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Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas – Episode 1 documentary – 1993

Traditional stories, myths and legends from the Cook, Kiribati and Vanuatu Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas – Episode 6 documentary – 1993

Traditional stories, myths and legends from two Pacific Islands – Tahiti and Western Samoa.

The Painters and Dockers Strike documentary – 1976

In the 1950s the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia had its own film unit to counter government policies of the day.

Painting Country documentary – 2000

Indigenous paintings are maps of the artists’ country. They trace the land’s topography, but also contain personal history, mythology and Dreaming tracks.

Painting the Town: A Film About Yosl Bergner documentary – 1987

Bergner was one of the first contemporary artists to depict the plight of urban Aboriginal people and parallel their dispossession with that of European Jews.

Palermo: ‘History’ Standing Still short film – 2004

Images of architecture and street life shot in Palermo in 1999 are edited as a mock-documentary to suggest a century of history, and to examine issues of authenticity in the period film.

Palm Beach feature film – 1979

The underrated Palm Beach, set on Sydney’s northern beaches, is very daring in its use of sound.

Paper City Architects short film – 2006

A stunning, Manhattan-esque metropolis made of paper is the setting for this stop-motion tale of all-too-familiar bureaucratic frustration.

Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip documentary – 1991

A ‘paper trail’ from Japanese paper products back to Australia, examining whether the world’s demand for paper can coexist with protection of its forests.

Pathe Animated Gazette: 141st Australasian Edition newsreel – c1918

This edition of the Pathe Animated Gazette covers news items from different parts of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Warrnambool and Tasmania.

Pathe Animated Gazette (Australasian Edition): The First Instalment of Australian Notes newsreel – c1910

Australasian editions of the Pathe Animated Gazette combined local and international news items and screened to cinema audiences from around 1908 until the First World War.

Pathe Animated Gazette: Fire Breaks Out at Hornsby, Sydney newsreel – c1908

Topics in this Pathe Animated Gazette newsreel from 1908 range from a fire at Hornsby, in Sydney, to women modelling harem pants in Melbourne.

Patineur Grotesque historical – 1896

This footage of a man performing on rollerskates for a crowd in a park is thought to be Australia’s earliest surviving film.

Paying For the Past documentary – 2000

The world’s largest class action seeks compensation from German industries that benefited from the forced labour of concentration camp inmates.

Peach Growing and Canning in Australia sponsored film – c1926

At the time the film was made, the Leeton State Canning Factory employed approximately 250 people and processed 120 tonnes of fruit a day.

Pearls and Savages documentary – 1921

This 1979 reconstruction of Frank Hurley’s 1921 adventure film Pearls and Savages showcases the peoples and cultures of the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Pensions for Veterans documentary – 1953

A first glimpse of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit’s agenda – to depict labour history from the point of view of the workers.

Pentuphouse short film – 1998

This short film by Cate Shortland is a snapshot of a relationship in its last days.

People Who Still Use Milk Bottles documentary – 1990

This documentary traces the history of the dairy industry in Victoria in the 20th century, featuring Barry Dickins, John Flaus and Barry Jones.

Persil Washing Powder: Their Day advertisement – 1946

This washing powder’s particular magic is its ‘oxygen dazzle’ which allows the powder to lather easily without the need for rubbing and scrubbing.

A Personal History of the Australian Surf: Being the Confessions of a Straight Poofter documentary – 1981

His father told young Sydney-born theatre director Michael Blakemore that the world was divided into three groups, 'fools, crooks and gentlemen’.

Peter Nicholson Animations – Fraser’s Leadership Challenge short film – 1974

An animated political cartoon by Peter Nicholson featuring Billy Snedden and Malcolm Fraser.

Peter Nicholson Animations – Gough’s World Tour short film – 1974

An animated political cartoon by Peter Nicholson featuring Gough Whitlam, Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Bob Hawke.

Petersen feature film – 1974

Though promoted as a lusty yarn, the frequent and fairly explicit sex scenes between the film’s unhappy characters are hardly titillating.

The Phantom Stockman feature film – 1953

A bushman known as ‘the Sundowner’ helps cattle station heiress Kim Marsden investigate the death of her father.

Phoenix – Top Quality Crims television program – 1991

Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.

Pianoforte short film – 1984

A young woman who yearns to become a concert pianist is rescued from a sleazy cabaret by a mysterious cat burglar with whom she falls in love.

Piano Making documentary – c1924

This early film offers insights into the workmanship involved in piano manufacture and boasts the slogan, ‘Wherever you trade, buy Australian Made’.

The Piano feature film – 1993

The Piano is a film about an artist and the story of a woman whose passionate nature is akin to a form of madness. Both themes are common to Jane Campion’s work.

The Piano Tuner short film – 1960

Amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers started making this comedy short to test their newly purchased 16mm Bolex camera.

Pick a Box – Episode 170 television program – 1963

An episode of the classic quiz show featuring celebrity contestant Barry Jones, who later became a state and federal member of parliament.

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.

The Picture Show Man feature film – 1977

The comic performances from John Meillon and John Ewart as the last of the itinerant vaudevillians are superb.

Picturesque Portsea Provides Perfect Pageant newsreel – c1926

This clip of the popular beach and pier at Portsea in Victoria vividly captures the beach fashions and social customs of the 1920s.

The Picture Woman short film – 1997

Over a series of seemingly unrelated images, a woman speaks in voice-over of taking a photo of herself every other day.

Pioneers of Love documentary – 2005

The relationship between a Russian immigrant and a Ngadjonji woman in the late 1800s was considered an act of immorality.

A Place to Live sponsored film – 1950

This Realist Film Unit documentary illustrates that the builders of homes belonging to the wealthy themselves live across the river in poor conditions.

Plains Empty short film – 2005

Plains Empty functions as a metaphor for the whole Australian landscape, where the living characters are beset by the spirits of the past, and at no time is the past truly absent.

Pleasure Domes short film – 1987

The first Australian animation to compete at Cannes, Pleasure Domes is a reflection on the inevitability of attaching associations to perceptions of landscape.

The Plumber television program – 1979

Jill’s discomfort increases as the uninvited plumber destroys the bathroom, but neither her husband nor her friend Meg will take her seriously.

Poisoned Daggers sponsored film – c1941

The evocative title lends a sense of drama to the message being conveyed: that the mosquito’s bite is a threat not just to the health of the community, but also the war effort.

Police State television program – 1989

The script for this docudrama-style telemovie was developed using the transcripts from the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption.

Polska documentary – 1991

Polska looks at Poland in 1991 through the eyes of a journalist who visits different areas of her country talking to ordinary people about their lives.

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.

The Popular Sport of Surfboarding newsreel – 1925

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

Port Botany: A Planning Dilemma documentary – 1979

Tom Zubrycki developed a filmmaking style he calls ‘verite narratives’. This work represents a transition in his development as a filmmaker.

Power to Win documentary – 1942

Having been determined medically unfit for the army, Charles Chauvel saw his film work as a contribution to the war effort.

Prahran 3181: Swimming in the Backyard documentary – 2001

Simple subject matter – life at a swimming pool – captures the social interaction of the regulars and the sense of community.

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.

The President Versus David Hicks documentary – 2004

This documentary traces the journey of David Hicks from Australia to Afghanistan and then detention by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

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