Australian Screen

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Titles tagged with ‘poetry’

20 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Bastards from the Bush, A Journey with Bob Ellis and Les Murray documentary – 1998

The ridicule poet Les Murray experienced at school, contributed to a nervous breakdown 30 years later, he says.

Bright Star feature film – 2009

A chronicle of the platonic love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in early nineteenth century England.

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Compass – Changi Days, POW Poets television program – 2003

Jim Connor was a POW who survived the Second World War but wondered whether he could survive the peace.

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The Daylight Moon: A Portrait of the Poet Les Murray documentary – 1991

World-renowned Australian poet Les Murray reflects on his life and work.

Dreamtime, Machinetime documentary – 1987

There are strict rules about who can and can’t tell certain stories in indigenous culture, these distinguished artists reveal.

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In the Head the Fire radio – 1966

This radiophonic piece written by composer Nigel Butterley in 1966 won the prestigious Prix Italia and set a benchmark for radio in Australia.

I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan documentary – 2004

Milligan’s affection for Australia, particularly the suburb of Woy Woy which he quips is a great place to commit suicide, had a significant impact on his life.

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Just Out of Reach short feature – 1979

Brilliantly acted and shot, Just Out of Reach sits comfortably alongside other films produced during this rich and creative period of the Australian film industry.

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The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet short film – 1989

A whimsical, animated tale of music and romance, narrated by Ruth Cracknell and set amidst the Great Maitland Flood of 1955.

Much Ado About Something documentary – 2001

Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.

My Country spoken word – 1958

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

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National Treasures – ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ Film documentary – 2004

The classic 1919 silent movie The Sentimental Bloke is regarded as one of the greatest Australian films.

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

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

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Poetry In Australia – Judith Wright television program – 1963

This simple, talking heads interview is most informative and a delight to watch. It is a must-see for students of Judith Wright’s work and fellow poets.

A Pub With No Beer music – 1957

Slim Dusty’s original recording from 1957 of one of his most famous songs.

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The Rats of Tobruk feature film – 1944

The Rats of Tobruk may not be Charles Chauvel’s best movie, but it deserves serious consideration as his best movie about war.

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The Sentimental Bloke feature film – 1919

Director Raymond Longford and leading lady Lottie Lyell wrote this together and it is probably their most successful collaboration.

Snowy Hydro – The Jindabyne Story sponsored film – c1965

Although the film talks about the potential loss of the history of the region, the prevailing sense is that the new town of Jindabyne will do very well.

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A Walk with Words: The Poetry of Romaine Moreton short film – 2000

This short biographical film showcases the life and poetry of performance artist Romaine Moreton and her struggles to gain freedom.

We Are Going spoken word – 1986

Oodgeroo Noonuccal reads her haunting poem ‘We Are Going’ in 1986.