Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

All titles sourced from SBS

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35 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Bookmark – Tim Winton television program – 1995

Tim Winton discusses the film adaptation of his novel, That Eye, the Sky. So long as the adaptation respects the writing, he’s happy.

The Book Show – David Malouf television program – 1988

One of the earliest examples of The Book Show. DJ (Dinny) O’Hearn talks to David Malouf, who had just won the Haskell award for his body of work.

The Book Show – Germaine Greer television program – 1992

Germaine Greer talks to Andrea Stretton about the mixed reactions of feminists to her latest book, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

The Book Show – Peter Carey television program – 1992

Peter Carey had already won the Booker prize for Oscar and Lucinda when Andrea Stretton interviewed him about his latest book, The Tax Inspector.

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The Circuit – It’s a Long Way Home television program – 2007

A fresh look at the interaction between the court system and Aboriginal people living in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The Colony television program – 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

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Eco House Challenge – Episode 1, Stop Your Gassing television program – 2007

Two Australian families have accepted an ‘eco challenge’: the Edwards family, led by ex-army commando Spike, and consumer addicts, the Shepherds.

Eco House Challenge – Episode 3, Emission Impossible television program – 2007

Eco House is a funny but informative show about how to lessen our eco footprint. The families who had to survive for 24 hours with no water, electricity, cars or waste disposal, now have to cut their household energy emissions by 60%.

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Fashionista – Alex Perry television program – 2003

Alex Perry runs through the A-Z of designing a wedding dress for the big day, negotiating the demands of the bride, her mother and the bridesmaids.

Fashionista – Donna-May Bolinger television program – 2004

Donna-May Bolinger, whose shoes were worn in Moulin Rouge!, has attempted to move beyond designing shoes, to incorporate feminist history in her work.

Fashionista – John Macarthur television program – 2003

John, from the Macarthur dynasty, pioneers of Australia’s wool industry, produces knitted high fashion garments that include singlets, shorts and even bikinis.

Fashionista – Mambo television program – 2003

Robert Moore’s boyhood interests– including cars and rock 'n’ roll – continue to inspire his artwork for iconic surfwear company Mambo.

Fashionista – Naomi Goodsir television program – 2003

Naomi Goodsir is a milliner. Lucky there’s always a race day somewhere, otherwise she’d be out of a job.

Fashionista – Nicolas Jurnjack television program – 2004

Nicolas Jurnjack, hair stylist to the world’s most famous models, was offered a choice of a plumbing or hairdressing apprenticeship. He chose plumbing.

Fashionista – Vivienne Westwood television program – 2005

Fashionista presenter Lee Lin Chin, self-confessed fashion junkie, is a Westwood fan, having written a long letter to her several years ago.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 1 television program – 2004

Homesick for Broome, the Pigram brothers wrote a famous song celebrating their mother’s wonderful fish soup and rice.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 2 television program – 2004

Diving for trepang (sea cucumber) in the northernmost tip of Australia, the program finds fine produce and great cooks to create a showcase of Australian cuisines.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 3 television program – 2004

While Maeve O’Mara has crossed the desert to eat at a terrific Greek taverna in Coober Pedy, Joanna Savill is in the Torres Strait to take part in a local feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 5 television program – 2004

Maeve O’Mara travels to Tasmania to discover the secrets behind creating a terrific cheddar. Joanna Savill is invited to a three-day Sikh religious festival and feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 6 television program – 2004

Another program in this very attractive series with its blend of produce, recipes and the cultures that make up contemporary Australia.

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If Only – Series 1 Episode 10 television program – 2003

If only’ stories of missed opportunities including Roxy, 'the baddest child in Australia’, now clear-sighted enough to describe the madness she has been through.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 3 television program – 2003

More 'if only’ stories, including a young single mother who found and then lost her birth mother and a woman who suffered at the hands of the school bully.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 5 television program – 2003

Vignettes of lost opportunity, including a man with cloudy vision, a musician convinced she would never play again and a ward of the state missing her mother’s love.

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Masterpiece Special – Judy Davis television program – 1996

My Brilliant Career may have been a successful start to a career, but for Judy Davis it is an unhappy memory of an early experience working in film.

Masterpiece Special – Melvyn Bragg television program – 1996

Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show is the longest-running arts TV show in the English-speaking world.

Masterpiece Special – Robert Hughes television program – 1997

Art critic and writer Robert Hughes describes self-doubt as part of the creative process, for critics as well as artists and writers.

Masterpiece Special – Robyn Davidson television program – 1996

Masterpiece specials rely on the strength of the interviews, which can hold an audience especially if the interviewer is someone of the calibre of Andrea Stretton.

Masterpiece Special – Salman Rushdie television program – 1996

Andrea Stretton interviews Salman Rushdie, whose latest book has been written under the threat of a death sentence.

Masterpiece Special – Wole Soyinka television program – 1997

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka talks about his early life in Nigeria. He now lives in exile and misses the smells, sounds and textures of his native land.

The Movie Show – Episode 12 television program – 2004

Margaret and David disagree about a new Irish-British co-production called Evelyn, directed by Australian Bruce Beresford, and make a tribute to John Dingwall.

The Movie Show – Episode 13 television program – 2004

Eric Bana is back in Australia and appearing on The Movie Show to promote his latest film, Troy.

The Movie Show – Episode 4 television program – 2004

This is from the last series of The Movie Show produced by SBS. Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton surprised the industry by moving to the ABC in mid-2004.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 16 television program – 2003

A group of women, including Federal MP Jackie Kelly and a young single mother, talk about how they feel pressured by their children to buy, buy, buy.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 9 television program – 2003

The women selected for this discussion are chosen for their entertaining stories about parenting rather than representing the range of parenting issues in the community.