Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

All titles in the ‘Musical’ genre

29 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert feature film – 1994

The most unforgettable scenes in Priscilla feature excessive costumes on incongruous characters in vast, humbling spaces.

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

Athol Tier as Napoleon historical – c1931

Athol Tier’s performance as Napoleon was one of the many routines filmed for the Efftee Entertainers series of variety shorts.

B

Blackbuster short film – 2012

In this comic love story a pirate-movie dealer’s daydreams seep into reality.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

Bran Nue Dae feature film – 2009

An uplifting musical about an Indigenous boy’s journey back home, Bran Nue Dae encourages the audience to relax, get on board and enjoy the ride.

The Broken Melody feature film – 1938

A film with music rather than a musical, The Broken Melody is one of the few films of the 1930s that tries to depict the Depression’s effect on real people.

C

Cosi feature film – 1996

Does it matter that Cosi, about psychiatric patients staging the opera Così Fan Tutte, never quite loses its theatrical origins?

D

Dingo feature film – 1991

Dingo is a French-Australian co-production starring an American jazz legend. According to director Rolf de Heer, Miles Davis turned out to be a wonderfully instinctive actor.

Dogs in Space feature film – 1986

Inner-city Melbourne, 1978. Aspiring rock singer Sam and his girlfriend Anna live in a crowded share house. The party atmosphere is shattered by tragedy.

G

Grendel Grendel Grendel feature film – 1980

A lonely, philosophical monster ruminates on the stupidity of men, whose heads he occasionally devours.

J

Jack O’Hagan: Vocalist Composer historical – 1931

Multi-talented artist Jack O’Hagan performs five songs for Frank Thring’s series of variety shorts, Efftee Entertainers, including 'The Road to Gundagai’.

L

Love Song short film – 1998

In this animated short film, a singing punk rat tries his luck in the game of love.

M

Mao’s Last Dancer feature film – 2009

A Chinese peasant boy grows up to become a bright star of the United States ballet world.

Melbourne Chinese Orchestra Selections historical – 1931

Melbourne’s Chinese Orchestra perform at His Majesty’s Theatre as part of Frank Thring’s Efftee Entertainers.

Miss Minnie Love in Impressions: Maurice Chevalier historical – c1931

Australian performer Minnie Love mimics the popular French comedian and singer Maurice Chevalier for Frank Thring’s Efftee Entertainers series.

Moulin Rouge! feature film – 2001

Moulin Rouge! was a risky venture for director Baz Luhrmann but is a tour de force of imagination and appropriation.

O

One Night the Moon feature film – 2001

One Night the Moon, from director Rachel Perkins, reintroduces song into the Australian landscape. For Indigenous peoples, song has been one of the central means of land management.

P

The Pearl Fishers television program – 1963

This black-and-white television production of the opera was one of the earliest performances ever broadcast on the ABC and one of the most elaborate.

Pianoforte short film – 1984

A young woman who yearns to become a concert pianist is rescued from a sleazy cabaret by a mysterious cat burglar with whom she falls in love.

R

Romeo + Juliet feature film – 1996

Baz Luhrmann’s radical update of Romeo + Juliet boldly shattered conventional wisdom that said Shakespeare as he wrote it would never appeal to a mass audience.

S

The Sailors spoken word – 1927

A theatrical comedy routine by vaudeville performers Stiffy (Nat Phillips) and Mo (Roy Rene) recorded in 1927.

Sammy Butcher, Out of the Shadows documentary – 2004

Musician Sammy Butcher played with the Warumpi Band and now invests his energy in young musicians in his community of Papunya.

Shine feature film – 1996

This film catapulted both director Scott Hicks and actor Geoffrey Rush onto the international stage.

Shirley Thompson versus the Aliens feature film – 1972

Maverick filmmaker Jim Sharman’s first film is unique – an engaging potpourri of sci-fi, rock’n'roll, anarchic comedy and psychological drama.

Stan Ray and George Moon Jnr: Specialty Dancers historical – 1931

Entertainers Stan Ray and George Moon Jnr perform a tap dancing routine on one of the stages inside His Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

Starstruck feature film – 1982

Gillian Armstrong’s Starstruck is an energetic rock musical comedy, with a kitsch aesthetic very much influenced by the style of early ’80s video clips.

Strictly Ballroom feature film – 1992

Strictly Ballroom is one of the most popular Australian films ever made. The story may be nothing new but the execution is so colourful and eccentric it hardly matters.

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Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs documentary – 2004

Inspired by his musical family, Arrernte musician Warren H Williams became a singer-songwriter himself.