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Road to Kokoda newsreel – 1942

What’s remarkable about Damien Parer’s Kokoda footage is that there is no actual combat, and the Japanese presence is felt most keenly through its absence.

Road to Nhill feature film – 1997

Four lady bowlers roll their car outside a country town. Amid chaos and panicking menfolk, they save themselves.

Road to Tokyo advertisement – c1941

An animated government advertisement designed to persuade Australians to contribute to the war effort by investing in war loans.

Roamin’ Holiday home movie – 1954

This amateur travelogue made by John and Frank Straford records their trip to north-east Victoria in the 1950s.

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.

Roberts, John: Anzac Day march Adelaide, South Australia and other segments home movie – c1941

This is a compilation of film segments from the John Roberts Home Movie Collection that have been spliced together.

Roberts, John: Children playing war games in a suburban backyard home movie – c1941

John Roberts filmed various scenes in and around his home city of Adelaide from 1939 to 1941, including Anzac Day and war bonds marches.

The Rocks: Sydney, Australia documentary – 1983

The Rocks was considered a slum until it was restored in the 1970s. This sponsored documentary traces its redevelopment as a tourist precinct.

RocKwiz – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2005

Hosted by Julia Zemiro, a no frills pub-style cult music trivia night broadcast on SBS.

Rodeo documentary – c1934

This silent documentary is about a rodeo held in northern Queensland in approximately 1934. It features 500 participants parading through the streets of Townsville.

Rogue feature film – 2007

A US travel writer and a group of tourists on a boat trip in the Northern Territory are menaced by a giant crocodile.

Roma Street Station historical – 1899

This short clip shows a train pulling up to Roma Street Station, Brisbane in 1899.

Romper Stomper feature film – 1992

Romper Stomper makes viewers participants, forcing them to confront how they feel about violence as entertainment.

Rosie documentary – 2004

Rosie, a member of the Stolen Generations, started to search for her parents because ‘part of me was still missing’.

Ross Smith’s Flight from London to Australia documentary – 1919

In 1919, aviator Ross Smith and crew became the first Australians to fly between England and Australia in under 30 days. Cameraman Frank Hurley joined them.

Rough Riders documentary – 1995

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

Round About Townsville documentary – 1926

Thought to be one of the Know Your Own Country series from the 1920s, Round About Townsville positions Townsville as a veritable paradise.

Rush documentary – 1999

This is an observational documentary about three young Melbourne men and their obsession with fast cars and lifestyles.

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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.

Sadness documentary – 1999

Australian photographer William Yang explores loss, love and identity as he investigates a family murder and honours the lives of friends who have died from AIDS.

The Safe House short film – 2006

A young Lee Whitmore attempts to unravel the mystery of the spies living next door.

The Sailors spoken word – 1927

A theatrical comedy routine by vaudeville performers Stiffy (Nat Phillips) and Mo (Roy Rene) recorded in 1927.

Sale of the Century – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1980

Host Tony Barber invites contestants to compete for prizes by answering general knowledge questions.

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.

Samson and Delilah feature film – 2009

A heartbreaking and thought-provoking film about two Indigenous teenagers growing up in central Australia.

Sanitation and the City documentary – c1957

This documentary outlines the management of water supply and sanitation by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

The SBF Story documentary – 2007

The amateur production company SBF made travelogues, animations and short dramas in the 1950s and ’60s.

SeaChange – One of the Gang television program – 1998

A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.

Sea Patrol – Cometh the Hour television program – 2007

Adventure-driven navy drama revolving around the crew of a patrol boat and set in the waters of northern Australia.

Searchlight on Japan documentary – c1948

Made by Ken G Hall, Searchlight on Japan focuses on Japan under Allied occupation at the end of the Second World War.

Secret Fleets documentary – 1995

Early in the Second World War plans were made to fight the Japanese enemy on Australian soil. Americans submariners were given a warm welcome.

The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001

This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.

Seeking Asylum documentary – 2002

Three Afghans escaped from the Taliban and arrived in Australia as asylum seekers. Ninety-two per cent of Afghans seeking asylum in Australia are genuine refugees.

Sellex Crockery: Red Riding Hood advertisement – c1930

This appeals to the ‘pester power’ of children by using an animated cartoon to promote Sellex products.

Selling Sickness documentary – 2004

Direct-to-consumer advertising and newly created diseases such as ‘premenstrual dysphoric disorder’ have led to overuse of antidepressant drugs.

Senator Dorothy Tangney: Maiden Speech radio – 1944

A recording of the first woman elected to the Australian Senate reading her maiden speech.

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.

Serious Undertakings documentary – 1983

Serious Undertakings breaks new ground in understanding the construction of meaning and exemplifies the impact of 1970s screen theory on making independent films.

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.

Serving Suggestion short film – 1998

In this animated short, little Kevin’s rampage at the supermarket goes too far.

The Set feature film – 1969

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

Seven Deadly Sins - Envy television program – 1992

This show invites us to identify with behaviour we would not normally condone. All of the characters in this episode manifest the sin of envy.

Seven Deadly Sins - Pride television program – 1992

This one-off television play is terrific. The script is taut with great dialogue and the performances from Colin Friels and Elizabeth Alexander are stunning.

Sewerage of a Great City: Melbourne sponsored film – c1922

By the time this sponsored documentary was made, over 166,000 homes and 70,000 people were, according to its intertitles, 'enjoying the benefits of sewerage’ in Melbourne.

Shadowland short film – 1988

In Anthony Lucas’s animated student film, humanity evolves in a savage landscape.

Shadow Play documentary – 2001

In Indonesia, 1965, a group of President Sukarno’s guards murdered six generals. A history of our closest Asian neighbour, and its postwar political history.

Shame feature film – 1987

Perth lawyer Asta Cadell uncovers a series of sex crimes and dark secrets in a small town in Western Australia.

The Sharkcallers of Kontu documentary – 1982

Believing that the spirits of their ancestors dwell in the mako shark, shark callers are not only hunting but also maintaining a connection with their past.

Sheep to Shop: Hosiery and Knitted Goods sponsored film – 1924

At one point in this promotional documentary, a machine miraculously 'absorbs yarn at one end and discharges socks at the other’!

Sheep to Shop: Woollen Goods sponsored film – 1924

Made inside a wool mill, this film covers making the yarn, weaving the fabrics, pressing the finished goods and packaging them for distribution nationwide.

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