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Titles tagged with ‘fathers’

44 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

B

Beneath Hill 60 feature film – 2010

During the First World War, a Queensland miner learns the true cost of war when he leads Australians in a project to tunnel beneath enemy lines to plant explosives.

The Big House short film – 2000

In this short film, director Rachel Ward takes a relationship between two men in prison into surprising territory.

Birthday Boy short film – 2004

This Oscar-nominated short, set during the Korean War, is about a boy who receives an unexpected birthday present with tragic consequences.

Bit of Black Business – Too Late short film – 2007

Ben arrives home late to find his wife not talking to him and his son ignoring him. His pleas for forgiveness fall on deaf ears, and he uncovers a shocking truth.

Bourke Boy short film – 2009

A father attempts to reaffirm his relationship with his adopted son as the son seeks to reconnect with his natural mother, culture and country.

C

The Cheaters (silent) feature film – 1929

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

The Cheaters (sound version) feature film – 1931

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 3: I Reckon I’m an Average Australian television program – 2000

Kevin and Margaret, filmed three times over a 30-year period, show how attitudes towards marriage have changed in Australia between the 1960s and 2000.

Clay feature film – 1965

Nick, a killer on the run from the police, takes shelter in an isolated artists’ colony. He falls in love with Margot, a sculptress.

Cybergirl – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2000

Cybergirl crashes to earth. Pursued by evil replicant bounty hunters, she takes refuge with Jackson and his father Hugh.

D

Dad’s Clock short film – 2001

This stop-motion animation short film celebrates the life of the animator’s late father.

Driving Home short film – 1999

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

Dynasty – Have You Got the Numbers? television program – 1970

A drama series that revolves around the Mason family, owners of a media empire in the tradition of the real-life Packer and Murdoch clans.

E

Episodes in Disbelief short film – 2000

This short animation is a reflection on childhood loss as the narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of her father.

Eugénie Sandler PI – Episode Two television program – 2000

A teen spy thriller directed by Ana Kokkinos satirising detective, film noir, and spy film genres in the mysterious story of Private Investigator Eugénie Sandler.

F

The Far Paradise feature film – 1928

Despite their love for each other, family loyalties keep Cherry Carson and Peter Lawton apart until Cherry learns the truth about her father’s past.

Father short film – 2008

A short animated film about a boy trying to understand his father.

Fergus McPhail – Double Trouble television program – 2004

The hapless Fergus, who is probably the biggest dag around, is trying to be cool as he attempts to settle into his new life. Of course all does not go to plan.

The Fourth Wish television program – 1974

An obstinate single father struggles to grant his terminally ill son three wishes.

G

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.

H

Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark television program – 1997

A forensic psychiatrist finds she has to solve a petrol station shooting without getting too personally involved.

Hey Sista! short film – 2001

A coming of age story about a girl who just wants to play basketball … and have straight hair.

I

Irkanda IV music – 1967

This is a 1967 recording of the first major work by leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

L

The Last Days of Chez Nous feature film – 1992

The Last Days of Chez Nous was one of the most interesting films of the early 1990s.

Last Ride feature film – 2009

On the run in rural South Australia, a former convict and his 10-year-old son get to know each other for the first and last time.

Looking For Alibrandi feature film – 1999

There is a lot of genuine affection between the grandmother, mother, and daughter in this film but conversations are bruising too.

M

Mad Bastards feature film – 2011

TJ returns to the Kimberley region of Western Australia to try and reconnect with his teenage son.

Maverick Mother documentary – 2007

When filmmaker Janet Merewether could no longer ignore her loudly ticking biological clock, she chose to have a child on her own.

Men’s Group feature film – 2008

A group of men meet regularly to discuss their feelings and their lives, but it takes a tragedy to help them reach a new understanding.

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.

N

Ninety Nine Per Cent short feature – 1963

Pino, an Italian immigrant widower, seeks an agency bride to keep house and be wife and mother to him and his son Peter.

P

A Personal History of the Australian Surf: Being the Confessions of a Straight Poofter documentary – 1981

His father told young Sydney-born theatre director Michael Blakemore that the world was divided into three groups, 'fools, crooks and gentlemen’.

The Picture Woman short film – 1997

Over a series of seemingly unrelated images, a woman speaks in voice-over of taking a photo of herself every other day.

The President Versus David Hicks documentary – 2004

This documentary traces the journey of David Hicks from Australia to Afghanistan and then detention by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

R

Redfern Beach short film – 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

Romulus, My Father feature film – 2007

This film is one of a small number of high quality films dealing with the lives of migrants, but it doesn’t labour this point.

S

The Shiralee television program – 1987

This miniseries was made during the golden decade of television drama. Its magic lies in the chemistry of Bryan Brown and Rebecca Smart.

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.

Skippy – Long Way Home television program – 1968

Dastardly Dr Stark kidnaps ‘no ordinary kangaroo’ Skippy for his own private zoo, but Skippy has other plans.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping feature film – 1997

Sonja Buloh returns to Hobart 20 years after leaving her violent father, Bojan. Their reunion ignites painful memories of shattered family life.

The Sum of Us feature film – 1994

The Sum of Us presents three generations of characters, all of whom seek the same thing – a meaningful and long-lasting partnership in love.

Sweetie feature film – 1989

Ambiguity is filmmaker Jane Campion’s preferred method in Sweetie, and it works superbly as a destabilised narrative because of it.

W

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.

Winging It short film – 1998

A short animation about a young man who recalls a piece of family lore which helps him out of a potentially tricky situation.