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Prices and the People documentary – 1948

Prices and the People provides a working-class view of price increases, wages and mounting profits and the effects on everyday people in 1948.

Project Vlad short film – 1999

This 3D animated short is about the loneliness of the long distance astronaut.

Proof feature film – 1991

This is a textbook example of how to make a film logistically simple without sacrificing complexity and dramatic impact.

Provincial Cities of Australia: Ballarat, Victoria documentary – c1932

Frank Thring was an enthusiastic supporter of talking pictures and a great believer in their potential to bolster the Australian film industry.

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.

Public Enemy Number One documentary – 1981

Public Enemy Number One gives insight into journalist Wilfred Burchett’s motives in covering wars from the enemy’s point of view.

A Pub With No Beer music – 1957

Slim Dusty’s original recording from 1957 of one of his most famous songs.

Pure S feature film – 1975

Pure S was originally banned from release and remains one of the most unusual and frank films about drug use ever made in Australia.

Pussy Pumps Up short feature – 1979

This 2D animated film features a tiny cat-girl heroine who metamorphoses into a muscular, powerful figure.

Pyongyang Diaries documentary – 1997

Solrun Hoaas uses a diary-like voice-over to reflect on the gap between what she was able to film and what she could not show.

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The Queen Goes West documentary – 1988

Queen Elizabeth II opens the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland. Filmaker Christine Olsen went on to write Rabbit-Proof Fence.

The Queen in Australia documentary – 1954

The first colour feature made in Australia, documenting the first visit of a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1954.

Queen of Hearts short feature – 2003

Framed by Indigenous relationships to place, Queen of Hearts offers the audience the chance to see the land through the eyes of people to whom the land is of great significance.

Queen Street and Victoria Bridge historical – 1899

Using an original Lumière Cinematographe, Frederick Charles Wills and his assistant, Henry William Mobsby, capture a busy Brisbane intersection in 1899.

The Quiet Room feature film – 1996

Why does a seven-year-old girl refuse to speak? Increasingly vicious arguments between the parents are not the whole story.

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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’.

Raccolta D’Inverno, Winter’s Harvest documentary – 1979

The government has now outlawed this traditional Italian community event of slaughtering and butchering a pig and feasting on it.

Rachel: A Perfect Life documentary – 2007

An intimate, observational documentary following a young woman as she goes through brain surgery to control her epilepsy.

Rachel’s Story documentary – 1997

At 16, Rachel was a prostitute and heroin addict in Kings Cross. Years later, she helps a prostitute reform.

Radiance feature film – 1998

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

Rangle River feature film – 1936

NSW legislation required exhibitors and distributors to invest in, and show, Australian films — but not for long.

Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines documentary – 1984

Profile of Raoul Wallenberg, an extraordinary humanitarian who disappeared after performing heroic deeds during the Second World War.

Rare Chicken Rescue documentary – 2008

After a battle with depression Queensland chicken breeder Mark Tully embarks on a mission to protect the endangered chickens who, he reckons, saved his life.

Rats in the Ranks documentary – 1996

The behind-the-scenes political wheeling and dealing in the countdown to the election of a new mayor for Sydney’s Leichhardt Council.

The Rats of Tobruk feature film – 1944

The Rats of Tobruk may not be Charles Chauvel’s best movie, but it deserves serious consideration as his best movie about war.

Razorback feature film – 1984

The outback town of Gamulla is terrorised by a giant razorback boar.

Rebels With a Cause documentary – 1994

Cecil Waters rules the family with a ‘rod of iron’, and is training his sons to be champion boxers.

Rebetika: Songs of Greece music – 1986

Rebetika music evolved in the 1920s, combining jail songs and hashish-smoking songs of the Greek underworld with music brought to Greece by refugees from the Greek-Turkish War.

Redback short film – 1995

In this playful animated short, a redback spider wreaks the ultimate humiliation on his male tormentor.

Red Cross Activities During and After WWI historical – c1919

The footage provides a snapshot of the daily tasks Female Red Cross volunteers performed during and after the First World War.

Red Cross Cinema Advertisement: The Prisoner of War Street Adoption Scheme advertisement – c1941

The appeal offers something practical that people can do – pay one pound a week to sponsor a prisoner of war.

Redfern Beach short film – 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

Red Matildas documentary – 1985

Told through the lives of three women, Red Matildas explores the social and political conditions in Australia during the Great Depression.

Reg Grundy’s Wheel of Fortune television program – 1959

Reg Grundy’s television debut in 1959 was also his first game show.

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.

Research on Survival in Bushfires documentary – 1963

This specialist documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Bushfire Research section of the CSIRO.

Return Home feature film – 1990

Suburbs in Australian cinema are usually the place that characters flee from; this film suggests you can also go back.

Reunion documentary – 1998

A bio-documentary of filmmaker Lisa Wang revealing her growing awareness of her 'Chinese-ness’ in 1950s Australia.

Revolution by Referendum: Political advertisement by Mr Costello advertisement – c1932

One of many activists or political aspirants who have proposed socialist visions for the country’s future over its recent history.

Revolving Door short film – 2006

A snapshot of St Kilda’s illegal sex industry and the people it affects.

Richmond Carnival in Aid of Blind Soldiers, May 1918 newsreel – 1918

Parades, carnivals and marches were commonly covered by newsreels. They were held to raise money and increase support for Australian troops and their families.

Rinso Laundry Powder : Hilda and Hugh Jones advertisement – c1940

Mrs Hilda Jones overcomes the drudgery of housework with the discovery of Rinso. Her husband Hugh is very relieved that he no longer has to suffer her bad moods.

Rinso Soap Powder: Then Came Happiness advertisement – 1931

Helen, worn out by the drudge of washing day, is introduced to Rinso by a girlfriend during a bridge night.

Rinso Washing Powder: A Bachelor Grey advertisement – c1943

Bachelor Henry is a ‘natty dresser’ but rubbing and scrubbing wears out his clothes until finally his temper wears out too! Henry’s ‘lady help’ to brings him a packet of Rinso washing powder and shows him how to get things clean.

Rinso Washing Powder: Easy Does It advertisement – 1946

This Rinso advertisement from 1946 features Bill Kerr with Joy Nichols, Dan Agar – all actors and radio stars of the era.

Rinso Washing Powder: Fairy Story Comes True advertisement – c1935

A young girl helps grant her mother’s wish to have a washing day that does not require long hours of scrubbing.

Riot or Revolution documentary – 2005

Three things struck filmmaker Don Parham about the Eureka story – it was a 'ripper yarn’, with a great cast of characters and fascinating politics.

The Rising Generation documentary – c1925

This incomplete documentary from 1926 promotes the public education system in South Australia from kindergarten through to university.

Rites of Passage documentary – 1994

Exploring the rites of passage that accompany entry into adulthood, three rebellious teenagers and their parents struggle to resolve their differences.

River of No Return documentary – 2008

A thought-provoking film that explores the issues involved in living a traditional lifestyle while trying to gain access to the larger, dominant society.

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