Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

All titles produced in 1982

25 titles

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1915 television program – 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.

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The Australian Way: A Salute to Aussie Sex Appeal documentary – 1982

This is a time capsule of what was considered sexy, naughty and outrageous in the early 1980s — by commercial television anyway.

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A Big Country – Gulf Battlers television program – 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.

The Blainey View – Footprints television program – 1982

Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia’s foremost and most controversial historians, later coined the term 'black armband view of history’.

The Bradman Era documentary – 1982

The documentary intercuts archival footage with former test cricketer Bill O’Reilly’s recollections of Don Bradman and notable 1930s test matches.

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The Clinic feature film – 1982

Medical student Paul Armstrong spends a day at a Melbourne VD clinic.

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An Exercise in Discipline: Peel short film – 1982

In Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or winning student short, a bickering red-headed family on a weekend road trip reach a standoff by the side of a country road.

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Four Corners – We’ll All Be Rooned television program – 1982

A lack of envirommental perspective somewhat dates a tragic record of the death of a country town. The wheat belt of Coonamble is now entering its fourth year of drought.

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Greetings from Wollongong short feature – 1982

Writer-director Mary Callaghan’s film provides an insight into the creativity and friendships that give meaning to an otherwise desperate existence.

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Heatwave feature film – 1982

An architect and an activist from opposing sides unite against a crooked developer.

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Last Breakfast in Paradise short feature – 1982

Even in 1982 Last Breakfast in Paradise was one of a very few dramas of any length which had been directed by a woman.

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The Man from Snowy River feature film – 1982

The Man From Snowy River is an iconic Australian western. It’s a naive film of epic proportions, but the naiveté is calculated to appeal to a sense of American nostalgia, and Australian chauvinism.

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New Faces television program – 1982

A 1980s episode from the classic talent show hosted by Bert Newton.

Next of Kin feature film – 1982

On her mother’s death, Linda Stevens inherits an isolated retirement home. Strange events occur, leading Linda to believe an evil force dwells in the house.

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The Sharkcallers of Kontu documentary – 1982

Believing that the spirits of their ancestors dwell in the mako shark, shark callers are not only hunting but also maintaining a connection with their past.

A Shifting Dreaming documentary – 1982

Ray Barrett stars in this story of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations spanning from the 1928 Coniston massacre to Land Rights hearings in 1982.

Snow… Down Under documentary – 1982

Snow… Down Under shows three friends skiing on Mount Kosciuszko, intercut with the history of skiing in Australia.

Starstruck feature film – 1982

Gillian Armstrong’s Starstruck is an energetic rock musical comedy, with a kitsch aesthetic very much influenced by the style of early ’80s video clips.

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This Woman is Not a Car short film – 1982

An imaginative examination of sexual violence, This Woman is Not a Car turns the suburban dream of marriage and conformity into a nightmare.

Turkey Shoot feature film – 1982

Without doubt one of the most notorious Australian films ever made, Turkey Shoot has attracted both wildly positive and negative reactions over the years.

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Weekend Magazine – Carnarvon Gorge and the Fighting Highlanders television program – 1982

Weekend Magazine was one of the first programs on television to teach people about the environment and how it should be cherished and protected.

We of the Never Never feature film – 1982

Race relations is the theme that is constantly lurking in this story about one woman’s life on an outback station.

Winner Take All – Downside Risk television program – 1982

An ABC TV series about the fast-paced world of big business, Winner Take All is an early ‘80s time capsule.

Women of the Sun television program – 1982

The colonisation of Aboriginal peoples, and their lands and resources, as seen through the eyes of four generations of Aboriginal women.

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The Year of Living Dangerously feature film – 1982

The Year of Living Dangerously was Peter Weir’s last film about Australia, or his first film about the rest of the world, depending on how you look at it.