial broadcasts, while for others the ABC turns religion into a Marxist critique.

Backlash feature film – 1986

Much of the dialogue in Bill Bennett’s film, about two police officers and a young indigenous woman, was improvised on location.

The Back of Beyond documentary – 1954

Battling heat, dust and flood, Tom Kruse delivers mail, stores and supplies along the 517 kilometre Birdsville Track in central Australia.

Backroads short feature – 1977

Backroads (1977) is the first feature (albeit, a short one) by Phillip Noyce, who would go on to make Newsfront (1978) and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Backs to the Blast, an Australian Nuclear Story documentary – 1981

Made 25 years after nuclear tests were conducted in SA in the 1950s, this documentary stirred up a political hornet’s nest.

Bad Boy Bubby feature film – 1993

Bad Boy Bubby was conceived as an experiment on virtually every level. It had 32 different cinematographers, for example.

The Balanda and the Bark Canoes documentary – 2006

There are many humorous moments when director Rolf de Heer’s directions to the actors get lost in translation.

Balibo feature film – 2009

In 1975 an Australian journalist travels to East Timor in search of five Australian journalists rumoured to have been murdered by invading Indonesian forces.

Bali Hi home movie – c1971

Bali has always been a popular destination with Australians and this film was made at a time when cheaper air travel meant that more Australians travelled overseas.

Balinese Holiday home movie – c1933

This rare example of amateur footage of Bali and Java in the 1930s represents a particular Westerner’s view of the Asian region at that time.

Ballarat Beauty Competition newsreel – 1911

This Pathé newsreel captures the 36 entrants in a local beauty competition held in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on 9 June 1911.

Bambaloo – Bird in a Boat television program – 2002

A mixed live-action, puppetry and animation show for preschoolers from Yoram Gross and the world renowned Jim Henson Company.

Bananas in Pyjamas – Banana Breakfast television program – 1999

The combination of visually appealing characters with the 'Bananas in Pyjamas’ song created a highly popular and commercially successful preschool series.

The Bank feature film – 2001

A story of the greed and corruption of one banker, The Bank is about the collapse of a sense of compassion in contemporary Australia.

Banners Held High documentary – 1956

The narrator, former wharfie Jock Levy, is one of the founders of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit.

Bapaume to Bullecourt historical – 1917

Silent footage of Australian soldiers entering Bapaume, in March 1917, pursuing German troops as they withdraw to the Hindenburg Line.

The Barefoot Bushman: Dancing With Dingoes documentary – 1997

The film includes footage of Bruce Jacobs, who established a dingo sanctuary in Victoria and bred dingoes for domestic sale.

Barred Wives documentary – 1993

Not all these stories of marrying prisoners end well: one woman was murdered by her bridegroom upon his release.

Bastards from the Bush, A Journey with Bob Ellis and Les Murray documentary – 1998

The ridicule poet Les Murray experienced at school, contributed to a nervous breakdown 30 years later, he says.

The Battle for Byron documentary – 1996

The Byron Bay whaling station operated between 1954 and 1962, producing more than 10,000 tonnes of oil from 1,146 whales.

The Battleships documentary – 2000

Included is a dramatic recreation of Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour, which brought the US into the Second World War.

The Beach documentary – 2000

A documentary about Australians’ love affair with the beach.

Beating About the Bush documentary – 1993

The filmmakers set out to record a music documentary with a happy ending but end up with coverage of a goodwill disaster.

Beautiful Lies: A Film About Peter Carey documentary – 1986

This documentary explores the relationship between Australian novelist Peter Carey and his country.

Beautiful Melbourne sponsored film – 1947

This film, put together by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 1947, increased public awareness of the dire state of those living in slum housing in Melbourne.

Beautiful Middle Harbour advertisement – 1927

Beginning with wide, panoramic shots of the scenery, this captures some interesting footage of Sydney before suburban development.

BeDevil feature film – 1993

Tracey Moffatt, who is best known as an artist, challenged Western storytelling traditions in Bedevil and polarised critics.

Behind the Big Top documentary – 1949

The Wirth Brothers Circus, one of Australia’s largest and most successful, survived another 15 years after this film was made.

Behind the Sun documentary – 1988

Robert Klippel, who sculpts from discarded materials, is one of the artists featured in this documentary compilation.

Bellbird television program – 1970

Australia’s first successful national weekly serial, dealing with the lives and loves of ordinary people in a small country town.

Belsen For Example documentary – 1985

The recollections of concentration camp survivors, now living in Australia, and rescuers, are extraordinary.

Beneath Clouds feature film – 2002

While the narrative devices that director Ivan Sen uses to communicate his themes are firmly located within Indigenous sensibility and cultural perspective, the subject matter is universal.

Beneath Hill 60 feature film – 2010

During the First World War, a Queensland miner learns the true cost of war when he leads Australians in a project to tunnel beneath enemy lines to plant explosives.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

Freddy West Tjakamarra, a member of the Pintubi people, thought that tinned food contained human flesh.

Berlei Cinema Advertisement: It Isn’t Done advertisement – 1930

The art deco interiors with shaped mirrors, door frames and seating all align with Berlei’s reputation for quality and beauty.

Berlei Corsets: Beautiful Lines of Woman Triumphant advertisement – c1920

This advertisement shows the fuller figures of the models as compared with models of today.

Berlei Underwear Cinema Advertisement: Sarong advertisement – 1950

The Berlei ‘Sarong’ girdle is aimed at active women who want comfort and freedom to move at the same time.

Berlei Underwear TV Advertisement: Sarong Body Magic advertisement – 1968

Berlei’s products are known for accommodating women of all shapes and sizes.

Betelnut Bisnis documentary – 2004

Betelnut is the fourth most consumed legal substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

The Bet feature film – 2006

This tale of corruption and high finance is the first feature directed by Mark Lee, who starred in the iconic film Gallipoli.

Betty Pounder documentary – 1988

Being successful in theatre, says dancer Betty Pounder, requires passion, and that may have to come at the expense of family.

Beyond 2000 – Episode 152 television program – 1989

Including a report from Japan where a robot mannequin with the body type of a typical Japanese woman might replace the European store dummy.

Beyond 2000 – Episode 287 television program – 1992

Research and innovation around the world that will change our lives beyond the year 2000. When axed by the ABC, the team created Beyond Tomorrow for the Seven Network.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – Alexander McLeod Lindsey television program – 1977

Criminologist Hawkins presents the case of Alexander McLeod Lindsey, jailed for the brutal bashing of his wife. A series on possible miscarriages of justice.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – The Case of Ronald Ryan television program – 1977

In 1967 Ronald Ryan was the last man to be hanged in Australia. With the public outrage about his execution, Australia ended capital punishment.

Beyond Sorry documentary – 2003

The filmmakers get to the heart of the consequence of child removal, yet tell a story that is painfully humane, and never compromising the humanity and beauty of its subjects.

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