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All titles in the ‘Adaptation’ genre

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The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet short film – 1989

A whimsical, animated tale of music and romance, narrated by Ruth Cracknell and set amidst the Great Maitland Flood of 1955.

The Man from Snowy River feature film – 1982

The Man From Snowy River is an iconic Australian western. It’s a naive film of epic proportions, but the naiveté is calculated to appeal to a sense of American nostalgia, and Australian chauvinism.

Money Movers feature film – 1979

Money Movers was ahead of its time, and may have suffered because of that. It’s a 'crime procedural’, a genre that is now much more popular.

My Brilliant Career feature film – 1979

This feminist warrior and role model came to life on film in the same year as the road warrior in the masculine fantasy Mad Max.

My Brother Jack television program – 2001

This acclaimed mini-series is based on the classic Australian novel, a record of the changing social mores of the restless time between the First and Second World Wars.

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Ned Kelly feature film – 2003

Heath Ledger stars as Australia’s most famous outlaw.

The Night the Prowler feature film – 1978

This savage satire on the neuroses of the privileged of Sydney’s eastern suburbs was written by the great novelist Patrick White.

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The Odd Angry Shot feature film – 1979

Australia’s role in Vietnam was still a raw issue when this film emerged and some criticised it for not condemning that involvement.

On Our Selection feature film – 1932

This film was technically innovative and, when it opened in 1932, a box office sensation, rejuvenating the local film industry.

Oscar and Lucinda feature film – 1997

Drawn together by a passion for gambling, Anglican priest Oscar Hopkins and Australian heiress Lucinda Leplastrier agree on a wager with life-changing consequences.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock feature film – 1975

On St Valentine’s Day 1900, three schoolgirls from an exclusive English-style boarding school go missing, along with a teacher, at Hanging Rock, in central Victoria.

Playing Beatie Bow feature film – 1985

Playing Beatie Bow has the sumptuous look and feel of a period film, thanks to its award-winning cinematography and production design.

Poor Man’s Orange television program – 1987

Harp in the South was so admired by Network Ten’s then head of drama, Valerie Hardy, that she immediately commissioned this second series.

Praise feature film – 1998

Praise has alcohol and tobacco, acid and heroin, sex and oblivion and is like a grungy version of Last Tango in Paris.

Puberty Blues feature film – 1981

When the two teenage girls at the heart of this film buy a surfboard and teach themselves to surf, they become their own role models.

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Rabbit-Proof Fence feature film – 2002

For many white Australians, this popular film was the first direct emotional experience of what it meant to be one of the 'stolen generations’.

Radiance feature film – 1998

This is a rare exploration of the emotional interior lives of Indigenous women, in this case, three sisters.

The Removalists feature film – 1975

The story is a savage microcosm of Australia, rather than just a look at the then-topical issue of police hypocrisy and brutality.

Ride On Stranger television program – 1979

Bookworm Shannon Jones heads for the Harbour City to learn about life, love and politics in the 1930s.

Robbery Under Arms television program – 1985

Before this 1985 version there had been five attempts to tell this story, the best known being the Australian–British feature film of 1957 starring Peter Finch as Captain Starlight.

Romeo + Juliet feature film – 1996

Baz Luhrmann’s radical update of Romeo + Juliet boldly shattered conventional wisdom that said Shakespeare as he wrote it would never appeal to a mass audience.

Romulus, My Father feature film – 2007

This film is one of a small number of high quality films dealing with the lives of migrants, but it doesn’t labour this point.

Rusty Bugles television program – 1980

Based on a banned 1948 stage play, this telemovie follows a group of soldiers posted to a remote base in the Northern Territory during the Second World War.

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The Saddle Club – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2001

Carole, Stevie and newcomer Lisa ride their way to true friendship in The Saddle Club.

The Sentimental Bloke feature film – 1919

Director Raymond Longford and leading lady Lottie Lyell wrote this together and it is probably their most successful collaboration.

The Set feature film – 1969

Aspiring young designer Paul Lawrence is drawn into the hedonistic world of Sydney’s upper-class society.

Seven Little Australians television program – 1973

This is a delightful and faithful adaptation of Ethel Turner’s iconic Australian story, Seven Little Australians, into a charming television series.

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.

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 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.

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.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping feature film – 1997

Sonja Buloh returns to Hobart 20 years after leaving her violent father, Bojan. Their reunion ignites painful memories of shattered family life.

Storm Boy feature film – 1976

Seamlessly woven into this story about one boy’s love of a pelican, are such themes as race relations, ecology, and family breakdown.

Strikebound feature film – 1983

A docudrama based on the memories of Wattie and Agnes Doig, a miner and his wife involved in the Gippsland coal workers’ strike of 1937.

The Sum of Us feature film – 1994

The Sum of Us presents three generations of characters, all of whom seek the same thing – a meaningful and long-lasting partnership in love.

The Sundowners feature film – 1960

The Sundowners is remarkable for the number of Australian actors it showcases. Chips Rafferty plays Quinlan, the contractor at an outback shearing station.

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That Eye, the Sky feature film – 1994

Twelve-year-old Morton ‘Ort’ Flack lives in the outback. When Ort’s father is paralysed in an accident, a stranger named Henry arrives, offering to help.

They’re a Weird Mob feature film – 1966

An Italian sports journalist arrives in Australia to find his cousin’s new magazine for migrant Italians has folded. He soon gets a job as a builder’s labourer, learns to talk and drink like an Australian, and falls in love with an Australian girl.

Three Dollars feature film – 2005

Australians have decided to live in an economy and not a society’, were the words on a banner that partly inspired this film.

Travelling North feature film – 1987

Casting Leo McKern was a coup because he almost never accepted roles in his place of birth once he’d become successful in England.

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Underbelly – Series 1 television program – 2008

This 13-part crime drama is based on real events in Melbourne from 1994–2004. Dealing with gang warfare-related murders, it was controversial even before it was completed.

Unfinished Sky feature film – 2007

The same Dutch actor plays the lead role in this Australian remake of a Dutch film, and the original.

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Voss music – 1987

Voss is an opera about the fateful outback expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt, as recreated by Patrick White in his iconic novel.

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Wake in Fright feature film – 1971

A young schoolteacher loses all his money in an outback two-up game, while en route to Sydney. In the next two days he loses a lot more – self-respect, inhibitions, almost his life.

Walkabout feature film – 1970

A 16-year-old English girl and her 8-year-old brother are stranded in the desert, after their father shoots himself. They are rescued by a young tribal Aborigine.

We of the Never Never feature film – 1982

Race relations is the theme that is constantly lurking in this story about one woman’s life on an outback station.

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The Year of Living Dangerously feature film – 1982

The Year of Living Dangerously was Peter Weir’s last film about Australia, or his first film about the rest of the world, depending on how you look at it.

You Can’t See ‘Round Corners feature film – 1969

This film, shot at Kapooka camp, contains one of the only depictions in Australian cinema of soldiers training for Vietnam.

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