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Brisbane Dreaming 1994

Historical footage and re-enactments help tell stories about the Indigenous people who were displaced by Brisbane.

Brothers and Sisters 1997

Actor Rachael Maza and her sister are among the people featured in this look at sibling behaviour.

Bungalung: A Dreaming of Cannibals 2007

A dramatised documentary about an ancient ghost story told by two Anmatjere elders to a group of children.

Bush Toys 2008

A group of boys from the Titjikala community maintain the desert tradition of making miniatures or ‘bush toys’ from materials found in the environment.

Business Behind Bars 2000

This film claims that 50 per cent of Australian prisoners are kept in private prisons, the biggest proportion of any nation.

The Business of Making Saints 1994

This documentary explores what has to happen before someone is declared a saint, and notes that women don’t fare well in the system.

C

Canberra Files, The 2006

Sir Robert Menzies filmed his own wartime tour in 1941, including meeting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at his home.

Cannibal Tours 1987

Dennis O’Rourke highlights the absurdity of the interactions between 'civilised’ tourists and 'primitives’ in a PNG village.

Captain Cook’s Cottage 1938

Russell Grimwade paid £800 for the family home of Captain Cook and transported it from Yorkshire to Victoria.

Carcrash 1995

Plenty of emotion and trauma is on display when 26 people speak to camera about the road accidents they were involved in.

Case 442 2005

Case 442 is a personal testimonial to the effects of Aboriginal child removal policies, and the lifelong consequences it has had upon people who have endured being separated from their families and communities.

Catching Crocodiles 1933

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a crocodile, this nine-minute instructional video tells you how, 1930s style.

Celebrity: Dominick Dunne 2008

An Australian-made documentary about celebrated crime reporter, novelist and Hollywood movie producer Dominick Dunne.

Cenotaph 1993

The documentary looks at the effect of the First World War on the New South Wales country town of Hay. Fourteen men and seven women revisit the Western Front after 70 years.

Championship Chase 1970

Norm Beechey retired soon after winning the1970 Australian Touring Car Championship.

The Changing Face of Australia 1970

The sheer beauty and grandeur of Uluru before and after a rainstorm is a highlight of this geological study.

A Changing Race 1964

An insightful portrait of Aboriginal people in Central Australia in the 1960s, highlighting their experience of racial discrimination and their integration in non-Aboriginal society.

Charles Ulm c1928

Historical footage such as this of Charles Ulm, hints at the challenges early aviation pioneers would have faced.

Cheeky Dog 2006

Dion is profoundly deaf and has muscular dystrophy but his love of dogs and his carer’s love have transformed him.

Child Soldiers 2002

It is horrifying to hear children talk of killing and maiming people.

Chile: Hasta Cuando? 1986

Filmed in secret, this is a significant record of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and his murderous regime.

China, the Long March 1986

There is much to learn from this work about China’s Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.

Chinese Take Away 2002

An adaptation of a physical theatre show by performer Anna Yen, which explores stories about her family.

Choo Choo c1940

An amateur film of the Spirit of Progress passenger train, made by the Owen Brothers.

Cinderella on Strings c1947

Cinderella is a marionette but she still gets to meet her Prince Charming.

The Circus Comes to Town c1943

The great circus families of the past had a huge impact but not after the arrival of the animal rights movement.

City in the Sun 1946

Post-war austerity is nowhere to be seen in this romanticised look at the streets of Sydney in the summer of 1946.

Clifton Pugh 1988

This landscape painter says painting an amalgam of his surroundings is more authentic than taking a 'myopic view’.

Clowns and their Make-Up 1985

As the title indicates, this is about how to apply clown make-up and not about much else.

Collingwood Community School 1975

These students would probably no longer be at school if an alternative education environment like the one they’re in didn’t exist.

Colour Bars 1997

Director Mahmoud Yekta’s Colour Bars was nominated for Best Documentary at the 1997 Australian Film Institute Awards.

Coming Up from Down Under 1983

Filmmaking is in our blood,’ says actor Bryan Brown. 'We’d [Australia] made 14 films before Hollywood had made one’.

Commonwealth Film Laboratories c1928

The provenance of this film fragment is unclear, but it could have been promoting the lab’s services.

Commuting by Cable 1988

Even the most dedicated tram enthusiast will be fully satisfied by the detail in this 1988 study.

Concrete City 1994

The Pyrmont quarries Paradise, Purgatory and Hellhole, supplied the sandstone for many landmark buildings in Sydney.

Conrad Martens 1978

Conrad Martens, whose watercolours are a valuable record of colonial Sydney, is reputed to be its first successful artist.

Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge 1931

Looking back now, the lack of safety equipment used during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is shocking.

Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement 1976

This sponsored film demonstrates the successful application of continuously reinforced concrete pavement in a major infrastructure project.

Convictions 1994

Convictions honours those Australians who fought in The Korean War, a war that is all but forgotten in this country.

Cool Drink and Culture 2006

These three young women are passionate about passing on their knowledge of bush tucker to the Amunturrngu community’s children.

Couldn’t Be Fairer 1984

This film, to some degree, is a tribute to Mick Miller, who was committed to fighting for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Cradle of Creation 1944

A compendium of the Middle East filmed by Frank Hurley during his years working as an official war photographer in the Second World War.

Cricket in Australia 1987

Some say Ian Chappell betrayed the tradition of cricket for financial gain when he joined Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.

Crook Hat and Camphoo 2005

This is an episode of the important Nganampa Anwernekenhe TV series that aims to preserve indigenous language and culture.

Crystal Voyager 1973

George Greenough, who helped revolutionise surfboard design in the 1960s, is inspired by the shape of marlin and other fish.

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Daddy Cool 1973

A film about successful 1970s rock band Daddy Cool could not be anything but charmingly laid-back.

Dance of Nature: The Music of Ross Edwards 1995

Interesting points on the effect nature has on creativity are raised in this documentary about composer Ross Edwards.

The Dance of the Eyes c1940

Skylogues’ like this one from Bali, were shown in cinemas prior to a feature film; few Australians travelled abroad then.

Dangerous Immigrant 1960

This CSIRO documentary alerts the general public to the dangers of the European house borer.

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

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

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