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Titles tagged with ‘farmers’

30 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1890s

Dipping Sheep historical – 1899

This short clip shows sheep being dipped in arsenic on a Queensland farm in 1899.

Sugar Mills, Nambour historical – 1899

In this actuality footage from 1899, a horse drags a load of cane to a sugar mill where it is fed onto a conveyor belt for crushing.

Threshing at Allora historical – 1899

This 1899 actuality footage shows workers tossing wheat sheaves into a threshing machine on a Queensland farm.

1900s

La Poule aux Oeufs d’Or short film – 1905

A fable of wealth and greed leads to disaster for a farmer and his wife. The Corrick family entertainers incorporated this early French film into their touring show.

1930s

On Our Selection feature film – 1932

This film was technically innovative and, when it opened in 1932, a box office sensation, rejuvenating the local film industry.

Australia documentary – 1934

This record of the man on the land in the 1930s, aimed at UK audiences, would have been narrated by the filmmaker when screened.

Splendid Fellows feature film – 1934

Famous Australian aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, and his famous plane, have cameo roles in this comedy adventure.

Grandad Rudd feature film – 1935

Some of the comical sketches are old-fashioned while others are beautifully designed to get audiences laughing during the Depression.

Dad and Dave from Snake Gully – Episode 1 radio – 1937

The first episode of the long-running Dad and Dave radio show from 1937.

It Isn’t Done feature film – 1937

1937 was Cinesound’s golden year – the studio’s films now boasted wittier scripts, more attention to performance, and a series of strong leading players.

1950s

Bitter Springs feature film – 1950

A family of white farmers fight to take possession of land and water that is home to a well-established Aboriginal clan.

Schools for Farmers sponsored film – c1950

This short film promotes schools for farmers during vacation time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

The War Against the Rabbit documentary – 1954

This sponsored documentary made by the CSIRO is about a farmer’s campaign to eradicate a wild rabbit infestation.

The Shiralee feature film – 1957

Arguably there are two major themes in Australian cinema – the problem of the landscape, and the related problem of masculinity – and both are the subject of The Shiralee.

1970s

Bellbird television program – 1970

Australia’s first successful national weekly serial, dealing with the lives and loves of ordinary people in a small country town.

Young Ramsay – Natural Selection television program – 1979

Young Ramsay is perfect family viewing from a time when there was usually only one television in the house and families sat down to watch it together.

1980s

Four Corners – Aiding or Abetting television program – 1983

How is Australian’s aid to the Philippine Government being spent? This program was broadcast just before the overthrow of Marcos and his extravagant wife.

Incident at Raven’s Gate feature film – 1988

Strange things are happening around the remote homestead of Raven’s Gate.

One Man’s Instrument short film – 1989

In this animated short film, a man finds his paradise is literally lost.

1990s

No Worries feature film – 1993

Drought has a terrible social cost, as the 11-year-old girl who has to move from a sheep station to the city in this film, makes clear.

McLeod’s Daughters television program – 1996

The McLeod’s Daughters telemovie about independent women running a rural Australian property inspired the later successful TV series.

Road to Nhill feature film – 1997

Four lady bowlers roll their car outside a country town. Amid chaos and panicking menfolk, they save themselves.

2000s

McLeod’s Daughters – Welcome Home television program – 2001

Self-reliant women working the land, romantic rural vistas and horseriding and farming montages make up the signature style of McLeod’s Daughters.

The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill – A Windy Day television program – 2005

Bottle Top Bill and his best friend Corky must travel by flying machine to retrieve their washing, which has blown away in the wind.

Four Corners – Far From Care television program – 2006

A savage indictment of the state of our rural health services. Dr Kevin Coleman is the only doctor to service Cobar shire, a huge area with a population of 7,000.

September feature film – 2007

September is an engrossing film about the economic co-dependency between blacks and whites, made intensely dramatic and personal through the story of a friendship.

Unfinished Sky feature film – 2007

The same Dutch actor plays the lead role in this Australian remake of a Dutch film, and the original.

Broken Sun feature film – 2008

Imagination and resourcefulness helped this small filmmaking team, lead by Brad Haynes, overcome the constraints of having only $50,000.

Mutt short film – 2008

In this animated short, all work and no play is not an option for a hard-working dog.

Surfing 50 States documentary – 2008

Australian mates Jonno Durrant and Stefan Hunt go surfing in all 50 states of the USA.