Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1976

23 titles

A

Ask the Leyland Brothers – Episode 23 television program – 1976

The Leyland Brothers answer viewer requests and visit Broken Hill and Uluru.

B

A Big Country – On the Hook television program – 1976

An unusual departure for the A Big Country team as they examine the traumatic history and growth of the union that protects wharfie’s rights.

C

Caddie feature film – 1976

Caddie is a powerfully emotional statement of the ways in which women outside marriage were socially and economically disadvantaged in the period between the wars.

Certain Women – Episode 166 television program – 1976

The final episode of this long-running serial about a family of strong-minded women who take on a changing world in the 1970s.

Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement documentary – 1976

This sponsored film demonstrates the successful application of continuously reinforced concrete pavement in a major infrastructure project.

D

The Devil’s Playground feature film – 1976

Both writer Thomas Keneally and director Fred Schepisi spent time in a Catholic seminary, the world explored in this drama.

Don’s Party feature film – 1976

The off-stage bedroom scenes in the original play became on-screen sex in this film, and the male characters got naked not just drunk.

G

General Motors Holden – Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars advertisement – c1976

This memorable advertising jingle from the 1970s was adapted from the American Chevrolet campaign, 'baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet’.

I

(I’m) Stranded music – 1976

A seminal Australian punk song.

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Lake Argyle television program – 1976

Harry Butler CBE, naturalist and environmentalist, explains how man-made Lake Argyle has changed the ecology of the Kimberley region forever.

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Scars on the Landscape television program – 1976

Harry Butler seems the archetypal bushie, with his khaki shorts and battered bushman’s hat. He doesn’t work to a script, but moves around the bush with a keen eye.

M

Mad Dog Morgan feature film – 1976

Dennis Hopper’s performance in Mad Dog Morgan was both praised and ridiculed at the time of release.

N

No Fences, No Boundaries – Walter Burley Griffin documentary – c1976

Walter Burley Griffin believed that 'buildings convey the most truth of the mental and spiritual states of various people and times’.

Number 96 – Episodes 1003 and 1004 television program – 1976

Melodrama thrives in the lives of the residents of a Sydney apartment block in the swinging seventies.

O

Oz – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Movie feature film – 1976

Director Chris Löfvén was heavily involved in the rock music scene. Oz was his attempt to rework The Wizard of Oz for a mid-1970s youth audience.

P

The Painters and Dockers Strike documentary – 1976

In the 1950s the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia had its own film unit to counter government policies of the day.

Peach’s Australia – Darling River television program – 1976

Bill Peach was a household name in Australia at the time he gave up being the presenter of This Day Tonight to return to his first love, travel journalism.

Peach’s Australia – Flinders Ranges television program – 1976

Peach’s meanders around the country he’s describing, offering tantalising snippets of history, spiced with art history and Aboriginal Dreaming stories.

S

Storm Boy feature film – 1976

Seamlessly woven into this story about one boy’s love of a pelican, are such themes as race relations, ecology, and family breakdown.

The Sullivans – On the Brink of War television program – 1976

The first four episodes of the long-running hit series cover the period leading up to the declaration of the Second World War in Australia on 3 September 1939.

T

The Trespassers feature film – 1976

Many films reflected the sexual revolution of the 1970s but few male directors explored what women wanted from it. This one does.

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism documentary – 1976

This anthropological documentary covers the unique innovations made by the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea to the game of cricket.

W

We Aim to Please short film – 1976

We Aim to Please incorporated experimental and feminist ideas and was a bold break away from the narrative films and factual documentaries of the time.