Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘justice’

29 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Backlash feature film – 1986

Much of the dialogue in Bill Bennett’s film, about two police officers and a young indigenous woman, was improvised on location.

Blood Brothers – Broken English documentary – 1993

Arrernte man Max Stuart was sentenced to death in 1959 for murder but, nearly 35 years later, he talks about the case on camera.

Blood Oath feature film – 1990

A fictionalised drama about the true-life struggle to successfully convict Japanese military officers responsible for war crimes in Indonesia during the Second World War.

Breaker Morant feature film – 1979

Much of the film is about youth versus experience, honesty versus cynicism and political expediency – an interesting ethical domain given that it’s a film about war crimes.

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith feature film – 1978

This is one of the key Australian films of the 1970s, because it speaks about the unspeakable with a depth of rage that was absolutely unprecedented and has never been repeated.

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Dead Heart feature film – 1996

Bryan Brown plays a second generation Northern Territory cop caught up in a power struggle over whether black or white law is supreme.

Division 4 – The Return of John Kelso television program – 1971

This superb hour of drama was Division 4’s most awarded individual episode. It sustains a mood of simmering tension and the supporting cast deliver deliciously malicious performances.

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Facing the Demons documentary – 1999

This is absolutely compelling: two of the four men convicted of the murder of a teenager after a robbery, face his family and friends.

For the Defence documentary – 1998

Unusual access to Australian law in action allows a glimpse into the complexities of theft, rape and murder trials.

Frame Up. Who Bombed the Hilton, Who Didn’t? documentary – 1983

Produced in 1982, an example of the power of the media in the controversial trial of three Ananda Marga members – the men were acquitted two years later.

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The Last Man Hanged documentary – 1993

The story of Ronald Ryan, last man hanged in Australia, features some of Australia’s best-known actors and interviews with the real-life people involved.

The Last Wave feature film – 1977

As the weather gets worse, tax lawyer David Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.

Legacy of the Silver Shadow – The Feral Element television program – 2002

1950s superhero the Silver Shadow and his archenemy The Crab are revealed to four kids who carry on the struggle between good and evil.

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Mad Dog Morgan feature film – 1976

Dennis Hopper’s performance in Mad Dog Morgan was both praised and ridiculed at the time of release.

The Man Who Stole My Mother’s Face documentary – 2003

In 1989 Laura Henkel was raped. Thirteen years later her daughter, director Cathy Henkel, tries to get the case re-opened.

Message Stick – Koori Court television program – 2005

The Koori Court in Victoria was set up to reduce high imprisonment rates by combining Aboriginal beliefs with the white legal system.

Moodeitj Yorgas documentary – 1988

Moffatt’s work, influenced by cinema and pop culture, probes misconceptions about Aboriginality and explores gender, sexuality and identity.

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.

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.

My Survival as an Aboriginal documentary – 1978

The first documentary directed by an Indigenous woman offers a solution by way of continuing cultural practice.

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Phoenix – Top Quality Crims television program – 1991

Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.

The President Versus David Hicks documentary – 2004

This documentary traces the journey of David Hicks from Australia to Afghanistan and then detention by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

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Short Changed feature film – 1985

The script is beautifully weighted so that the political context of the film does not inhibit the personal journey of the characters.

The Silence of Dean Maitland feature film – 1934

Renowned filmmaker Ken G Hall was concerned that this film would incite religious anger, but it was a smash hit instead.

A Street to Die feature film – 1985

A Vietnam veteran and his wife fight for legal recognition of the damage done to him by the defoliant Agent Orange.

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The Tracker feature film – 2002

A series of paintings by South Australian artist Peter Coad are used throughout The Tracker in place of visual depictions of violence.

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Willaberta Jack documentary – 2007

Willaberta Jack and Harry Henty on the record, recalling an incident that occurred almost a century ago.

Winners – On Loan television program – 1985

This is a strong and very painful story as Lindy is forced to make a difficult choice between her natural father and her adoptive parents.

Winners – The Other Facts of Life television program – 1985

Ben’s over-the-top campaign to right the wrongs of the world is funny to watch but at the same time confronts viewers with some serious global and local issues.