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Chas E Blanks: Families at Seaside, Sydney Harbour advertisement – c1930

This ad is filmed in a home movie style, and features the producer’s own family.

Cheap Blonde short film – 1998

A humorous experimental word game which examines gender representation and authorship in the cinema.

The Cheaters (silent) feature film – 1929

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

The Cheaters (sound version) feature film – 1931

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

Chez les Sauvages Australiens historical – 1917

An engaging and respectful insight into Aboriginal people’s culture and their interaction with the filmmaking process, made in 1917.

Children’s Party, Boys Wrestling and Outdoor Performances home movie – c1925

Cameras were relatively expensive in the 1920s and mostly confined to families who could afford the new technology.

Child Soldiers documentary – 2002

It is horrifying to hear children talk of killing and maiming people.

Chile: Hasta Cuando? documentary – 1986

Filmed in secret, this is a significant record of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and his murderous regime.

China, the Long March documentary – 1986

There is much to learn from this work about China’s Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.

Chinese Take Away documentary – 2002

An adaptation of a physical theatre show by performer Anna Yen, which explores stories about her family.

Choo Choo documentary – c1940

An amateur film of the Spirit of Progress passenger train, made by the Owen Brothers.

Chopper feature film – 2000

The killer who feels no remorse is a movie cliché, but Chopper is about a killer whose remorse is as strong as his desire to wound.

Christmas Crackers home movie – 1945

This amateur film from 1945 shows the joy of a family reuniting at the end of the Second World War after the men return from overseas service.

Christmas Hustle and Bustle: Crowds Leave for Well-deserved Holiday on 22 December newsreel – 1928

This Christmas 1928 newsreel includes a hint of the economic hardships of the time by contrasting well-dressed women with two homeless swagmen.

Cinderella on Strings documentary – c1947

Cinderella is a marionette but she still gets to meet her Prince Charming.

Cine Safari home movie – c1977

Cine Safari was made during a month-long trip by approximately 30 members of the Cine Society in the spring of 1977.

Cinesound Review: That Mersey Sound: Beatles at the Stadium newsreel – 1964

This newsreel special of the 1964 Beatles tour captures footage of the band in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, concert excerpts and the attendant 'Beatlemania’.

Cinesound Varieties historical – 1934

This variety show originally ran for about an hour, but only a few segments survive.

The Circus Comes to Town documentary – c1943

The great circus families of the past had a huge impact but not after the arrival of the animal rights movement.

City in the Sun documentary – 1946

Post-war austerity is nowhere to be seen in this romanticised look at the streets of Sydney in the summer of 1946.

The City of Geelong sponsored film – 1957

The Shell Film Unit made this promotional travelogue of Geelong; three years earlier, a large Shell oil refinery was built on the city’s outskirts.

City Traffic in Variable Moods newsreel – c1920

This newsreel item is an example of how simple camera techniques can dramatically alter the appearance and mood of scenes that are filmed.

Clara short film – 2004

A stop-motion animation that explores the grief experienced by a young girl.

Clarke, R: Sydney Diary home movie – 1950

This home movie footage was taken by professional cameraman Robin Clarke, one of Australia’s first television cameramen.

Clay feature film – 1965

Nick, a killer on the run from the police, takes shelter in an isolated artists’ colony. He falls in love with Margot, a sculptress.

Clifton Pugh documentary – 1988

This landscape painter says painting an amalgam of his surroundings is more authentic than taking a 'myopic view’.

The Clinic feature film – 1982

Medical student Paul Armstrong spends a day at a Melbourne VD clinic.

Clowns and their Make-Up documentary – 1985

As the title indicates, this is about how to apply clown make-up and not about much else.

The Club feature film – 1980

The Club, adapted from David Williamson’s play, is set at a time when professionalism was taking over the game.

A Cold Summer feature film – 2003

Three damaged individuals struggle to deal with pain and grief in different ways as their lives become entangled.

Cold Turkey short feature – 2002

This short feature is told in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards because the lead character suffers from blackouts.

Colleano on Tightwire, Rehearses in Arena home movie – c1939

Con Colleano was the first performance artist to perfect the toe-to-toe forward somersault on a wire.

Colleano on Tightwire Rehearsing at Home home movie – c1939

This footage offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most accomplished circus performers from the early twentieth century.

Collingwood Community School documentary – 1975

These students would probably no longer be at school if an alternative education environment like the one they’re in didn’t exist.

Colour Bars documentary – 1997

Director Mahmoud Yekta’s Colour Bars was nominated for Best Documentary at the 1997 Australian Film Institute Awards.

The Comedy Company – Series 1 Episode 11 television program – 1988

The Comedy Company, with its array of familiar, daggy suburban characters, was a popular sensation.

Coming Up from Down Under documentary – 1983

Filmmaking is in our blood,’ says actor Bryan Brown. 'We’d [Australia] made 14 films before Hollywood had made one’.

Commonwealth Film Laboratories documentary – c1928

The provenance of this film fragment is unclear, but it could have been promoting the lab’s services.

Commuting by Cable documentary – 1988

Even the most dedicated tram enthusiast will be fully satisfied by the detail in this 1988 study.

Concrete City documentary – 1994

The Pyrmont quarries Paradise, Purgatory and Hellhole, supplied the sandstone for many landmark buildings in Sydney.

Confessions of a Headhunter short film – 2000

Based on a short story by Archie Weller, this short drama speaks about the conflict between the Indigenous people of the Perth area and colonial culture.

Conquest advertisement – 1936

This ad for the Rural Bank of New South Wales pitches the story of the ‘man on the land’ as one of industry, courage, determination and progress.

Conrad Martens documentary – 1978

Conrad Martens, whose watercolours are a valuable record of colonial Sydney, is reputed to be its first successful artist.

Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge documentary – 1931

Looking back now, the lack of safety equipment used during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is shocking.

Convictions documentary – 1994

Convictions honours those Australians who fought in The Korean War, a war that is all but forgotten in this country.

Cop Shop – Episode 109 television program – 1978

This episode of Cop Shop is notable for bringing together Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley and Joanne Samuel a short time before they all starred in George Miller’s landmark Mad Max (1979).

Cop Shop – Episode 485 television program – 1983

This episode is a good example of the relatively adventurous single-episode stories featured in Cop Shop at this point in its run. These appeared alongside the more usual crime and soap-oriented plotlines.

Corroboree music – 1950

Incorporating Indigenous themes, this Australian orchestral work achieved international recognition.

Cosi feature film – 1996

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

Couch: Our Women of the VAD home movie – 1943

This amateur production provides an almost behind-the-scenes view of the women as they went through their VAD training.

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