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Titles tagged with ‘Australian fauna’

28 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Ask the Leyland Brothers – Episode 23 television program – 1976

The Leyland Brothers answer viewer requests and visit Broken Hill and Uluru.

B

Bird and Animal Calls of Australia environmental – 1968

Extraordinary sounds of Australian wildlife.

Birth of the Red Kangaroo documentary – 1965

This CSIRO documentary details the reproductive cycle of the red kangaroo, its mating habits and growth in the pouch.

C

The Colony television program – 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

Commonwealth Bank – Willie Wombat: Waste Not Want Not sponsored film – c1939

Willie Wombat was produced by Eric Porter – Australia’s first career animator – to promote the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia’s School Banking program.

D

Dancing Orpheus television program – 1962

This black-and-white nature program from the earliest years of ABC TV features the unique lyrebird. Narrated by John West, it won an AFI Gold Award in 1963.

Dot and the Kangaroo feature film – 1977

A generation of Australian school children grew up on Dot and the Kangaroo and the six other Dot films that followed it. Really.

G

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’.

I

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Lake Argyle television program – 1976

Harry Butler CBE, naturalist and environmentalist, explains how man-made Lake Argyle has changed the ecology of the Kimberley region forever.

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Scars on the Landscape television program – 1976

Harry Butler seems the archetypal bushie, with his khaki shorts and battered bushman’s hat. He doesn’t work to a script, but moves around the bush with a keen eye.

In the Winter Dark feature film – 1998

There have been genre films that explored this kind of rural paranoia, but not so many that take the loneliness of the bush seriously as a cause of real mental trauma.

K

King Billy’s First Car advertisement – 1939

This cartoon carries the message that progress incurs sacrifice – be it moral, economic, social or political.

L

Land of the Apocalypse documentary – 1991

The traditional custodians of Kakadu National Park battle to protect an important sacred site from mining exploitation.

M

Message Stick – Black Olive television program – 2005

As a chef, Mark Olive has developed dishes that use Indigenous knowledge of fauna and flora and food preparation that complements the Australian landscape.

Morning Star Painter documentary – 1980

A portrait of Djiwul (Jack) Wunuwun, the Morning Star Painter, set in his homeland community of Gamedi in Arnhem Land.

N

Nature of Australia – A Separate Creation television program – 1989

This first episode of the most expensive wildlife program ever made in Australia boasts magnificent photography and a great script.

Nature of Australia – Land of Flood and Fire television program – 1988

The animals and plants must cope with the stresses of life in a place that swings savagely between the wet season and the dust and heat of the dry season.

Nature of Australia – The Sunburnt Country television program – 1989

At the time this series was made, the program makers felt they were showing Australian flora and fauna to many Australians for the first time.

O

Orphan of the Wilderness feature film – 1936

Boxing contests between men and kangaroos, as shown in this film, were a frequent ‘attraction’ in travelling tent shows.

Out There – Two Down Under television program – 2002

A comedy-drama for children set in an animal clinic in rural Australia.

P

Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip documentary – 1991

A ‘paper trail’ from Japanese paper products back to Australia, examining whether the world’s demand for paper can coexist with protection of its forests.

Q

The Queen in Australia documentary – 1954

The first colour feature made in Australia, documenting the first visit of a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1954.

R

Rogue feature film – 2007

A US travel writer and a group of tourists on a boat trip in the Northern Territory are menaced by a giant crocodile.

S

Sellex Crockery: Red Riding Hood advertisement – c1930

This appeals to the ‘pester power’ of children by using an animated cartoon to promote Sellex products.

T

Tiga short film – 1987

This animated short film is an homage to an extinct Australian species.

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.

W

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.

Wambidgee television program – 1962

An early children’s animated puppet series about the adventures of a young Aboriginal boy living in the bush.