Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles beginning with J

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Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life documentary – 2005

This imaginative documentary tells the story of a dominatrix with Marfan syndrome. It examines Jabe’s experiences in foster care and questions society’s obsession with perfection and conformity.

Jabiluka documentary – 1997

This film offers Indigenous, scientific and economic perspectives on the issue of mining uranium at Jabiluka.

Jack and Jill: A Postscript feature film – 1970

Jack lives in a condemned house and rides with a bikie gang. Gillian, a kindergarten teacher from a middle-class family, is attracted to Jack.

Jack Luscombe music – 1953

An oral history containing the first recorded collection of Australian folk song.

Jack O’Hagan: Vocalist Composer historical – 1931

Multi-talented artist Jack O’Hagan performs five songs for Frank Thring’s series of variety shorts, Efftee Entertainers, including 'The Road to Gundagai’.

Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 25 television program – 1987

Jack Thompson is a great narrator. He’s the iconic Aussie male and his voice has that dinky-di Australian drawl that Americans love to hear.

Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 3 television program – 1987

Aspects of Australian life connected by the on-camera presence of actor Jack Thompson, the iconic Australian with the dinky-di Aussie drawl that Americans love.

Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out from Jail) music – 1983

'Jailanguru Pakarnu’ ('Out from Jail’) was the first rock song recorded and released in an Aboriginal language (Luritja).

The Jammed feature film – 2007

The Jammed (2007) is a rare kind of Australian film – a passionately committed thriller about a great wrong. It was shot on a low budget and struggled to find a cinema release until it was championed by critics.

Japanese Story feature film – 2003

An unexpected plot development in the middle of Japanese Story left audiences stunned and disbelieving — and occasionally hostile.

Jedda feature film – 1955

Jedda (1955) is probably Charles Chauvel’s best film, as well as his last. It is historic both for being the first colour feature film made in Australia, but more importantly, because it is arguably the first Australian film to take the emotional lives of Aboriginal people seriously.

Jewboy short feature – 2005

Jewboy was well received locally and internationally, screening at the Cannes Film Festival and winning three AFI awards.

Jewel of the Pacific documentary – 1932

In this 1932 travelogue shot and narrated by Frank Hurley, rat tails bring a reward of sixpence each and Lord Howe Island locals join the hunt for the pests.

Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey documentary – 2006

Jimmy Little’s softly softly style came under scrutiny during the heyday of 1970s Indigenous politics.

Jindabyne feature film – 2006

Jindabyne is based on a 20-year-old short story by American Raymond Carver, but it’s been so well adapted to the Australian milieu that it feels home-grown.

Joe Leahy’s Neighbours documentary – 1988

This was an excellent opportunity to make a contemporary film about the Papua New Guinea highlands and explore the society forming in the wake of Western contact.

John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 television program – 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

John Safran vs God – Episode 2 television program – 2004

Nothing is sacred in John Safran’s comedy-documentary series about religion.

Journey among Women feature film – 1977

Making this film in the 1970s became politically charged: should and could a male director make a meaningful film about women?

Journey Out of Darkness feature film – 1967

In 1901 Constable Peterson arrives in Central Australia to arrest an Arrernte man who has committed a ritual killing.

The Joys of the Women documentary – 1993

As a teenager, singer–songwriter Kavisha Mazzella rejected her Italian heritage, but now wants to keep a dying music tradition alive by recording and performing it.

Jubilee and Beyond documentary – 1977

Eighteen thousand schoolchildren greet Her Majesty the Queen in 1977, giving a sense of the relationship between Australia and the UK at this time.

Jungle Patrol newsreel – 1944

The story of eight Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese on Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea, in 1943.

Jungle Road sponsored film – c1963

While the film is patronising in its approach, it promotes the army’s work as vitally contributing to preparations for Papua New Guinea’s eventual independence.

Just Out of Reach short feature – 1979

Brilliantly acted and shot, Just Out of Reach sits comfortably alongside other films produced during this rich and creative period of the Australian film industry.

Just Peanuts documentary – 1954

Following the warm reception this film about peanuts received, Kingsford Smith became a successful and prolific producer of over 300 sponsored films and commercials.

Just the Beginning music – 1971

'Just the Beginning’ was the first Australian jazz recording to earn a gold record for sales.