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All titles in the ‘Music’ genre

18 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1940s

The Dance of the Eyes documentary – c1940

Skylogues’ like this one from Bali, were shown in cinemas prior to a feature film; few Australians travelled abroad then.

1960s

Cinesound Review: That Mersey Sound: Beatles at the Stadium newsreel – 1964

This newsreel special of the 1964 Beatles tour captures footage of the band in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, concert excerpts and the attendant 'Beatlemania’.

1970s

Daddy Cool documentary – 1973

A film about successful 1970s rock band Daddy Cool could not be anything but charmingly laid-back.

A Big Country – The White Rose television program – 1979

Widely known as 'the King of the Dance Hall’, Frank Bourke founded The White Rose Orchestra in 1936 and toured rural areas for more than 40 years.

1980s

Wrong Side of the Road feature film – 1981

Most black bands before this were playing country and western – Us Mob, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address were among the first to play rock or reggae.

South of the Border documentary – 1987

This documentary explores the role of music in the grass roots political protest movement in Central America and also raises ethical dilemmas.

1990s

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.

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.

Harold documentary – 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.

Doesn’t Everybody Want a Golden Guitar documentary – 1995

A theme of this foot-tapping documentary, set in Tamworth, is that country music fans are also down-to-earth like country people.

The Young One: A Portrait of the Conductor Simone Young documentary – 1995

Australian-born Simone Young is a conductor who has succeeded in a highly competitive, male-dominated field.

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.

Hephzibah documentary – 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.

2000s

John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 television program – 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

Outback Opera, La Boheme Tour documentary – 2002

Opera Australia’s OzOpera Tour took La Boheme to country Victoria and South Australia. The camera follows the 22-stop tour.

Compass – Fly on the Wall Messiah television program – 2004

Every year, 700 amateur singers come together to perform Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall. It’s a Christmas tradition. They have nine rehearsals only and getting ready for the big night is a nail-biting experience.

Salute to the Aussie Digger spoken word – 2005

An historical overview of Australian military engagements in both war and peacekeeping told through music, sound effects and narration.

Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey documentary – 2006

Jimmy Little’s softly softly style came under scrutiny during the heyday of 1970s Indigenous politics.