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Titles from the 1990s

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1990

Australia Post – Australia Post Inc sponsored film – 1990

The Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 transformed the post office from an administrative centre focused on mail delivery to a sales-oriented shopfront.

Aya feature film – 1990

The story of a Japanese-Australian marriage in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The Big Steal feature film – 1990

The Big Steal is generally known as a romance and an exuberant comedy but is also about teenagers outwitting corrupt adults.

Blood Oath feature film – 1990

A fictionalised drama about the true-life struggle to successfully convict Japanese military officers responsible for war crimes in Indonesia during the Second World War.

Death in Brunswick feature film – 1990

An under-achieving Aussie cook falls for a young Greek waitress at a seedy Melbourne nightclub, but a dead body gets in their way.

Flirting feature film – 1990

In 1965 a rebellious private schoolboy finds his romantic soulmate in an African pupil from the neighbouring girls’ school.

Let the Blood Run Free – Episode 2 television program – 1990

When it first screened in 1990, this was one of the earliest examples of interactive television, allowing viewers to phone in and vote on what would happen next.

Loggerheads documentary – c1990

Since European settlement, half of Australia’s forests and three-quarters of its rainforests have been cleared.

Lord of the Bush documentary – 1990

Through the complex character of McAlpine, Zubrycki reveals the issues confronting the rapidly expanding town of Broome.

Man Without Pigs documentary – 1990

The first Papua New Guinea man to become a professor returns to his small village to celebrate, but inadvertently creates antagonism when rituals aren’t adhered to.

More Winners – Boy Soldiers television program – 1990

1910 legislation required boys between 14 and 17 to register for compulsory military training . Will Barnes, a brave 14-year-old conscientious objector, refused.

More Winners – His Master’s Ghost television program – 1990

The setting of Montsalvat – a gothic mansion and former artists’ colony– is perfect for this mystery-comedy about a group of kids on a music camp in a spooky old mansion.

More Winners – Mr Edmund television program – 1990

A roller-coaster ride of raised hopes, dashed dreams and happy endings: a charming modern fairytale from the More Winners series.

More Winners – The Big Wish television program – 1990

The faeries in the Enchanted Realm are in trouble. Today is the last day to grant seven wishes to humans or they will lose their magic power – forever!

More Winners – The Journey television program – 1990

On an isolated Tasmanian mountain, 12-year-old Ada lives with her wealthy father Justus. Housekeeper Martha is plotting to secure the family fortune for herself.

Mr Squiggle and Friends – Cheer Up television program – 1990

A 1990s episode of iconic children’s series Mr Squiggle and Friends created and performed by Norman Hetherington, written by Margaret Hetherington and co-presented by their daughter Rebecca Hetherington.

People Who Still Use Milk Bottles documentary – 1990

This documentary traces the history of the dairy industry in Victoria in the 20th century, featuring Barry Dickins, John Flaus and Barry Jones.

Police Rescue – By the Book television program – 1990

Police Rescue was an immensely popular series during the 1990s, starting as a telemovie then spawning a weekly series for five years and even a feature film.

Police Rescue – Mates television program – 1990

The writing is strong, leaving us with a sense of the great camaraderie that allows these police officers to continue to do their job in difficult circumstances.

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.

Union Street short film – 1990

An ordinary city street is revealed as a ‘street of many colours’.

Waiting feature film – 1990

A surrogate mother’s home birth turns out more complicated than expected.

Wheel of Fortune – Series 3 Episode 1 television program – 1990

‘Baby’ John Burgess, ably assisted by Guinness World Record-holder Adriana Xenides, hosts the long-running game show.

1991

Big People, Small People documentary – 1991

Cartoonist Michael Leunig and then opposition member John Howard have very different views on the desire for more.

Blackout – Malangi: A Day in the Life of a Bark Painter television program – 1991

A portrait of the internationally acclaimed Arnhem Land artist David Malangi, highly regarded in both Yolngu and western cultural traditions.

Black Robe feature film – 1991

In 17th century Canada a Jesuit missionary confronts his faith and mortality while travelling up river to reach a settlement of Huron Indians.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

Breathing Under Water feature film – 1991

The director’s preoccupation with humankind’s tendency to self-destruct was one factor that lead to the creation of this complex film.

Brides of Christ television program – 1991

Brides of Christ take a vow to forsake the secular world and live according to God’s will. An Australian television landmark, recapturing the great changes of the ’60s.

The Daylight Moon: A Portrait of the Poet Les Murray documentary – 1991

World-renowned Australian poet Les Murray reflects on his life and work.

Dead to the World feature film – 1991

Two women battle for control of an inner-city boxing school.

Dingo feature film – 1991

Dingo is a French-Australian co-production starring an American jazz legend. According to director Rolf de Heer, Miles Davis turned out to be a wonderfully instinctive actor.

Fatal Bond feature film – 1991

Fans of iconic 1960s cars will be able to see a Valiant S series take on a Citroen Goddess in the final scenes.

The Good Woman of Bangkok documentary – 1991

At the time of the film’s release there was a lot of debate about filmmaker O’Rourke’s relationship with his subject – a prostitute – and the issues that raises.

Land of the Apocalypse documentary – 1991

The traditional custodians of Kakadu National Park battle to protect an important sacred site from mining exploitation.

Mother and Son – The Clock television program – 1991

Writer Geoffrey Atherden offers a deft spin on the eccentric character of Maggie Beare, who assumes that something that’s misplaced must be stolen.

Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip documentary – 1991

A ‘paper trail’ from Japanese paper products back to Australia, examining whether the world’s demand for paper can coexist with protection of its forests.

Phoenix – Top Quality Crims television program – 1991

Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.

Polska documentary – 1991

Polska looks at Poland in 1991 through the eyes of a journalist who visits different areas of her country talking to ordinary people about their lives.

Proof feature film – 1991

This is a textbook example of how to make a film logistically simple without sacrificing complexity and dramatic impact.

Satellite Dreaming documentary – 1991

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

State of Shock documentary – 1991

Alcoholic Alwyn Peter traces the events in his life – dysfunction experienced by an Indigenous family within a frame of dispossession and loss of cultural practice.

Super 8 Soldiers documentary – 1991

A group of Australian conscripts took 8mm cameras with them to Vietnam. Super 8 Soldiers intercuts their footage with interviews with the men and their families in the early 1990s.

Track Record: The Story of Australia’s Railways - Tethered to the World documentary – 1991

This episode from a four-part series outlines the surviving tourist railways of Australia and looks at the problems presented by the legacies of the past.

Treaty music – 1991

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

A Woman’s Tale feature film – 1991

Rarely has a film shown so eloquently that beauty is not a function of age, but of spirit. Sheila Florance seems to be playing very close to her real personality, but that is part of what makes the film so moving.

1992

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

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

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.

Bigger than Texas documentary – 1992

WA’s need for a hero and corporate excess created Alan Bond, who features heavily in this quite personal documentary.

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