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Holden Car Cinema Advertisement: On a Tour of Tropical Australia advertisement – c1954

The presence of Coral Sea islanders in a Holden advertisement is probably the last thing that audiences at the time would have expected.

Holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, Java home movie – c1932

These scenes of colonial-era South-East Asia are an early example of actuality footage which captures Australian perspectives of the region.

Holmes, Mr WGA: Locals Cool Off at the Weir, Theodore home movie – c1940

Many of the segments in this home movie compilation concern various farming or agricultural activities, including cotton harvesting and beekeeping.

Holy Smoke feature film – 1999

Ruth Barron falls under the spell of a guru while visiting India. Her desperate family hires cult deprogrammer PJ Waters to confront Ruth.

Home sponsored film – c1936

Dedicated to 'home builders and home lovers everywhere’, this film looks at the changing landscape in house building from the first settlers to modern homeowners.

Homelands: View from the Edge documentary – 1993

In his first exploration of the migration experience, Zubrycki poses the question ‘When the fighting stops, how do you make choices about where you want to live?’.

Home of the Blizzard documentary – 1998

This documentary is an excellent portrayal of the adverse conditions of Antarctica.

A Home of their Own sponsored film – 1949

A Home of their Own contrasts Ted and Mary’s overcrowded, inner-city housing with the 'Smith family’, who are lucky enough to live on a new suburban estate.

Homes for Crippled Children home movie – c1940

This film is an important document of how children affected by polio and other crippling diseases were treated in the 1940s.

Homicide – The Decimal Point television program – 1965

When Homicide first aired, Australian television drama, complete with Australian cops and accents, was a novelty on screen.

Homicide – The Friendly Fellow television program – 1973

This was star Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s favourite Homicide episode.

Homicide – The Superintendent television program – 1970

This extraordinary episode breaks away from many of the usual Homicide conventions and dispenses with the customary police investigation in record time.

Honest Toil March music – 1924

Award-winning Australian brass band puts Newcastle on the map.

Honeybee Blues documentary – 2009

Australian bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson is on a quest to save the honeybee from the devastating Varroa destructor mite.

Hoota and Snoz – Series 3 Episode 13 television program – 2003

Snoz and Hoota are squabbling rivals in this 3D computer-generated animated series. In this episode, Snoz finds a mini Hoota included with the breakfast cereal.

Hoota and Snoz – Series 3 Episode 3 television program – 2003

Squabbling duo Hoota and Snoz star in the first 3D computer-generated animated series produced in Australia.

Horace and Tina – Settling In television program – 2000

This program is an unusual combination of live action and animatronic puppets with Jasmine Ellis, the actor playing Lauren, the animation model for Angela Anaconda.

Hot to Trot short film – 1977

A cartoon adventure featuring Captain Goodvibes, the pig of steel, and his sidekick Astro.

How the West was Lost documentary – 1987

The strike of 1 May 1946 was the first major strike by Indigenous peoples. It took a significant organisational effort to bring unified opposition against the powerful pastoral industry.

Hoyts and Studebaker Cinema Advertisement: Touring Talkie Show advertisement – c1929

This advertisement positions the joint Hoyts, Shell and Studebaker venture as a service which audiences in country areas both need and deserve.

Hoyts Cinemas: Talkies for Country Areas advertisement – c1929

It wasn’t until 1937 that all Australian cinemas countrywide had been converted to sound.

HQ Kingswood Sedan: Holden, the Great Way to Move advertisement – c1971

Released three years after the iconic Kingswood sedan, the 1971 HQ was Holden’s biggest selling model to date.

Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise documentary – 2005

Western imagination has transformed the spiritual hula dance of traditional Polynesian society into a (male) fantasy presenting the Polynesian woman as beautiful and exotic.

The Hungry Miles documentary – 1955

The Hungry Miles covers more historical ground than the WWF Film Unit’s earlier works and they regarded it as one of their most significant accomplishments.

Hunt Angels documentary – 2006

This dramatised documentary is about the life of 1930s filmmakers Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks who were passionate about bringing Australian stories to the cinema.

Hypsi: the Forest Gardener documentary – 1998

In this natural history of the smallest kangaroo, we learn that during summer, when food is abundant, the testes of the musky rat-kangaroo increase in size.

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I Am Woman music – 1972

‘I am Woman’ by Helen Reddy was a worldwide hit and the first song by an Australian artist or composer to reach number one in America.

The Ice Capped Jungle documentary – 1993

The five climbers of Puncak Jaya were led by author Lincoln Hall. Hall was left to die on Mt Everest in 2006 but was later found – hallucinating and frost-bitten, but alive.

Idiot Box feature film – 1996

Idiot Box argues that bored men who spend years watching television, desire catharsis on a theatrical scale.

Il Contratto feature film – 1953

In 1950s Melbourne, four recent Italian migrants eager for work to pay off their debts finally find employment on a rural farm near the city.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas documentary – 1984

The film follows the lives of a group of men who have bonded through their addiction to alcohol.

I’ll Never Find Another You music – 1964

A 1964 song by The Seekers, written and produced by Tom Springfield, which became the first million-selling record by an Australian band.

Imperial Tractors: Western Australian Farmers Support an Australian Industry advertisement – 1937

This cinema advertisement introduces Imperial Tractors and uses a similar style to the industrial documentaries produced in the 1920s.

(I’m) Stranded music – 1976

A seminal Australian punk song.

In a Savage Land feature film – 1999

Evelyn’s misadventures in the Trobriand Islands are in the foreground of this exploration of racism, colonialism and voyeurism set during the Second World War.

Inauguration of the Commonwealth documentary – 1901

This is possibly the first feature-length documentary made in Australia and the first Australian film to use multi-camera coverage.

Incident at Raven’s Gate feature film – 1988

Strange things are happening around the remote homestead of Raven’s Gate.

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant television program – 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

Indefinable Moods short film – 2001

This short animation by artist Kathy Smith is a surreal Australian dream landscape with music.

The Inlanders documentary – 1949

The Inlanders comes from a tradition of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking that presents the outback as a harsh and hostile terrain to be overcome.

In Limbo documentary – 2002

Australian lawyer Hoi Trinh attempts to secure citizenship for 2,000 Vietnamese 'boat people’. Thirty-seven families are resettled, the rest remain in limbo.

The Inner City Tape documentary – 1974

‘This is our story. The story of our city, our people, our communities.’ This is an example of the work of the community video movement of the 1970s.

In Search of Anna feature film – 1978

This film has a restless energy and is part of a pre-professional maverick tradition that grew out of the experimental cinema of the 1970s.

The Instructional Guide to Dating short film – 2005

This short film contains in-flight instructions for dating success.

In the Head the Fire radio – 1966

This radiophonic piece written by composer Nigel Butterley in 1966 won the prestigious Prix Italia and set a benchmark for radio in Australia.

In the Wake of the Bounty feature film – 1933

Made by Charles Chauvel and with Errol Flynn in the cast, In the Wake of the Bounty is an odd mixture of re-creation and travelogue.

Into the Shadows documentary – 2009

A documentary examining the problems of the Australian film industry in the early 21st century.

Into the Straight feature film – 1949

Australian horse breeder WJ Curzon hires British trainer Hugh Duncan and his playboy son Paul. Father and son are both attracted to JW’s daughter, June.

Irkanda IV music – 1967

This is a 1967 recording of the first major work by leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

The Isabellas: The Long March documentary – 1995

Political events in China are humanised through refugee Chen Xing Liang, with his softly spoken determination to live in a democracy.

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