Australian Screen

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1915 1982

The television series 1915 cleverly uses First World War historical footage and successfully moves between the action at the front and events at home in Australia.

The 7.30 Report – Boys Education 2005

Prime-time current affairs introduced by Kerry O’Brien, this episode includes a story about boys’ education in Newcastle.

The 7.30 Report - Orchestra Tunes In 2005

This episode, from March 2005, is a representative sample of the program, giving a good idea of the range of subject material and the style of coverage.

The 7.30 Report – Pneumococcal Vaccine 2003

Every parent’s nightmare: Ella was a healthy baby left profoundly disabled after she survived pneumococcal meningitis.

The 7.30 Report – Tobacco Litigation 2003

St Vincent Welch, head of the Tobacco Institute of Australia, reveals the policy of 'document retention’ – or destroying findings linking smoking to lung cancer.

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ABC Children’s TV Club – Monday Showcase 1961

The iconic Children’s Hour on ABC radio morphs into television. This episode features artist Jeffrey Smart and Aroora the Red Kangaroo.

Adventure Island – Episode 1174 1972

A successful children’s show set on the magical Adventure Island, a ‘land that’s far across the sea’.

The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill – A Windy Day 2005

Bottle Top Bill and his best friend Corky must travel by flying machine to retrieve their washing, which has blown away in the wind.

An Airman Remembers 1964

This early ABC documentary is about Sir Gordon Taylor, a fighter ace in the First World War and one of the pioneers of aviation in Australia.

The Alice 2004

A disparate group of people are heading for the outback to watch a solar eclipse. Strange things begin to happen as their fates entwine.

All the Green Year – Episode 2 1980

This mini-series about growing up in the years between the world wars recalls a type of small-town society which is now fading into the past.

All the Rivers Run 1983

This program won a swag of awards and has arguably been watched by more people, more often, than any other Australian mini-series of the prolific ’80s.

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table - Episode 35 1972

With an abundance of playful silliness, Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table is a delightful product of its era and remains very watchable today.

Ask the Leyland Brothers – Episode 23 1976

The Leyland Brothers answer viewer requests and visit Broken Hill and Uluru.

At The Movies – Series 1 Episode 55, Little Fish 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 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 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.

The Aunty Jack Show – Series One 1972

Grahame Bond’s Aunty Jack was a cross-dressing bikie hostess who threatened to jump out of viewers’ television sets and 'rip their bloody arms off’.

The Aunty Jack Show – Series Two 1974

The Aunty Jack theme song was one of the earliest video clips, showcasing a great character and a memorable tune that stays with you.

Australians at War – The Thin Khaki Line 2002

When the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour, a ragtag group of conscripts known as ‘koalas’ were deployed overseas.

Australian Story – Absolute Beginner 2006

This episode of the Logie award-winning Australian Story offers inspiration to anyone who’s ever wanted to do something special with their life but has become sidetracked with family or other commitments.

Australian Story – A Man for All Seasons 1999

Bronco Coach Wayne Bennett’s father was a violent and hard drinking fettler. So he made a vow to his mother that he would never drink or gamble.

Australian Story – Of Droughts and Flooding Rains 2002

Peter Andrews is so obsessed by an idea that it has consumed his life and almost destroyed his family. Voted the very best Australian Story of the decade.

Australian Story – Since Adam Was a Boy 1997

Adam Sutton, horse wrangler and rodeo rider, is a quintessential cowboy: fearless, fun-loving and homosexual. The biggest risk he ever took was revealing his sexuality.

Australian Story – With This Ring 2005

Australian Story revisits remarkable couple the Shanns, two years after Gayle became entangled in a drilling machine on their property.

Australian Visit 1967

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations were timed to coincide with the five-day visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam and his wife in 1967.

Australian Walkabout 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.

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Backchat, Episode 215 1988

Viewers respond to a song – 'Sack the Jack’ – broadcast at a time when the republican issue was being hotly debated.

Backchat, Episode 216 1988

Backchat, presented by Tim Bowden for over eight years, was an opportunity for ABC viewers to vent their spleens or heap praise on Aunty.

Backchat, Episode 217 1988

For some, ABC’s religious programs are a welcome alternative to commercial broadcasts, while for others the ABC turns religion into a Marxist critique.

Bambaloo – Bird in a Boat 2002

A mixed live-action, puppetry and animation show for preschoolers from Yoram Gross and the world renowned Jim Henson Company.

Bananas in Pyjamas – Banana Breakfast 1999

The combination of visually appealing characters with the 'Bananas in Pyjamas’ song created a highly popular and commercially successful preschool series.

Bellbird 1970

Australia’s first successful national weekly serial, dealing with the lives and loves of ordinary people in a small country town.

Beyond 2000 – Episode 152 1989

Including a report from Japan where a robot mannequin with the body type of a typical Japanese woman might replace the European store dummy.

Beyond 2000 – Episode 287 1992

Research and innovation around the world that will change our lives beyond the year 2000. When axed by the ABC, the team created Beyond Tomorrow for the Seven Network.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – Alexander McLeod Lindsey 1977

Criminologist Hawkins presents the case of Alexander McLeod Lindsey, jailed for the brutal bashing of his wife. A series on possible miscarriages of justice.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – The Case of Ronald Ryan 1977

In 1967 Ronald Ryan was the last man to be hanged in Australia. With the public outrage about his execution, Australia ended capital punishment.

Beyond Tomorrow – Episode 39 2006

Cutting edge technological advances from around the world, from the bus that drives itself to the most advanced robot in the world.

Beyond Tomorrow – Episode 51 2006

This fast-paced episode covers a device that can be inserted into your brain to prevent depression and a gadget to explain supernatural phenomena.

A Big Country – City Girls 1983

A group of students from an exclusive girls’ school and a group of unemployed girls hike through the bush.

A Big Country – Gulf Battlers 1982

Vintage A Big Country featuring Elton and Maude beating the odds to run a small cattle station in the Gulf country of northern Australia.

A Big Country – On the Hook 1976

An unusual departure for the A Big Country team as they examine the traumatic history and growth of the union that protects wharfie’s rights.

A Big Country – Peninsula People 1968

An early episode of this iconic series. A Big Country aimed to bring country Australia into the lives of urban Australians.

A Big Country – Perkins Navy 1979

Bruce Perkins, a highly trained engineer with a pioneering spirit, says you need someone for the top end who is prepared to get things done.

A Big Country – The Challenge of Lake Eyre 1978

Roma and John Dulhunty, explorers of the great outback, come to Lake Eyre to conduct their geological survey.

A Big Country – The Darcys of Mallapunyah 1981

A Big Country launched some of Australia’s best-known journalists and filmmakers, including Bob Connolly, Paul Williams, Chris Masters and Andrew Olle.

A Big Country – The Drover 1981

Jack loves his job and his life on the road. The filmmakers have captured both the hardship and the freedom of a life on the ‘long paddock’.

A Big Country – The Prices 1979

Life on an outback station at the end of an era, before satellite technology and helicopters and high-tech vehicles were used to help round up cattle.

A Big Country – The White Rose 1979

Widely known as 'the King of the Dance Hall’, Frank Bourke founded The White Rose Orchestra in 1936 and toured rural areas for more than 40 years.

The Big Gig – Series 1 Episode 1 1989

There’s a rowdy beer-hall type atmosphere to this comedy-variety show, which tapped into a vibrant ‘80s live comedy scene in Melbourne.

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