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Titles tagged with ‘religious practices’

11 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1930s

The Cremation of a Balinese Chief at the Hotel Bali home movie – c1930

This Balinese cremation was apparently the first such ceremony to be witnessed and filmed by a white man.

White, AR: Tin Mining in Malaya home movie – c1930

Australians have engaged with the Asia-Pacific region through travel and enterprise for many decades, but moving image records like this one from the first half of the 20th century are not common.

1960s

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.

1980s

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’.

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.

1990s

Metal Skin feature film – 1994

Social misfit Joe is befriended by the cool and confident Dazey. Their shared passion for drag racing leads to conflict and tragedy.

Bridewealth for a Goddess documentary – 1999

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

2000s

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.

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.

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger feature film – 2007

Esther hates conformity but also needs to be part of a group, and it is this contradiction that gives the character complexity.