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Footy The La Perouse Way 2006

Sydney’s La Perouse had an all-black football team in the 1930s but all nationalities were being welcomed by the 1950s.

For All the World to See 1992

Fred Hollows, eye surgeon with a passion for medical reform, visits Aboriginal communities and Eritrea in Africa.

For a Price 1985

This catalogue of what kinds of sex there was for sale in the mid-1980s, also makes a link between drugs and prostitution.

Forbidden Lie$ 2007

Do you want the truth or what I said?’- a real-life thriller about author Norma Khouri’s defence against claims that Forbidden Love is a fraud.

The Forerunner 1957

The Forerunner positions the the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme’s as the country’s 'first major step towards the final solution of Australia’s water problem’.

For Love or Money 1983

Using almost totally historical material, For Love or Money encompasses the role of Australian women in both paid and unpaid work, over a 200 year period.

For the Defence 1998

Unusual access to Australian law in action allows a glimpse into the complexities of theft, rape and murder trials.

The Foundation 1963–1977 2002

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

Four’s a Crowd 1957

Four’s a Crowd comically portrays four types of workers in the waterfront industry – Glass-arm Harry, Tiddly Pete, Nick-away Ned and Ron the Roaster.

Frame Up. Who Bombed the Hilton, Who Didn’t? 1983

Produced in 1982, an example of the power of the media in the controversial trial of three Ananda Marga members – the men were acquitted two years later.

Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History 2004

An excellent look at the man who produced some of Australia’s first documentaries, and some of our most iconic images.

Franklin River Journey 1980

Amateur botanist Antonius Moscal says that rafting down the wilderness of the Franklin River reminds him of the definition of God.

The Franklin Wild River 1980

Bob Brown takes a rubber dinghy through spectacular rapids as part of a filmed campaign to halt plans to flood the Franklin River.

Friends and Enemies 1987

The story of a machiavellian plan to destroy union power, Friends and Enemies follows the bitter fight between Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland government and the ACTU.

From the Bush to the Bungalow 1920

Produced at a time when the timber industry was considered romantic, Bush Bungalow shows the power of nature and man’s ability to conquer it.

Frontline 1979

Combat cameraman and correspondent, Neil Davis worked at the extreme front-line, capturing memorable images of the Vietnam war, taken under fire.

Funny by George: The George Wallace Story 1999

An untrained actor with a talent for stand up comedy, George Wallace’s first job was with Happy Harry Salmon’s travelling show.

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George Dreyfus: A Portrait 1984

Composer George Dreyfus marks this portrait with his own whimsical style, showing how lively biography can be when the subject is prepared to satirise himself.

Ghosts of Port Arthur c1932

A ‘novelty travel talk’ by Ken G Hall in 1930 has other resonances today: violent encounters after European settlement and the horror of the Port Arthur massacre.

Gillies 1987

Max Gillies, probably best know for his portrayal of Bob Hawke, feels more confident and secure when he creates a character to hide behind.

A Girl, a Horse, a Dream 2003

This documentary follows the top Australian female jockey for a year to see if men and women can compete equally in horseracing.

Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems 2005

Carol Jerrems, who photographed Melbourne subcultures in the 1970s, unsentimentally documents her own decline from terminal illness polycythemia.

Give Trees a Chance: The Story of Terania Creek 1980

This recording of an anti-logging protest is one of many documentaries made in the 1980s that reflect growing concern about progress at the expense of the environment.

Global Haywire 2007

Bruce Petty asks Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and a bunch of cartoon characters if the West has only got itself to blame for its woes.

Glued to the Telly 1995

Forty years of television broadcasting in Australia is presented in a self-conscious, ironic style.

God’s Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent 1992

The Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy give full access to the filmmakers to explore and question those who choose a religious life.

Going Tribal 1995

It takes sophistication to live simply. Going Tribal captures the joy of life and values of a group of ferals living in the Byron Bay area.

The Golden West 1940

This film was made by William George Alma, a member of the Victorian Amateur Cine Society who was predominantly a magician and collector of material about magic.

Good Girls Do Swallow 2000

Dumb Idiotic Eating Trauma – Rachael Oakes-Ash takes a witty look at widespread dieting and its sometimes deadly consequences.

The Good Looker 1995

Joy Hester’s emotionally disturbing and challenging work mainly deals with the relationships between men and women. Her genius is now gaining wider recognition.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugg Boot 2006

A David and Goliath conflict over brand ownership between a small business and an American corporate giant.

The Good Woman of Bangkok 1991

At the time of the film’s release there was a lot of debate about filmmaker O’Rourke’s relationship with his subject – a prostitute – and the issues that raises.

Grave of the President 1984

In 1942, ocean liner President Coolidge accidentally struck two allied mines and sank. One of the world’s biggest shipwrecks is now a popular dive destination.

Green Tea and Cherry Ripe 1989

A portrait of Japanese women who came to Australia as war brides after the Second World War, and their experiences in an alien land.

Gulpilil: One Red Blood 2002

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

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Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age 1985

O’Rourke presents the case that the US government used the Marshall Islands as a testing ground for atomic weapons to document the long-term effects of radiation.

A Hard Rain 2007

A Hard Rain came out of David Bradbury’s concern that Australia was about to embark on the biggest environmental disaster since white settlement.

Harold 1994

A big man with a big voice. As the first Indigenous man to sing on national radio, Harold Blair carried huge responsibilities on his shoulders.

The Harold Holt Mystery 1985

On 17 December 1967 Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach, Victoria. This docudrama reconstructs Holt’s last days and examines controversial theories surrounding his death.

The Healing of Bali 2003

This documentary explores the Balinese response to the terrorist bombings in Kuta on 12 October 2002.

Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident 2003

Filmmaker Anna Brionowski follows her aunt, anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott, for a year to capture the feelings of frustration and urgency of a 30-year campaign.

Hellfire Jack: The John Curtin Story 1985

A portrait of John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945.

Hephzibah 1998

Levy has painted a portrait of a woman ahead of her time – musician Hephzibah Menuhin was imperfect, passionate, talented and driven by a humanitarian instinct.

The Highest Court 1998

The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to make this lucid explanation of the High Court of Australia.

High on a Cool Wave 1968

A classic Australian surf movie featuring Nat Young, Bob McTavish and Peter Drouyn, from just before the short board revolution in 1968.

The Hillmen: A Soccer Fable 1995

With Greek and Turkish communities moving out of the area, the Clifton Hill Soccer Club must recruit from a newer wave of Asian immigrants or face extinction.

Homelands: View from the Edge 1993

In his first exploration of the migration experience, Zubrycki poses the question ‘When the fighting stops, how do you make choices about where you want to live?’.

Home of the Blizzard 1998

This documentary is an excellent portrayal of the adverse conditions of Antarctica.

Honeybee Blues 2009

Australian bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson is on a quest to save the honeybee from the devastating Varroa destructor mite.

How the West was Lost 1987

The strike of 1 May 1946 was the first major strike by Indigenous peoples. It took a significant organisational effort to bring unified opposition against the powerful pastoral industry.

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