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Titles tagged with ‘gender relations’

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1940s

Rinso Washing Powder: A Bachelor Grey advertisement – c1943

Bachelor Henry is a ‘natty dresser’ but rubbing and scrubbing wears out his clothes until finally his temper wears out too! Henry’s ‘lady help’ to brings him a packet of Rinso washing powder and shows him how to get things clean.

1950s

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘A Milk Tray Day Today’ advertisement – c1955

These ads persuasively argue that Milk Tray chocolates can transform the everyday into a special occasion, satisfy desires and mend rocky relationships.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘Remember ... Cadbury’s Milk Tray’ advertisement – c1955

Cadbury’s Milk Tray brand aligns itself with relationships. These two advertisements are about building romance between fledgling couples.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘Give Her Roses’ advertisement – 1959

This charming 1950s ad for Cadbury’s chocolates relies on the audience’s familiarity with the style of love song made famous by 1930s French romantic singer Maurice Chevalier.

1960s

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘Happiness for Two’ advertisement – c1960

These three advertisements all use the same jingle and slogan, but take slightly different approaches to promoting Cadbury Milk Tray chocolates.

The Sundowners feature film – 1960

The Sundowners is remarkable for the number of Australian actors it showcases. Chips Rafferty plays Quinlan, the contractor at an outback shearing station.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘A Little Sign of Love’ advertisement – c1969

The way that Cadbury advertised its chocolates has changed over the years, but a constant theme of their advertisements is romance.

You Can’t See ‘Round Corners feature film – 1969

This film, shot at Kapooka camp, contains one of the only depictions in Australian cinema of soldiers training for Vietnam.

1970s

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘You’ve Got Yourself a Man’ advertisement – c1970

These ads from a Cadbury’s Roses campaign present three slightly different scenarios surrounding romantic relationships. In each, a box of Roses signifies the relationship is serious.

Jack and Jill: A Postscript feature film – 1970

Jack lives in a condemned house and rides with a bikie gang. Gillian, a kindergarten teacher from a middle-class family, is attracted to Jack.

1980s

My Life Without Steve short feature – 1986

Set over a year, in a Sydney inner-west harbourside flat, My Life Without Steve is a challenging examination of the first phase of one woman’s long road to recovery from having loved and lost.

1990s

Waiting feature film – 1990

A surrogate mother’s home birth turns out more complicated than expected.

Blue Heelers – A Woman’s Place television program – 1993

This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.

Epsilon feature film – 1995

Rolf de Heer combines extraordinary time lapse photography with a drama that argues that the human race is killing the planet.

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.

2000s

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.

Somersault feature film – 2004

Abbie Cornish was 21 years old when this film was made and the integrity and vulnerability of her performance is astonishing.

The Instructional Guide to Dating short film – 2005

This short film contains in-flight instructions for dating success.

Footy Chicks documentary – 2006

Footballers are often criticised for their treatment of women; this offers insights into the kind of women that pursue them.

Jindabyne feature film – 2006

Jindabyne is based on a 20-year-old short story by American Raymond Carver, but it’s been so well adapted to the Australian milieu that it feels home-grown.