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Northern Safari (1956)


The film records a six-month journey by car, in 1955, from Perth to the Northern Territory and back, via Western Australia. Keith F Adams, his wife Audrey and sister Margaret together with Tiger, their fox terrier, made the trip in a 1948 Buick. They recorded the journey with a 16mm camera and edited it to two hours. They film, and sometimes kill, a variety of Australian fauna. The intrepid adventurers overcome obstacles like vehicle breakdowns and fording rivers.

Curator’s notes

The film was a huge success. Keith Adams four-walled the film throughout Australia and overseas and became a millionaire. Adams was seen by audiences many years before Crocodile Dundee, the Leyland Brothers, Harry Butler or Steve Irwin. Adams wrote a book, Crocodile Safari Man, about his adventures.