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Titles tagged with ‘cultural identity’

26 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1930s

Welcome to the English Cricket Team newsreel – 1932

At the start of what would become the infamous Bodyline series, there is no hint of hostility as Australian cricket captain Bill Woodfull welcomes the English squad to Australia.

Wrap Me Up With My Stockwhip and Blanket music – 1936

New Zealand-born Tex Morton created an awareness that country and western music could be an Australian form as much as it was an American form.

1950s

General Motors Holden – FE Holden: The Average Man advertisement – 1956

This is one of GMH’s early ventures into television advertising.

1970s

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.

1980s

Some of Many: Germans in Australia documentary – 1983

An Australian-based German filmmaker traces the changing fortunes of German immigrants to Australia from the first fleet to the late 1980s.

Mail Order Bride television program – 1984

A hard-hitting drama about racism, sexism and xenophobia in a small country town.

D-Generation – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1985

While the D-Generation credits read like a who’s who of two decades’ worth of Australian comedy, at the time these comedians were unknowns.

Short Changed feature film – 1985

The script is beautifully weighted so that the political context of the film does not inhibit the personal journey of the characters.

Beautiful Lies: A Film About Peter Carey documentary – 1986

This documentary explores the relationship between Australian novelist Peter Carey and his country.

Camera Natura short film – 1986

This montage film is about the spirit of the land: charting the contours of myth, geography and landscape.

Touch the Sun – Top Enders television program – 1988

This lovely production captures the exotic frontier feel of Darwin, as it explores human survival and the challenges and rewards of family relationships and friendship.

Green Tea and Cherry Ripe documentary – 1989

A portrait of Japanese women who came to Australia as war brides after the Second World War, and their experiences in an alien land.

1990s

40,000 Years of Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema documentary – 1996

Filmmaker George Miller is a big believer in applying Joseph Campbell’s musings on the hero’s journey to storytelling.

Radiance feature film – 1998

This is a rare exploration of the emotional interior lives of Indigenous women, in this case, three sisters.

Driving Home short film – 1999

In this animated short film, a young Korean immigrant struggles to define her cultural identity.

Flowergirl short film – 1999

Cate Shortland brings her distinctive visual sensibility and mood-oriented storytelling to a tale of cross-cultural experience, departure and unrequited love.

2000s

The Beach documentary – 2000

A documentary about Australians’ love affair with the beach.

Mother Tongue short film – 2002

Set in Korea in 1976, this haunting film conveys how a young girl’s relationship with her parents is altered by the loss of her mother tongue.

The Djarn Djarns short film – 2005

The Djarn Djarns is a comedy-drama very much suited for young people. It is a dance film with a sports feel, so culture and sport are not in competition.

Jewboy short feature – 2005

Jewboy was well received locally and internationally, screening at the Cannes Film Festival and winning three AFI awards.

Loved Up – Endangered documentary – 2005

While parts of Endangered have a light, Sex and the City feel to them, the undertones are serious and speak of cultural responsibility.

Loved Up – Yellow Fella documentary – 2005

Tommy E Lewis, Indigenous star of the stage and screen, identifies as a 'yellow fella’ – both black and white.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugg Boot documentary – 2006

A David and Goliath conflict over brand ownership between a small business and an American corporate giant.

Hunt Angels documentary – 2006

This dramatised documentary is about the life of 1930s filmmakers Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks who were passionate about bringing Australian stories to the cinema.

Island Fettlers documentary – 2006

In the 1960s, Torres Strait Islander men moved to the Pilbara for work and stayed on. Island Fettlers starkly contrasts two cultures – visually, physically and aurally.

Bra Boys documentary – 2007

This first-hand look at localism and tribalism, identity and belonging, is set deep within Maroubra’s surf culture.