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1980s (continued)

Man of Flowers feature film – 1983

An elderly aesthete who regularly hires a young woman to strip for him finds his life becoming entwined with hers.

Burke & Wills feature film – 1985

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

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.

Painting the Town: A Film About Yosl Bergner documentary – 1987

Bergner was one of the first contemporary artists to depict the plight of urban Aboriginal people and parallel their dispossession with that of European Jews.

Travelling North feature film – 1987

Casting Leo McKern was a coup because he almost never accepted roles in his place of birth once he’d become successful in England.

Commuting by Cable documentary – 1988

Even the most dedicated tram enthusiast will be fully satisfied by the detail in this 1988 study.

Emerald City feature film – 1988

Successful screenwriter Colin Rogers moves from Melbourne to Sydney and becomes involved with commercial movie hustler Mike McCord.

1990s

Death in Brunswick feature film – 1990

An under-achieving Aussie cook falls for a young Greek waitress at a seedy Melbourne nightclub, but a dead body gets in their way.

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.

Phoenix – Top Quality Crims television program – 1991

Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.

Spotswood feature film – 1992

The film is charming, funny, eccentric and affectionate towards its characters, most of whom work in a run-down moccasin factory.

Everynight… Everynight feature film – 1994

A new prisoner refuses to submit to frequent bashings by prison officers in the notorious H Division of Pentridge prison in Melbourne.

Metal Skin feature film – 1994

Social misfit Joe is befriended by the cool and confident Dazey. Their shared passion for drag racing leads to conflict and tragedy.

What I Have Written feature film – 1995

A layered mystery that revolves in part around the classic question of the unreliable – or perhaps reliable? – narrator.

Love and Other Catastrophes feature film – 1996

A light-hearted comedy that follows five Melbourne university students encountering love, study and house-share problems in the mid-‘90s.

Raw FM – What You Can television program – 1997

A series revolving around community youth radio station 99.9 Raw FM and the young people who run it.

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

Good Guys Bad Guys – Car Wars television program – 1998

A crime series set in a drycleaners.

Reunion documentary – 1998

A bio-documentary of filmmaker Lisa Wang revealing her growing awareness of her 'Chinese-ness’ in 1950s Australia.

2000s

Chopper feature film – 2000

The killer who feels no remorse is a movie cliché, but Chopper is about a killer whose remorse is as strong as his desire to wound.

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand feature film – 2001

An aspiring writer moves between share households in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001

This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.

Tom White feature film – 2004

Colin Friels’s performance in the title role is one of the best of his career, and it is a key factor behind the film’s artistic success.

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.

MDA – Second Chance television program – 2005

Medical Defence Australia provide insurance and legal representation to doctors. This self-contained mini-series is from the third series of MDA.

Three Dollars feature film – 2005

Australians have decided to live in an economy and not a society’, were the words on a banner that partly inspired this film.

The Librarians – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2007

This situation comedy series is set in a fictitious ‘Interactive Learning Centre’, known more prosaically as the local library.

The SBF Story documentary – 2007

The amateur production company SBF made travelogues, animations and short dramas in the 1950s and ’60s.

Underbelly – Series 1 television program – 2008

This 13-part crime drama is based on real events in Melbourne from 1994–2004. Dealing with gang warfare-related murders, it was controversial even before it was completed.

Mary and Max feature film – 2009

Across two continents and 20 years, the tragic comedy of life is described through the friendship of penpals, Mary and Max.

2010s

Animal Kingdom feature film – 2010

A nervous 17-year-old boy struggles to survive his scary new criminal family after the death of his mother.

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