Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

All titles produced in 1987

30 titles

A

Australia Post – Intelpost advertisement – 1987

This humorous TVC shows a series of instruction diagrams being delivered by Australia Post to a group of ancient would-be soccer players.

Australia Post – Post Office Spruce Up sponsored film – 1987

This program introduced a competition between post offices to mark the launch of the first incarnation of commercial, sales-oriented post office shopfronts.

C

Cannibal Tours documentary – 1987

Dennis O’Rourke highlights the absurdity of the interactions between 'civilised’ tourists and 'primitives’ in a PNG village.

Cricket in Australia documentary – 1987

Some say Ian Chappell betrayed the tradition of cricket for financial gain when he joined Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.

Crust short film – 1987

Surreal antics over dinner are the subject of this animated short film by John 'Hobart’ Hughes.

D

Dreamtime, Machinetime documentary – 1987

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

F

Friends and Enemies documentary – 1987

The story of a machiavellian plan to destroy union power, Friends and Enemies follows the bitter fight between Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland government and the ACTU.

G

Gillies documentary – 1987

Max Gillies, probably best know for his portrayal of Bob Hawke, feels more confident and secure when he creates a character to hide behind.

H

High Tide feature film – 1987

Judy Davis makes her deeply flawed character compelling and, without her in the role, audiences may have rejected the character.

How the West was Lost documentary – 1987

The strike of 1 May 1946 was the first major strike by Indigenous peoples. It took a significant organisational effort to bring unified opposition against the powerful pastoral industry.

I

I Should Be So Lucky music – 1987

The second single from Kylie’s debut album, Kylie (1988), penned by English pop writing-producing phenomenon Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

J

Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 25 television program – 1987

Jack Thompson is a great narrator. He’s the iconic Aussie male and his voice has that dinky-di Australian drawl that Americans love to hear.

Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 3 television program – 1987

Aspects of Australian life connected by the on-camera presence of actor Jack Thompson, the iconic Australian with the dinky-di Aussie drawl that Americans love.

K

Kaboodle – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1987

An anthology of stories for children aged 5-12 years old produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in the late 1980s.

L

The Lighthorsemen feature film – 1987

In Palestine in 1917, two regiments of the Australian Light Horse attack Beersheba, in one of the last great mounted charges in history.

N

Nice Coloured Girls short film – 1987

The tongue-in-cheek title of Tracey Moffatt’s first film positions Aboriginal women as naïve and 'nice’ but these are merely roles played by the women.

P

Painting the Town: A Film About Yosl Bergner documentary – 1987

Bergner was one of the first contemporary artists to depict the plight of urban Aboriginal people and parallel their dispossession with that of European Jews.

Pleasure Domes short film – 1987

The first Australian animation to compete at Cannes, Pleasure Domes is a reflection on the inevitability of attaching associations to perceptions of landscape.

Poor Man’s Orange television program – 1987

Harp in the South was so admired by Network Ten’s then head of drama, Valerie Hardy, that she immediately commissioned this second series.

S

The Shiralee television program – 1987

This miniseries was made during the golden decade of television drama. Its magic lies in the chemistry of Bryan Brown and Rebecca Smart.

Snakes and Ladders documentary – 1987

An account of the achievements and setbacks of a ‘shifting landscape’ as Australian women attempt to gain equality in education in the 20th century.

South of the Border documentary – 1987

This documentary explores the role of music in the grass roots political protest movement in Central America and also raises ethical dilemmas.

Suzi’s Story documentary – 1987

A mother who has contracted AIDS bravely decides to make a film of the experience.

T

The Tale of Ruby Rose feature film – 1987

In 1933 Ruby Rose leaves her isolated home in the Tasmanian highlands to rediscover her past.

Tiga short film – 1987

This animated short film is an homage to an extinct Australian species.

The Time Guardian feature film – 1987

The Time Guardian is one of the great missed opportunities of Australian cinema and symbolic of its wavering fortunes in the 1980s.

Travelling North feature film – 1987

Casting Leo McKern was a coup because he almost never accepted roles in his place of birth once he’d become successful in England.

V

Voss music – 1987

Voss is an opera about the fateful outback expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt, as recreated by Patrick White in his iconic novel.

W

The White Monkey documentary – 1987

Father Brian Gore, a Columban missionary on Negros Island in the Philippines, was imprisoned on trumped-up charges by the Marcos Government.

Y

The Year My Voice Broke feature film – 1987

This comedy-drama is both a nostalgic memoir of growing up in the countryside and a shocking denunciation of its values.