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Titles from the 1990s

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40,000 Years of Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema documentary – 1996

Filmmaker George Miller is a big believer in applying Joseph Campbell’s musings on the hero’s journey to storytelling.

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert feature film – 1994

The most unforgettable scenes in Priscilla feature excessive costumes on incongruous characters in vast, humbling spaces.

Advertising Missionaries documentary – 1996

In their quest to find new consumers, multinational companies are using performance to reach isolated PNG highlanders.

After Mabo documentary – 1997

The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance.

Alicia documentary – 1996

Alicia and her parents believe the family’s collective faith aided her recovery from a brain injury sustained in a car accident.

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

Angel Baby feature film – 1995

These lovers are mentally ill and, for the sake of their coming baby, go off their medication, adding a touch of heroism to the film.

Angst documentary – 1993

Sandy Gutman, one of the comedians featured, released Australiana in 1983 and it is still the biggest-selling local comedy record.

Art From the Heart documentary – 1998

White collectors and gallery owners have benefited from indigenous art since the 1970s yet this issue is not vigorously pursued here.

Arthur Boyd: Testament of a Painter documentary – 1994

Boyd’s habit of making people and objects float in his landscapes has earned him the title of an 'antipodean Marc Chagall’.

Australian Story – A Man for All Seasons television program – 1999

Bronco Coach Wayne Bennett’s father was a violent and hard drinking fettler. So he made a vow to his mother that he would never drink or gamble.

Australian Story – Since Adam Was a Boy television program – 1997

Adam Sutton, horse wrangler and rodeo rider, is a quintessential cowboy: fearless, fun-loving and homosexual. The biggest risk he ever took was revealing his sexuality.

Australia Post – Australia Post Inc sponsored film – 1990

The Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 transformed the post office from an administrative centre focused on mail delivery to a sales-oriented shopfront.

Aya feature film – 1990

The story of a Japanese-Australian marriage in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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Babe feature film – 1995

A worldwide hit film based on a children’s book about a farm pig who wants to be a sheepdog.

Bad Boy Bubby feature film – 1993

Bad Boy Bubby was conceived as an experiment on virtually every level. It had 32 different cinematographers, for example.

Bananas in Pyjamas – Banana Breakfast television program – 1999

The combination of visually appealing characters with the 'Bananas in Pyjamas’ song created a highly popular and commercially successful preschool series.

The Barefoot Bushman: Dancing With Dingoes documentary – 1997

The film includes footage of Bruce Jacobs, who established a dingo sanctuary in Victoria and bred dingoes for domestic sale.

Barred Wives documentary – 1993

Not all these stories of marrying prisoners end well: one woman was murdered by her bridegroom upon his release.

Bastards from the Bush, A Journey with Bob Ellis and Les Murray documentary – 1998

The ridicule poet Les Murray experienced at school, contributed to a nervous breakdown 30 years later, he says.

The Battle for Byron documentary – 1996

The Byron Bay whaling station operated between 1954 and 1962, producing more than 10,000 tonnes of oil from 1,146 whales.

Beating About the Bush documentary – 1993

The filmmakers set out to record a music documentary with a happy ending but end up with coverage of a goodwill disaster.

BeDevil feature film – 1993

Tracey Moffatt, who is best known as an artist, challenged Western storytelling traditions in Bedevil and polarised critics.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

Freddy West Tjakamarra, a member of the Pintubi people, thought that tinned food contained human flesh.

Beyond 2000 – Episode 287 television program – 1992

Research and innovation around the world that will change our lives beyond the year 2000. When axed by the ABC, the team created Beyond Tomorrow for the Seven Network.

Big Bag’s Japanese Adventure documentary – 1998

The Geelong-based Big Bag Band was invited to Japan to inspire that country’s fledgling arts and disability scene.

Bigger than Texas documentary – 1992

WA’s need for a hero and corporate excess created Alan Bond, who features heavily in this quite personal documentary.

Big Hair Woman documentary – 1996

An aid organisation chose to 'gently educate’ a television audience about PNG using comedy, hiring Mary Coustas for the job.

Big People, Small People documentary – 1991

Cartoonist Michael Leunig and then opposition member John Howard have very different views on the desire for more.

The Big Steal feature film – 1990

The Big Steal is generally known as a romance and an exuberant comedy but is also about teenagers outwitting corrupt adults.

Billal documentary – 1996

Skilled documentarian, Tom Zubrycki, set out to make a film about young Lebanese-Australians in Sydney but had to change tack.

Black Harvest documentary – 1992

When coffee prices plunged, it sparked drama of epic proportions in this, the third film in a celebrated trilogy set in PNG.

Blackout – Malangi: A Day in the Life of a Bark Painter television program – 1991

A portrait of the internationally acclaimed Arnhem Land artist David Malangi, highly regarded in both Yolngu and western cultural traditions.

Black Robe feature film – 1991

In 17th century Canada a Jesuit missionary confronts his faith and mortality while travelling up river to reach a settlement of Huron Indians.

Blackrock feature film – 1996

Blackrock’s depiction of teenagers letting off steam with sex and drink and rock 'n’ roll is very dynamic because of the fluid camerawork, lively soundtrack and energetic choreography.

The Black Swan: Meryl Tankard Choreographer documentary – 1995

Meryl Tankard was on a high at the Australian Dance Theatre in this 1995 documentary; the controversial dispute was later.

Blinky Bill’s Fire Brigade television program – 1992

Blinky Bill is an iconic Australian character much loved by generations of children, through the books and more recently through these television series.

Blood Brothers – Broken English documentary – 1993

Arrernte man Max Stuart was sentenced to death in 1959 for murder but, nearly 35 years later, he talks about the case on camera.

Blood Brothers – Freedom Ride documentary – 1993

This documentary about Indigenous campaigner Charlie Perkins was made by his daughter Rachel, giving it extra intimacy.

Blood Brothers – From Little Things Big Things Grow documentary – 1993

An exploration into the life of Kev Carmody, portraying the years he spent in an orphanage when forcibly removed from his family by Queensland authorities at ten years old.

Blood Brothers – Jardiwarnpa documentary – 1993

The orchestration of Warlpiri ceremonies in this film challenges the concept that indigenous culture is stagnant.

Blood Oath feature film – 1990

A fictionalised drama about the true-life struggle to successfully convict Japanese military officers responsible for war crimes in Indonesia during the Second World War.

Blue Heelers – A Woman’s Place television program – 1993

This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.

Bookmark – Tim Winton television program – 1995

Tim Winton discusses the film adaptation of his novel, That Eye, the Sky. So long as the adaptation respects the writing, he’s happy.

The Book Show – Germaine Greer television program – 1992

Germaine Greer talks to Andrea Stretton about the mixed reactions of feminists to her latest book, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

The Book Show – Peter Carey television program – 1992

Peter Carey had already won the Booker prize for Oscar and Lucinda when Andrea Stretton interviewed him about his latest book, The Tax Inspector.

Boys and Balls documentary – 1994

Greig Pickhaver and John Doyle, aka 'Roy and HG’, are the commentators: of course the sport theme is tackled with humour.

The Boys feature film – 1998

David Wenham’s performance as the absolutely terrifying Brett Sprague, launched his career as an actor of serious power and presence.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

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