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Shifting Sands – Promise short film – 1997

This is essentially a love story told in the absence of the love interest – grandfather – that resonates as one of those moments that are a cherished memory.

Shifting Sands – Tears short film – 1997

Tears introduces the two main characters from Ivan Sen’s feature film Beneath Clouds, and also presents the elements that shape his later feature.

Shifting Shelter 3 documentary – 2005

Shot over a ten-year period, and reminiscent of the British 7 Up series, Shifting Shelter follows four Indigenous teens into young adulthood.

Shine feature film – 1996

This film catapulted both director Scott Hicks and actor Geoffrey Rush onto the international stage.

A Shining Example sponsored film – c1920

Unlike other films produced by the Made in Australia Council, A Shining Example juxtaposes a tour of an Australian factory with a fictional narrative.

The Ship That Shouldn’t Have documentary – 1984

A scientific expedition aboard the steam-powered Cheynes 2 was beset by disasters. The members of the expedition were lucky to survive.

The Shiralee television program – 1987

This miniseries was made during the golden decade of television drama. Its magic lies in the chemistry of Bryan Brown and Rebecca Smart.

The Shiralee feature film – 1957

Arguably there are two major themes in Australian cinema – the problem of the landscape, and the related problem of masculinity – and both are the subject of The Shiralee.

Shirley Thompson versus the Aliens feature film – 1972

Maverick filmmaker Jim Sharman’s first film is unique – an engaging potpourri of sci-fi, rock’n'roll, anarchic comedy and psychological drama.

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.

Shoalwater: Up For Grabs documentary – 1992

Shoalwater: Up for Grabs was instrumental in stopping sandmining in the Shoalwater area.

Shooey’s Little World documentary – 1984

Keith and Gladys Shoesmith live in the country with their six children. An interesting insight into the family life of a genuine battler.

Short Changed feature film – 1985

The script is beautifully weighted so that the political context of the film does not inhibit the personal journey of the characters.

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.

Siege of the South documentary – 1931

Frank Hurley documents Australia’s rich history of scientific exploration of the Australian Antarctic Territory.

The Silence of Dean Maitland feature film – 1934

Renowned filmmaker Ken G Hall was concerned that this film would incite religious anger, but it was a smash hit instead.

The Silver Brumby – Friends of the High Country television program – 1996

This episode features a rich drama of ancient rivalries, a brewing leadership struggle between two strong males, budding star-crossed lovers and treacherous spies.

Silver City sponsored film – 1936

This film is narrated with Frank Hurley’s typical flamboyance and presents mining as instrumental to maintaining the livelihood of over 100,000 Australians.

Singapore Synopsis home movie – 1971

As a competent and creative amateur filmmaker, Alan Bresnahan’s shots are well chosen, mixing architectural and colonial history with tourist attractions.

The Singer and the Dancer short feature – 1977

Ambitious and confidently made, The Singer and the Dancer was Gillian Armstrong’s first attempt at a longer form drama after making a couple of shorts.

The Singing Chef advertisement – 1952

The catchy melody and infectious cheer have you humming along by the end of the advertisement.

Singles Club documentary – 2007

Phoenix Lifestyle, founded in 1982, has 1,000 members. Singles Club follows the lives of five members as they seek partners.

Size 10 documentary – 1978

Size 10 is about how four young women break free of the pressure to conform to beauty and fashion norms.

Skippy Adventures in Bushtown – Trouble in Bushtown television program – 1997

The creative look of this 2D animation is signature Yoram Gross with flat, bright, clean-lined characters laid over muted pencil-drawn backgrounds.

Skippy – Be Our Guest television program – 1968

Clancy wants to make a good impression on her visiting mother. Instead, she gets lost in the bush where she is rescued by a group of Aboriginal men (played by visiting members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala, Arnhem Land).

Skippy – Long Way Home television program – 1968

Dastardly Dr Stark kidnaps ‘no ordinary kangaroo’ Skippy for his own private zoo, but Skippy has other plans.

Sky Trackers – Is There Life On Earth? television program – 1994

Shane is not a textbook hero, and while Nikki’s attraction to him because of his scientific brain seems a little improbable, this situation certainly challenges the stereotype.

Skyway Express documentary – c1948

One of a series of travelogues produced in the late 1940s when very few Australians had travelled overseas, each is about flying into an 'exotic’ location.

Sleeping Beauty feature film – 2011

A young female university student takes on an unusual, erotic freelance job to support her studies.

Small Treasures short film – 1995

In this animated short, a pregnant woman imagines the worst domestic disasters befalling her unborn child.

Smart’s Labyrinth documentary – 1994

Artist Jeffrey Smart observes that he doesn’t like viewing his finished work as 'every picture is a defeat’.

Smiley feature film – 1956

A mischievous boy in a small town tries to reform himself, in order to earn a bicycle.

Smiley Gets a Gun feature film – 1958

A nine-year-old country boy tries to give up mischief in order to win a much-desired rifle.

Smithy feature film – 1946

Smithy was Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s first film. With characteristic modesty, he later said he won the part as a control tower officer because he supplied his own uniform.

Smoking the Baby documentary – 2001

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

Smoky Dawson and the Singing Bullet radio – 1955

Smoky Dawson rescues his young friend Billy from two villains in this classic episode of the Smoky Dawson radio show.

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.

Snakes and Ladders documentary – 1987

An account of the achievements and setbacks of a ‘shifting landscape’ as Australian women attempt to gain equality in education in the 20th century.

Snapshot feature film – 1978

Snapshot holds some sort of distinction in thriller ranks for its use of a Mr Whippy ice-cream van as a deadly instrument.

Snapshots around ‘Madras’ home movie – c1926

This is a good example of how, in the early days of moving images, people would often pose for the camera as if they were posing for a still photograph.

Snippy is an Artful Dodger short film – c1925

This charming example of an early Australian cartoon superimposes cell animation over freeze-frames of live action to create Snooks’s dream world.

Snobs – Episode 8 television program – 2003

This is a typical example of a Snobs self-contained episode as Abby and Marian and the oh-so-clever dog, Snobs, get mixed up in yet another escapade.

Snow… Down Under documentary – 1982

Snow… Down Under shows three friends skiing on Mount Kosciuszko, intercut with the history of skiing in Australia.

Snowtown feature film – 2010

A vulnerable South Australian teenage boy is drawn into a horrific world of murder and torture.

Snowy Hydro – Conquest of the Rivers sponsored film – 1957

This is essentially a recruitment film, targeting the types of workers whose adaptability and skills base would well serve the Snowy Hydro scheme’s requirements.

Snowy Hydro – Conservation in the Snowy Mountains sponsored film – 1955

This film traces the history of soil erosion in the Snowy Mountains and demonstrates the approach taken by the Snowy Mountains Scheme to counteract the problem.

Snowy Hydro – Gardens of the Snowy Mountains sponsored film – 1967

This Snowy Hydro film encourages visitors to the area to take a wider look around, but also counters any criticism of the vastly expanded settlement of the region.

Snowy Hydro – Operation Adaminaby sponsored film – 1958

In an extraordinarily florid finale, reminiscent of wartime propaganda, the film pays tribute to the residents and their noble act in moving the town of Adaminaby.

Snowy Hydro – Safety on the Snowy Scheme sponsored film – 1964

The culture of the all-male workplace was one where risk taking and daring were highly valued, an environment intensified by the experiences of two world wars.

Snowy Hydro - Snowy 69 sponsored film – 1969

This 1969 film makes a concerted effort to explain the many facets of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the public, including how the system was being built.

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