Australian Screen

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Titles tagged with ‘rock music’

34 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front newsreel – 1963

A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.

ALP: It’s Time advertisement – 1972

This TV commercial for the 1972 Whitlam election campaign targeted elusive Labor voters – women and young people – with a catchy song and starry singers.

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

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Beating About the Bush documentary – 1993

The filmmakers set out to record a music documentary with a happy ending but end up with coverage of a goodwill disaster.

Bye Bye Baby music – 1959

The first big hit from Australia’s original rock’n'roll star.

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Cinesound Review: That Mersey Sound: Beatles at the Stadium newsreel – 1964

This newsreel special of the 1964 Beatles tour captures footage of the band in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, concert excerpts and the attendant 'Beatlemania’.

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Daddy Cool documentary – 1973

A film about successful 1970s rock band Daddy Cool could not be anything but charmingly laid-back.

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.

Down Under music – 1981

Released in 1981, this catchy pop song was written as a light ‘tongue-in-cheek’ dig at Australian values and became a number one hit in Australia, the UK and US.

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Eagle Rock music – 1971

Dancing the Eagle Rock was one of Australia’s favourite pastimes in the early seventies and it still is today.

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The Ferals – An Explosion of Talent television program – 1994

This irreverent puppet-live action series about a mangy group of animals pushes the boundaries of children’s television.

Friday on My Mind music – 1966

‘Friday on My Mind’ was the first international pop hit by an Australian band, and a landmark in the distinguished career of songwriting team Harry Vanda and George Young.

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Going Down feature film – 1983

Four women friends leave behind the feral days of youth after a night of uncontrolled excess in inner-city Sydney during the early 1980s.

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High Tide feature film – 1987

Judy Davis makes her deeply flawed character compelling and, without her in the role, audiences may have rejected the character.

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(I’m) Stranded music – 1976

A seminal Australian punk song.

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Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out from Jail) music – 1983

'Jailanguru Pakarnu’ ('Out from Jail’) was the first rock song recorded and released in an Aboriginal language (Luritja).

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.

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Living in the 70’s music – 1974

Unrestrained by cultural cringe, the title song of this Skyhooks album captured what it was like growing up in the suburbs of Australia in the 1970s.

The Loner music – 1973

‘The Loner’ by Vic Simms is regarded as Australia’s great lost classic album of Aboriginal protest songs.

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Maverick Mother documentary – 2007

When filmmaker Janet Merewether could no longer ignore her loudly ticking biological clock, she chose to have a child on her own.

Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) music – 1972

The song ‘Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy)’ saw the coming of age of Australian rock music.

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Oz – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Movie feature film – 1976

Director Chris Löfvén was heavily involved in the rock music scene. Oz was his attempt to rework The Wizard of Oz for a mid-1970s youth audience.

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Raggs - Episode 32 television program – 2005

Raggs is a bright, bouncy series with lots of colour, music and movement to appeal to its target preschooler audience.

RocKwiz – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2005

Hosted by Julia Zemiro, a no frills pub-style cult music trivia night broadcast on SBS.

Romulus, My Father feature film – 2007

This film is one of a small number of high quality films dealing with the lives of migrants, but it doesn’t labour this point.

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She’s My Baby music – 1959

One of the biggest hits for Australia’s first rock’n'roll star.

Shirley Thompson versus the Aliens feature film – 1972

Maverick filmmaker Jim Sharman’s first film is unique – an engaging potpourri of sci-fi, rock’n'roll, anarchic comedy and psychological drama.

Starstruck feature film – 1982

Gillian Armstrong’s Starstruck is an energetic rock musical comedy, with a kitsch aesthetic very much influenced by the style of early ’80s video clips.

Summer City feature film – 1977

Best known as Mel Gibson’s first movie, Summer City is a laid-back road movie that emerges as more than just a throwaway, thanks to strong performances.

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.

Suzi’s Story documentary – 1987

A mother who has contracted AIDS bravely decides to make a film of the experience.

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Treaty music – 1991

Aboriginal pop song from the 1990s with a powerful political message.

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We Have Survived music – 1981

The No Fixed Address version of Bart Willoughby’s ‘We Have Survived’ has became an unofficial anthem for Australia’s Aboriginal community.

Wrong Side of the Road feature film – 1981

Most black bands before this were playing country and western – Us Mob, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address were among the first to play rock or reggae.