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Let’s hit the beach

This summer holidays many Australians will be spending time at the beach. This collection is a celebration of beach culture from the 1910s to the 2000s.

The titles below show many sides of the beach: from happy days spent picnicing, beachcombing, surfing and swimming, to the more sinister threat of sharks (see Australia Today – Man-Eater, 1939), and gang violence (in All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front, 1963).

See all titles on australianscreen online tagged beaches.

NFSA Film Archivist Richard Carter has created this mash-up of summer footage from the 1940s-1970s using only film, music and audio from over 40 films from the Film Australia Collection:

Another Sunny Day – FAC Archive mix and mash #1 (2011)

See also the Summer playlist on the NFSA Films YouTube Channel.

Sorrento historical – c1922

Australia Today – Man-Eater newsreel – 1939

Thrill of the Surf documentary – 1949

Service in the Sun sponsored film – 1957

North to Niugini documentary – 1979

This Woman is Not a Car short film – 1982

Small Treasures short film – 1995

Us Deadly Mob documentary – 2005

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Beth Taylor

Beth is an artist who works across a broad range of mediums including photography, writing, documentary filmmaking, sculpture and painting. Her work has a common theme of finding beauty in the everyday. She has worked for the NFSA since 2008.