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In the Mind of the Architect – Episode One: Keeping the Faith television program – 2000

How many of us would be prepared to change in a cupboard each day rather than compromise the architect’s vision? A showcase of contemporary architecture.

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Last Plane Out of Berlin documentary – 1999

At ten years of age, Sidney Cotton designed an aircraft. At 18, this Queensland country boy built a car he called 'the Cotton’.

The Life and Times of Margaret Whitlam documentary – 1993

Wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Margaret Whitlam recalls the day that the Governor-General John Kerr sacked her husband on 11 November 1975.

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The Mad Century short film – 2000

All you ever wanted to know about the 20th century according to cartoonist Bruce Petty.

Maidens documentary – 1978

Almost four years in the making, Maidens sparked impassioned debate and became compulsory viewing in women and film courses around the country.

Marvellous Melbourne: Queen City of the South documentary – c1910

Spencer believed cinema patrons wanted to see their own people and country. He went on to produce feature films, some with director Raymond Longford.

Menzies 1948 Journey, Reel 1 home movie – 1948

This 16mm colour home movie filmed and edited by Sir Robert Menzies is an extraordinary record for not only Australians but the British too.

Menzies 1948 Journey, Reel 2 home movie – 1948

A truly mesmerising piece of footage taken through the eyes of Australian prime minister, Sir Robert Menzies, during a family journey through Europe.

Menzies 1948 Journey, Reel 3 home movie – 1948

This home movie is the third reel of a four-part travelogue filmed by Australian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, in 1948.

Menzies’ Wartime Tour – England home movie – 1941

Sir Robert Menzies captures the atmosphere of London during The Blitz in 1941, recording the raid as it happened and then filming its immediate aftermath.

Metric Motoring advertisement – 1974

This is one of the two television advertisements produced to facilitate the change to metric on Australian roads in July 1974.

More Winners – Boy Soldiers television program – 1990

1910 legislation required boys between 14 and 17 to register for compulsory military training . Will Barnes, a brave 14-year-old conscientious objector, refused.

Much Ado About Something documentary – 2001

Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.

My Mother Told Me short film – 2007

A fragmentary account of the horrors of war in Cambodia evolves into an exploration of its aftershocks in a family and the impact of cultural dislocation on identity.

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A Nation is Built documentary – 1938

This sprawling and patriotic documentary uses actuality footage, historical re-enactments, fictionalised scenes and propaganda to chronicle Australia’s development and progress as a nation.

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey feature film – 1988

Medieval Britons journeying through time and space find a contemporary city, where they attempt to fulfil a prophecy that will save them from the plague.

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Official Opening of Canberra by His Royal Highness the Duke of York newsreel – 1927

The Duke of York (later King George VI) officially opens Parliament House in Canberra on 19 May 1927. Dame Nellie Melba sings the national anthem, 'God save the King’.

One Way Street: Fragments for Walter Benjamin documentary – 1992

One Way Street is a timely exploration of a figure who was on the way to being recognised among the great 20th century philosophers.

Opal Mining Lightning Ridge documentary – c1925

Davidson collected over a million feet of footage over 40 years including the miracle of a man pulled from a mine shaft, never once hindered by the pipe in his mouth.

The Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge newsreel – 1932

This newsreel footage with on-the-spot commentary contains unique coverage of the official opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday 19 March 1932.

Operation Blowdown sponsored film – 1963

This is the official film of Operation Blowdown, the classified project that aimed to replicate the effects of a nuclear explosion on a tropical rainforest environment.

Operation Buffalo – Colour Record sponsored film – 1956

In 1957, Britain’s Prime Minister declared that the Operation Buffalo tests would place Britain on an equal nuclear footing with the USA and the Soviet Union.

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Palermo: ‘History’ Standing Still short film – 2004

Images of architecture and street life shot in Palermo in 1999 are edited as a mock-documentary to suggest a century of history, and to examine issues of authenticity in the period film.

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.

Polska documentary – 1991

Polska looks at Poland in 1991 through the eyes of a journalist who visits different areas of her country talking to ordinary people about their lives.

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The Rocks: Sydney, Australia documentary – 1983

The Rocks was considered a slum until it was restored in the 1970s. This sponsored documentary traces its redevelopment as a tourist precinct.

Rosie documentary – 2004

Rosie, a member of the Stolen Generations, started to search for her parents because ‘part of me was still missing’.

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Seven Little Australians television program – 1973

This is a delightful and faithful adaptation of Ethel Turner’s iconic Australian story, Seven Little Australians, into a charming television series.

Shadow Play documentary – 2001

In Indonesia, 1965, a group of President Sukarno’s guards murdered six generals. A history of our closest Asian neighbour, and its postwar political history.

Snakes and Ladders documentary – 1987

An account of the achievements and setbacks of a ‘shifting landscape’ as Australian women attempt to gain equality in education in the 20th century.

Snowy Hydro - Snowy 69 sponsored film – 1969

This 1969 film makes a concerted effort to explain the many facets of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the public, including how the system was being built.

Snowy Hydro – Sound and Safe sponsored film – 1963

Produced in 1963, this safety film focuses on 'drill and blast’ tunnelling on the Snowy Mountains Scheme in an effort to save lives and prevent injury.

Snowy Hydro - The Best of the Years sponsored film – 1974

This 1974 documentary examines the multicultural workforce and its achievement in building one of the world’s largest hydroelectric schemes to that date.

Snowy Hydro – The Jindabyne Story sponsored film – c1965

Although the film talks about the potential loss of the history of the region, the prevailing sense is that the new town of Jindabyne will do very well.

South of the Border documentary – 1987

This documentary explores the role of music in the grass roots political protest movement in Central America and also raises ethical dilemmas.

Stolen Generations documentary – 2000

Describes the destruction of the familial, cultural and social fabric of Indigenous communities following the removal of children form Indigenous families.

The Sydney Morning Herald documentary – 1911

One of the first Australian docos to be shot at night with artificial light, this Pathé short shows the newspaper printing process of the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Touch the Sun – Devil’s Hill television program – c1988

With his gap-toothed smile and great integrity, Badge is the delightful hero of this adventure story based on the classic Australian children’s novel.

Touch the Sun – Peter & Pompey television program – 1988

This lovely film has a delightful ocker Aussie feel, and is a quirky, fantastic yarn filled with mystery, greed, loyalty, betrayal, ancient curses and Roman history.

Track Record: The Story of Australia’s Railways - Tethered to the World documentary – 1991

This episode from a four-part series outlines the surviving tourist railways of Australia and looks at the problems presented by the legacies of the past.

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Underbelly – Series 1 television program – 2008

This 13-part crime drama is based on real events in Melbourne from 1994–2004. Dealing with gang warfare-related murders, it was controversial even before it was completed.

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Weapons Research Establishment Project WRESAT sponsored film – 1967

On 29 November 1967, Australia became only the fourth country – after the USA, Soviet Union and France – to launch its own satellite from its own territory.

Where Death Wears a Smile documentary – 1985

The little-known story of two Australian soldiers interned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War.

Winners – The Paper Boy television program – 1985

The Paper Boy is a beautifully shot period film that captures the era and gives a realistic insight into the lives of struggling people in the Depression.

The Wreck of the Batavia documentary – 1973

An early film by Bruce Beresford traces the story of the Dutch ship Batavia, wrecked on a coral reef off the coast of Western Australia in 1629.

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Zipper short film – 1998

This tongue-in-cheek live action-animated short blames the zipper for unleashing women’s sexuality.

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