Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1932

16 titles

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Archibald Family: Family Scenes and Outings in Sydney home movie – c1932

Much like a family album, this home movie collection records events over a period of time. From baby shots in the backyard, to outings at the beach.

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A Day in a Biscuit Factory sponsored film – 1932

While not the film’s primary intention, it offers an interesting examination of the division of labour and factory-line production processes in a 1930s biscuit factory.

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Farey: Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge home movie – 1932

Lesley Francis Farey captured what it would have been like to be in the crowd at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Fire Guardians documentary – 1932

For this eccentric dramatised documentary on the history of firefighting, Frank Hurley dressed members of the NSW Fire Brigade in all manner of period costume.

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Ghosts of Port Arthur documentary – c1932

A ‘novelty travel talk’ by Ken G Hall in 1930 has other resonances today: violent encounters after European settlement and the horror of the Port Arthur massacre.

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His Royal Highness feature film – 1932

The performance of George Wallace, star and writer, is a road map of comic techniques from the passing vaudeville era.

Holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, Java home movie – c1932

These scenes of colonial-era South-East Asia are an early example of actuality footage which captures Australian perspectives of the region.

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Jewel of the Pacific documentary – 1932

In this 1932 travelogue shot and narrated by Frank Hurley, rat tails bring a reward of sixpence each and Lord Howe Island locals join the hunt for the pests.

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The Kinema News Reel newsreel – 1932

This newsreel offers a glimpse of the English cricket team that went on to play the famous 'Bodyline’ series against Australia later in the 1932-33 season.

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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 Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge newsreel – 1932

This newsreel footage with on-the-spot commentary contains unique coverage of the official opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday 19 March 1932.

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Provincial Cities of Australia: Ballarat, Victoria documentary – c1932

Frank Thring was an enthusiastic supporter of talking pictures and a great believer in their potential to bolster the Australian film industry.

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Revolution by Referendum: Political advertisement by Mr Costello advertisement – c1932

One of many activists or political aspirants who have proposed socialist visions for the country’s future over its recent history.

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Tasmanian countryside, Hobart and Tasmanian Tiger historical – c1932

A Tasmanian Tiger, Hobart City and the Tasmanian countryside are all showcased in this black-and-white actuality footage from the early 1930s.

Tasmanian Tiger Footage historical – 1932

In 1932, zoologist and naturalist David Fleay filmed some of the last known moving images of a living (now extinct) Tasmanian tiger.

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Welcome to the English Cricket Team newsreel – 1932

At the start of what would become the infamous Bodyline series, there is no hint of hostility as Australian cricket captain Bill Woodfull welcomes the English squad to Australia.