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Titles tagged with ‘rural families’

15 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

1930s

On Our Selection feature film – 1932

This film was technically innovative and, when it opened in 1932, a box office sensation, rejuvenating the local film industry.

The Hayseeds feature film – 1933

This is the seventh and last film about a comical rural family known as the Hayseeds — it is also the first with sound.

1950s

Schools for Farmers sponsored film – c1950

This short film promotes schools for farmers during vacation time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

1960s

Life on a Sheep Farm documentary – 1965

Life on a sheep farm over one year in 1965, a time when rabbits were sometimes referred to as 'public enemy number one’.

A Big Country – Peninsula People television program – 1968

An early episode of this iconic series. A Big Country aimed to bring country Australia into the lives of urban Australians.

1970s

Chequerboard – It’s A Big Day In Any Girl’s Life television program – 1973

A 1970s country society wedding is contrasted with the union of two people living in the city who met on their way to work in a local shoe factory.

A Big Country – The Prices television program – 1979

Life on an outback station at the end of an era, before satellite technology and helicopters and high-tech vehicles were used to help round up cattle.

1980s

We of the Never Never feature film – 1982

Race relations is the theme that is constantly lurking in this story about one woman’s life on an outback station.

The Dirtwater Dynasty television program – 1988

In this 1980s epic production from the Kennedy Miller stable, Richard Eastwick, born in a London slum, dreams of establishing a family dynasty.

1990s

That Eye, the Sky feature film – 1994

Twelve-year-old Morton ‘Ort’ Flack lives in the outback. When Ort’s father is paralysed in an accident, a stranger named Henry arrives, offering to help.

McLeod’s Daughters television program – 1996

The McLeod’s Daughters telemovie about independent women running a rural Australian property inspired the later successful TV series.

Australian Story – Since Adam Was a Boy television program – 1997

Adam Sutton, horse wrangler and rodeo rider, is a quintessential cowboy: fearless, fun-loving and homosexual. The biggest risk he ever took was revealing his sexuality.

2000s

McLeod’s Daughters – Welcome Home television program – 2001

Self-reliant women working the land, romantic rural vistas and horseriding and farming montages make up the signature style of McLeod’s Daughters.

One Night the Moon feature film – 2001

One Night the Moon, from director Rachel Perkins, reintroduces song into the Australian landscape. For Indigenous peoples, song has been one of the central means of land management.

The Bronze Mirror short film – 2007

This animated short tells an ancient tale of human illusions.