Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘drugs’

33 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

A

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.

B

Betelnut Bisnis documentary – 2004

Betelnut is the fourth most consumed legal substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

Boxing Day feature film – 2007

The unconventional production method helped give Boxing Day an unusually intense sense of foreboding, danger and unpredictability.

C

Cedar Boys feature film – 2008

Three young Lebanese Australians get into deep water by stealing drugs from a dealer.

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.

A Cold Summer feature film – 2003

Three damaged individuals struggle to deal with pain and grief in different ways as their lives become entangled.

The Combination feature film – 2009

After serving a jail term a young Lebanese Australian man struggles to stop his wild younger brother from making the mistakes that he made.

Correlli – Rat Tamer television program – 1995

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness star in a drama about a psychologist and her relationships with the staff and inmates of an all-male prison.

D

Deck Dogz feature film – 2005

Three teenage friends cross Sydney by skateboard to reach the Beachbowl skater competition, chased by two drug dealers and the police.

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.

Doing Time for Patsy Cline feature film – 1997

In Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Ralph (Matt Day) believes at the start that he wants to be a country singer, but he’s not so sure by the end.

F

The Finished People feature film – 2003

This ultra-low budget feature cuts between three stories of disadvantaged young people struggling to survive on the streets of Cabramatta.

G

Going Down feature film – 1983

Four women friends leave behind the feral days of youth after a night of uncontrolled excess in inner-city Sydney during the early 1980s.

H

Hot to Trot short film – 1977

A cartoon adventure featuring Captain Goodvibes, the pig of steel, and his sidekick Astro.

I

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.

L

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.

M

The Money or the Gun – Heroin television program – 1989

Denton defends comedy as a means of being serious as he tackles the topic of heroin.

O

The Oasis documentary – 2008

Father figure, counsellor, saviour Paul Moulds works tirelessly to salvage lost children. Along the way, he reflects on his own past.

P

Palm Beach feature film – 1979

The underrated Palm Beach, set on Sydney’s northern beaches, is very daring in its use of sound.

Praise feature film – 1998

Praise has alcohol and tobacco, acid and heroin, sex and oblivion and is like a grungy version of Last Tango in Paris.

Pure S feature film – 1975

Pure S was originally banned from release and remains one of the most unusual and frank films about drug use ever made in Australia.

R

Rachel’s Story documentary – 1997

At 16, Rachel was a prostitute and heroin addict in Kings Cross. Years later, she helps a prostitute reform.

Rebetika: Songs of Greece music – 1986

Rebetika music evolved in the 1920s, combining jail songs and hashish-smoking songs of the Greek underworld with music brought to Greece by refugees from the Greek-Turkish War.

S

Scales of Justice television program – 1983

The quasi-documentary style of this series adds a gritty reality to the typical car patrol of a police crew on any evening shift around Sydney streets.

Smiley feature film – 1956

A mischievous boy in a small town tries to reform himself, in order to earn a bicycle.

Soft Fruit feature film – 1999

This comedy, drenched in grief and family conflict, would be a tragedy if it were not so funny and affectionate.

Summer Heights High – Episode 5 television program – 2007

Summer Heights High walks an interesting tightrope between observation and comedy, often seeming quite real and quite ridiculous at the same time.

The Summer of 77 short film – 2001

In this live action-animated short, a newly single woman runs into a former teenage crush and relives the summer they met.

T

The Tightrope Dancer documentary – 1989

A portrait of flamboyant Australian artist and dancer Vali Myers.

U

Uncivilised feature film – 1936

Uncivilised is basically an Australian Tarzan, but with an English singer, Dennis Hoey, playing the king of the jungle.

W

West feature film – 2007

Pete and Jerry are like the ‘dole-bludgers’ and ‘welfare cheats’ found in current affairs programs; West makes them human.

What’s Your Poison? – Ecstasy television program – 1997

For young people of an age where drugs and alcohol are likely to be on offer, this is a no-nonsense examination of the pros and cons of taking ecstasy.

Wildside – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1997

The raw style of Wildside is characterised by intense, semi-improvised performances, observational camerawork and sometimes frenetic editing.