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Touch the Sun – Devil’s Hill television program – c1988

With his gap-toothed smile and great integrity, Badge is the delightful hero of this adventure story based on the classic Australian children’s novel.

Touch the Sun – Peter & Pompey television program – 1988

This lovely film has a delightful ocker Aussie feel, and is a quirky, fantastic yarn filled with mystery, greed, loyalty, betrayal, ancient curses and Roman history.

Touch the Sun – Princess Kate television program – c1988

This is a story of insecurity, snobbery, fear, love and hope as this young girl takes herself and two families on an emotionally painful journey to find out who she really is.

Touch the Sun – The Gift television program – c1988

This film offers a glimpse into the lives of a Greek-Australian family as they struggle with cultural differences, materialism, environmental issues and family relationships.

Touch the Sun – Top Enders television program – 1988

This lovely production captures the exotic frontier feel of Darwin, as it explores human survival and the challenges and rewards of family relationships and friendship.

A Town Like Alice television program – 1980

This mini-series, based on the novel by Nevil Shute, tells an epic love story that begins in Malaya during the Japanese occupation of 1941–45.

The Tracker feature film – 2002

A series of paintings by South Australian artist Peter Coad are used throughout The Tracker in place of visual depictions of violence.

Track Record: The Story of Australia’s Railways - Tethered to the World documentary – 1991

This episode from a four-part series outlines the surviving tourist railways of Australia and looks at the problems presented by the legacies of the past.

Traffic Chaos Caused by Fusing of Electric Tram Wires newsreel – c1926

This newsreel covers a traffic jam caused by the fusing of electric tram wires in Melbourne in the 1920s. We also see the chaos that follows the event.

The Trail of the ‘Roo documentary – 1931

The Trail of the 'Roo is one of a handful of documentary featurettes made by the McDonagh sisters, pioneers of Australia’s early motion picture industry.

Travelling Library documentary – c1946

This remarkable colour footage captures the excitement that the mobile library brought to school children in the 1940s.

Travelling North feature film – 1987

Casting Leo McKern was a coup because he almost never accepted roles in his place of birth once he’d become successful in England.

Travelogue of Eastern States newsreel – c1929

This travelogue, made around 1929, shows the major cities of eastern Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the new national capital.

Treasures of Katoomba sponsored film – 1936

Frank Hurley’s sense of adventure and eye for landscape composition is evident in this charming travelogue promoting tourism in the Blue Mountains.

Treaty music – 1991

Aboriginal pop song from the 1990s with a powerful political message.

The Trespassers feature film – 1976

Many films reflected the sexual revolution of the 1970s but few male directors explored what women wanted from it. This one does.

Tribal Music of Australia music – 1953

These are the first commercially available recordings of Australian Aboriginal music.

A Trip Along the River Murray documentary – 1925

This silent black-and-white film from 1925 emphasises the ‘Mighty Murray’ river’s significance in Australia’s agricultural and natural history.

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism documentary – 1976

This anthropological documentary covers the unique innovations made by the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea to the game of cricket.

Tuckson documentary – 1988

Examines the life and work of little-known but important artist Tony Tuckson, a 'decisive, ethical, hard-painting, hard-drinking, Craven A smoking artist’.

Turn Around short film – 2002

Director Samantha Saunders refers to her film as a 'girl fantasy’ and it is refreshing to have an all-Indigenous cast in a romantic comedy.

Two Hands feature film – 1999

Desperate for a swim, Jimmy (Heath Ledger) buries an envelope containing $10,000 in the sand at Bondi beach…

Two Laws documentary – 1981

The concept of two laws – colonial and Indigenous law – can also be spoken about as two ways of storytelling or filmmaking.

Two Men of Fiji documentary – 1959

Issues of representation, colonialism and portrayals of culture all bubble under the surface in this story of two young men who leave their village for Suva.

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Uncivilised feature film – 1936

Uncivilised is basically an Australian Tarzan, but with an English singer, Dennis Hoey, playing the king of the jungle.

Uncle short film – 1996

The biography of a humble man, his lemon tree, chihuahua and crumpets.

Underbelly – Series 1 television program – 2008

This 13-part crime drama is based on real events in Melbourne from 1994–2004. Dealing with gang warfare-related murders, it was controversial even before it was completed.

Unfinished Sky feature film – 2007

The same Dutch actor plays the lead role in this Australian remake of a Dutch film, and the original.

Union Street short film – 1990

An ordinary city street is revealed as a ‘street of many colours’.

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Vacant Possession feature film – 1994

Margot Nash’s ambitious feature debut has a strong political basis, but it’s ultimately a very personal story.

Vegemite Cinema Advertisement: Sister Knows Best advertisement – c1948

As well as being a product that the whole family can enjoy, Vegemite was marketed as having economical benefit.

Victorian Police Radio Patrol sponsored film – c1931

This short dramatised scenario from 1931 demonstrates how wireless technology and morse radio clearly improve the ability of Victorian police to do their jobs.

A Visit to Ernest Hillier’s Factory sponsored film – c1926

This documentary details the delicate work and attention to detail required when producing handmade chocolates and sweets for Australian consumers.

Vivien Straford 1927–1937 home movie – 1927

The father of amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers was an avid maker of home movies himself, despite losing an arm during the First World War.

A Voice for the Wilderness documentary – 1983

Jobs versus rainforest preservation – this 1983 documentary was part of a successful popular campaign to save the rainforest inland from Port Macquarie.

Voice of a Nation historical – c1918

Returned Australian soldiers from the First World War march through a city street alongside horse-drawn Red Cross ambulances.

Voss music – 1987

Voss is an opera about the fateful outback expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt, as recreated by Patrick White in his iconic novel.

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Waiting feature film – 1990

A surrogate mother’s home birth turns out more complicated than expected.

The Waiting City feature film – 2009

The marriage of an Australian couple hits a crisis point as they wait to finalise the adoption of a child in Kolkata, India.

Wake in Fright feature film – 1971

A young schoolteacher loses all his money in an outback two-up game, while en route to Sydney. In the next two days he loses a lot more – self-respect, inhibitions, almost his life.

Walkabout feature film – 1970

A 16-year-old English girl and her 8-year-old brother are stranded in the desert, after their father shoots himself. They are rescued by a young tribal Aborigine.

Walking on Water feature film – 2002

Friends and family euthanise a young man dying of AIDS and then deal with their grief and guilt.

Walking Through a Minefield documentary – 1999

Jabiluka 2, the world’s richest uranium deposit, has been dogged by conflict between mining interests and environmental and Indigenous groups.

Walk Into Paradise feature film – 1956

For the third time with director Lee Robinson, Chips Rafferty played his version of an Australian hero – rugged, self-reliant, resourceful, an unpolished rough diamond.

A Walk with Words: The Poetry of Romaine Moreton short film – 2000

This short biographical film showcases the life and poetry of performance artist Romaine Moreton and her struggles to gain freedom.

Waltzing Matilda music – 1926

This was the first recording of Australia’s national song.

Wamsley’s War documentary – 2000

Wamsley’s controversial hat made of feral cat skins was instrumental in his campaign to make it legal for operators of wildlife sanctuaries to destroy cats.

The War Against the Rabbit documentary – 1954

This sponsored documentary made by the CSIRO is about a farmer’s campaign to eradicate a wild rabbit infestation.

Ward 13 short film – 2003

This animated short is about the nightmare thrills and spills of a hospital patient.

Was That Really Me? documentary – 1997

Tracey’s response to her baby’s crying led her to realise that there was something wrong. An insight into postnatal depression.

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