Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘technology’

28 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Australia Post – Changing Times advertisement – 1975

This black-and-white commercial informs the public of the split of the Postmaster-General’s Department into two independent Commissions. It offers a neat little history, using stills from Australia Post’s archive.

Australia Post – Onward Speed sponsored film – 1970

Fred Schepisi wrote and directed Onward Speed as a sponsored film for Australia Post. It humorously instructs its target audience of executives, secretaries and mailroom staff in the efficient management of business mail.

Australia Post – Post Office Film sponsored film – 1942

This is a mute, black-and-white film record of the dismantling of the Sydney GPO clock tower to relocate communications equipment during the Second World War.

Australia Post – Post Office Speeds the Mail sponsored film – 1970

With the 1971 changeover from pushbike to motorcycle for mail delivery, Australia Post purchased a fleet of customised motorbikes from Honda.

Australia Post – Recruitment sponsored film – 1989

It’s interesting to look at the Australia Post jobs on offer in the late 1980s and compare them to employment opportunities available today.

Australia Post – Security sponsored film – 1989

While mail security may be a far greater problem today than in the past, here is evidence that mail security has always presented a substantial challenge.

Australia Post – Standard Letters advertisement – 1974

This ad was made at a time when postage of a standard letter within Australia was only ten cents.

Australia Post – This is the Mail sponsored film – 1966

When the $6 million Redfern Mail Exchange in Sydney was opened in 1965, it was hailed as the largest mechanised mail centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Australia’s Land of Tomorrow sponsored film – 1962

An Australian Inland Mission patrol witnesses a prospering region where industry and agriculture have grown and the population has greatly increased since the last visit.

B

Breathing Under Water feature film – 1991

The director’s preoccupation with humankind’s tendency to self-destruct was one factor that lead to the creation of this complex film.

C

Chant Vénitien music – 1904

This is an early surviving commercial recording made by international opera star Nellie Melba in her London home in 1904.

Cheap Blonde short film – 1998

A humorous experimental word game which examines gender representation and authorship in the cinema.

Cybergirl – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2000

Cybergirl crashes to earth. Pursued by evil replicant bounty hunters, she takes refuge with Jackson and his father Hugh.

D

Division of Radiophysics documentary – 1950

This public relations documentary outlines research undertaken by the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics during the 1940s.

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Four Corners – Car Wars television program – 2006

Australia has one of the highest rates of car theft in the western world. Chris Masters investigates car crooks working in the gaps between warring car industry worlds.

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General Motors Holden – Australia’s Ideal Family Car advertisement – c1957

This goes to great lengths to reiterate the key features on which Holden built its reputation – economy, dependability, performance, styling and comfort.

General Motors Holden – Proved Dependability advertisement – c1956

This ad introduces written testimonials from 'satisfied owners’ of Holden cars, 'taxi drivers, men in the outback, commercial travellers, family men’.

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Hello short film – 2003

In this beautifully realised short film, animated characters communicate using music and recorded sound.

The Hen Convention music – 1897

The oldest surviving Australian sound recording is a novelty song featuring chicken impersonations.

Holden Car Cinema Advertisement: A New Star, the New Holden FE advertisement – 1956

Many of the FE’s aesthetic modifications reflected the fashions of the 1950s.

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In the Head the Fire radio – 1966

This radiophonic piece written by composer Nigel Butterley in 1966 won the prestigious Prix Italia and set a benchmark for radio in Australia.

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Karli Jalangu – Boomerang Today documentary – 2004

The making of the number seven boomerang is not a hurried process, but measured and multifaceted. Every step of the procedure has meaning.

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Landline - Ethanol Special 2006 television program – 2006

Alarmed by a 2003 media scare campaign, Australians have been left behind by Brazil and the US with regard to developing non-fossil fuels.

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The Mad Century short film – 2000

All you ever wanted to know about the 20th century according to cartoonist Bruce Petty.

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The New Car short film – 1953

An ambitious amateur production, most of which is set in the early 1900s, the film was shot on location at an historic homestead in Morphettville, South Australia.

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Project Vlad short film – 1999

This 3D animated short is about the loneliness of the long distance astronaut.

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Satellite Dreaming documentary – 1991

The creation of CAAMA was designed to produce media that would sustain a strong Indigenous identity with regional variations.

Super Flu: Race Against a Killer documentary – 2005

In 1997, Avian flu erupted in Hong Kong and crossed over into the human population. This is a report on the world’s preparedness for an airborne pandemic.