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The 1930 Australian XI: Winners of the Ashes spoken word – 1930

Members of the victorious 1930 Australian cricket team talk about the Ashes winning tour.

The 1930s Golden Era of Australian Movies: A Tribute to Ken G Hall AO OBE documentary – 1988

Two of Ken G Hall’s basic rules were that films had to have a memorable title and a strong story climax.

2000 Weeks feature film – 1969

2000 Weeks (1969) was one of the first features of the modern era in Australian cinema. Autobiographical and intensely personal, it’s still highly watchable.

250 Million Years Ago documentary – c1940

While very dated stylistically, this documentary about fossils contains clear information.

40,000 Years of Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema documentary – 1996

Filmmaker George Miller is a big believer in applying Joseph Campbell’s musings on the hero’s journey to storytelling.

A 5000 Mile Tour Through Central Australia documentary – 1930

Clearly, exploring Australia’s interior back in the 1930s was very challenging.

The 8th Wonder of the World sponsored film – 1973

This documentary coincided with the official opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 and looks at the architecture, art and functions of the building.

900 Neighbours documentary – 2006

Big hART, a community group, allowed residents of Sydney’s Northcott public housing estate to give their own views on living there.

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Aborigines of the Sea Coast documentary – 1948

A valuable ethnographic record of a 1948 expedition to Arnhem Land.

Abortion, Corruption and Cops: The Bertram Wainer Story documentary – 2005

The powerful story of Bertram Wainer’s crusade to overturn the laws against abortion in 1960s Victoria and the web of corruption he uncovered as a result.

Across Bass Strait documentary – 1974

The action on board the boats dominates this record of the 1974 Bass Strait Yacht Race.

Across the Trans-continental Railway: From Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta documentary – c1917

The construction of the trans-continental railway began in 1912 with work being carried out at both ends simultaneously.

Action Loop sponsored film – 1978

The Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Authority projects a positive vision of the new underground railway loop as an investment in the city’s future.

Activities of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia home movie – c1935

Amateur filmmaker and professional photographer John Mack manages to convey the experience of flight in a light aircraft.

Ada short film – 2001

Set in a domestic dining room in Sydney in the mid-1950s, the main focus of this autobiographical short film is the relationship between Ada and her granddaughter.

Addison Road Drop-In documentary – 1977

The Sydney suburb of Marrickville has Australia’s ‘first, largest and longest-surviving community centre’; it is shown here in the 1970s.

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie feature film – 1972

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie was a hugely popular satire with Australian and British audiences, partly because it conformed so well with each country’s view of the other.

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.

Advertising Missionaries documentary – 1996

In their quest to find new consumers, multinational companies are using performance to reach isolated PNG highlanders.

Aeroplane Fruit Jellies Advertisement: Bertie the Aeroplane advertisement – 1942

Creating a lovable cartoon character in Bertie the Aeroplane is one of the reasons that Aeroplane Jelly has become such an identifiable product.

Aeroplane Jelly Advertisement: Spaceship advertisement – 1959

The iconic Aeroplane Jelly jingle was recorded in 1938 by seven-year-old Joy King, who won a state-wide talent quest to record the official version of the song.

Aeroplane Jelly Song advertisement – 1938

The most famous recording of the ‘I Like Aeroplane Jelly’ jingle.

Aeroplane Pure Fruit Jellies Advertisement: Bertie the Jet advertisement – 1954

The colourful animation, the anthropomorphising of Bertie, and the jingle ‘I love Aeroplane Jelly’ are designed to appeal to both children and their parents.

After Mabo documentary – 1997

The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance.

Against the Grain: More Meat than Wheat feature film – 1980

A terrorist visits his family in Western Australia after detonating a bomb in Sydney on Anzac Day.

Age Before Beauty documentary – 1980

Age Before Beauty cleverly identified an issue that has since become familiar territory for most women in the western world.

Agnes Abbott: Hard Worker documentary – 2006

An Eastern Arrernte woman’s journey from mustering cattle to performing at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

An AIM Patrol documentary – 1927

This film documented outback life in the 1920s and may have been made to accompany a written report.

Albion, Douglas: Children’s Birthday Party home movie – c1925

This short segment is one of three reels of nitrate film chronicling significant events and celebrations in the Albion family during the early 1920s.

Albion, Douglas: Children’s Party home movie – c1921

This beautiful example of early movie making in 1920s Australia was rediscovered by Douglas Albion decades after it was filmed.

Albion, Douglas: Wally’s Fifth Birthday Party home movie – c1921

Douglas Albion was about to throw this footage out when he heard of a search for source material to be used in the production of Our Century (1998).

Al Daff documentary – 1975

This straightforward interview with a powerful Hollywood executive contains wisdom about filmmaking that is timeless.

Alexandra’s Project feature film – 2003

If Steve is an average Australian male, his insensitive treatment of his wife is by implication a serious indictment of not only him, but Australian men in general.

The Alfred, Melbourne: One of Australia’s Greatest Hospitals advertisement – 1931

This four-minute cinema advertisement made by Australian Sound Films promotes the activities of the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in order to raise funds.

Alicia documentary – 1996

Alicia and her parents believe the family’s collective faith aided her recovery from a brain injury sustained in a car accident.

All About Olive documentary – 2004

Filmmaker Mike Rubbo takes 105 year-old Olive Riley back to her childhood home in Broken Hill, western NSW, to talk about her life.

Allies documentary – 1983

When Gough Whitlam lead the Australian Labor Party to election victory in 1972, it altered Australia’s relationship with the US.

All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front newsreel – 1963

A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.

All the Rivers Run television program – 1983

This program won a swag of awards and has arguably been watched by more people, more often, than any other Australian mini-series of the prolific ’80s.

Along the Road to Gundagai music – 1931

This is a famous recording of one of Australia’s most popular songs.

ALP Cinema Advertisement: In the Wake of the Storm advertisement – 1946

This cinema ad for the 1946 federal election encourages Australians to stay with the Labor Party, which has successfully led the country through the end of the Second World War.

ALP: Federal Election 1966 advertisement – 1966

These Australian Labor Party television advertisements are for the 1966 federal election and broach issues ranging from education and health care to resource development, conscription and the Vietnam War.

ALP: Frank Forde, Election 1946 newsreel – 1946

Labor Deputy Prime Minister Frank Forde appeals to his Capricornia electorate to vote for him and Prime Minister Chifley in the September 1946 federal election.

ALP: It’s Time advertisement – 1972

This TV commercial for the 1972 Whitlam election campaign targeted elusive Labor voters – women and young people – with a catchy song and starry singers.

Alvin Purple feature film – 1973

Alvin Purple was hugely popular, partly because it makes fun of powerful institutions like the courts, the press, marriage and psychiatry.

Always a Visitor documentary – 2000

The Turkish-Australian Muslim Kuranda Seyit remembers what it was like to be a migrant at school, caught between two cultures.

Angst documentary – 1993

Sandy Gutman, one of the comedians featured, released Australiana in 1983 and it is still the biggest-selling local comedy record.

Antarctica 1948 documentary – 1949

A record of the operations of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, November 1947–April 1948.

Antarctic Vigil documentary – 1952

One of the first colour films about Australian bases in the sub-Antarctic islands.

Antarctic Voyage documentary – 1956

In 1955, the Danish ship Kista Dan takes a team of Australian scientists south for a year at Mawson, Australia’s new Antarctic research station.

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