Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1989

25 titles

A

Astonish Me, Graeme Murphy Choreographer documentary – 1989

Dancer Graeme Murphy remembers the anxiety he felt about partnering, particularly in a pas de deux, because of his small stature.

Australia Post – Recruitment sponsored film – 1989

It’s interesting to look at the Australia Post jobs on offer in the late 1980s and compare them to employment opportunities available today.

Australia Post – Security sponsored film – 1989

While mail security may be a far greater problem today than in the past, here is evidence that mail security has always presented a substantial challenge.

B

Beyond 2000 – Episode 152 television program – 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.

The Big Gig – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 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.

C

Central Australia: The Eighth Wonder television program – 1989

Bushie explorer Ted Egan tours places of wonder in Central Australia.

Come In Spinner television program – 1989

Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney feature in the story of three very different women in wartime.The series won a slew of AFI awards.

D

Dead Calm feature film – 1989

Nicole Kidman was 20 when she was cast in Dead Calm. Within a year of the film opening, she was in Hollywood – partly as a result of her performance in this film.

Difficult Pleasure: A Portrait of Brett Whiteley documentary – 1989

Artist Brett Whiteley says many 'gifted people shipwreck’ ; he died from a drug overdose three years later.

G

Green Tea and Cherry Ripe documentary – 1989

In the bingo halls and poker machine clubs, Japanese ‘war bride’ Chiaki has found a way to become a 'dinky-di’ Australian.

L

Land Bilong Islanders documentary – 1989

A significant historic record of proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court regarding the Murray Islanders’ native title claim over their traditional lands.

M

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.

The Money or the Gun – Heroin television program – 1989

Denton defends comedy as a means of being serious as he tackles the topic of heroin.

N

Nature of Australia – A Separate Creation television program – 1989

This first episode of the most expensive wildlife program ever made in Australia boasts magnificent photography and a great script.

Nature of Australia – The Sunburnt Country television program – 1989

At the time this series was made, the program makers felt they were showing Australian flora and fauna to many Australians for the first time.

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy short film – 1989

Tracey Moffatt continues to challenge the social construction of Aboriginality and how it is viewed nationally and internationally. Night Cries is a possible sequel to Jedda.

O

One Man’s Instrument short film – 1989

In this animated short film, a man finds his paradise is literally lost.

P

Police State television program – 1989

The script for this docudrama-style telemovie was developed using the transcripts from the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption.

Pugwall – Hollow Drums television program – 1989

The insightful scripts capture teenager angst in a comic and recognisable way; fashions might change but relationships between teenagers and parents don’t.

R

Round the Twist – Series One – Skeleton on the Dunny television program – 1989

This first episode gives a real taste for the eclectic range of themes and elements which combine to create the Round The Twist magic.

Round the Twist – Series One – Spaghetti Pig Out television program – 1989

This is a clever and funny episode, based on a simple ‘What if…’ premise. There is loads of silly slapstick, and a spectacular dose of yuck at the end.

S

Shadow Panic short film – 1989

An experiment in structure, Shadow Panic reflects the influence at the time of French screen theorists on Australian feminist filmmaking.

Strangers in Paradise documentary – 1989

On the eve of bicentennial celebrations, Strangers in Paradise looks at Australian culture through the eyes of tourists on a ‘Dreamtime’ tour.

Sweetie feature film – 1989

Ambiguity is filmmaker Jane Campion’s preferred method in Sweetie, and it works superbly as a destabilised narrative because of it.

T

The Tightrope Dancer documentary – 1989

A portrait of flamboyant Australian artist and dancer Vali Myers.