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All titles produced in 1973

17 titles

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The 8th Wonder of the World sponsored film – 1973

This documentary coincided with the official opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 and looks at the architecture, art and functions of the building.

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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.

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The Breaker documentary – 1973

The Breaker reveals the details of Henry 'Breaker’ Morant’s life before he went to the Boer War and was executed for murder.

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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.

Crystal Voyager documentary – 1973

George Greenough, who helped revolutionise surfboard design in the 1960s, is inspired by the shape of marlin and other fish.

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Daddy Cool documentary – 1973

A film about successful 1970s rock band Daddy Cool could not be anything but charmingly laid-back.

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A Film for Discussion documentary – 1973

This black-and-white experimental film was made collectively by members of one of Australia’s first Women’s Liberation groups. It sought to promote Women’s Liberation by engaging viewers in active discussion, hence its name.

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Homicide – The Friendly Fellow television program – 1973

This was star Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s favourite Homicide episode.

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The Loner music – 1973

‘The Loner’ by Vic Simms is regarded as Australia’s great lost classic album of Aboriginal protest songs.

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Monday Conference – Rhodesia or Zimbabwe television program – 1973

Out of the studio and into the community, Robert Moore interviews Senator Glen Sheil, just returned from Rhodesia, and Bishop Donal Lamont.

Monster or Miracle? Sydney Opera House documentary – 1973

Made just prior to the official opening in 1973, this is a celebratory film about the construction and opening of the Sydney Opera House.

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Seven Little Australians television program – 1973

This is a delightful and faithful adaptation of Ethel Turner’s iconic Australian story, Seven Little Australians, into a charming television series.

Sydney Opera House Opening Concert music – 1973

A magical night in the history of Australian music: the first official concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

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The Western Distributor sponsored film – 1973

This sponsored film documents the construction of the first stage of the Western Distributor, providing a route from the Sydney Harbour Bridge through to Ultimo and the city’s west.

Whitlam – Visit to Bendigo and Eaglehawk historical – 1973

Gough Whitlam, the first Labor Prime Minister in 23 years, visits Bendigo and Eaglehaw in Victoria to lend support to the party’s campaign for the May 1973 state elections.

Why It Is So television program – 1973

Professor Julius Sumner Miller amazes and astounds his viewers with ‘light, optics and a brief adventure into modern physics’.

The Wreck of the Batavia documentary – 1973

An early film by Bruce Beresford traces the story of the Dutch ship Batavia, wrecked on a coral reef off the coast of Western Australia in 1629.