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Drugs and alcohol

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Trading buai

from the documentary Betelnut Bisnis (M)

Buai or betelnut is a stimulant used widely in New Guinea. Lucas wants to trade in it to acquire some cash. He meets Jane in the market and she introduces Lucas to her aunt who …

Circumstances lead to a car accident

from the documentary Billal (PG)

Young Anglo-Australian Linc talks about how he was escaping from a potential attack when he accidentally ran down a young Australian-Lebanese man. He describes how, although he fears for his life, he sympathises with the …

Six o’clock swill

from the feature film Caddie (M)

Caddie has taken a job in an inner-city hotel, because it pays more than waitressing, but she’s unprepared for the brutal struggle that is the nightly ‘six o’clock swill’. Men crowd the bar …

Christmas season in Melbourne

from the newsreel Christmas Hustle and Bustle: Crowds Leave for Well-deserved Holiday on 22 December (G)

This clip begins with a shot of a crowd (mostly women) gathering around suitcases on the pavement outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, just before Christmas 1928. Men are filmed loading suitcases onto the running …

Alcohol and self-respect

from the documentary The Flying Vet (PG)

Susan Bradley is a justice of the peace in Kununurra in far north Western Australia. She presides over minor cases like public drunkenness. She comments that the lack of regular work opportunities in a rural …

An alcoholic Christmas Day

from the documentary I'll Be Home For Christmas (PG)

With a tablecloth and lots of alcohol, a group of alcoholic friends celebrate Christmas Day. The men are listening to themselves talk on a radio program that was prompted by the making of this documentary …

‘It doesn’t belong to us’

from the documentary Minymaku Way: There's Only One Women's Council (PG)

The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council are holding their executive meeting. The women express their objection to the presence and abuse of substances in their communities.

The march

from the documentary Minymaku Way: There's Only One Women's Council (PG)

A four-wheel drive makes its way down a stretch of road at Curtin Springs. The women are discussing the alcohol-related fatalities that have occurred here. They reminisce about the 1990 march against the sale of …

Painters and Dockers strike

from the documentary The Painters and Dockers Strike (G)

Over a ballad recounting the main events in the Painters and Dockers dispute, a montage of images sets the scene at the Garden Island docks. People with placards and signs enter an inner-city building.

In …

Teen smoking

from the documentary Rites of Passage (PG)

Rebellious teenagers smoke to annoy their parents. A mother and daughter discuss why the girl ran away from home.


from the documentary Selling Sickness (PG)

Newly created disease premenstrual dysphoric disorder was designed to market a drug. Prozac, an antidepressant, was repackaged as Sarafem specifically to treat the disease.

When the fun stops

from the television program What's Your Poison? – Ecstasy (PG)

There is a down side to taking ecstasy when it is mixed with other drugs, usually alcohol. In a large Sydney hospital on a weekend night, a young man is brought in with a psychotic …

Petrol sniffing

from the feature film Yolngu Boy (M)

Botj (Sean Mununggurr) sniffs petrol after fighting with his friends Lorrpu and Milika. He trashes the women’s community centre, concentrating his anger on the paintings of the Yolngu’s totem animal, the crocodile. He …

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