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.
A mockumentary surveying the culture and customs of the white native people of the land of ‘Babakiueria’, from the perspective of the country’s black colonisers.
The Big House 2000
In this short film, director Rachel Ward takes a relationship between two men in prison into surprising territory.
Birthday Boy 2004
This Oscar-nominated short, set during the Korean War, is about a boy who receives an unexpected birthday present with tragic consequences.
One day seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Janine, who is meeting her biological family for the first time.
Josh is putting off making a difficult phone call. His procrastination is interrupted by voices from his past.
A young woman’s grandfather has died. She returns to Stradbroke Island to comfort her grandmother and discover the truth about her grandfather’s death.
Days Like These is a day in the life of Dan, a young Aboriginal man trying to get ahead – but it seems the odds are stacked against him.
A tourist overhears two miners talking with Amos, a gold prospector. He buys a nugget from Amos that’s worth a lot less than he bargained for.
Ethel’s daughter thinks her mum and Mary get together to play cards. She’s shocked to discover they’ve found an unexpected new way of supplementing their pensions.
Inspired by a dream, Jackie Jackie is reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Tracey Moffatt’s BeDevil (1993) in its stylised kitsch.
Filmed in Alice Springs and inspired by a true story, Kwatye is a humorous lesson in being careful about what you say in front of the children.
This short film from Warwick Thornton is a humorous portrait of an all-rounder told from the perspective of her adoring granddaughter.
An 11-year-old boy’s sharp eyes help thwart an invasion exercise by elite Special Forces soldiers in the Torres Strait.
Jason’s mother sends him to a small coastal town to keep him out of trouble. But it takes a turtle hunt with his grandfather to bring Jason out of his shell.
Ben arrives home late to find his wife not talking to him and his son ignoring him. His pleas for forgiveness fall on deaf ears, and he uncovers a shocking truth.
When their car breaks down at a drive-through restaurant, a speed bump becomes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for two bickering brothers.
Black Talk 2002
Wayne Blair fits a lot into 12 minutes of drama, weaving Indigenous language through the dialogue and exploring spiritual aspects of Indigenous culture and community.
The Bronze Mirror 2007
This animated short tells an ancient tale of human illusions.
The biography of a brother, his cigarette butts, asthma and head lice.
Camera Natura 1986
This montage film is about the spirit of the land: charting the contours of myth, geography and landscape.
Cheap Blonde 1998
A humorous experimental word game which examines gender representation and authorship in the cinema.
A stop-motion animation that explores the grief experienced by a young girl.
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.
The biography of a cousin, his special arm, pet rocks and shopping trolley.
Surreal antics over dinner are the subject of this animated short film by John 'Hobart’ Hughes.
Dad’s Clock 2001
This stop-motion animation short film celebrates the life of the animator’s late father.
In this short film a boy responds to the healing power of the natural environment, Aboriginal cultural practices and family.
A young boy excluded from a school trip to the fire station brings the fire trucks to him.
In this short documentary Christine Jacobs describes how she overcame the pain of being a child of the stolen generations.
In this short film, Ganggu Mama guides his nephew towards his culture and out of trouble.
Delivery Day 2000
A girl is caught between competing demands of family and school. Uncle Le needs help in his garment shop but it’s parent-teacher night.
Desert Tracks 1997
Desert Tracks – a business established without government funding – is a community’s attempt to sustain itself culturally and an important initiative for self-determination.
The Djarn Djarns 2005
The Djarn Djarns is a comedy-drama very much suited for young people. It is a dance film with a sports feel, so culture and sport are not in competition.
Driving Home 1999
In this animated short film, a young Korean immigrant struggles to define her cultural identity.
This short animation is a reflection on childhood loss as the narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of her father.
In Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or winning student short, a bickering red-headed family on a weekend road trip reach a standoff by the side of a country road.
A short animated film about a boy trying to understand his father.
The Felt Hat 1951
Arguably the first real attempt at film drama made in South Australia, The Felt Hat draws on 1940s crime fiction and Hollywood film noir to good effect.
This short film is a comic escalation of mishaps with a double-barrelled payoff. It was selected to compete at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
A short documentary in which 12 people recall their first memory.
A short drama about the day in a life of a young teenager. Marnie lives in a housing commission estate and captures Alice Springs through a video camera given to her by her mostly absent father.
Cate Shortland brings her distinctive visual sensibility and mood-oriented storytelling to a tale of cross-cultural experience, departure and unrequited love.
This short experimental drama offers a spiritual alternative to fighting the system. To overcome injustice, return to your spiritual roots for healing to take place.
Writer-director Richard J Frankland drew on his experience as a field officer for the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody to compose this story.
Payback, a black-and-white short about the Western and Indigenous legal systems, is one of Warwick Thornton’s earliest dramatic works.
Round Up is a lighthearted short drama that deals with the cultural clash between a white stockman and an Indigenous stockman.
In this visually stunning short film set in the 1950s, a fair-skinned Aboriginal girl gains access to the local swimming pool where Aboriginal people are legally denied access.
A Girl’s Own Story 1983
In this short film by Jane Campion about changes afoot in 1960s society, teenage girls get in trouble for acting out Beatles concerts in the playground.
Grange is an irreverent story of the extremes two young lawyers go to in order to get promoted in the corporate sector.