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Titles tagged with ‘religion’

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The Art of Healing documentary – 2005

Indigenous artists have given biblical texts a unique interpretation on the walls of a church near Alice Springs.

B

Bad Boy Bubby feature film – 1993

Bad Boy Bubby was conceived as an experiment on virtually every level. It had 32 different cinematographers, for example.

Benny and the Dreamers documentary – 1992

Freddy West Tjakamarra, a member of the Pintubi people, thought that tinned food contained human flesh.

Black Robe feature film – 1991

In 17th century Canada a Jesuit missionary confronts his faith and mortality while travelling up river to reach a settlement of Huron Indians.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

Brides of Christ television program – 1991

Brides of Christ take a vow to forsake the secular world and live according to God’s will. An Australian television landmark, recapturing the great changes of the ’60s.

Bridewealth for a Goddess documentary – 1999

Bridewealth for a Goddess is a remarkable record of a ritual that may never be repeated.

The Business of Making Saints documentary – 1994

This documentary explores what has to happen before someone is declared a saint, and notes that women don’t fare well in the system.

C

The Clinic feature film – 1982

Medical student Paul Armstrong spends a day at a Melbourne VD clinic.

Compass – Buddha Realms, Part 1 television program – 2001

An exploration of Buddhism and why it still has relevance to the world of the 21st Century.

Compass – Islam on Parade television program – 2005

Waleed and Susan are very much the ideal Aussie couple. They’re also devout Muslims; Waleed was born to the faith while Susan is a convert.

Compass – The Cardinal’s Cousin television program – 2005

Monica, a lesbian and a former nun, published a letter she’d sent to her cousin, Cardinal George Pell, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney.

Compass – Tomorrow’s Islam television program – 2003

In a world where Muslims are increasingly depicted as fanatics and fundamentalists, Faiz Khan, born and raised in the USA, speaks out.

Cradle of Creation documentary – 1944

A compendium of the Middle East filmed by Frank Hurley during his years working as an official war photographer in the Second World War.

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The Damnation of Harvey McHugh – From Here to Maternity television program – 1994

Amid TV’s throng of lawyers, doctors and cops, public servant Harvey McHugh stands out as an unlikely small screen hero.

The Dance of the Eyes documentary – c1940

Skylogues’ like this one from Bali, were shown in cinemas prior to a feature film; few Australians travelled abroad then.

Deadly Yarns 3 – Who Paintin’ Dis Wandjina? short film – 2007

When a Perth artist uses traditional iconography as graffiti, the traditional owners are not impressed.

December Boys feature film – 2006

Daniel 'Harry Potter’ Radcliffe stars as one of four young orphans whose friendship is tested during an idyllic beach holiday.

The Devil’s Playground feature film – 1976

Both writer Thomas Keneally and director Fred Schepisi spent time in a Catholic seminary, the world explored in this drama.

Dimpel, Konrad: German Christmas celebrations, Lutheran Sunday School picnic home movie – c1966

In this 1960s home movie, a curious baby kangaroo joins a Lutheran Sunday School picnic at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve outside Canberra.

Divine Service – Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church, Rose Bay television program – 1965

Divine Service was first broadcast in 1956, the first year of television in Australia. In a packed church, everyone is dressed in their Sunday best for the ABC.

Divine Service – The House of Freedom Church, Brisbane television program – 1986

An informal Christian service is held in a suburban home in Brisbane. This group is involved in a wide range of peace activities in the ‘International Year of Peace’.

The Dream and the Dreaming documentary – 2003

When Lutheran missionaries arrived in Central Australia, the strength of the existing culture made it challenging to make converts.

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East West 101 – The Enemy Within television program – 2007

A simmering vision of western Sydney and consistently powerful performances define this cop-show take on the fault lines of a post 9/11 world.

Eternity documentary – 1994

Cinematographer Dion Beebe has beautifully recreated 1930s Sydney here — and about 10 years later won an Oscar.

Evil Angels feature film – 1988

Evil Angels is a highlight of ‘80s Australian cinema but did not perform as well locally as it deserved, perhaps because it presents the dark side of the easygoing ‘g’day mate’ nation.

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From Sand to Celluloid – Payback short film – 1996

Payback, a black-and-white short about the Western and Indigenous legal systems, is one of Warwick Thornton’s earliest dramatic works.

G

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’.

God’s Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent documentary – 1992

The Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy give full access to the filmmakers to explore and question those who choose a religious life.

The Golden Cage feature film – 1975

Murat and Ayhan are Turkish migrants living in Sydney. Ayhan falls in love with Sarah, but religious and cultural differences create problems.

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A Hard God television program – 1980

A Hard God, based on the play of the same name, is the story of a working-class Irish-Australian Catholic family in Sydney in the 1940s.

The Healing of Bali documentary – 2003

This documentary explores the Balinese response to the terrorist bombings in Kuta on 12 October 2002.

Holy Smoke feature film – 1999

Ruth Barron falls under the spell of a guru while visiting India. Her desperate family hires cult deprogrammer PJ Waters to confront Ruth.

Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise documentary – 2005

Western imagination has transformed the spiritual hula dance of traditional Polynesian society into a (male) fantasy presenting the Polynesian woman as beautiful and exotic.

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Interview with Archbishop Mannix television program – 1962

Interviewed at age 97, Dr Daniel Mannix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, was a man of considerable influence in Australian public life.

Island Fettlers documentary – 2006

In the 1960s, Torres Strait Islander men moved to the Pilbara for work and stayed on. Island Fettlers starkly contrasts two cultures – visually, physically and aurally.

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Jewboy short feature – 2005

Jewboy was well received locally and internationally, screening at the Cannes Film Festival and winning three AFI awards.

John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 television program – 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

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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Land of the Apocalypse documentary – 1991

The traditional custodians of Kakadu National Park battle to protect an important sacred site from mining exploitation.

Loved Up – Yellow Fella documentary – 2005

Tommy E Lewis, Indigenous star of the stage and screen, identifies as a 'yellow fella’ – both black and white.

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The Mad Century short film – 2000

All you ever wanted to know about the 20th century according to cartoonist Bruce Petty.

Mademoiselle and the Doctor documentary – 2004

Seventy-nine-year-old Lisette Nigot has decided to end her life. A powerful portrait illustrating the phrase ‘rational suicide’.

The Man from Kangaroo feature film – 1919

John Harland, a bush parson, is dismissed from his job for teaching children how to box. Harland moves to another town, where he combats ruffians and rescues his girlfriend from a forced marriage.

Man of Flowers feature film – 1983

An elderly aesthete who regularly hires a young woman to strip for him finds his life becoming entwined with hers.

Mary and Max feature film – 2009

Across two continents and 20 years, the tragic comedy of life is described through the friendship of penpals, Mary and Max.

Message Stick – Kurtal: Snake Spirit television program – 2002

A beautiful story about Kurtal, an ancestor and Dreaming song, and the Elder Spider, whose responsibility it is to perform the dance as well as pass it on.

Mid-East documentary – 1945

The African continent would have still represented the ‘heart of darkness’ for many Australians viewing this film.

Minter, R: South-East Asia, India and Rome home movie – 1958

This home movie from Robert Minter follows his travels to Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma, India, Turkey, Greece and Italy.

Monday Conference – Rhodesia or Zimbabwe television program – 1973

Out of the studio and into the community, Robert Moore interviews Senator Glen Sheil, just returned from Rhodesia, and Bishop Donal Lamont.

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