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Blood Brothers – Freedom Ride documentary – 1993

This documentary about Indigenous campaigner Charlie Perkins was made by his daughter Rachel, giving it extra intimacy.

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.

Blood Brothers – Jardiwarnpa documentary – 1993

The orchestration of Warlpiri ceremonies in this film challenges the concept that indigenous culture is stagnant.

Blood Oath feature film – 1990

A fictionalised drama about the true-life struggle to successfully convict Japanese military officers responsible for war crimes in Indonesia during the Second World War.

Blowin’ in the Wind documentary – 2005

David Bradbury argues against weapons that use depleted uranium, and says they have already been tested in Australia by the US.

Blue Heelers – A Woman’s Place television program – 1993

This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.

Blue Ice documentary – 1954

The story of the 1954 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to set up the first Australian base on the Antarctic continent.

Blue Water High – Winners and Losers television program – 2005

Blue Water High successfully combines the dramatic school-based Heartbreak High with the beach setting of Home and Away.

BMX Bandits feature film – 1983

A young Nicole Kidman stars in a story of BMX bikes and wannabe bandits.

Body Work documentary – 1988

Death is a taboo subject but not in this stylised documentary about those who 'make a living out of dead bodies’.

Boer War Transvaal Contingent historical – 1899

Using a hand-cranked Lumiere Cinematographe, photographer Frederick Charles Wills captured the Queensland contingents departing for the Boer War.

The Bones of Building sponsored film – 1956

This Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit production is a safety film for building workers, commissioned by the Building Workers’ Industrial Union.

Bonjour Balwyn feature film – 1971

Kevin leaves a job in insurance to start his own magazine. As his debts mount, Kevin’s prospects begin to look brighter in the criminal world.

The Book of Revelation feature film – 2006

The Book of Revelation is based on a simple, powerful idea: most films about rape are about women as victims of men, so reversing that idea allows men to experience the trauma of violation.

Boots and Shoes sponsored film – c1924

This film shows the inner workings of a boot and shoe factory, following the manufacturing process from cutting shoe patterns to the finished product.

Bourke Boy short film – 2009

A father attempts to reaffirm his relationship with his adopted son as the son seeks to reconnect with his natural mother, culture and country.

Boxing 1908: Johnson vs Burns historical – 1908

The Boxing Day fight between Canadian Tommy Burns and African American Jack Johnson drew an impressive crowd of 20,000 people.

Boys and Balls documentary – 1994

Greig Pickhaver and John Doyle, aka 'Roy and HG’, are the commentators: of course the sport theme is tackled with humour.

The Bradman Era documentary – 1982

The documentary intercuts archival footage with former test cricketer Bill O’Reilly’s recollections of Don Bradman and notable 1930s test matches.

Bran Nue Dae feature film – 2009

An uplifting musical about an Indigenous boy’s journey back home, Bran Nue Dae encourages the audience to relax, get on board and enjoy the ride.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

Bread and Dripping documentary – 1981

Four women recall raising families during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The film also looks at the activism of women and the beginnings of the early feminist movement in Australia.

Breaker Morant feature film – 1979

Much of the film is about youth versus experience, honesty versus cynicism and political expediency – an interesting ethical domain given that it’s a film about war crimes.

The Breaker documentary – 1973

The Breaker reveals the details of Henry 'Breaker’ Morant’s life before he went to the Boer War and was executed for murder.

The Breaking of the Drought feature film – 1920

An outback family faces ruin through drought and a son corrupted by life in the big city.

A Breath documentary – 1998

Calligrapher Huang Miaozi and painter Yu Feng opposed the Japanese occupation of China through their art.

Breathing Under Water feature film – 1991

The director’s preoccupation with humankind’s tendency to self-destruct was one factor that lead to the creation of this complex film.

A Brief Survey of the Activities of the Brisbane City Mission sponsored film – c1939

This is a moving portrait of the charity work of the Brisbane City Mission for the poor at a time when many people struggled financially because of the Depression.

Bright Star feature film – 2009

A chronicle of the platonic love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in early nineteenth century England.

Brisbane Dreaming documentary – 1994

Historical footage and re-enactments help tell stories about the Indigenous people who were displaced by Brisbane.

The Broken Melody feature film – 1938

A film with music rather than a musical, The Broken Melody is one of the few films of the 1930s that tries to depict the Depression’s effect on real people.

The Bronze Mirror short film – 2007

This animated short tells an ancient tale of human illusions.

Brother short film – 1999

The biography of a brother, his cigarette butts, asthma and head lice.

Brothers and Sisters documentary – 1997

Actor Rachael Maza and her sister are among the people featured in this look at sibling behaviour.

Browne, George: Blue Mountains home movie – c1930

This family holiday footage shows landmarks such as Katoomba Falls, the Sublime Point Lookout, Orphan Rock and the Three Sisters rock formation.

Browne, George: Our movie memories 1928–1934 home movie – 1928

These amateur role-plays are a real treat to watch and were clearly a source of great amusement for all involved.

Browning Machine Gun sponsored film – c1940

An animated army training film that illustrates the operation of the Browning machine gun.

Buckley, Anthony: Buckley Family Collection: Tarn Shan Tin Mine, Thailand home movie – c1928

This footage is rare because Australians travelled infrequently to South-East Asia in the 1920s.

Buddies feature film – 1983

Buddies is a comedy, dressed up as a frontier romance, and it is relatively unknown and underrated.

Building a Motor Body sponsored film – c1925

The South Australian Government commissioned this promotional film to attract workers to the Woodville car plant; at the time, the second largest in the British Empire.

Building a Railway Engine sponsored film – c1925

The state government commissioned this short film showing work at the South Australian Railways engine construction and repair plant outside Adelaide.

Building Construction historical – 1899

The official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, films a building construction site in 1899.

Bungalung: A Dreaming of Cannibals documentary – 2007

A dramatised documentary about an ancient ghost story told by two Anmatjere elders to a group of children.

Burke & Wills feature film – 1985

The epic and tragic story of the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, in 1860–61.

Burning Man feature film – 2011

A chef finds his life in crisis after a personal tragedy.

Bush Christmas feature film – 1947

In a rare villainous role, Chips Rafferty plays a horse thief, Long Bill. He is tracked by five kids spending Christmas in the Blue Mountains.

Bushells Blue Label Tea: Bushells Tea Factory advertisement – c1925

This ad takes the form of an industrial documentary by showing the process of tea making.

Bushells Tea Advertisement: The World of the Future advertisement – c1941

This cinema advertisement reassures its viewers that no matter what the future holds, you can rely on Bushells tea to remain the same.

Bushells Tea: The Charmed Cup advertisement – 1929

Divided into three parts, this advertisement was screened like chapters of a dramatic fairytale plot.

Bushnell, K: Cyclone Tracy Aftermath home movie – 1974

This unedited footage was shot by freelance cameraman Keith Bushnell in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Day 1974.

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