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Titles tagged with ‘grief’

25 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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.

1980s

The Henderson Kids – Series 1 Episode 2 television program – 1985

Teenage actors Nadine Garner, Kylie Minogue and Ben Mendelsohn feature in this classic 1980s children’s drama from Crawford Productions.

Dead Calm feature film – 1989

Nicole Kidman was 20 when she was cast in Dead Calm. Within a year of the film opening, she was in Hollywood – partly as a result of her performance in this film.

1990s

Black Harvest documentary – 1992

When coffee prices plunged, it sparked drama of epic proportions in this, the third film in a celebrated trilogy set in PNG.

My Life as I Live It documentary – 1993

In this follow-up to My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978), also set in the Brewarrina Aboriginal community, 'Bush Queen’ Essie Coffey has nominated for the local council elections.

Vacant Possession feature film – 1994

Margot Nash’s ambitious feature debut has a strong political basis, but it’s ultimately a very personal story.

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.

Exile in Sarajevo documentary – 1997

The children’s stories are the most poignant in this very moving account, from civilians, of the last six months of the Bosnian War.

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

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.

Shifting Sands – Grace short film – 1998

This short drama from Wesley Enoch depicts the emotional journey of an Indigenous woman back to Australia for the funeral of her sister.

In a Savage Land feature film – 1999

Evelyn’s misadventures in the Trobriand Islands are in the foreground of this exploration of racism, colonialism and voyeurism set during the Second World War.

2000s

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 6: That One Piece of Paper television program – 2000

In 2000 Pat and Ken have turned out very differently from their promise in the 1972 program in which the two boys, from Liverpool Boys’ High School, were featured.

Losing Layla documentary – 2001

A painfully explicit depiction of grief, for some reviewers the film was seen as too raw, albeit courageous in its exposure of the subject.

Walking on Water feature film – 2002

Friends and family euthanise a young man dying of AIDS and then deal with their grief and guilt.

A Cold Summer feature film – 2003

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

Japanese Story feature film – 2003

An unexpected plot development in the middle of Japanese Story left audiences stunned and disbelieving — and occasionally hostile.

Clara short film – 2004

A stop-motion animation that explores the grief experienced by a young girl.

Look Both Ways feature film – 2005

Rather than having just one viewpoint, Sarah Watt’s hit debut explores the emotions of six major characters, all connected by a tragedy.

The Luminary short film – 2005

In this animated short without dialogue, a moth collector searches for a lost moth and more.

Bit of Black Business – Custard short film – 2007

A young woman’s grandfather has died. She returns to Stradbroke Island to comfort her grandmother and discover the truth about her grandfather’s death.

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.

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.

The Boys are Back feature film – 2009

A successful journalist learns the true meaning of fatherhood and domestic responsibility after losing his wife to cancer.

2010s

Burning Man feature film – 2011

A chef finds his life in crisis after a personal tragedy.