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All titles in the ‘Lifestyle’ genre

48 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

A

All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front newsreel – 1963

A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.

Australian Story – Of Droughts and Flooding Rains television program – 2002

Peter Andrews is so obsessed by an idea that it has consumed his life and almost destroyed his family. Voted the very best Australian Story of the decade.

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.

Australian Walkabout television program – 1958

The Chauvels, on a filmmaking safari of Australia, travel through the Northern Territory to Rum Jungle for a privileged look inside a uranium mine.

B

Beyond 2000 – Episode 152 television program – 1989

Including a report from Japan where a robot mannequin with the body type of a typical Japanese woman might replace the European store dummy.

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.

Beyond Tomorrow – Episode 39 television program – 2006

Cutting edge technological advances from around the world, from the bus that drives itself to the most advanced robot in the world.

Beyond Tomorrow – Episode 51 television program – 2006

This fast-paced episode covers a device that can be inserted into your brain to prevent depression and a gadget to explain supernatural phenomena.

A Big Country – City Girls television program – 1983

A group of students from an exclusive girls’ school and a group of unemployed girls hike through the bush.

A Big Country – Gulf Battlers television program – 1982

Vintage A Big Country featuring Elton and Maude beating the odds to run a small cattle station in the Gulf country of northern Australia.

A Big Country – On the Hook television program – 1976

An unusual departure for the A Big Country team as they examine the traumatic history and growth of the union that protects wharfie’s rights.

A Big Country – Peninsula People television program – 1968

An early episode of this iconic series. A Big Country aimed to bring country Australia into the lives of urban Australians.

A Big Country – The Darcys of Mallapunyah television program – 1981

A Big Country launched some of Australia’s best-known journalists and filmmakers, including Bob Connolly, Paul Williams, Chris Masters and Andrew Olle.

A Big Country – The Drover television program – 1981

Jack loves his job and his life on the road. The filmmakers have captured both the hardship and the freedom of a life on the ‘long paddock’.

Bush Toys documentary – 2008

A group of boys from the Titjikala community maintain the desert tradition of making miniatures or ‘bush toys’ from materials found in the environment.

C

The Colony television program – 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

D

Doggie Day Afternoon television program – 2000

This program about pampered pets and their exotic owners includes a doggie hotel, beauty parlour, cemetery and 'Dogue’ – the fashion house for dogs.

E

Eco House Challenge – Episode 1, Stop Your Gassing television program – 2007

Two Australian families have accepted an ‘eco challenge’: the Edwards family, led by ex-army commando Spike, and consumer addicts, the Shepherds.

Eco House Challenge – Episode 3, Emission Impossible television program – 2007

Eco House is a funny but informative show about how to lessen our eco footprint. The families who had to survive for 24 hours with no water, electricity, cars or waste disposal, now have to cut their household energy emissions by 60%.

Effie: Just Quietly – Make-Ups and Makeovers television program – 2001

Effie was a sitcom character before wandering out of fiction into documentary. Her comic persona allows a bluntness that 'serious’ interviewers might not get away with.

F

Fashionista – Alex Perry television program – 2003

Alex Perry runs through the A-Z of designing a wedding dress for the big day, negotiating the demands of the bride, her mother and the bridesmaids.

Fashionista – Donna-May Bolinger television program – 2004

Donna-May Bolinger, whose shoes were worn in Moulin Rouge!, has attempted to move beyond designing shoes, to incorporate feminist history in her work.

Fashionista – John Macarthur television program – 2003

John, from the Macarthur dynasty, pioneers of Australia’s wool industry, produces knitted high fashion garments that include singlets, shorts and even bikinis.

Fashionista – Mambo television program – 2003

Robert Moore’s boyhood interests– including cars and rock 'n’ roll – continue to inspire his artwork for iconic surfwear company Mambo.

Fashionista – Naomi Goodsir television program – 2003

Naomi Goodsir is a milliner. Lucky there’s always a race day somewhere, otherwise she’d be out of a job.

Fashionista – Nicolas Jurnjack television program – 2004

Nicolas Jurnjack, hair stylist to the world’s most famous models, was offered a choice of a plumbing or hairdressing apprenticeship. He chose plumbing.

Fashionista – Vivienne Westwood television program – 2005

Fashionista presenter Lee Lin Chin, self-confessed fashion junkie, is a Westwood fan, having written a long letter to her several years ago.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 1 television program – 2004

Homesick for Broome, the Pigram brothers wrote a famous song celebrating their mother’s wonderful fish soup and rice.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 2 television program – 2004

Diving for trepang (sea cucumber) in the northernmost tip of Australia, the program finds fine produce and great cooks to create a showcase of Australian cuisines.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 3 television program – 2004

While Maeve O’Mara has crossed the desert to eat at a terrific Greek taverna in Coober Pedy, Joanna Savill is in the Torres Strait to take part in a local feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 5 television program – 2004

Maeve O’Mara travels to Tasmania to discover the secrets behind creating a terrific cheddar. Joanna Savill is invited to a three-day Sikh religious festival and feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 6 television program – 2004

Another program in this very attractive series with its blend of produce, recipes and the cultures that make up contemporary Australia.

Footy Chicks documentary – 2006

Footballers are often criticised for their treatment of women; this offers insights into the kind of women that pursue them.

G

Good Girls Do Swallow documentary – 2000

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

K

King of the Surf sponsored film – 1964

In 1964, ten of the world’s best surfers converge on Manly Beach to fight for the title of world champion.

M

Message Stick – Black Olive television program – 2005

As a chef, Mark Olive has developed dishes that use Indigenous knowledge of fauna and flora and food preparation that complements the Australian landscape.

Message Stick – Wathaurong Glass television program – 2003

Wathaurong Glass is an initiative that not only creates a new way of expressing Aboriginal art, but also provides a service to the community from which it comes.

Morning Star Painter documentary – 1980

A portrait of Djiwul (Jack) Wunuwun, the Morning Star Painter, set in his homeland community of Gamedi in Arnhem Land.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 16 television program – 2003

A group of women, including Federal MP Jackie Kelly and a young single mother, talk about how they feel pressured by their children to buy, buy, buy.

Mum’s the Word – Episode 9 television program – 2003

The women selected for this discussion are chosen for their entertaining stories about parenting rather than representing the range of parenting issues in the community.

P

The Popular Sport of Surfboarding newsreel – 1925

An early newsreel of pioneering surfboard riders at Bondi Beach in Sydney in 1925.

R

Rough Riders documentary – 1995

This film examines the gladiatorial machismo of the laconic roughriders of the rodeo.

S

Service in the Sun sponsored film – 1957

In 1956, members of the American and Hawaiian surf lifesaving teams demonstrate the latest surfing techniques on Bondi Beach.

T

Torque – Series 1, Episode 8 television program – 1974

Peter Wherrett, a former racing car driver and motoring journalist, praises or blames car manufacturers without fear or favour.

Torque – Series 4, Episode 10 television program – 1980

Peter Wherrett is great talent. He knows cars and can warn of the dangers of the road without sounding preachy.

W

Wirrangul Women: Always Have, Always Will documentary – 2006

Elders Doreen and Gladys are the last speakers of the Wirangu language. They must find a way to pass their language and tradition on to younger generations.

With Gentle Majesty television program – 1962

The high point of the Melbourne Royal Agricultural Show each day is the Grand Parade. The initial languid pace of the filming and editing nicely underscores the images of the huge, slow-moving workhorses.

Women in the Surf documentary – 1986

Documentary on the battle for women to take to the waves, from Isabel Letham in 1914 to Pam Burridge in the 1980s.