Since European settlement, half of Australia’s forests and three-quarters of its rainforests have been cleared.
Lord of the Bush 1990
Through the complex character of McAlpine, Zubrycki reveals the issues confronting the rapidly expanding town of Broome.
Losing Layla 2001
A painfully explicit depiction of grief, for some reviewers the film was seen as too raw, albeit courageous in its exposure of the subject.
Lousy Little Sixpence highlights the injustice of withheld wages, and the fight for rightful payment to be made to Indigenous peoples.
While parts of Endangered have a light, Sex and the City feel to them, the undertones are serious and speak of cultural responsibility.
This film about people in love is a refreshing break from the usual heavy-handed anthropological treatment of Indigenous subjects.
This documentary is about the wedding of artist Gordon Syron and photographer Elaine Pelot-Kitchener. Gordon went to jail for killing a man to protect his family’s country.
Do blackfellas love the same way as everyone else?’ One of four films in this series which engages with themes of Indigenous love, family and identity.
Tommy E Lewis, Indigenous star of the stage and screen, identifies as a 'yellow fella’ – both black and white.
Love’s Tragedies 1998
Private investigator Charles says the signs of adultery are easy to detect – new clothes, joining a gym, extra credit card expenses.
Archer considered A Star is Torn a tribute to women who influenced her music: Patsy Cline, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin and Marie Lloyd.
Seventy-nine-year-old Lisette Nigot has decided to end her life. A powerful portrait illustrating the phrase ‘rational suicide’.
Almost four years in the making, Maidens sparked impassioned debate and became compulsory viewing in women and film courses around the country.
Making Venus 2002
Making Venus records in exquisitely painful detail the worst that can happen when making an under-budgeted, ill-prepared film.
In 1989 Laura Henkel was raped. Thirteen years later her daughter, director Cathy Henkel, tries to get the case re-opened.
Man Without Pigs 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.
Mao’s New Suit 1997
A frank, behind-the-scenes look at modern China as two young fashion designers stage a show in Shanghai.
Marn Grook 1996
'Marn Grook’ is the Indigenous name of a game very similar to AFL. This revealing documentary contends that AFL is in fact derived from Marn Grook.
Spencer believed cinema patrons wanted to see their own people and country. He went on to produce feature films, some with director Raymond Longford.
Maverick Mother 2007
When filmmaker Janet Merewether could no longer ignore her loudly ticking biological clock, she chose to have a child on her own.
Polar adventurer Tim Jarvis attempts to re-create Douglas Mawson’s epic and controversial trek to safety in Antarctica in 1913.
Melbourne Today 1931
Probably the first ‘talkie’ documentary made about Melbourne – in 1931, films with sound were still relatively new in Australia.
Menzies in Profile 1964
A tribute celebrating the life of Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, the 12th and longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia and founder of the Australian Liberal Party.
Women from the Nauiya community 'are painting our stories and making things’ to practise cultural knowledge and pass on and preserve traditions.
The African continent would have still represented the ‘heart of darkness’ for many Australians viewing this film.
In Europe from the late 14th to the 17th centuries, many midwives were accused of being witches and burnt at the stake.
The Mighty Conqueror 1931
Made only a year before Phar Lap’s death, The Mighty Conqueror boasts some of the last moving images of Phar Lap in Australia both on and off the track.
NAISDA led to the emergence of the Bangarra Dance Theatre and produced artists such as Christine Anu and Stephen Page.
Minymaku Way challenges views of Aboriginal community dependence on outside bureaucracy.
Molly and Mobarak 2003
The emotional journey of a young Hazara refugee from Afghanistan who struggles to adjust to life in regional NSW.
Made just prior to the official opening in 1973, this is a celebratory film about the construction and opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Moodeitj Yorgas 1988
Moffatt’s work, influenced by cinema and pop culture, probes misconceptions about Aboriginality and explores gender, sexuality and identity.
A straightforward glimpse into the lives of the trainers, handlers and owners of horses and livestock competing at the 1926 Royal Agricultural Show.
Morning Star Painter 1980
A portrait of Djiwul (Jack) Wunuwun, the Morning Star Painter, set in his homeland community of Gamedi in Arnhem Land.
Made during the Second World War, A Mountain Goes to Sea was intended as a morale booster for workers building the machinery of war.
This documentary about Mparntwe (Alice Springs) provides a history of the region and the journey of the ancestral beings that gave Mparntwe its form.
Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.
My Brother Vinnie 2006
When Vinnie made actor Aaron Pedersen his carer, he saw something in Aaron that Aaron himself could not understand.
My Country 1994
My Country is about the impact of the Native Title Act on relationships between Indigenous peoples and pastoralists.
My Life as I Live It 1993
In this follow-up to My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978), also set in the Brewarrina Aboriginal community, 'Bush Queen’ Essie Coffey has nominated for the local council elections.
My Mother India 2001
My Mother India provides an insight into the experience of the filmmaker’s mother as an Australian migrant married to a Sikh in India.
Oral history is an important feature of Indigenous culture. The stories told by family members give the Coniston massacre of 1928 a human face.
Japanangka’s act of retaliation for the theft of his wife sparked one of the last-known massacres of Aboriginal people in Australian history.
The first documentary directed by an Indigenous woman offers a solution by way of continuing cultural practice.
Narbalek is one of more than 100 documentaries made in the Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series, designed primarily for Indigenous audiences.
Donald Bradman’s bats are a reminder of how this cricket legend played himself into the record books, earning the status of Australian icon.
Vietnamese refugee Cuc Lam talks about how this small red vinyl bag was a symbol of a new beginning in a new country.
A look at Lieutenant James Cook’s journal, written on board the Endeavour during his trip down under in 1770.
Duke Kahanamoku shows Australians how to ride a wave in 1914, using a board he built himself.
A small lifeboat, retrieved from the shores of Gallipoli, is a direct link to the first Anzacs and the day that helped forge Australia’s identity.