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Titles tagged with ‘labour force’

24 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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At Footscray a Church is Pulled Down newsreel – 1911

This footage shows the preparations for demolition of a small church in Paisley Street, Footscray. It was screened at the opening of the Grand Picture Theatre in November 1911.

Australasian Gazette – The Strike Spreads newsreel – c1917

In this Australasian Gazette newsreel, waterside workers unload perishables from a ship. This footage may be from the the New South Wales General Strike of 1917.

Australian Cement in the Making documentary – c1926

Everything you wanted to know about cement making — in the 1920s — but were afraid to ask.

B

Banners Held High documentary – 1956

The narrator, former wharfie Jock Levy, is one of the founders of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit.

Building a Railway Engine sponsored film – c1925

The state government commissioned this short film showing work at the South Australian Railways engine construction and repair plant outside Adelaide.

D

A Day in a Biscuit Factory sponsored film – 1932

While not the film’s primary intention, it offers an interesting examination of the division of labour and factory-line production processes in a 1930s biscuit factory.

F

Four’s a Crowd documentary – 1957

Four’s a Crowd comically portrays four types of workers in the waterfront industry – Glass-arm Harry, Tiddly Pete, Nick-away Ned and Ron the Roaster.

G

General Motors Holden – Holden Ute advertisement – c1956

The utility was Holden’s first foray into model diversification after its standard sedan.

General Motors Holden – Range of Products advertisement – c1958

This advertisement positions the GMH brand within the Australian landscape, broadening out from Holden cars.

H

Hewers of Coal sponsored film – 1957

This union-sponsored documentary dramatises the history of mining in Australia since the early 1900s, including the friction between miners and mine owners.

The Hungry Miles documentary – 1955

The Hungry Miles covers more historical ground than the WWF Film Unit’s earlier works and they regarded it as one of their most significant accomplishments.

J

Just Peanuts documentary – 1954

Following the warm reception this film about peanuts received, Kingsford Smith became a successful and prolific producer of over 300 sponsored films and commercials.

L

Land Short of People documentary – 1947

A narrative of white settlement pioneering against the odds – the tyranny of distance, the harsh conditions, and the massive landscapes.

N

November Victory documentary – 1955

November Victory was reported by ASIO officials as being a 'scandalously untrue and distorted film version of the 1954 waterfront strike’.

P

Peach Growing and Canning in Australia sponsored film – c1926

At the time the film was made, the Leeton State Canning Factory employed approximately 250 people and processed 120 tonnes of fruit a day.

Pensions for Veterans documentary – 1953

A first glimpse of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit’s agenda – to depict labour history from the point of view of the workers.

Prices and the People documentary – 1948

Prices and the People provides a working-class view of price increases, wages and mounting profits and the effects on everyday people in 1948.

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Sanitation and the City documentary – c1957

This documentary outlines the management of water supply and sanitation by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

September feature film – 2007

September is an engrossing film about the economic co-dependency between blacks and whites, made intensely dramatic and personal through the story of a friendship.

Sewerage of a Great City: Melbourne sponsored film – c1922

By the time this sponsored documentary was made, over 166,000 homes and 70,000 people were, according to its intertitles, 'enjoying the benefits of sewerage’ in Melbourne.

Silver City sponsored film – 1936

This film is narrated with Frank Hurley’s typical flamboyance and presents mining as instrumental to maintaining the livelihood of over 100,000 Australians.

South-west Pacific sponsored film – 1943

During the Second World War, Chips Rafferty appeared in two short documentaries made for the federal government to support the domestic war effort.

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.

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Think Twice sponsored film – 1958

This occupational safety film for metalworkers highlights three main sources of injury – heat, rays and fumes – and illustrates safe and unsafe ways to operate in the workplace.