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Rabbit-Proof Fence feature film – 2002

For many white Australians, this popular film was the first direct emotional experience of what it meant to be one of the 'stolen generations’.

Raccolta D’Inverno, Winter’s Harvest documentary – 1979

The government has now outlawed this traditional Italian community event of slaughtering and butchering a pig and feasting on it.

Rachel: A Perfect Life documentary – 2007

An intimate, observational documentary following a young woman as she goes through brain surgery to control her epilepsy.

Rachel’s Story documentary – 1997

At 16, Rachel was a prostitute and heroin addict in Kings Cross. Years later, she helps a prostitute reform.

Radiance feature film – 1998

This is a rare exploration of the emotional interior lives of Indigenous women, in this case, three sisters.

The Rage in Placid Lake feature film – 2003

The Rage in Placid Lake is a comic drama, tinged with the absurd, and musician-turned-actor Ben Lee plays the title character with the required amount of chutzpah.

Raggs - Episode 32 television program – 2005

Raggs is a bright, bouncy series with lots of colour, music and movement to appeal to its target preschooler audience.

Rangle River feature film – 1936

NSW legislation required exhibitors and distributors to invest in, and show, Australian films — but not for long.

Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines documentary – 1984

Profile of Raoul Wallenberg, an extraordinary humanitarian who disappeared after performing heroic deeds during the Second World War.

Rare Chicken Rescue documentary – 2008

After a battle with depression Queensland chicken breeder Mark Tully embarks on a mission to protect the endangered chickens who, he reckons, saved his life.

Rats in the Ranks documentary – 1996

The behind-the-scenes political wheeling and dealing in the countdown to the election of a new mayor for Sydney’s Leichhardt Council.

The Rats of Tobruk feature film – 1944

The Rats of Tobruk may not be Charles Chauvel’s best movie, but it deserves serious consideration as his best movie about war.

Raw FM – What You Can television program – 1997

A series revolving around community youth radio station 99.9 Raw FM and the young people who run it.

Razorback feature film – 1984

The outback town of Gamulla is terrorised by a giant razorback boar.

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance feature film – 2006

There are 350,000 young dancers in Australia and the film shows how hard they work — and how much more sensible they are than adults.

Rebels With a Cause documentary – 1994

Cecil Waters rules the family with a ‘rod of iron’, and is training his sons to be champion boxers.

Rebetika: Songs of Greece music – 1986

Rebetika music evolved in the 1920s, combining jail songs and hashish-smoking songs of the Greek underworld with music brought to Greece by refugees from the Greek-Turkish War.

Redback short film – 1995

In this playful animated short, a redback spider wreaks the ultimate humiliation on his male tormentor.

Red Cross Activities During and After WWI historical – c1919

The footage provides a snapshot of the daily tasks Female Red Cross volunteers performed during and after the First World War.

Red Cross Cinema Advertisement: The Prisoner of War Street Adoption Scheme advertisement – c1941

The appeal offers something practical that people can do – pay one pound a week to sponsor a prisoner of war.

Redfern Beach short film – 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

Red Matildas documentary – 1985

Told through the lives of three women, Red Matildas explores the social and political conditions in Australia during the Great Depression.

Reg Grundy’s Wheel of Fortune television program – 1959

Reg Grundy’s television debut in 1959 was also his first game show.

The Removalists feature film – 1975

The story is a savage microcosm of Australia, rather than just a look at the then-topical issue of police hypocrisy and brutality.

Research on Survival in Bushfires documentary – 1963

This specialist documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Bushfire Research section of the CSIRO.

Return Home feature film – 1990

Suburbs in Australian cinema are usually the place that characters flee from; this film suggests you can also go back.

Reunion documentary – 1998

A bio-documentary of filmmaker Lisa Wang revealing her growing awareness of her 'Chinese-ness’ in 1950s Australia.

Revolution by Referendum: Political advertisement by Mr Costello advertisement – c1932

One of many activists or political aspirants who have proposed socialist visions for the country’s future over its recent history.

Revolving Door short film – 2006

A snapshot of St Kilda’s illegal sex industry and the people it affects.

Richmond Carnival in Aid of Blind Soldiers, May 1918 newsreel – 1918

Parades, carnivals and marches were commonly covered by newsreels. They were held to raise money and increase support for Australian troops and their families.

Ride On Stranger television program – 1979

Bookworm Shannon Jones heads for the Harbour City to learn about life, love and politics in the 1930s.

Rinso Laundry Powder : Hilda and Hugh Jones advertisement – c1940

Mrs Hilda Jones overcomes the drudgery of housework with the discovery of Rinso. Her husband Hugh is very relieved that he no longer has to suffer her bad moods.

Rinso Soap Powder: Then Came Happiness advertisement – 1931

Helen, worn out by the drudge of washing day, is introduced to Rinso by a girlfriend during a bridge night.

Rinso Washing Powder: A Bachelor Grey advertisement – c1943

Bachelor Henry is a ‘natty dresser’ but rubbing and scrubbing wears out his clothes until finally his temper wears out too! Henry’s ‘lady help’ to brings him a packet of Rinso washing powder and shows him how to get things clean.

Rinso Washing Powder: Easy Does It advertisement – 1946

This Rinso advertisement from 1946 features Bill Kerr with Joy Nichols, Dan Agar – all actors and radio stars of the era.

Rinso Washing Powder: Fairy Story Comes True advertisement – c1935

A young girl helps grant her mother’s wish to have a washing day that does not require long hours of scrubbing.

Riot or Revolution documentary – 2005

Three things struck filmmaker Don Parham about the Eureka story – it was a 'ripper yarn’, with a great cast of characters and fascinating politics.

The Rising Generation documentary – c1925

This incomplete documentary from 1926 promotes the public education system in South Australia from kindergarten through to university.

Rites of Passage documentary – 1994

Exploring the rites of passage that accompany entry into adulthood, three rebellious teenagers and their parents struggle to resolve their differences.

River of No Return documentary – 2008

A thought-provoking film that explores the issues involved in living a traditional lifestyle while trying to gain access to the larger, dominant society.

Road short film – 2000

A film that emphasises the strangeness of the city, where a black fella has a hard time getting a cab, and more often than not, anything can happen.

Road to Kokoda newsreel – 1942

What’s remarkable about Damien Parer’s Kokoda footage is that there is no actual combat, and the Japanese presence is felt most keenly through its absence.

Road to Nhill feature film – 1997

Four lady bowlers roll their car outside a country town. Amid chaos and panicking menfolk, they save themselves.

Road to Tokyo advertisement – c1941

An animated government advertisement designed to persuade Australians to contribute to the war effort by investing in war loans.

Roamin’ Holiday home movie – 1954

This amateur travelogue made by John and Frank Straford records their trip to north-east Victoria in the 1950s.

Robbery Under Arms television program – 1985

Before this 1985 version there had been five attempts to tell this story, the best known being the Australian–British feature film of 1957 starring Peter Finch as Captain Starlight.

Roberts, John: Anzac Day march Adelaide, South Australia and other segments home movie – c1941

This is a compilation of film segments from the John Roberts Home Movie Collection that have been spliced together.

Roberts, John: Children playing war games in a suburban backyard home movie – c1941

John Roberts filmed various scenes in and around his home city of Adelaide from 1939 to 1941, including Anzac Day and war bonds marches.

Rocking the Foundations documentary – 1985

Rocking The Foundations is more than a film about a union: it’s a film about social change and how ordinary people can make that happen.

The Rocks: Sydney, Australia documentary – 1983

The Rocks was considered a slum until it was restored in the 1970s. This sponsored documentary traces its redevelopment as a tourist precinct.

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