All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front newsreel – 1963
A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.
Archibald Family: Family Scenes and Outings in Sydney home movie – c1932
Much like a family album, this home movie collection records events over a period of time. From baby shots in the backyard, to outings at the beach.
Australasian Gazette – All for a Good Cause newsreel – c1920
A surf carnival at Bondi Beach in aid of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade features in this Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1920.
Australasian Gazette – Some Sunday Morning newsreel – c1920
This newsreel vividly captures 'some Sunday morning’ at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, showcasing 1920s swimming costumes, parasols and beach culture.
Australasian Gazette – Sun Worshippers newsreel – c1924
This newsreel from approximately 1924 shows surfers and swimmers at Bondi Beach enjoying the first day of real summer weather of the season.
Australia Today – Man-Eater newsreel – 1939
Shark attacks on populated beaches are statistically not that common in Australia, but they attract sensational media coverage of the type seen in this newsreel.
The Beach documentary – 2000
A documentary about Australians’ love affair with the beach.
Blue Water High – Winners and Losers television program – 2005
Blue Water High successfully combines the dramatic school-based Heartbreak High with the beach setting of Home and Away.
Bondi Rescue – Series 1, Episode 4 television program – 2006
Bondi Rescue won the 2008 TV Logie Award for Most Popular Factual Program. The lifeguards find lost children, save people from drowning and deal with drug overdoses.
Bondi Rescue – Series 2, Episode 7 television program – 2007
Bondi is the best known beach in Australia with 2.5 million visitors per year. The lifeguards are an elite squad who can’t believe they are paid for doing work they love.
Cadbury’s Crunchie – ‘Snap Goes the Crunchie’ advertisement – c1966
The Crunchie wrapper in this ad shows it to be a Fry’s product and has no reference to 'Cadbury’s Dairy Milk’ at all. As with earlier campaigns, youth and vibrancy are a key part of the message.
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.
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.
A Day at the Beach sponsored film – 1956
A young Australian family enjoys a day at the beach.
December Boys feature film – 2006
Daniel 'Harry Potter’ Radcliffe stars as one of four young orphans whose friendship is tested during an idyllic beach holiday.
Foreign Exchange - Episode 2, Shark Attack television program – 2004
In the middle of the night, Hannah comes though a portal from Ireland and arrives in Brett’s bedroom in Perth at 7 am.
General Motors Holden – A Great New Feeling advertisement – 1969
This ad places the Kingswood sedan firmly in a youthful beach culture and recreational context.
General Motors Holden – Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars advertisement – c1976
This memorable advertising jingle from the 1970s was adapted from the American Chevrolet campaign, 'baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet’.
General Motors Holden – The Time is Now advertisement – 1966
This ad targets a female audience, emphasising the car’s comfort and style as well as power.
The Harold Holt Mystery documentary – 1985
On 17 December 1967 Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach, Victoria. This docudrama reconstructs Holt’s last days and examines controversial theories surrounding his death.
High on a Cool Wave documentary – 1968
A classic Australian surf movie featuring Nat Young, Bob McTavish and Peter Drouyn, from just before the short board revolution in 1968.
Holt – Film Re-enactment of the Circumstances Surrounding the Disappearance of the PM sponsored film – 1967
This unedited footage shot by Victorian Police re-creates the unexplained disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt from a Victorian beach in December 1967.
King of the Surf sponsored film – 1964
In 1964, ten of the world’s best surfers converge on Manly Beach to fight for the title of world champion.
Life Guards at Bondi Beach documentary – c1929
From around 1929, this fragment of actuality footage shows a Surf Life Saving carnival at Bondi Beach.
Lifesavers: Cryst-O-Mint Flavour advertisement – 1925
Running for over 17 minutes, this cinema advertisement is long compared to current standards.
Living with Happiness short film – 2001
Living with Happiness is a short animation about our inability to embrace happiness without worrying about its demise.
Lockie Leonard – The Human Torpedo television program – 2006
Based on Tim Winton’s novels, this series follows ‘surf rat’ Lockie Leonard who is starting high school in a new town on the WA coast.
Long Weekend feature film – 1978
On a long weekend camping trip to a lonely beach, Peter and Marcia confront the despair of their marriage, as nature takes revenge on them.
McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Around Sydney with a Camera home movie – 1962
Bernard Kent met Roger McKenzie in 1947. Aside from collecting films, they made their own amateur movies such as this travelogue of Sydney’s harbour suburbs.
McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Silent Car Trip Australia home movie – c1960
This travelogue is from a trip around Australia made by Bernard Kent and Roger McKenzie, enthusiastic film collectors and amateur filmmakers.
Murray-Will, Ewan: Ballet Russes in Australia home movie – c1939
This unique and candid home movie footage of members of the Ballets Russes company was taken at Sydney’s Bungan Beach in the late 1930s.
North to Niugini documentary – 1979
Malcolm Douglas travels in a five-metre boat north along the coast of Australia, through the Torres Strait to New Guinea.
Ocean Girl – Series 2, Episode 3 television program – 1995
Ocean Girl is a beautiful alien that can swim at extraordinary speed and telepathically communicate with a humpback whale called Charley.
Palm Beach feature film – 1979
The underrated Palm Beach, set on Sydney’s northern beaches, is very daring in its use of sound.
The Piano feature film – 1993
The Piano is a film about an artist and the story of a woman whose passionate nature is akin to a form of madness. Both themes are common to Jane Campion’s work.
Picturesque Portsea Provides Perfect Pageant newsreel – c1926
This clip of the popular beach and pier at Portsea in Victoria vividly captures the beach fashions and social customs of the 1920s.
Pleasure Domes short film – 1987
The first Australian animation to compete at Cannes, Pleasure Domes is a reflection on the inevitability of attaching associations to perceptions of landscape.
The Popular Sport of Surfboarding newsreel – 1925
An early newsreel of pioneering surfboard riders at Bondi Beach in Sydney in 1925.
Port Botany: A Planning Dilemma documentary – 1979
Tom Zubrycki developed a filmmaking style he calls ‘verite narratives’. This work represents a transition in his development as a filmmaker.
Round About Townsville documentary – 1926
Thought to be one of the Know Your Own Country series from the 1920s, Round About Townsville positions Townsville as a veritable paradise.
SeaChange – One of the Gang television program – 1998
A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.
The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001
This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.
Service in the Sun sponsored film – 1957
In 1956, members of the American and Hawaiian surf lifesaving teams demonstrate the latest surfing techniques on Bondi Beach.
Small Treasures short film – 1995
In this animated short, a pregnant woman imagines the worst domestic disasters befalling her unborn child.
Sorrento historical – c1922
The many attractions of the Victorian seaside town of Sorrento are promoted in this 1920s footage produced for the Sorrento Progress Association.
St Kilda Esplanade c1912 historical – c1912
This early footage of St Kilda includes the entrance to Luna Park and a jetty at the beach. The last shot, with its geometric form and structure, is like a Seurat painting.
The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day historical – c1913
A vivid snapshot of public life on a sunny day at the St Kilda esplanade and foreshore on Boxing Day 1913.
Summer City feature film – 1977
Best known as Mel Gibson’s first movie, Summer City is a laid-back road movie that emerges as more than just a throwaway, thanks to strong performances.
The Surfer feature film – 1986
Vietnam veteran Sam Barlow uncovers a conspiracy in Surfers Paradise involving police, politicians and a Vietnamese gang.
Tasmanian countryside, Hobart and Tasmanian Tiger historical – c1932
A Tasmanian Tiger, Hobart City and the Tasmanian countryside are all showcased in this black-and-white actuality footage from the early 1930s.