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Titles tagged with ‘hardship’

16 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1910s

My South Polar Expedition spoken word – 1910

Sir Ernest Shackleton tells how the loss of a pony affected his attempt to reach the South Pole in 1908.

1940s

Kokoda Front Line! newsreel – 1942

This iconic and Academy Award-winning newsreel shot by Damien Parer contains some of the most recognised images of Australian troops in the Second World War.

Road to Kokoda newsreel – 1942

What’s remarkable about Damien Parer’s Kokoda footage is that there is no actual combat, and the Japanese presence is felt most keenly through its absence.

Jungle Patrol newsreel – 1944

The story of eight Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese on Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea, in 1943.

Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: The Golden Age advertisement – 1946

This Liberal Party cinema advertisement for the 1946 federal election proposes that life for ordinary people under the incumbent Labor government is by no means as good as it should be.

1960s

Australia Today – Antarctic Pioneers documentary – 1963

Photographer Frank Hurley discusses his Antarctic exploits in his last appearance on film.

My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? – End of the Line television program – 1967

McGooley, starring Gordon Chater and set in Balmain in the ’60s, was Australia’s first homegrown sitcom success.

1980s

A Town Like Alice television program – 1980

This mini-series, based on the novel by Nevil Shute, tells an epic love story that begins in Malaya during the Japanese occupation of 1941–45.

A Big Country – Gulf Battlers television program – 1982

Vintage A Big Country featuring Elton and Maude beating the odds to run a small cattle station in the Gulf country of northern Australia.

Strikebound feature film – 1983

A docudrama based on the memories of Wattie and Agnes Doig, a miner and his wife involved in the Gippsland coal workers’ strike of 1937.

A Fortunate Life television program – 1985

While most viewers will be aware of a strong note of irony underlying the story, there is no doubt that in the final analysis it is one of hope, endurance and faith in humanity.

2000s

The Bank feature film – 2001

A story of the greed and corruption of one banker, The Bank is about the collapse of a sense of compassion in contemporary Australia.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 10 television program – 2003

If only’ stories of missed opportunities including Roxy, 'the baddest child in Australia’, now clear-sighted enough to describe the madness she has been through.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 5 television program – 2003

Vignettes of lost opportunity, including a man with cloudy vision, a musician convinced she would never play again and a ward of the state missing her mother’s love.

Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica documentary – 2007

Polar adventurer Tim Jarvis attempts to re-create Douglas Mawson’s epic and controversial trek to safety in Antarctica in 1913.

Mutt short film – 2008

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