A tiny, war-ravaged liferaft’s link to the worst naval disaster in Australia’s history.
How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?
A look at the illustrations for one of Australia’s best-loved children’s books, The Magic Pudding.
The classic 1919 silent movie The Sentimental Bloke is regarded as one of the greatest Australian films.
Why Tom Roberts’s painting Bailed Up is one of the most treasured in Australia.
How did the music and lyrics come together to make our most iconic of national songs?
A Nation is Built 1938
This sprawling and patriotic documentary uses actuality footage, historical re-enactments, fictionalised scenes and propaganda to chronicle Australia’s development and progress as a nation.
Neptune’s Nippers 1984
At the age of 12, Jason Duplator won a scholarship from the Wildlife Research Institute to participate in a marine training program.
David Bradbury spent six months in Nicaragua telling the story of the revolutionary Sandinistas coming to power after 43 years of organised resistance.
The real time and time-lapse images in Night are edited seamlessly and, in combination with the music, become very meditative.
Ningla A-Na 1972
Ningla A-Na documents the activism of the Black movement in south-east Australia in the 1970s and shows how the activists changed the direction of the movement both nationally and internationally.
Walter Burley Griffin believed that 'buildings convey the most truth of the mental and spiritual states of various people and times’.
Since the age of two, James has required two daily injections of insulin to keep him alive. Now 12, he explores options for people with diabetes.
Northern Safari 1956
This six-month journey in a 1948 Buick later inspired the Leyland Brothers and Albert Mangles.
North to Niugini 1979
Malcolm Douglas travels in a five-metre boat north along the coast of Australia, through the Torres Strait to New Guinea.
The loss of HMAS Sydney, the worst naval disaster in Australian history, sparked allegations of a cover-up.
Here is a challenge to common misconceptions about sexuality, relationships and the social and physical needs of people aged over sixty.
Not Quite Hollywood 2008
Not Quite Hollywood is a good-humoured, highly entertaining look at the exploitation movies made in Australia in the 1970s and ’80s.
November Victory 1955
November Victory was reported by ASIO officials as being a 'scandalously untrue and distorted film version of the 1954 waterfront strike’.
In 1973 the numbat was adopted as an emblem of WA, joining the black swan, the red and green kangaroo paw, and the gogo fish.
The Oasis 2008
Father figure, counsellor, saviour Paul Moulds works tirelessly to salvage lost children. Along the way, he reflects on his own past.
Home of the Blizzard documents part of the treacherous 600-mile 1911–1914 expedition to the Magnetic South Pole led by Sir Douglas Mawson.
Warwick Thornton’s documentary about a 'noodler’ on the mining fields of Coober Pedy and the sense of community he shared with Indigenous people whilst doing this work.
One Way Street is a timely exploration of a figure who was on the way to being recognised among the great 20th century philosophers.
Opal Fever 2004
Opal Fever examines the people who make a fortune, those who make a living and those who go broke mining opals in Coober Pedy.
Davidson collected over a million feet of footage over 40 years including the miracle of a man pulled from a mine shaft, never once hindered by the pipe in his mouth.
This silent footage by Millard Johnson and William Gibson was made at a time when few people had seen moving pictures let alone a film camera.
This compilation was made by 132 filmmakers, including some of the best known directors and producers of the time.
Our Park 1998
Gillian Leahy visits a micro-world – the park outside her house. Her films are both documentaries and works of fiction.
Opera Australia’s OzOpera Tour took La Boheme to country Victoria and South Australia. The camera follows the 22-stop tour.
Out of Darkness 1984
One of the most valuable messages of Out of Darkness is that the Australian landscape is in fact an Indigenous artefact.
Jack Murray earned the nickname ‘Gelignite Jack’ through his habit of blowing up outback toilets, livening up his entrance to towns along the route.
Traditional stories, myths and legends from the Cook, Kiribati and Vanuatu Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Traditional stories, myths and legends from two Pacific Islands – Tahiti and Western Samoa.
In the 1950s the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia had its own film unit to counter government policies of the day.
Painting Country 2000
Indigenous paintings are maps of the artists’ country. They trace the land’s topography, but also contain personal history, mythology and Dreaming tracks.
Bergner was one of the first contemporary artists to depict the plight of urban Aboriginal people and parallel their dispossession with that of European Jews.
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.
Paying For the Past 2000
The world’s largest class action seeks compensation from German industries that benefited from the forced labour of concentration camp inmates.
Pearls and Savages 1921
This 1979 reconstruction of Frank Hurley’s 1921 adventure film Pearls and Savages showcases the peoples and cultures of the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea.
A first glimpse of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit’s agenda – to depict labour history from the point of view of the workers.
This documentary traces the history of the dairy industry in Victoria in the 20th century, featuring Barry Dickins, John Flaus and Barry Jones.
His father told young Sydney-born theatre director Michael Blakemore that the world was divided into three groups, 'fools, crooks and gentlemen’.
Piano Making c1924
This early film offers insights into the workmanship involved in piano manufacture and boasts the slogan, ‘Wherever you trade, buy Australian Made’.
Pioneers of Love 2005
The relationship between a Russian immigrant and a Ngadjonji woman in the late 1800s was considered an act of immorality.
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.
Tom Zubrycki developed a filmmaking style he calls ‘verite narratives’. This work represents a transition in his development as a filmmaker.
Power to Win 1942
Having been determined medically unfit for the army, Charles Chauvel saw his film work as a contribution to the war effort.
Simple subject matter – life at a swimming pool – captures the social interaction of the regulars and the sense of community.
This documentary traces the journey of David Hicks from Australia to Afghanistan and then detention by the US in Guantanamo Bay.