Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

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Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky documentary – 2001

Vaslav Nijinsky, from Russia, was widely considered the most talented male dancer of the 20th century.

Dick Smith Explorer documentary – 1983

Dick Smith records his own solo around-the-world flight in a helicopter in 1982; his unfailing enthusiasm helps sustain interest.

Difficult Pleasure: A Portrait of Brett Whiteley documentary – 1989

Artist Brett Whiteley says many 'gifted people shipwreck’ ; he died from a drug overdose three years later.

The Digger Carries On: Repatriation Illustrated documentary – 1919

This 1919 film reassured Australians that returned servicemen were being looked after, in part through retraining.

Diggers feature film – 1931

Pat Hanna first told stories from his time in World War I as part of a travelling comedy troupe, then adapted the material into film.

Dimpel, Konrad: Burned Out Fields Around My Walking Ways home movie – 2003

This home movie by Canberra resident Konrad Dimpel documents the bushfires that swept through the ACT in January 2003 and their destructive aftermath.

Dimpel, Konrad: Canberra and Snowy Mountains home movie – c1954

Most of this home movie footage captures scenes of sporting and leisure activities around Canberra, such as the woodchopping competition at a local show.

Dimpel, Konrad: German Christmas celebrations, Lutheran Sunday School picnic home movie – c1966

In this 1960s home movie, a curious baby kangaroo joins a Lutheran Sunday School picnic at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve outside Canberra.

Dimpel, Konrad: Jennings Germans home movie – c1960

Some of the first houses built by the ‘Jennings Germans’ are still standing in O’Connor, Ainslie and Yarralumla.

Dimpel, Konrad: Manuka Swimming Pool home movie – 1961

This silent 8mm colour footage provides a snapshot of Canberra social life in the 1960s.

Dimpel, Konrad: On the Voyage to Germany home movie – c1966

Konrad Dimpel has recorded his family’s history through home movies since his arrival in Australia from Germany in 1954.

Dimpel, Konrad: Red Hill home movie – 1964

This colour home movie, captured by Konrad Dimpel, shows his children quietly entertaining themselves over Christmas in 1964.

Dipping Sheep historical – 1899

This short clip shows sheep being dipped in arsenic on a Queensland farm in 1899.

Dirty Deeds feature film – 2002

A photograph from the 1960s of a prominent Sydney criminal pig-shooting with two American mafiosi helped inspire this drama.

Dirty War documentary – 2005

Defence force personnel say all military exercises are environmentally sustainable, but the filmmaker sides with the community.

Division 4 – The Return of John Kelso television program – 1971

This superb hour of drama was Division 4’s most awarded individual episode. It sustains a mood of simmering tension and the supporting cast deliver deliciously malicious performances.

Division of Radiophysics documentary – 1950

This public relations documentary outlines research undertaken by the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics during the 1940s.

Doesn’t Everybody Want a Golden Guitar documentary – 1995

A theme of this foot-tapping documentary, set in Tamworth, is that country music fans are also down-to-earth like country people.

Doggie Day Afternoon television program – 2000

This program about pampered pets and their exotic owners includes a doggie hotel, beauty parlour, cemetery and 'Dogue’ – the fashion house for dogs.

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.

Dogwatch feature film – 1997

This film could almost pass as a 1940s Hollywood studio thriller starring Humphrey Bogart.

Doing Time for Patsy Cline feature film – 1997

In Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Ralph (Matt Day) believes at the start that he wants to be a country singer, but he’s not so sure by the end.

Don Bradman in England newsreel – 1930

Don Bradman is interviewed in 1930. This informal interview also gives him the chance to effectively demonstrate his batting technique.

Don’s Party feature film – 1976

The off-stage bedroom scenes in the original play became on-screen sex in this film, and the male characters got naked not just drunk.

Don’t Blame the Koalas - Episode 1, Fate Steps In television program – 2002

Gregory has placed magnets in his shoes and hat so that he won’t fall into outer space when he gets to Australia.

Dot and the Kangaroo feature film – 1977

A generation of Australian school children grew up on Dot and the Kangaroo and the six other Dot films that followed it. Really.

Down Under music – 1981

Released in 1981, this catchy pop song was written as a light ‘tongue-in-cheek’ dig at Australian values. It became a number one hit in Australia, the UK and US and is still played regularly today as an unofficial Australian national anthem.

The Dream and the Dreaming documentary – 2003

When Lutheran missionaries arrived in Central Australia, the strength of the existing culture made it challenging to make converts.

The Dream – Days 9 and 15 television program – 2000

A lighthearted live show by Roy Slaven and HG Nelson on the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Dreamtime, Machinetime documentary – 1987

There are strict rules about who can and can’t tell certain stories in indigenous culture, these distinguished artists reveal.

Driving Home short film – 1999

In this animated short film, a young Korean immigrant struggles to define her cultural identity.

Dr Plonk feature film – 2007

One of a tiny number of silent movies made since ‘the talkies’ arrived in the late 1920s, Rolf de Heer’s Dr Plonk is a high-spirited throwback to the days of pure visual slapstick.

Duff, Paul: Papua New Guinea home movie – c1949

This is a unique record of Australia’s interests in the natural resources of our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

Dugong Dugong documentary – 1980

Depending on the individual viewer’s attitude, scenes of dugong hunting can be exhilarating or disturbing.

The Dunera Boys – Episode 2 television program – 1985

German Jews who had fled to Britain to escape Nazi persecution were then interned as 'enemy aliens’ in Australia and became known as the 'Dunera boys’.

The Dunera Boys – Episode 3 television program – 1985

Just who or what is a Jew is an important theme of this series. Private Dunstan’s response shows how sheltered Australia was from the maelstrom of Europe.

Dyer, Frederick Simpson: Children’s Party and Beach home movie – 1941

Amateur home movie maker Frederick Simpson Dyer made a number of movies covering family events such as outings, holidays and birthdays.

Dyer, Frederick Simpson: Cinema and its Workings home movie – 1941

This footage reveals the excitement of going to the cinema at a time when the moving image was not all pervasive, as it is today.

Dyer, Frederick Simpson: Milkshakes and Bomb Shelter home movie – c1940

This footage offers a beautiful glimpse of suburban Australia during the Second World War through the everyday recreational activities of the Dyer family.

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Eagle Rock music – 1971

Dancing the Eagle Rock was one of Australia’s favourite pastimes in the early seventies and it still is today.

East West 101 – The Enemy Within television program – 2007

A simmering vision of western Sydney and consistently powerful performances define this cop-show take on the fault lines of a post 9/11 world.

Echidna the Survivor documentary – 1995

Echidnas have no sweat pores and don’t pant, so in hot weather they go swimming to cool down.

Eelemarni, The Story of Leo and Leva documentary – 1988

All the threads aren’t tied up in this short film; rather it is presented as if it was a yarn being heard while at the feet of an elder.

Effie: Just Quietly – Make-Ups and Makeovers television program – 2001

Effie was a sitcom character before wandering out of fiction into documentary. Her comic persona allows a bluntness that 'serious’ interviewers might not get away with.

Efftee Film Productions Congratulates Miss Dorothy Fricke newsreel – 1931

This silent newsreel item shows the debutante celebration of Miss Dorothy Fricke, held at Chelsea Memorial Hall in Melbourne on 24 August 1931.

Efftee Studio Opening in Melbourne: Speech by Frank Forde historical – 1931

This short film from 1931 records the opening of Frank Thring Senior’s Efftee Film Studios and the screening of the first ‘all-Australian talkie program’. Forde expresses optimism about the future of Australian film making, with a positive impact on local jobs and the presentation of ‘typical Australian characters’ onscreen.

Elapsed Time Test Studies: Australian Wildflowers, Tahiti, Travel Scenes home movie – c1955

FE Winton was apparently the only person in Australia in the 1950s doing elapsed time photography using electric flashes.

Electric Stove Cinema Advertisement: Banish Drudgery advertisement – c1940

The emphasis on economy is the main selling point of this electric range.

Emerald City feature film – 1988

Successful screenwriter Colin Rogers moves from Melbourne to Sydney and becomes involved with commercial movie hustler Mike McCord.

Emily’s Eyes documentary – 1998

Emily has physical disabilities, but this documentary is moving and uplifting because of the way the family deals with her.

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