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Titles tagged with ‘sexuality’

46 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Age Before Beauty documentary – 1980

Age Before Beauty cleverly identified an issue that has since become familiar territory for most women in the western world.

Alexandra’s Project feature film – 2003

If Steve is an average Australian male, his insensitive treatment of his wife is by implication a serious indictment of not only him, but Australian men in general.

Alvin Purple feature film – 1973

Alvin Purple was hugely popular, partly because it makes fun of powerful institutions like the courts, the press, marriage and psychiatry.

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.

The Australian Way: A Salute to Aussie Sex Appeal documentary – 1982

This is a time capsule of what was considered sexy, naughty and outrageous in the early 1980s — by commercial television anyway.

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The Big House short film – 2000

In this short film, director Rachel Ward takes a relationship between two men in prison into surprising territory.

The Book Show – Germaine Greer television program – 1992

Germaine Greer talks to Andrea Stretton about the mixed reactions of feminists to her latest book, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

Burning Man feature film – 2011

A chef finds his life in crisis after a personal tragedy.

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The Clinic feature film – 1982

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

Clubland feature film – 2007

Clubland explores that time when a young man discovers sex and has to sever the relationship he has with his mother.

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Feeling Sexy short feature – 1998

A young woman struggles to maintain her creativity within the confines of her new marriage and motherhood.

Flirting feature film – 1990

In 1965 a rebellious private schoolboy finds his romantic soulmate in an African pupil from the neighbouring girls’ school.

Footy Chicks documentary – 2006

Footballers are often criticised for their treatment of women; this offers insights into the kind of women that pursue them.

For a Price documentary – 1985

This catalogue of what kinds of sex there was for sale in the mid-1980s, also makes a link between drugs and prostitution.

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The Getting of Wisdom feature film – 1978

The affair between two school girls was only hinted at in Henry Handel Richardson’s 1910 novel, but lesbian overtones are obvious in the film.

Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems documentary – 2005

Carol Jerrems, who photographed Melbourne subcultures in the 1970s, unsentimentally documents her own decline from terminal illness polycythemia.

A Girl’s Own Story short film – 1983

In this short film by Jane Campion about changes afoot in 1960s society, teenage girls get in trouble for acting out Beatles concerts in the playground.

The Good Woman of Bangkok documentary – 1991

At the time of the film’s release there was a lot of debate about filmmaker O’Rourke’s relationship with his subject – a prostitute – and the issues that raises.

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Head On feature film – 1998

In terms of iconoclastic daring, Head On has no equal in Australian cinema. It broke so many rules, offended so many polite conventions, attacked so many silences, that it left audiences stunned and gulping for air.

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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The Instructional Guide to Dating short film – 2005

This short film contains in-flight instructions for dating success.

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Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life documentary – 2005

This imaginative documentary tells the story of a dominatrix with Marfan syndrome. It examines Jabe’s experiences in foster care and questions society’s obsession with perfection and conformity.

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Lonely Hearts feature film – 1981

Comedian and satirist John Clarke wrote this film with Paul Cox: no wonder it is full of bright impish humour.

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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.

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.

Midwives … Lullabies … and Mother Earth documentary – 1993

In Europe from the late 14th to the 17th centuries, many midwives were accused of being witches and burnt at the stake.

My Life Without Steve short feature – 1986

Set over a year, in a Sydney inner-west harbourside flat, My Life Without Steve is a challenging examination of the first phase of one woman’s long road to recovery from having loved and lost.

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Nice Coloured Girls short film – 1987

The tongue-in-cheek title of Tracey Moffatt’s first film positions Aboriginal women as naïve and 'nice’ but these are merely roles played by the women.

Not In Front of the Kids documentary – 2003

Here is a challenge to common misconceptions about sexuality, relationships and the social and physical needs of people aged over sixty.

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The Office Picnic feature film – 1972

Bored employees in a mindless bureaucracy are barely more than automatons until released by alcohol at the office picnic, during which sexual and generational differences explode.

Only the Brave short feature – 1994

Although made on a low budget, Only the Brave showed that first-time filmmaker Ana Kokkinos had an uncompromising ambition to tell powerful and personal stories.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock feature film – 1975

On St Valentine’s Day 1900, three schoolgirls from an exclusive English-style boarding school go missing, along with a teacher, at Hanging Rock, in central Victoria.

The Plumber television program – 1979

Jill’s discomfort increases as the uninvited plumber destroys the bathroom, but neither her husband nor her friend Meg will take her seriously.

Pussy Pumps Up short feature – 1979

This 2D animated film features a tiny cat-girl heroine who metamorphoses into a muscular, powerful figure.

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The Set feature film – 1969

Aspiring young designer Paul Lawrence is drawn into the hedonistic world of Sydney’s upper-class society.

The Silence of Dean Maitland feature film – 1934

Renowned filmmaker Ken G Hall was concerned that this film would incite religious anger, but it was a smash hit instead.

Sleeping Beauty feature film – 2011

A young female university student takes on an unusual, erotic freelance job to support her studies.

Somersault feature film – 2004

Abbie Cornish was 21 years old when this film was made and the integrity and vulnerability of her performance is astonishing.

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.

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Third Person Plural feature film – 1978

A look at the emotional entanglements of four Sydney friends who take a weekend boating trip.

This Woman is Not a Car short film – 1982

An imaginative examination of sexual violence, This Woman is Not a Car turns the suburban dream of marriage and conformity into a nightmare.

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West feature film – 2007

Pete and Jerry are like the ‘dole-bludgers’ and ‘welfare cheats’ found in current affairs programs; West makes them human.

Y

The Year My Voice Broke feature film – 1987

This comedy-drama is both a nostalgic memoir of growing up in the countryside and a shocking denunciation of its values.

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Zipper short film – 1998

This tongue-in-cheek live action-animated short blames the zipper for unleashing women’s sexuality.