25 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year
Al Daff documentary – 1975
This straightforward interview with a powerful Hollywood executive contains wisdom about filmmaking that is timeless.
At The Movies – Series 1 Episode 55, Little Fish television program – 2005
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton review the latest cinema releases including Little Fish – a 'small’ local feature film staring Cate Blanchett.
At The Movies – Series 1 Episode 63, Wolf Creek television program – 2005
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are impressed with new Australian film Wolf Creek, while deeply troubled by its sadism and violence.
At The Movies – Series 2 Episode 20, Ten Canoes television program – 2006
Margaret reviews Ten Canoes, a story of forbidden love and bloody retribution, followed by an interview with director Rolf de Heer and co-creator David Gulpilil.
Australasian Gazette – 70,000 Pounds Production Nears Completion newsreel – 1926
This newsreel clip from 1926 shows a scene from For the Term of His Natural Life in production at the Australasian Films’ Bondi studio in Sydney.
Australasian Gazette – Master Pictures Lead the Way newsreel – c1926
In 1926, the general manager of Australasian Films and the producer of For the Term of His Natural Life leave for Tasmania to scout movie locations.
Australian Walkabout television program – 1958
The Chauvels, on a filmmaking safari of Australia, travel through the Northern Territory to Rum Jungle for a privileged look inside a uranium mine.
The Balanda and the Bark Canoes documentary – 2006
There are many humorous moments when director Rolf de Heer’s directions to the actors get lost in translation.
Commonwealth Film Laboratories documentary – c1928
The provenance of this film fragment is unclear, but it could have been promoting the lab’s services.
Double Trouble – Episode 7 television program – 2007
Double Trouble has entertaining and likeable characters and boasts an experienced cast. It also wonderfully captures an Indigenous sensibility and humour.
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.
Emerald City feature film – 1988
Successful screenwriter Colin Rogers moves from Melbourne to Sydney and becomes involved with commercial movie hustler Mike McCord.
Fire Guardians documentary – 1932
For this eccentric dramatised documentary on the history of firefighting, Frank Hurley dressed members of the NSW Fire Brigade in all manner of period costume.
Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History documentary – 2004
An excellent look at the man who produced some of Australia’s first documentaries, and some of our most iconic images.
Hunt Angels documentary – 2006
This dramatised documentary is about the life of 1930s filmmakers Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks who were passionate about bringing Australian stories to the cinema.
The Legend of Damien Parer television program – 1964
The life of the legendary Australian combat cameraman Damien Parer, through the eyes of those who knew him and through footage shot before his death in action in 1944.
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 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.
On the Beach: Filming the 1959 Feature Film home movie – 1959
Amateur filmmaker R Goslin made the most of the Stanley Kramer production coming to Victoria to film part of the post-apocalyptic romance.
The SBF Story documentary – 2007
The amateur production company SBF made travelogues, animations and short dramas in the 1950s and ’60s.
Serious Undertakings documentary – 1983
Serious Undertakings breaks new ground in understanding the construction of meaning and exemplifies the impact of 1970s screen theory on making independent films.
Short Cuts – Wheels on Fire television program – 2001
Set in a year 9 media studies class, Short Cuts is about teenagers making films and exploring how the camera can be used to communicate, but also to manipulate and lie.
Stone Forever documentary – 1999
Over 30,000 bikers turned up in 1998 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stone and recreate the funeral scene.
The Story of the Kelly Gang feature film – 1906
Audiences of the time loved this film’s boldness and, with its live sound effects and narration, to them it didn’t seem silent.
Thursday Island and Merauke, Dutch New Guinea historical – c1925
The cast and crew of Frank Hurley’s feature-length dramas, The Hound of the Deep (1926) and The Jungle Woman (1926), explore the culture and environment of their island locations.