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Titles tagged with ‘entertainment’

12 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1930s

Athol Tier as Napoleon historical – c1931

Athol Tier’s performance as Napoleon was one of the many routines filmed for the Efftee Entertainers series of variety shorts.

George Wallace: Australia’s Premier Comedian historical – 1931

This screen test by seasoned vaudeville comic George Wallace led to roles in several feature films.

Jack O’Hagan: Vocalist Composer historical – 1931

Multi-talented artist Jack O’Hagan performs five songs for Frank Thring’s series of variety shorts, Efftee Entertainers, including 'The Road to Gundagai’.

Stan Ray and George Moon Jnr: Specialty Dancers historical – 1931

Entertainers Stan Ray and George Moon Jnr perform a tap dancing routine on one of the stages inside His Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

1940s

Sydney on Show documentary – c1940

This documentary from about 1940 shows Sydney’s progress as a modern city. It is from the large private film collection of Roger McKenzie and Bernard Kent.

1950s

McIlwraith, Peter: Brisbane Show and Moonbi Park home movie – c1950

The experience of the Brisbane Exhibition (now officially called the Royal Queensland Show) is captured beautifully in this amateur footage.

A Matter of Taste advertisement – c1954

This 1950s ad for Schweppes focuses on the drinks in the context of entertaining, socialising and recreation, rather than the science behind the 'Schweppervescent’ bubbles.

1970s

Footscray 1971 historical – 1971

Shot by prominent film lover and collector Harry Davidson, this footage features numerous attractions of Footscray, Melbourne, in 1971.

A Big Country – The White Rose television program – 1979

Widely known as 'the King of the Dance Hall’, Frank Bourke founded The White Rose Orchestra in 1936 and toured rural areas for more than 40 years.

2000s

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.

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.

Death Defying Acts feature film – 2007

Filmmakers often tell imagined stories to explore a famous figure or incident and this love story involving Harry Houdini in 1926 is a good example.