Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1977

16 titles

A

Addison Road Drop-In documentary – 1977

The Sydney suburb of Marrickville has Australia’s ‘first, largest and longest-surviving community centre’; it is shown here in the 1970s.

B

Backroads short feature – 1977

Backroads (1977) is the first feature (albeit, a short one) by Phillip Noyce, who would go on to make Newsfront (1978) and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – Alexander McLeod Lindsey television program – 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 television program – 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.

C

Cine Safari home movie – c1977

Cine Safari was made during a month-long trip by approximately 30 members of the Cine Society in the spring of 1977.

D

Dot and the Kangaroo feature film – 1977

A generation of Australian school children grew up on Dot and the Kangaroo and the six other Dot films that followed it. Really.

F

The FJ Holden feature film – 1977

When The FJ Holden premiered at the Chullora Drive-in in 1977, anyone driving an FJ or FX Holden got in free.

H

Hot to Trot short film – 1977

A cartoon adventure featuring Captain Goodvibes, the pig of steel, and his sidekick Astro.

J

Journey among Women feature film – 1977

Making this film in the 1970s became politically charged: should and could a male director make a meaningful film about women?

Jubilee and Beyond documentary – 1977

Eighteen thousand schoolchildren greet Her Majesty the Queen in 1977, giving a sense of the relationship between Australia and the UK at this time.

L

The Last Wave feature film – 1977

As the weather gets worse, tax lawyer David Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.

Life at the Top: A Week with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser documentary – 1977

Tracks Malcolm Fraser for one week in 1977 as he goes about his prime ministerial duties in Canberra and takes trips to Kalgoorlie and Wollongong.

Love Letters from Teralba Road short feature – 1977

Based on letters found in a flat in Sydney, Love Letters from Teralba Road examines love among the working classes in the western suburbs.

P

The Picture Show Man feature film – 1977

The comic performances from John Meillon and John Ewart as the last of the itinerant vaudevillians are superb.

S

The Singer and the Dancer short feature – 1977

Ambitious and confidently made, The Singer and the Dancer was Gillian Armstrong’s first attempt at a longer form drama after making a couple of shorts.

Summer City feature film – 1977

Best known as Mel Gibson’s first movie, Summer City is a laid-back road movie that emerges as more than just a throwaway, thanks to strong performances.