Australian Screen

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Sa Black Thing short film – 2005

This romantic comedy explores the role that cultural values play in the romance between two Indigenous characters.

The Saddle Club – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2001

Carole, Stevie and newcomer Lisa ride their way to true friendship in The Saddle Club.

Sadness documentary – 1999

Australian photographer William Yang explores loss, love and identity as he investigates a family murder and honours the lives of friends who have died from AIDS.

The Safe House short film – 2006

A young Lee Whitmore attempts to unravel the mystery of the spies living next door.

Safety First sponsored film – c1936

This early road safety film uses drama, artwork and song to show children the correct way to behave when on the road.

The Sailors spoken word – 1927

A theatrical comedy routine by vaudeville performers Stiffy (Nat Phillips) and Mo (Roy Rene) recorded in 1927.

Sale of the Century – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1980

Host Tony Barber invites contestants to compete for prizes by answering general knowledge questions.

Salute to the Aussie Digger spoken word – 2005

An historical overview of Australian military engagements in both war and peacekeeping told through music, sound effects and narration.

Sammy Butcher, Out of the Shadows documentary – 2004

Musician Sammy Butcher played with the Warumpi Band and now invests his energy in young musicians in his community of Papunya.

Samson and Delilah feature film – 2009

A heartbreaking and thought-provoking film about two Indigenous teenagers growing up in central Australia.

Sanitation and the City documentary – c1957

This documentary outlines the management of water supply and sanitation by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

Satellite Dreaming documentary – 1991

The creation of CAAMA was designed to produce media that would sustain a strong Indigenous identity with regional variations.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning short film – 1999

The film offers few answers or a resolution and presents a possibility of characters trapped in an experience from which all are seeking liberation.

The SBF Story documentary – 2007

The amateur production company SBF made travelogues, animations and short dramas in the 1950s and ’60s.

Scales of Justice television program – 1983

The quasi-documentary style of this series adds a gritty reality to the typical car patrol of a police crew on any evening shift around Sydney streets.

Schools for Farmers sponsored film – c1950

This short film promotes schools for farmers during vacation time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

SeaChange – One of the Gang television program – 1998

A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.

Sea Patrol – Cometh the Hour television program – 2007

Adventure-driven navy drama revolving around the crew of a patrol boat and set in the waters of northern Australia.

Searchlight on Japan documentary – c1948

Made by Ken G Hall, Searchlight on Japan focuses on Japan under Allied occupation at the end of the Second World War.

Secret Fleets documentary – 1995

Early in the Second World War plans were made to fight the Japanese enemy on Australian soil. Americans submariners were given a warm welcome.

The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001

This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.

Seeking Asylum documentary – 2002

Three Afghans escaped from the Taliban and arrived in Australia as asylum seekers. Ninety-two per cent of Afghans seeking asylum in Australia are genuine refugees.

Sellex Crockery: Red Riding Hood advertisement – c1930

This appeals to the ‘pester power’ of children by using an animated cartoon to promote Sellex products.

Selling Sickness documentary – 2004

Direct-to-consumer advertising and newly created diseases such as ‘premenstrual dysphoric disorder’ have led to overuse of antidepressant drugs.

Senator Dorothy Tangney: Maiden Speech radio – 1944

A recording of the first woman elected to the Australian Senate reading her maiden speech.

The Sentimental Bloke feature film – 1919

Director Raymond Longford and leading lady Lottie Lyell wrote this together and it is probably their most successful collaboration.

September feature film – 2007

September is an engrossing film about the economic co-dependency between blacks and whites, made intensely dramatic and personal through the story of a friendship.

Serious Undertakings documentary – 1983

Serious Undertakings breaks new ground in understanding the construction of meaning and exemplifies the impact of 1970s screen theory on making independent films.

Service in the Sun sponsored film – 1957

In 1956, members of the American and Hawaiian surf lifesaving teams demonstrate the latest surfing techniques on Bondi Beach.

Serving Suggestion short film – 1998

In this animated short, little Kevin’s rampage at the supermarket goes too far.

The Set feature film – 1969

Aspiring young designer Paul Lawrence is drawn into the hedonistic world of Sydney’s upper-class society.

Seven Deadly Sins - Envy television program – 1992

This show invites us to identify with behaviour we would not normally condone. All of the characters in this episode manifest the sin of envy.

Seven Deadly Sins - Pride television program – 1992

This one-off television play is terrific. The script is taut with great dialogue and the performances from Colin Friels and Elizabeth Alexander are stunning.

Seven Little Australians television program – 1973

This is a delightful and faithful adaptation of Ethel Turner’s iconic Australian story, Seven Little Australians, into a charming television series.

Sewerage of a Great City: Melbourne sponsored film – c1922

By the time this sponsored documentary was made, over 166,000 homes and 70,000 people were, according to its intertitles, 'enjoying the benefits of sewerage’ in Melbourne.

Shadowland short film – 1988

In Anthony Lucas’s animated student film, humanity evolves in a savage landscape.

Shadow Panic short film – 1989

An experiment in structure, Shadow Panic reflects the influence at the time of French screen theorists on Australian feminist filmmaking.

Shadow Play documentary – 2001

In Indonesia, 1965, a group of President Sukarno’s guards murdered six generals. A history of our closest Asian neighbour, and its postwar political history.

The Sharkcallers of Kontu documentary – 1982

Believing that the spirits of their ancestors dwell in the mako shark, shark callers are not only hunting but also maintaining a connection with their past.

Shark Vs Croc television program – 2004

Former shark hunter and Australian spearfishing champion Ben Cropp compares predators.

Sheep to Shop: Hosiery and Knitted Goods sponsored film – 1924

At one point in this promotional documentary, a machine miraculously 'absorbs yarn at one end and discharges socks at the other’!

Sheep to Shop: Woollen Goods sponsored film – 1924

Made inside a wool mill, this film covers making the yarn, weaving the fabrics, pressing the finished goods and packaging them for distribution nationwide.

Shell Animated Commercial: Poster Man advertisement – 1960

This advertisement was made to screen only in cinemas prior to a feature film program despite being made after the introduction of television.

She’s My Baby music – 1959

One of the biggest hits for Australia’s first rock’n'roll star.

A Shifting Dreaming documentary – 1982

Ray Barrett stars in this story of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations spanning from the 1928 Coniston massacre to Land Rights hearings in 1982.

Shifting Sands – Grace short film – 1998

This short drama from Wesley Enoch depicts the emotional journey of an Indigenous woman back to Australia for the funeral of her sister.

Shifting Sands – My Bed Your Bed short film – 1998

This short romantic drama from Erica Glynn uses the power of silence to communicate the tension between two characters who have been promised to each other.

Shifting Sands – My Colour, Your Kind short film – 1998

When under threat of having their children stolen by authorities, Indigenous mothers resorted to darkening their fair-skinned children with mud and charcoal.

Shifting Sands – Passing Through short film – 1998

A directorial debut from filmmaker and celebrity chef Mark Olive, Passing Through weaves myth and legend to tell an Indigenous-flavoured ghost story.

Shifting Sands – Promise short film – 1997

This is essentially a love story told in the absence of the love interest – grandfather – that resonates as one of those moments that are a cherished memory.

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