Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1991

24 titles

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Big People, Small People documentary – 1991

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

Blackout – Malangi: A Day in the Life of a Bark Painter television program – 1991

A portrait of the internationally acclaimed Arnhem Land artist David Malangi, highly regarded in both Yolngu and western cultural traditions.

Black Robe feature film – 1991

In 17th century Canada a Jesuit missionary confronts his faith and mortality while travelling up river to reach a settlement of Huron Indians.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland television program – 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

Bran Nue Dae documentary – 1991

There’s nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine’ is probably the most famous line from the successful stage musical.

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.

Brides of Christ television program – 1991

Brides of Christ take a vow to forsake the secular world and live according to God’s will. An Australian television landmark, recapturing the great changes of the ’60s.

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The Daylight Moon: A Portrait of the Poet Les Murray documentary – 1991

World-renowned Australian poet Les Murray reflects on his life and work.

Dead to the World feature film – 1991

Two women battle for control of an inner-city boxing school.

Dingo feature film – 1991

Dingo is a French-Australian co-production starring an American jazz legend. According to director Rolf de Heer, Miles Davis turned out to be a wonderfully instinctive actor.

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Fatal Bond feature film – 1991

Fans of iconic 1960s cars will be able to see a Valiant S series take on a Citroen Goddess in the final scenes.

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The Good Woman of Bangkok documentary – 1991

At the time of the film’s release there was a lot of debate about filmmaker O’Rourke’s relationship with his subject – a prostitute – and the issues that raises.

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Land of the Apocalypse documentary – 1991

The traditional custodians of Kakadu National Park battle to protect an important sacred site from mining exploitation.

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Mother and Son – The Clock television program – 1991

Writer Geoffrey Atherden offers a deft spin on the eccentric character of Maggie Beare, who assumes that something that’s misplaced must be stolen.

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Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip documentary – 1991

A ‘paper trail’ from Japanese paper products back to Australia, examining whether the world’s demand for paper can coexist with protection of its forests.

Phoenix – Top Quality Crims television program – 1991

Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.

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.

Proof feature film – 1991

This is a textbook example of how to make a film logistically simple without sacrificing complexity and dramatic impact.

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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.

State of Shock documentary – 1991

Alcoholic Alwyn Peter traces the events in his life – dysfunction experienced by an Indigenous family within a frame of dispossession and loss of cultural practice.

Super 8 Soldiers documentary – 1991

A group of Australian conscripts took 8mm cameras with them to Vietnam. Super 8 Soldiers intercuts their footage with interviews with the men and their families in the early 1990s.

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Track Record: The Story of Australia’s Railways - Tethered to the World documentary – 1991

This episode from a four-part series outlines the surviving tourist railways of Australia and looks at the problems presented by the legacies of the past.

Treaty music – 1991

Aboriginal pop song from the 1990s with a powerful political message.

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A Woman’s Tale feature film – 1991

Rarely has a film shown so eloquently that beauty is not a function of age, but of spirit. Sheila Florance seems to be playing very close to her real personality, but that is part of what makes the film so moving.