Australian Screen

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Titles tagged with ‘nationalism’

37 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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2000 Weeks feature film – 1969

2000 Weeks (1969) was one of the first features of the modern era in Australian cinema. Autobiographical and intensely personal, it’s still highly watchable.

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Along the Road to Gundagai music – 1931

This is a famous recording of one of Australia’s most popular songs.

The Australian Steel Works sponsored film – c1920

This Made in Australia Council documentary, made circa 1920, tours a steel works factory in Newcastle to promote the Australian steel industry.

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Beautiful Lies: A Film About Peter Carey documentary – 1986

This documentary explores the relationship between Australian novelist Peter Carey and his country.

Birth of a Car sponsored film – c1948

Birth of a Car, made in 1948, proudly details the planning, testing and production of the first locally-manufactured Holden model sedan.

Boots and Shoes sponsored film – c1924

This film shows the inner workings of a boot and shoe factory, following the manufacturing process from cutting shoe patterns to the finished product.

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Cartoons of the Moment – Miss Australasia newsreel – c1915

Cartoons of the Moment employs cut-out animation, with two-dimensional character shapes photographed using a stop-motion technique.

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A Day at an Engineering Works sponsored film – c1926

This Made in Australia Council documentary details work at the largest engineering works in South Australia at the time.

Down Under music – 1981

Released in 1981, this catchy pop song was written as a light ‘tongue-in-cheek’ dig at Australian values. It became a number one hit in Australia, the UK and US and is still played regularly today as an unofficial Australian national anthem.

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The Evolution of a Chocolate sponsored film – 1925

The chocolate factory which features in this film employed over 2,000 people and – according to the intertitles – was one of 'the best producers of chocolates’.

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Factory to Farm: Making Agricultural Implements in Australia sponsored film – c1925

This film provides a visual record of the inner workings of an agricultural implements factory as well as the role of sheet metal workers and fitters and turners.

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General Motors Holden – Export Holden advertisement – c1962

By 1962, when this ad was made, GMH was shipping to 45 overseas territories in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

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’.

Gold Gold Gold: 4 x 100 Metres Men’s Medley Relay spoken word – 1980

Norman May’s dramatic swimming-race call at the 1980 Olympics which has remained close to the hearts of Australians.

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The Hayseeds feature film – 1933

This is the seventh and last film about a comical rural family known as the Hayseeds — it is also the first with sound.

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The Mighty Conqueror documentary – 1931

Made only a year before Phar Lap’s death, The Mighty Conqueror boasts some of the last moving images of Phar Lap in Australia both on and off the track.

A Mountain Goes to Sea documentary – 1943

Made during the Second World War, A Mountain Goes to Sea was intended as a morale booster for workers building the machinery of war.

My Brother Jack television program – 2001

This acclaimed mini-series is based on the classic Australian novel, a record of the changing social mores of the restless time between the First and Second World Wars.

My Country spoken word – 1958

Dorothea Mackellar, aged about 73, reads her most famous poem, 'My Country’.

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National Treasures – Phar Lap’s Hide documentary – 2004

How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?

National Treasures – Tom Roberts’s ‘Bailed Up’ documentary – 2004

Why Tom Roberts’s painting Bailed Up is one of the most treasured in Australia.

National Treasures – ‘Waltzing Matilda’ Song Sheet documentary – 2004

How did the music and lyrics come together to make our most iconic of national songs?

A Nation is Built documentary – 1938

This sprawling and patriotic documentary uses actuality footage, historical re-enactments, fictionalised scenes and propaganda to chronicle Australia’s development and progress as a nation.

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The Overlanders feature film – 1946

As the Japanese threaten northern Australia in 1942, a drover takes a mob of prime beef cattle across 2,600 kms of hazardous country to Queensland.

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Phar Lap feature film – 1983

The film is well constructed, both as a folkloric tale of a young man’s bond with a special horse and as an exciting spectacle with a couple of magically charged moments.

Piano Making documentary – c1924

This early film offers insights into the workmanship involved in piano manufacture and boasts the slogan, ‘Wherever you trade, buy Australian Made’.

Power to Win documentary – 1942

Having been determined medically unfit for the army, Charles Chauvel saw his film work as a contribution to the war effort.

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The Queen in Australia documentary – 1954

The first colour feature made in Australia, documenting the first visit of a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1954.

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Road to Kokoda newsreel – 1942

What’s remarkable about Damien Parer’s Kokoda footage is that there is no actual combat, and the Japanese presence is felt most keenly through its absence.

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Sheep to Shop: Hosiery and Knitted Goods sponsored film – 1924

At one point in this promotional documentary, a machine miraculously 'absorbs yarn at one end and discharges socks at the other’!

Sheep to Shop: Woollen Goods sponsored film – 1924

Made inside a wool mill, this film covers making the yarn, weaving the fabrics, pressing the finished goods and packaging them for distribution nationwide.

A Shining Example sponsored film – c1920

Unlike other films produced by the Made in Australia Council, A Shining Example juxtaposes a tour of an Australian factory with a fictional narrative.

Soldiers Without Uniform documentary – 1942

This propaganda film made by Charles Chauvel aims to boost worker morale by recognising their contributions to the war effort.

The Squatter’s Daughter feature film – 1933

Flammable nitrate film fed the fires in the spectacular bushfire finale to Ken G Hall’s The Squatter’s Daughter. The fires rapidly got out of control during filming but no one was hurt.

Strangers in Paradise documentary – 1989

On the eve of bicentennial celebrations, Strangers in Paradise looks at Australian culture through the eyes of tourists on a ‘Dreamtime’ tour.

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Waltzing Matilda music – 1926

This was the first recording of Australia’s national song.

While There is Still Time documentary – 1941

The Chauvels aimed to encourage Australians at home to work to help their loved ones fighting overseas. Future Oscar winner Peter Finch has a small but pivotal role.