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Titles tagged with ‘social justice’

24 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

A

Australian Story – A Man for All Seasons television program – 1999

Bronco Coach Wayne Bennett’s father was a violent and hard drinking fettler. So he made a vow to his mother that he would never drink or gamble.

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.

B

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.

Big People, Small People documentary – 1991

Cartoonist Michael Leunig and then opposition member John Howard have very different views on the desire for more.

Billal documentary – 1996

Skilled documentarian, Tom Zubrycki, set out to make a film about young Lebanese-Australians in Sydney but had to change tack.

C

Couldn’t Be Fairer documentary – 1984

This film, to some degree, is a tribute to Mick Miller, who was committed to fighting for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

E

Empty Arms, Broken Hearts documentary – 1994

One of the people who made this study of abduction had her own children taken out of Australia by their father, a Malaysian prince.

F

From Sand to Celluloid – No Way to Forget short film – 1996

Writer-director Richard J Frankland drew on his experience as a field officer for the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody to compose this story.

G

Global Haywire documentary – 2007

Bruce Petty asks Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and a bunch of cartoon characters if the West has only got itself to blame for its woes.

H

Harry’s War short film – 2000

Richard Frankland, writer and director of the short drama Harry’s War, is from the third generation of Indigenous men to have served in the Australian army.

I

I’ll Be Home For Christmas documentary – 1984

The film follows the lives of a group of men who have bonded through their addiction to alcohol.

K

Kemira: Diary of a Strike documentary – 1984

Tom Zubrycki made the documentary on the run, following events as they happened and creating a 'diary’ of each passing day as the story unfolded.

O

The Oasis documentary – 2008

Father figure, counsellor, saviour Paul Moulds works tirelessly to salvage lost children. Along the way, he reflects on his own past.

P

Pioneers of Love documentary – 2005

The relationship between a Russian immigrant and a Ngadjonji woman in the late 1800s was considered an act of immorality.

A Place to Live sponsored film – 1950

This Realist Film Unit documentary illustrates that the builders of homes belonging to the wealthy themselves live across the river in poor conditions.

Polska documentary – 1991

Polska looks at Poland in 1991 through the eyes of a journalist who visits different areas of her country talking to ordinary people about their lives.

Prices and the People documentary – 1948

Prices and the People provides a working-class view of price increases, wages and mounting profits and the effects on everyday people in 1948.

R

Red Matildas documentary – 1985

Told through the lives of three women, Red Matildas explores the social and political conditions in Australia during the Great Depression.

S

Stolen Generations documentary – 2000

Describes the destruction of the familial, cultural and social fabric of Indigenous communities following the removal of children form Indigenous families.

T

Tatler News No 2, Dr Maloney MLA newsreel – c1934

Dr Maloney expresses concerns about social injustice and poverty, addresses women’s voting rights and approves removing the word 'illegitimate’ from the birth registry.

W

Waterloo documentary – 1981

Tom Zubrycki’s skills as a documentary filmmaker are clearly evident in this history of the redevelopment of Waterloo in Sydney.

The White Monkey documentary – 1987

Father Brian Gore, a Columban missionary on Negros Island in the Philippines, was imprisoned on trumped-up charges by the Marcos Government.

Wildside – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1997

The raw style of Wildside is characterised by intense, semi-improvised performances, observational camerawork and sometimes frenetic editing.

Winners – The Paper Boy television program – 1985

The Paper Boy is a beautifully shot period film that captures the era and gives a realistic insight into the lives of struggling people in the Depression.