Australian Screen

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Titles tagged with ‘corruption’

27 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

A

Abortion, Corruption and Cops: The Bertram Wainer Story documentary – 2005

The powerful story of Bertram Wainer’s crusade to overturn the laws against abortion in 1960s Victoria and the web of corruption he uncovered as a result.

B

The Bank feature film – 2001

A story of the greed and corruption of one banker, The Bank is about the collapse of a sense of compassion in contemporary Australia.

Betelnut Bisnis documentary – 2004

Betelnut is the fourth most consumed legal substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

Blue Murder television program – 1995

This outstanding mini-series about police corruption is memorable for the controversy surrounding its release, but it is the superlative scripting, acting and production that secure it a place in Australian television history.

D

The Damnation of Harvey McHugh – From Here to Maternity television program – 1994

Amid TV’s throng of lawyers, doctors and cops, public servant Harvey McHugh stands out as an unlikely small screen hero.

Dead to the World feature film – 1991

Two women battle for control of an inner-city boxing school.

E

Eugénie Sandler PI – Episode Two television program – 2000

A teen spy thriller directed by Ana Kokkinos satirising detective, film noir, and spy film genres in the mysterious story of Private Investigator Eugénie Sandler.

F

Four Corners – Aiding or Abetting television program – 1983

How is Australian’s aid to the Philippine Government being spent? This program was broadcast just before the overthrow of Marcos and his extravagant wife.

Four Corners – Fixing Cricket television program – 2000

A Walkley Award-winning documentary by Liz Jackson at the height of the match-fixing controversy, exposing why it had escaped official investigation for so long.

Four Corners – The Kilwa Incident television program – 2005

A massacre, cover-up and UN report that implicates an Australian mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

G

Gettin’ Square feature film – 2003

David Wenham’s performance as a hopeless junkie, especially when he bamboozles everyone in court, is a comic tour-de-force.

Goodbye Paradise feature film – 1981

This evocative picture of the Gold Coast as paradise lost includes a gaudy, sleazy fun park, tawdry politics and busloads of old ladies singing.

Grievous Bodily Harm feature film – 1988

Movie critic David Stratton described Grievous Bodily Harm as 'one of the most satisfying thrillers made in Australia’.

H

The Hard Word feature film – 2002

The Hard Word is both a comical crime fable and a story of brotherly love, an unusual mix of elements.

Heatwave feature film – 1982

An architect and an activist from opposing sides unite against a crooked developer.

K

The Killing of Angel Street feature film – 1981

This political thriller is loosely based on the disappearance of Sydney heiress and anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen.

M

Money Movers feature film – 1979

Money Movers was ahead of its time, and may have suffered because of that. It’s a 'crime procedural’, a genre that is now much more popular.

Muriel’s Wedding feature film – 1994

Muriel’s Wedding took Australia by storm when it opened in 1994, satirising an Australian family in a way that audiences found extremely moving, as well as hilarious.

P

Police State television program – 1989

The script for this docudrama-style telemovie was developed using the transcripts from the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption.

R

The Removalists feature film – 1975

The story is a savage microcosm of Australia, rather than just a look at the then-topical issue of police hypocrisy and brutality.

S

Scales of Justice television program – 1983

The quasi-documentary style of this series adds a gritty reality to the typical car patrol of a police crew on any evening shift around Sydney streets.

The Square feature film – 2008

A married man gets into deep water when he joins his girlfriend in pinching a bag of stolen cash.

Strictly Ballroom feature film – 1992

Strictly Ballroom is one of the most popular Australian films ever made. The story may be nothing new but the execution is so colourful and eccentric it hardly matters.

The Surfer feature film – 1986

Vietnam veteran Sam Barlow uncovers a conspiracy in Surfers Paradise involving police, politicians and a Vietnamese gang.

T

Three Dollars feature film – 2005

Australians have decided to live in an economy and not a society’, were the words on a banner that partly inspired this film.

W

Water Rats – Goes With the Territory television program – 1999

This episode marks the introduction of Steve Bisley’s character to the long-running crime drama. Of note is the economy with which this major change in cast is addressed.

White Collar Blue – Series 1 Episode 21 television program – 2002

White Collar Blue follows the lives and criminal cases of the police at a Sydney beachside police station.