Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles curated by Sophia Sambono

16 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

B

Blackbuster short film – 2012

In this comic love story a pirate-movie dealer’s daydreams seep into reality.

F

Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs music – 1899

These are the earliest recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.

First Australians – Episode 1, They Have Come to Stay documentary – 2008

The opening episode of this landmark television series explores the first contact, meetings and relationships between the British and the first Australians.

First Australians – Episode 2, Her Will to Survive documentary – 2008

This episode covers the period from 1825–60 and European settlement in Tasmania, told through the stories of Truganini and George Augustus Robinson.

First Australians – Episode 3, Freedom For Our Lifetime documentary – 2008

Episode 3 focuses on the first Australians of Victoria and the lives of Simon Wonga and William Barack.

First Australians – Episode 4, No Other Law documentary – 2008

This episode examines the coming of the telegraph pole and white settlement to Central Australia.

First Australians – Episode 5, Unhealthy Government Experiment documentary – 2008

This episode explores the lives of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal stockman, and Gladys Gillian, an institutionalised half-caste.

First Australians – Episode 6, A Fair Deal for a Dark Race documentary – 2008

Episode 6 of First Australians explores Indigenous history from 1930–67, primarily in the south-eastern regions of Australia.

First Australians – Episode 7, We Are No Longer Shadows documentary – 2008

The final episode of First Australians covers the period 1967–93 and Eddie Mabo’s fight for land rights.

H

Hey Sista! short film – 2001

A coming of age story about a girl who just wants to play basketball … and have straight hair.

K

Kimberley Cops documentary – 2001

Stories of rogue crocodiles, tipped cattle trucks and search-and-rescue operations for lost tourists emphasise the dangers and harsh realities of life in the outback.

O

One Shoe Short short film – 2007

On a town camp in Alice Springs, a boy searches for a pair of shoes so he can go to school. His friend tries his best to help him out.

S

Skippy – Be Our Guest television program – 1968

Clancy wants to make a good impression on her visiting mother. Instead, she gets lost in the bush where she is rescued by a group of Aboriginal men (played by visiting members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala, Arnhem Land).

T

Treaty music – 1991

Aboriginal pop song from the 1990s with a powerful political message.

Tribal Music of Australia music – 1953

These are the first commercially available recordings of Australian Aboriginal music.

V

Vacant Possession feature film – 1994

Margot Nash’s ambitious feature debut has a strong political basis, but it’s ultimately a very personal story.