Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 2001

42 titles

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Ada short film – 2001

Set in a domestic dining room in Sydney in the mid-1950s, the main focus of this autobiographical short film is the relationship between Ada and her granddaughter.

Alyawarre Country documentary – 2001

For decades there was awful conflict between pastoralists and Indigenous people; two elders share their perspective, in their language.

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The Bank feature film – 2001

A story of the greed and corruption of one banker, The Bank is about the collapse of a sense of compassion in contemporary Australia.

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Compass – Buddha Realms, Part 1 television program – 2001

An exploration of Buddhism and why it still has relevance to the world of the 21st Century.

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Dad’s Clock short film – 2001

This stop-motion animation short film celebrates the life of the animator’s late father.

Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky documentary – 2001

Vaslav Nijinsky, from Russia, was widely considered the most talented male dancer of the 20th century.

Dog Dreaming documentary – 2001

Dog Dreaming is a documentary about the journey of two ancestral dogs that became a Dreaming story.

Dynasties – The Murdochs television program – 2001

A portrait of a very close-knit family. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is the last of the world’s great media empires controlled by a family dynasty.

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Effie: Just Quietly – Make-Ups and Makeovers television program – 2001

Effie was a sitcom character before wandering out of fiction into documentary. Her comic persona allows a bluntness that 'serious’ interviewers might not get away with.

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He Died with a Felafel in His Hand feature film – 2001

An aspiring writer moves between share households in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Hey Sista! short film – 2001

A coming of age story about a girl who just wants to play basketball … and have straight hair.

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Indefinable Moods short film – 2001

This short animation by artist Kathy Smith is a surreal Australian dream landscape with music.

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Kimberley Cops documentary – 2001

Stories of rogue crocodiles, tipped cattle trucks and search-and-rescue operations for lost tourists emphasise the dangers and harsh realities of life in the outback.

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Lantana feature film – 2001

Lantana is distinctly different to most contemporary Australian films: sparser, darker and more emotionally mysterious.

La Spagnola feature film – 2001

The men here are little better than beasts, and into sex without responsibility; the women are crafty, creative and capable of malice.

Leunig Animated – How Democracy Actually Works short film – 2001

This animated short based on the cartoons of Michael Leunig offers a fresh look at democracy and elections.

Living with Happiness short film – 2001

Living with Happiness is a short animation about our inability to embrace happiness without worrying about its demise.

Looking for Horses short film – 2001

A stop-motion short about two sisters’ holiday illusions and family revelations.

Losing Layla documentary – 2001

A painfully explicit depiction of grief, for some reviewers the film was seen as too raw, albeit courageous in its exposure of the subject.

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Maintaining the Links: Maintenance of Historic Timber Bridges in NSW sponsored film – 2001

This film from the RTA Oral History Program documents the history of timber bridge design and construction in New South Wales.

McLeod’s Daughters – Welcome Home television program – 2001

Self-reliant women working the land, romantic rural vistas and horseriding and farming montages make up the signature style of McLeod’s Daughters.

Message Stick – Bill’s Wake television program – 2001

Bill Neidjie, a traditional owner of Kakadu, had a wake while he was alive, rather than waiting until his death, to hear what people wanted to say about him.

Message Stick – Tent Boxers television program – 2001

A tribute to the Aboriginal men who travelled around Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s with tent-boxing troupes.

Moulin Rouge! feature film – 2001

Moulin Rouge! was a risky venture for director Baz Luhrmann but is a tour de force of imagination and appropriation.

Much Ado About Something documentary – 2001

Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.

Mullet feature film – 2001

Mullet is about how people behave and about how men don’t talk and women do.

My Brother Jack television program – 2001

This acclaimed mini-series is based on the classic Australian novel, a record of the changing social mores of the restless time between the First and Second World Wars.

My Mother India documentary – 2001

My Mother India provides an insight into the experience of the filmmaker’s mother as an Australian migrant married to a Sikh in India.

My Mother’s Country Part 1 documentary – 2001

Oral history is an important feature of Indigenous culture. The stories told by family members give the Coniston massacre of 1928 a human face.

My Mother’s Country Part 2 documentary – 2001

Japanangka’s act of retaliation for the theft of his wife sparked one of the last-known massacres of Aboriginal people in Australian history.

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Narbalek documentary – 2001

Narbalek is one of more than 100 documentaries made in the Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series, designed primarily for Indigenous audiences.

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One Night the Moon feature film – 2001

One Night the Moon, from director Rachel Perkins, reintroduces song into the Australian landscape. For Indigenous peoples, song has been one of the central means of land management.

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Prahran 3181: Swimming in the Backyard documentary – 2001

Simple subject matter – life at a swimming pool – captures the social interaction of the regulars and the sense of community.

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Redfern Beach short film – 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

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The Saddle Club – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2001

Carole, Stevie and newcomer Lisa ride their way to true friendship in The Saddle Club.

The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001

This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.

Shadow Play documentary – 2001

In Indonesia, 1965, a group of President Sukarno’s guards murdered six generals. A history of our closest Asian neighbour, and its postwar political history.

Short Cuts – Wheels on Fire television program – 2001

Set in a year 9 media studies class, Short Cuts is about teenagers making films and exploring how the camera can be used to communicate, but also to manipulate and lie.

Smoking the Baby documentary – 2001

Smoking the Baby demonstrates an Indigenous ritual that helps children and mothers fend off illness.

The Summer of 77 short film – 2001

In this live action-animated short, a newly single woman runs into a former teenage crush and relives the summer they met.

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Tracey McBean - Episode 6, Series One, Multiplication television program – 2001

In this story, Tracey McBean is at her creative best, building a people-multiplying machine in her backyard caravan. Of course it doesn’t go to plan.

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Whispering in Our Hearts documentary – 2001

Remembering those who were murdered in the 1918 massacre of Aboriginal people at Mowla Bluff is very much to do with healing.