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40,000 Years of Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema (1996)

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During the 1950s, Australian feature film production ground to a halt, leaving newsreels as one of the few cinematic records of Australian life of the period. Iconic ‘50s newsreel footage plays in slow-motion to a rendition of 'The Road to Gundagai’.

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