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Titles tagged with ‘1970s’

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Abortion, Corruption and Cops: The Bertram Wainer Story documentary – 2005

The powerful story of Bertram Wainer’s crusade to overturn the laws against abortion in 1960s Victoria and the web of corruption he uncovered as a result.

Action Loop sponsored film – 1978

The Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Authority projects a positive vision of the new underground railway loop as an investment in the city’s future.

Addison Road Drop-In documentary – 1977

The Sydney suburb of Marrickville has Australia’s ‘first, largest and longest-surviving community centre’; it is shown here in the 1970s.

Adventure Island – Episode 1174 television program – 1972

A successful children’s show set on the magical Adventure Island, a ‘land that’s far across the sea’.

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie feature film – 1972

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie was a hugely popular satire with Australian and British audiences, partly because it conformed so well with each country’s view of the other.

ALP: It’s Time advertisement – 1972

This TV commercial for the 1972 Whitlam election campaign targeted elusive Labor voters – women and young people – with a catchy song and starry singers.

Alvin Purple feature film – 1973

Alvin Purple was hugely popular, partly because it makes fun of powerful institutions like the courts, the press, marriage and psychiatry.

The Aunty Jack Show – Series One television program – 1972

Grahame Bond’s Aunty Jack was a cross-dressing bikie hostess who threatened to jump out of viewers’ television sets and 'rip their bloody arms off’.

Australian Movie Magazine No 7201 newsreel – 1971

This 'year in review’ edition is not a typical example of the newsreel’s format. It presents some of the significant events of 1971 and includes a range of story types.

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Backroads short feature – 1977

Backroads (1977) is the first feature (albeit, a short one) by Phillip Noyce, who would go on to make Newsfront (1978) and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Balibo feature film – 2009

In 1975 an Australian journalist travels to East Timor in search of five Australian journalists rumoured to have been murdered by invading Indonesian forces.

Bali Hi home movie – c1971

Bali has always been a popular destination with Australians and this film was made at a time when cheaper air travel meant that more Australians travelled overseas.

Bellbird television program – 1970

Australia’s first successful national weekly serial, dealing with the lives and loves of ordinary people in a small country town.

A Big Country – On the Hook television program – 1976

An unusual departure for the A Big Country team as they examine the traumatic history and growth of the union that protects wharfie’s rights.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

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Certain Women – Episode 166 television program – 1976

The final episode of this long-running serial about a family of strong-minded women who take on a changing world in the 1970s.

Chequerboard – My Brown Skin Baby, They Take ‘im Away television program – 1970

This powerful film documents the impact of the government’s policy of removing light-skinned children from their Aboriginal mothers to be raised in Christian missions.

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 6: That One Piece of Paper television program – 2000

In 2000 Pat and Ken have turned out very differently from their promise in the 1972 program in which the two boys, from Liverpool Boys’ High School, were featured.

Cine Safari home movie – c1977

Cine Safari was made during a month-long trip by approximately 30 members of the Cine Society in the spring of 1977.

Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement documentary – 1976

This sponsored film demonstrates the successful application of continuously reinforced concrete pavement in a major infrastructure project.

Cop Shop – Episode 109 television program – 1978

This episode of Cop Shop is notable for bringing together Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley and Joanne Samuel a short time before they all starred in George Miller’s landmark Mad Max (1979).

Cyclone Tracy television program – 1986

A fictional account of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters – a major turning point in the history of Darwin.

Cyclone Tracy radio – 1974

Journalist Mike Hayes describes the trauma experienced by the people of Darwin post-Cyclone Tracy, 1974.

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Daddy Cool documentary – 1973

A film about successful 1970s rock band Daddy Cool could not be anything but charmingly laid-back.

The Dismissal television program – 1983

On 11 November 1975, the Labor Prime Minister was dismissed. Great Australian drama based on actual events, produced less than a decade after they took place.

Division 4 – The Return of John Kelso television program – 1971

This superb hour of drama was Division 4’s most awarded individual episode. It sustains a mood of simmering tension and the supporting cast deliver deliciously malicious performances.

Dogs in Space feature film – 1986

Inner-city Melbourne, 1978. Aspiring rock singer Sam and his girlfriend Anna live in a crowded share house. The party atmosphere is shattered by tragedy.

Dynasty – Have You Got the Numbers? television program – 1970

A drama series that revolves around the Mason family, owners of a media empire in the tradition of the real-life Packer and Murdoch clans.

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Eagle Rock music – 1971

Dancing the Eagle Rock was one of Australia’s favourite pastimes in the early seventies and it still is today.

The Eye of the Storm feature film – 2011

The expatriate, grown children of an ill Sydney matriarch return to her bedside with more than love on their minds.

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Fig Street Fiasco documentary – 1974

Residents take on the bulldozers and the police in Tom Zubrycki’s look at urban redevelopment in Sydney in the 1970s.

A Film for Discussion documentary – 1973

This black-and-white experimental film was made collectively by members of one of Australia’s first Women’s Liberation groups. It sought to promote Women’s Liberation by engaging viewers in active discussion, hence its name.

The FJ Holden feature film – 1977

When The FJ Holden premiered at the Chullora Drive-in in 1977, anyone driving an FJ or FX Holden got in free.

Footscray 1971 historical – 1971

Shot by prominent film lover and collector Harry Davidson, this footage features numerous attractions of Footscray, Melbourne, in 1971.

The Fourth Wish television program – 1974

An obstinate single father struggles to grant his terminally ill son three wishes.

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General Motors Holden – Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars advertisement – c1976

This memorable advertising jingle from the 1970s was adapted from the American Chevrolet campaign, 'baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet’.

Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems documentary – 2005

Carol Jerrems, who photographed Melbourne subcultures in the 1970s, unsentimentally documents her own decline from terminal illness polycythemia.

The Golden Cage feature film – 1975

Murat and Ayhan are Turkish migrants living in Sydney. Ayhan falls in love with Sarah, but religious and cultural differences create problems.

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Hey Sista! short film – 2001

A coming of age story about a girl who just wants to play basketball … and have straight hair.

Homicide – The Friendly Fellow television program – 1973

This was star Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s favourite Homicide episode.

Hot to Trot short film – 1977

A cartoon adventure featuring Captain Goodvibes, the pig of steel, and his sidekick Astro.

HQ Kingswood Sedan: Holden, the Great Way to Move advertisement – c1971

Released three years after the iconic Kingswood sedan, the 1971 HQ was Holden’s biggest selling model to date.

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I Am Woman music – 1972

‘I am Woman’ by Helen Reddy was a worldwide hit and the first song by an Australian artist or composer to reach number one in America.

(I’m) Stranded music – 1976

A seminal Australian punk song.

It’s Academic – Episode 40 television program – 1971

It’s Academic is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running quiz program in television history.

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Just Out of Reach short feature – 1979

Brilliantly acted and shot, Just Out of Reach sits comfortably alongside other films produced during this rich and creative period of the Australian film industry.

Just the Beginning music – 1971

'Just the Beginning’ was the first Australian jazz recording to earn a gold record for sales.

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Kerr’s Cur historical – 1975

On 11 November 1975, on the steps of Parliament House, the dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam delivers his now-famous verdict on the day’s events.

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The Last Wave feature film – 1977

As the weather gets worse, tax lawyer David Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.

Life at the Top: A Week with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser documentary – 1977

Tracks Malcolm Fraser for one week in 1977 as he goes about his prime ministerial duties in Canberra and takes trips to Kalgoorlie and Wollongong.

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