Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘colonialism’

22 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Balinese Holiday home movie – c1933

This rare example of amateur footage of Bali and Java in the 1930s represents a particular Westerner’s view of the Asian region at that time.

Black Robe feature film – 1991

In 17th century Canada a Jesuit missionary confronts his faith and mortality while travelling up river to reach a settlement of Huron Indians.

The Breaker documentary – 1973

The Breaker reveals the details of Henry 'Breaker’ Morant’s life before he went to the Boer War and was executed for murder.

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Duff, Paul: Papua New Guinea home movie – c1949

This is a unique record of Australia’s interests in the natural resources of our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

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Ghosts of Port Arthur documentary – c1932

A ‘novelty travel talk’ by Ken G Hall in 1930 has other resonances today: violent encounters after European settlement and the horror of the Port Arthur massacre.

Global Haywire documentary – 2007

Bruce Petty asks Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and a bunch of cartoon characters if the West has only got itself to blame for its woes.

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Holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, Java home movie – c1932

These scenes of colonial-era South-East Asia are an early example of actuality footage which captures Australian perspectives of the region.

Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise documentary – 2005

Western imagination has transformed the spiritual hula dance of traditional Polynesian society into a (male) fantasy presenting the Polynesian woman as beautiful and exotic.

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In a Savage Land feature film – 1999

Evelyn’s misadventures in the Trobriand Islands are in the foreground of this exploration of racism, colonialism and voyeurism set during the Second World War.

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Journey among Women feature film – 1977

Making this film in the 1970s became politically charged: should and could a male director make a meaningful film about women?

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The Mad Century short film – 2000

All you ever wanted to know about the 20th century according to cartoonist Bruce Petty.

Man Without Pigs documentary – 1990

The first Papua New Guinea man to become a professor returns to his small village to celebrate, but inadvertently creates antagonism when rituals aren’t adhered to.

Mid-East documentary – 1945

The African continent would have still represented the ‘heart of darkness’ for many Australians viewing this film.

Monday Conference – PNG television program – 1971

In one of the earliest Monday Conference programs, Robert Moore moderates an interview with the impressive New Guinea politician John Guise.

My Mother’s Country Part 1 documentary – 2001

Oral history is an important feature of Indigenous culture. The stories told by family members give the Coniston massacre of 1928 a human face.

My Mother’s Country Part 2 documentary – 2001

Japanangka’s act of retaliation for the theft of his wife sparked one of the last-known massacres of Aboriginal people in Australian history.

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Nice Coloured Girls short film – 1987

The tongue-in-cheek title of Tracey Moffatt’s first film positions Aboriginal women as naïve and 'nice’ but these are merely roles played by the women.

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The Rocks: Sydney, Australia documentary – 1983

The Rocks was considered a slum until it was restored in the 1970s. This sponsored documentary traces its redevelopment as a tourist precinct.

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Singapore Synopsis home movie – 1971

As a competent and creative amateur filmmaker, Alan Bresnahan’s shots are well chosen, mixing architectural and colonial history with tourist attractions.

Strangers in Paradise documentary – 1989

On the eve of bicentennial celebrations, Strangers in Paradise looks at Australian culture through the eyes of tourists on a ‘Dreamtime’ tour.

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Walk Into Paradise feature film – 1956

For the third time with director Lee Robinson, Chips Rafferty played his version of an Australian hero – rugged, self-reliant, resourceful, an unpolished rough diamond.

White, AR: Tin Mining in Malaya home movie – c1930

Australians have engaged with the Asia-Pacific region through travel and enterprise for many decades, but moving image records like this one from the first half of the 20th century are not common.