Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘actors’

24 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1920s

Australasian Gazette – Pauline Frederick, World Famous Star of Stage and Screen newsreel – c1924

In this newsreel, stage and screen actress Pauline Frederick poses for the camera. It is an early example of the fascination Australians have with American actors.

Australasian Gazette – 70,000 Pounds Production Nears Completion newsreel – 1926

This newsreel clip from 1926 shows a scene from For the Term of His Natural Life in production at the Australasian Films’ Bondi studio in Sydney.

1930s

FW Thring Introduces the Stars advertisement – 1931

In this short introductory speech, Thring proudly announces to the audience that the film program they are about to see is completely Australian made.

1950s

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘Give Her Roses’ advertisement – 1959

This charming 1950s ad for Cadbury’s chocolates relies on the audience’s familiarity with the style of love song made famous by 1930s French romantic singer Maurice Chevalier.

1960s

Play School – Trains Thursday television program – 1969

An early episode of iconic pre-school program Play School featuring presenters Don Spencer, Anne Haddy and Ruth Cracknell.

1970s

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.

1980s

Coming Up from Down Under documentary – 1983

Filmmaking is in our blood,’ says actor Bryan Brown. 'We’d [Australia] made 14 films before Hollywood had made one’.

Play School – Bags Wednesday television program – 1984

An episode of the iconic pre-school program Play School from 1984, featuring presenters Noni Hazlehurst and John Hamblin.

Gillies documentary – 1987

Max Gillies, probably best know for his portrayal of Bob Hawke, feels more confident and secure when he creates a character to hide behind.

I Should Be So Lucky music – 1987

The second single from Kylie’s debut album, Kylie (1988), penned by English pop writing-producing phenomenon Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

The 1930s Golden Era of Australian Movies: A Tribute to Ken G Hall AO OBE documentary – 1988

Two of Ken G Hall’s basic rules were that films had to have a memorable title and a strong story climax.

1990s

It’s Ruth: Ruth Cracknell, Actor documentary – 1994

It’s Ruth begins as a romp with Ruth as Maggie Beare through some of the zaniest scenes of Mother and Son, and ends with her as Winnie in Happy Days.

Cosi feature film – 1996

Does it matter that Cosi, about psychiatric patients staging the opera Così Fan Tutte, never quite loses its theatrical origins?

Lizzy Gardiner’s Story of the Fame Game documentary – 1997

Director and interviewer Lizzy Gardiner had her own taste of fame when she won the Best Costume Design Oscar for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

2000s

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

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

Much Ado About Something documentary – 2001

Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.

Gulpilil: One Red Blood documentary – 2002

David Gulpilil continues to be a person – culturally and creatively – of incredible artistic significance to Indigenous peoples and Australian society alike.

Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident documentary – 2003

Filmmaker Anna Brionowski follows her aunt, anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott, for a year to capture the feelings of frustration and urgency of a 30-year campaign.

Message Stick – Wayne’s World television program – 2005

Indigenous actor and filmmaker Wayne Blair offers insights into his craft and recounts experiences from his career.

The Chaser’s War on Everything – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2006

This is the first episode of the satirical variety program, containing comic pranks, commentary and send-ups responding to topical issues and more general subjects.

Play School – Opposites Monday television program – 2006

Justine Clarke and Rhys Muldoon sing, march, make ‘surprise’ hats for each other, read a book and play games as they explore the weekly theme of ‘opposites’.

Celebrity: Dominick Dunne documentary – 2008

An Australian-made documentary about celebrated crime reporter, novelist and Hollywood movie producer Dominick Dunne.

Into the Shadows documentary – 2009

A documentary examining the problems of the Australian film industry in the early 21st century.

2010s

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.