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Titles tagged with ‘insects’

14 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1920s

Australasian Gazette – Prickly Pear Infested Areas of Australia newsreel – 1926

By 1925, the prickly pear infested over 25 million hectares in New South Wales and Queensland. Caterpillar larvae were introduced in 1926 to combat the problem.

Federal Capital Commission: Anti-Fly Campaign sponsored film – c1928

This public relations film explains an anti-fly campaign. It depicts a series of familiar situations in which flies are present and demonstrates acceptable methods of dealing with them.

1940s

Poisoned Daggers sponsored film – c1941

The evocative title lends a sense of drama to the message being conveyed: that the mosquito’s bite is a threat not just to the health of the community, but also the war effort.

1950s

The Argentine Ant documentary – 1956

This short CSIRO documentary explains how to identify and eradicate the Argentine ant, a domestic and agricultural pest.

1960s

Argentine Ants Advertisement advertisement – 1968

In this television ad, Barry Crocker encourages kids to hunt Argentine ants in their local neighbourhood for a $10 reward.

1970s

North to Niugini documentary – 1979

Malcolm Douglas travels in a five-metre boat north along the coast of Australia, through the Torres Strait to New Guinea.

1980s

Crust short film – 1987

Surreal antics over dinner are the subject of this animated short film by John 'Hobart’ Hughes.

Shadowland short film – 1988

In Anthony Lucas’s animated student film, humanity evolves in a savage landscape.

Nature of Australia – The Sunburnt Country television program – 1989

At the time this series was made, the program makers felt they were showing Australian flora and fauna to many Australians for the first time.

1990s

When the Lights Go Out: Cockroaches, a Domestic History documentary – 1994

A tour of domestic life from a cockroach’s point of view. Humankind are a passing evolutionary novelty compared to their 300 million years on earth.

Brother short film – 1999

The biography of a brother, his cigarette butts, asthma and head lice.

2000s

Clara short film – 2004

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

The Luminary short film – 2005

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

Honeybee Blues documentary – 2009

Australian bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson is on a quest to save the honeybee from the devastating Varroa destructor mite.