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Titles tagged with ‘politics’

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Against the Grain: More Meat than Wheat feature film – 1980

A terrorist visits his family in Western Australia after detonating a bomb in Sydney on Anzac Day.

Allies documentary – 1983

When Gough Whitlam lead the Australian Labor Party to election victory in 1972, it altered Australia’s relationship with the US.

Anthem: An Act of Sedition documentary – 2004

This ambitious work gives voice to everyday people affected by the ‘war on terror’ and Australia’s mandatory detention policies.

Australian Visit television program – 1967

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations were timed to coincide with the five-day visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam and his wife in 1967.

Australia to England via Tobruk and Benghazi: Menzies Wartime Tour home movie – 1941

Most footage of the Second World War is in black-and-white, making this 16mm colour home movie by former Prime Minister Robert Menzies even more extraordinary.

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The Battleships documentary – 2000

Included is a dramatic recreation of Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour, which brought the US into the Second World War.

Belsen For Example documentary – 1985

The recollections of concentration camp survivors, now living in Australia, and rescuers, are extraordinary.

Big People, Small People documentary – 1991

Cartoonist Michael Leunig and then opposition member John Howard have very different views on the desire for more.

The Black Road: on the front line of Aceh’s war documentary – 2005

This compelling inside view on Aceh’s struggle for independence from Indonesia, raises many questions about journalistic ethics.

A Breath documentary – 1998

Calligrapher Huang Miaozi and painter Yu Feng opposed the Japanese occupation of China through their art.

Breathing Under Water feature film – 1991

The director’s preoccupation with humankind’s tendency to self-destruct was one factor that lead to the creation of this complex film.

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Cenotaph documentary – 1993

The documentary looks at the effect of the First World War on the New South Wales country town of Hay. Fourteen men and seven women revisit the Western Front after 70 years.

Chile: Hasta Cuando? documentary – 1986

Filmed in secret, this is a significant record of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and his murderous regime.

China, the Long March documentary – 1986

There is much to learn from this work about China’s Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.

CNNNN: Chaser Non-stop News Network – Lunchgate television program – 2002

Finely tuned satire that gives sensationalist reportage a caning.

Compass – Embracing the Enemy television program – 2005

Turkish immigrants in the 1970s found they were forbidden to march with the Australians on Anzac Day.

Compass – Gallipoli Pilgrimage television program – 2006

In this moving Compass documentary about the Anzac spirit, each of the pilgrims reveals yet another reason why Anzac Cove is a sacred site for some Australians.

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Dad Rudd, MP feature film – 1940

Dad Rudd, MP truly signals the end of an era, the last gasp of the cycle of rural comedies featuring yokels and livestock that went back 30 years in Australian cinema.

Delegates to the Australian Labor Party’s Easter Conference at the Trades Hall Melbourne newsreel – 1928

This is rare footage of key historical figures of the ALP and trade union movement at a 1928 conference at Melbourne Trades Hall.

Demons at Drivetime documentary – 1995

A day-in-the-life-of shock jocks Howard Sattler, Bob Francis, Alan Jones, Ron Casey, Brian Wiltshire and Stan Zemanek.

Dogs in Space feature film – 1986

Inner-city Melbourne, 1978. Aspiring rock singer Sam and his girlfriend Anna live in a crowded share house. The party atmosphere is shattered by tragedy.

Don’s Party feature film – 1976

The off-stage bedroom scenes in the original play became on-screen sex in this film, and the male characters got naked not just drunk.

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Fast Forward – Series 4 Episode 3 television program – 1992

A sketch comedy show from the late 1980s and early ‘90s featuring some big names in Australian comedy.

A Film for Discussion documentary – 1973

This black-and-white experimental film was made collectively by members of one of Australia’s first Women’s Liberation groups. It sought to promote Women’s Liberation by engaging viewers in active discussion, hence its name.

Fond Memories of Cuba documentary – 2002

Two perspectives are presented: admiration for Fidel Castro and proud optimism, alongside evidence of poverty and decay.

Forbidden Lie$ documentary – 2007

Do you want the truth or what I said?’- a real-life thriller about author Norma Khouri’s defence against claims that Forbidden Love is a fraud.

The Foundation 1963–1977 documentary – 2002

Excluded from the census until 1967, Indigenous Australians formed The Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in 1963, to agitate for political and social change.

Friends and Enemies documentary – 1987

The story of a machiavellian plan to destroy union power, Friends and Enemies follows the bitter fight between Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland government and the ACTU.

From England to the USA: Menzies Wartime Tour home movie – c1941

Part travelogue and part historical record, this home movie captures official visits as well as the prime minister’s own travel.

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Give Us This Day advertisement – 1943

This food rationing advertisement takes its title from a phrase in the Lord’s Prayer ‘give us this day our daily bread’.

Global Haywire documentary – 2007

Bruce Petty asks Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and a bunch of cartoon characters if the West has only got itself to blame for its woes.

Goodbye Paradise feature film – 1981

This evocative picture of the Gold Coast as paradise lost includes a gaudy, sleazy fun park, tawdry politics and busloads of old ladies singing.

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Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age documentary – 1985

O’Rourke presents the case that the US government used the Marshall Islands as a testing ground for atomic weapons to document the long-term effects of radiation.

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In Limbo documentary – 2002

Australian lawyer Hoi Trinh attempts to secure citizenship for 2,000 Vietnamese 'boat people’. Thirty-seven families are resettled, the rest remain in limbo.

The Isabellas: The Long March documentary – 1995

Political events in China are humanised through refugee Chen Xing Liang, with his softly spoken determination to live in a democracy.

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Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey documentary – 2006

Jimmy Little’s softly softly style came under scrutiny during the heyday of 1970s Indigenous politics.

John Safran vs God – Episode 2 television program – 2004

Nothing is sacred in John Safran’s comedy-documentary series about religion.

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Kemira: Diary of a Strike documentary – 1984

Tom Zubrycki made the documentary on the run, following events as they happened and creating a 'diary’ of each passing day as the story unfolded.

The Killing of Angel Street feature film – 1981

This political thriller is loosely based on the disappearance of Sydney heiress and anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen.

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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 Whale documentary – 1994

Credited as being influential in the IWC’s 1994 decision to create the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, this film is a passionate plea to save whales from extinction.

Leunig Animated – How Democracy Actually Works short film – 2001

This animated short based on the cartoons of Michael Leunig offers a fresh look at democracy and elections.

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.

Living Country documentary – 2005

The federal government’s 2005 proposal to dump nuclear waste 'in the middle of nowhere’ is impossible, given that the whole of Australia is ‘somewhere’.

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Mabo: An Address to the Nation television program – 1993

In a televised address to the nation, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating outlines the government’s response to the High Court Mabo decision on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights.

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.

Marn Grook documentary – 1996

'Marn Grook’ is the Indigenous name of a game very similar to AFL. This revealing documentary contends that AFL is in fact derived from Marn Grook.

The Mavis Bramston Show – Series 2 Episode 1 television program – 1965

Although Mavis Bramston’s topical satire is no longer current, it is still sharp.

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.

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