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The Tasmanian Tiger (1960)


This partly dramatised documentary is a brief look at Tasmania’s animals and birds. A young couple go looking for the elusive Tasmanian tiger. They interview experts and look at animals and birds in captivity.

Curator’s notes

This documentary is a good example of innovative documentary making in the early 1960s. Rather than make a straightforward documentary with animals lined up for us to see, the filmmaker has coupled asking experts for information, and wondering at nature. Mobil Oil sponsored the documentary, evident in the opening logo and the product placement when the couple buy petrol. The music is typical of the 1960s – dramatic over the opening title, followed by happy and jolly music. We also get a travelogue view of Hobart, the 'modern metropolis’.