Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 2002

41 titles

A

Australian Rules feature film – 2002

This drama, with its racism theme, in turn sparked very heated debate about white filmmakers telling stories with Indigenous content.

Australians at War – The Thin Khaki Line television program – 2002

When the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour, a ragtag group of conscripts known as ‘koalas’ were deployed overseas.

Australian Story – Of Droughts and Flooding Rains television program – 2002

Peter Andrews is so obsessed by an idea that it has consumed his life and almost destroyed his family. Voted the very best Australian Story of the decade.

B

Bambaloo – Bird in a Boat television program – 2002

A mixed live-action, puppetry and animation show for preschoolers from Yoram Gross and the world renowned Jim Henson Company.

Beneath Clouds feature film – 2002

While the narrative devices that director Ivan Sen uses to communicate his themes are firmly located within Indigenous sensibility and cultural perspective, the subject matter is universal.

Big Girls Don’t Cry documentary – 2002

This is about Indigenous women living with renal disease, and their strength pulls at the heart strings.

Black and White feature film – 2002

The film presents both the defence’s and the prosecution’s version of what might have happened in the controversial Max Stuart case, so that there is no easy path to the truth.

Black Talk short film – 2002

Wayne Blair fits a lot into 12 minutes of drama, weaving Indigenous language through the dialogue and exploring spiritual aspects of Indigenous culture and community.

C

Child Soldiers documentary – 2002

It is horrifying to hear children talk of killing and maiming people.

Chinese Take Away documentary – 2002

An adaptation of a physical theatre show by performer Anna Yen, which explores stories about her family.

CNNNN: Chaser Non-stop News Network – Lunchgate television program – 2002

Finely tuned satire that gives sensationalist reportage a caning.

Cold Turkey short feature – 2002

This short feature is told in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards because the lead character suffers from blackouts.

Compass – Saving Claymore television program – 2002

Fire-bombings and vandalism were the norm until Mary, a Good Samaritan Sister, got people together to decide what was needed to turn the community around.

Crackerjack feature film – 2002

An overgrown boy from a spoiled generation, becomes a man through fraternising with an older, wiser — and very daggy — generation.

D

Dirty Deeds feature film – 2002

A photograph from the 1960s of a prominent Sydney criminal pig-shooting with two American mafiosi helped inspire this drama.

Don’t Blame the Koalas - Episode 1, Fate Steps In television program – 2002

Gregory has placed magnets in his shoes and hat so that he won’t fall into outer space when he gets to Australia.

F

The Fairytale Police Department – Black Day for Snow White television program – 2002

Crimes committed in Fairytale land mean the world’s best-known fairy tales won’t end the way they should. Combines genres of fairytale and detective television.

Flat short film – 2002

A short drama about the day in a life of a young teenager. Marnie lives in a housing commission estate and captures Alice Springs through a video camera given to her by her mostly absent father.

Fond Memories of Cuba documentary – 2002

Two perspectives are presented: admiration for Fidel Castro and proud optimism, alongside evidence of poverty and decay.

The Foundation 1963–1977 documentary – 2002

Excluded from the census until 1967, Indigenous Australians formed The Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in 1963, to agitate for political and social change.

G

Gulpilil: One Red Blood documentary – 2002

David Gulpilil continues to be a person – culturally and creatively – of incredible artistic significance to Indigenous peoples and Australian society alike.

H

The Hard Word feature film – 2002

The Hard Word is both a comical crime fable and a story of brotherly love, an unusual mix of elements.

I

In Limbo documentary – 2002

Australian lawyer Hoi Trinh attempts to secure citizenship for 2,000 Vietnamese 'boat people’. Thirty-seven families are resettled, the rest remain in limbo.

J

John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 television program – 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

K

Kath and Kim – Money television program – 2002

Kath’s 'look at moi’ is the show’s most famous catchphrase and the vernacular of the 'foxy ladies’ has become a recognisable fixture in popular culture.

L

Legacy of the Silver Shadow – The Feral Element television program – 2002

1950s superhero the Silver Shadow and his archenemy The Crab are revealed to four kids who carry on the struggle between good and evil.

M

Making Venus documentary – 2002

Making Venus records in exquisitely painful detail the worst that can happen when making an under-budgeted, ill-prepared film.

Message Stick – Kurtal: Snake Spirit television program – 2002

A beautiful story about Kurtal, an ancestor and Dreaming song, and the Elder Spider, whose responsibility it is to perform the dance as well as pass it on.

Mimi short film – 2002

Warwick Thornton’s satirical short film stars Sophie Lee and Aaron Pedersen and pokes fun at white art collectors who purchase Indigenous art purely for its investment value.

Mother Tongue short film – 2002

Set in Korea in 1976, this haunting film conveys how a young girl’s relationship with her parents is altered by the loss of her mother tongue.

O

Outback Opera, La Boheme Tour documentary – 2002

Opera Australia’s OzOpera Tour took La Boheme to country Victoria and South Australia. The camera follows the 22-stop tour.

Out There – Two Down Under television program – 2002

A comedy-drama for children set in an animal clinic in rural Australia.

R

Rabbit-Proof Fence feature film – 2002

For many white Australians, this popular film was the first direct emotional experience of what it meant to be one of the 'stolen generations’.

S

Seeking Asylum documentary – 2002

Three Afghans escaped from the Taliban and arrived in Australia as asylum seekers. Ninety-two per cent of Afghans seeking asylum in Australia are genuine refugees.

Shit Skin short film – 2002

This beautiful short drama tells of a young man who takes his grandmother back to the place of her childhood to reconnect with her surviving family.

Snake Dreaming short film – 2002

A short drama written and performed by Indigenous children about the Stolen Generations. It won Best Indigenous Film at the Alice Springs Youth Festival in 2002.

T

The Tracker feature film – 2002

A series of paintings by South Australian artist Peter Coad are used throughout The Tracker in place of visual depictions of violence.

Trespass documentary – 2002

Trespass revisits the Mirarr people’s fight against the uranium mines in Jabiluka. Yvonne Margarula is arrested for walking on her own land.

Turn Around short film – 2002

Director Samantha Saunders refers to her film as a 'girl fantasy’ and it is refreshing to have an all-Indigenous cast in a romantic comedy.

W

Walking on Water feature film – 2002

Friends and family euthanise a young man dying of AIDS and then deal with their grief and guilt.

White Collar Blue – Series 1 Episode 21 television program – 2002

White Collar Blue follows the lives and criminal cases of the police at a Sydney beachside police station.