A montage of modern city life in Sydney is accompanied by descriptive and romantic voice-over narration to build a picture of the metropolis during the day. The ‘city in the sun’ is shown through scenes of flower stalls, street vendors, department stores, fashion parades and recreational activities.
At the end of the day, retailers close up shop, men and women bustle through the streets to head home, and the city workers who live outside the city leave by train and car.
In this clip, the tempo of the music is timed to reflect the pace of life in the modern city. The images combine to project an ideal picture of city life in postwar Australia. Compare this clip with another iconic projection of the progressive metropolitan city in Frank Hurley’s documentary A Nation is Built, 1938, clip one.