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Titles tagged with ‘love’

42 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1910s

The Woman Suffers feature film – 1918

This has been called ‘Australia’s first feminist feature’ but many of its female characters are ruined by men, a common theme in melodrama.

1920s

The Cheaters (silent) feature film – 1929

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

1930s

The Cheaters (sound version) feature film – 1931

Paula Marsh decides to end her career as a thief after falling in love with Lee Travers, son of a wealthy businessman.

1960s

Clay feature film – 1965

Nick, a killer on the run from the police, takes shelter in an isolated artists’ colony. He falls in love with Margot, a sculptress.

1970s

Number 96 – Episodes 1003 and 1004 television program – 1976

Melodrama thrives in the lives of the residents of a Sydney apartment block in the swinging seventies.

1980s

The Chain Reaction feature film – 1980

The lives of car mechanic Larry and his wife Carmel are placed in danger following an accident at a nuclear waste facility in central Australia.

All the Rivers Run television program – 1983

This program won a swag of awards and has arguably been watched by more people, more often, than any other Australian mini-series of the prolific ’80s.

Playing Beatie Bow feature film – 1985

Playing Beatie Bow has the sumptuous look and feel of a period film, thanks to its award-winning cinematography and production design.

My Life Without Steve short feature – 1986

Set over a year, in a Sydney inner-west harbourside flat, My Life Without Steve is a challenging examination of the first phase of one woman’s long road to recovery from having loved and lost.

I Should Be So Lucky music – 1987

The second single from Kylie’s debut album, Kylie (1988), penned by English pop writing-producing phenomenon Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Poor Man’s Orange television program – 1987

Harp in the South was so admired by Network Ten’s then head of drama, Valerie Hardy, that she immediately commissioned this second series.

Edens Lost television program – 1988

A beautiful woman’s obsession with one man damages the lives of all around her.

1990s

The Big Steal feature film – 1990

The Big Steal is generally known as a romance and an exuberant comedy but is also about teenagers outwitting corrupt adults.

Angel Baby feature film – 1995

These lovers are mentally ill and, for the sake of their coming baby, go off their medication, adding a touch of heroism to the film.

Love and Other Catastrophes feature film – 1996

A light-hearted comedy that follows five Melbourne university students encountering love, study and house-share problems in the mid-‘90s.

Romeo + Juliet feature film – 1996

Baz Luhrmann’s radical update of Romeo + Juliet boldly shattered conventional wisdom that said Shakespeare as he wrote it would never appeal to a mass audience.

Thank God He Met Lizzie feature film – 1997

This romantic comedy helped launch Cate Blanchett’s cinema career. It intercuts two stories to create a very satisfying contemplation on romantic love and commitment.

Feeling Sexy short feature – 1998

A young woman struggles to maintain her creativity within the confines of her new marriage and motherhood.

Good Guys Bad Guys – Car Wars television program – 1998

A crime series set in a drycleaners.

Love Song short film – 1998

In this animated short film, a singing punk rat tries his luck in the game of love.

Flowergirl short film – 1999

Cate Shortland brings her distinctive visual sensibility and mood-oriented storytelling to a tale of cross-cultural experience, departure and unrequited love.

2000s

Innocence feature film – 2000

Innocence depicts an adulterous romance with a difference – the lovers are retirees, rekindling the flames of their intense youthful relationship.

Moulin Rouge! feature film – 2001

Moulin Rouge! was a risky venture for director Baz Luhrmann but is a tour de force of imagination and appropriation.

Redfern Beach short film – 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

The Secret Life of Us – Now or Never television program – 2001

This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.

The Summer of 77 short film – 2001

In this live action-animated short, a newly single woman runs into a former teenage crush and relives the summer they met.

Hello short film – 2003

In this beautifully realised short film, animated characters communicate using music and recorded sound.

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.

Love Tricycle short film – 2003

Love Tricycle is like Grease with bicycles instead of people, complete with a high school, a love affair and a showdown between rivals on the racetrack.

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant television program – 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

Love My Way – What’s in a Name television program – 2004

The understatement accompanying several key dramatic scenes stands out; they are treated with a wry humour that doesn’t lose sight of the emotion involved for the characters.

Loved Up – Lore of Love documentary – 2005

This film about people in love is a refreshing break from the usual heavy-handed anthropological treatment of Indigenous subjects.

Loved Up – Our Bush Wedding documentary – 2005

This documentary is about the wedding of artist Gordon Syron and photographer Elaine Pelot-Kitchener. Gordon went to jail for killing a man to protect his family’s country.

Loved Up – The Dream of Love documentary – 2005

Do blackfellas love the same way as everyone else?’ One of four films in this series which engages with themes of Indigenous love, family and identity.

The Luminary short film – 2005

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

Sa Black Thing short film – 2005

This romantic comedy explores the role that cultural values play in the romance between two Indigenous characters.

Aunty Connie documentary – 2006

Narration by Deborah Mailman reading from Connie’s life story told in her book, When You Grow Up is skillfully blended with Connie speaking to camera.

Lockie Leonard – The Human Torpedo television program – 2006

Based on Tim Winton’s novels, this series follows ‘surf rat’ Lockie Leonard who is starting high school in a new town on the WA coast.

The Black Balloon feature film – 2007

The Black Balloon is partly a coming-of-age movie, but the presence in the family of an autistic brother like Charlie prevents it from becoming conventional or predictable.

Death Defying Acts feature film – 2007

Filmmakers often tell imagined stories to explore a famous figure or incident and this love story involving Harry Houdini in 1926 is a good example.

Father short film – 2008

A short animated film about a boy trying to understand his father.

Bright Star feature film – 2009

A chronicle of the platonic love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in early nineteenth century England.