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The 8th Wonder of the World (1973)


A documentary looking at the newly completed Sydney Opera House, produced at the time of the official opening in 1973. The film looks at the architecture, art and functions of the building.

Curator’s notes

British Paints sponsored the documentary. It is well shot, straightforward, with narration and a specially composed orchestral score. This 30-minute film had a high budget, which permitted a six-month shoot.

Two other documentaries about the Opera House were made at the same time, Monster or Miracle and The Fifth Façade. Monster or Miracle, directed by a young Bruce Beresford is a stylish film worthy of the subject matter. The Fifth Façade is Film Australia’s celebratory film directed by Donald Crombie, the award winning feature film director and produced by Anthony Buckley, also an award winning feature film producer.