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All titles produced in 1997

42 titles

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After Mabo documentary – 1997

The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance.

Australian Story – Since Adam Was a Boy television program – 1997

Adam Sutton, horse wrangler and rodeo rider, is a quintessential cowboy: fearless, fun-loving and homosexual. The biggest risk he ever took was revealing his sexuality.

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The Barefoot Bushman: Dancing With Dingoes documentary – 1997

The film includes footage of Bruce Jacobs, who established a dingo sanctuary in Victoria and bred dingoes for domestic sale.

Brothers and Sisters documentary – 1997

Actor Rachael Maza and her sister are among the people featured in this look at sibling behaviour.

C

Colour Bars documentary – 1997

Director Mahmoud Yekta’s Colour Bars was nominated for Best Documentary at the 1997 Australian Film Institute Awards.

D

Desert Tracks short film – 1997

Desert Tracks – a business established without government funding – is a community’s attempt to sustain itself culturally and an important initiative for self-determination.

Dogwatch feature film – 1997

This film could almost pass as a 1940s Hollywood studio thriller starring Humphrey Bogart.

Doing Time for Patsy Cline feature film – 1997

In Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Ralph (Matt Day) believes at the start that he wants to be a country singer, but he’s not so sure by the end.

E

Exile in Sarajevo documentary – 1997

The children’s stories are the most poignant in this very moving account, from civilians, of the last six months of the Bosnian War.

F

Final Insult documentary – 1997

When some people are 'allergic to the 20th century’ they become captives in their own homes.

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Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark television program – 1997

A forensic psychiatrist finds she has to solve a petrol station shooting without getting too personally involved.

J

Jabiluka documentary – 1997

This film offers Indigenous, scientific and economic perspectives on the issue of mining uranium at Jabiluka.

K

Kiss or Kill feature film – 1997

This Australian film stood out from others of the time because of its fresh mixture of genre thrills, narrative intrigue and black humour.

L

The Last of the Nomads documentary – 1997

A feature-length documentary about an expedition to find the last suriving nomadic couple, who broke tribal marriage laws and fled into the Gibson desert.

Li’l Elvis and the Truckstoppers – Caught in a Trap television program – 1997

Li’l Elvis wants to be a normal kid, not an Elivis impersonator, but his mother is aghast, 'What about your fans, what about the bank, what about the king!’

Lizzy Gardiner’s Story of the Fame Game documentary – 1997

Director and interviewer Lizzy Gardiner had her own taste of fame when she won the Best Costume Design Oscar for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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Mao’s New Suit documentary – 1997

A frank, behind-the-scenes look at modern China as two young fashion designers stage a show in Shanghai.

Masterpiece Special – Robert Hughes television program – 1997

Art critic and writer Robert Hughes describes self-doubt as part of the creative process, for critics as well as artists and writers.

Masterpiece Special – Wole Soyinka television program – 1997

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka talks about his early life in Nigeria. He now lives in exile and misses the smells, sounds and textures of his native land.

Media Watch – Series 9 Episode 1 television program – 1997

In this vintage Media Watch Story, presenter Stuart Littlemore thoroughly enjoys demolishing a couple of journalists from the Seven Network.

Murder Call – Black Friday television program – 1997

Murder Call’s take on the crime genre combines a slick look and feel with offbeat story-lines that hark back to the clue-puzzle tradition of fictional sleuths.

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No More Needles Please documentary – 1997

Since the age of two, James has required two daily injections of insulin to keep him alive. Now 12, he explores options for people with diabetes.

O

Oscar and Lucinda feature film – 1997

Drawn together by a passion for gambling, Anglican priest Oscar Hopkins and Australian heiress Lucinda Leplastrier agree on a wager with life-changing consequences.

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Petals – A Boot Full of Petals television program – 1997

Petals is an animated series for preschool children which revolves around the adventures of five tiny flower ‘petals’ who live at the bottom of an overgrown garden.

The Picture Woman short film – 1997

Over a series of seemingly unrelated images, a woman speaks in voice-over of taking a photo of herself every other day.

Pyongyang Diaries documentary – 1997

Solrun Hoaas uses a diary-like voice-over to reflect on the gap between what she was able to film and what she could not show.

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Rachel’s Story documentary – 1997

At 16, Rachel was a prostitute and heroin addict in Kings Cross. Years later, she helps a prostitute reform.

Raw FM – What You Can television program – 1997

A series revolving around community youth radio station 99.9 Raw FM and the young people who run it.

Road to Nhill feature film – 1997

Four lady bowlers roll their car outside a country town. Amid chaos and panicking menfolk, they save themselves.

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Shifting Sands – Promise short film – 1997

This is essentially a love story told in the absence of the love interest – grandfather – that resonates as one of those moments that are a cherished memory.

Shifting Sands – Tears short film – 1997

Tears introduces the two main characters from Ivan Sen’s feature film Beneath Clouds, and also presents the elements that shape his later feature.

Skippy Adventures in Bushtown – Trouble in Bushtown television program – 1997

The creative look of this 2D animation is signature Yoram Gross with flat, bright, clean-lined characters laid over muted pencil-drawn backgrounds.

So Simple, So Hard … documentary – 1997

An opera singer, a hairdresser, an artist and a Chinese Australian seek suitable partners through introduction agencies, a fortune teller and the internet.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping feature film – 1997

Sonja Buloh returns to Hobart 20 years after leaving her violent father, Bojan. Their reunion ignites painful memories of shattered family life.

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Tabaluga – The Last One of His Kind television program – 1997

With an eclectic mix of animals and accents from around the world, Tabaluga is a very international looking and sounding series.

Temple on the Hill documentary – 1997

Social and cultural changes in an Indian community in NSW, where traditional arranged marriages are challenged by contemporary Australian influences.

Thank God He Met Lizzie feature film – 1997

This romantic comedy helped launch Cate Blanchett’s cinema career. It intercuts two stories to create a very satisfying contemplation on romantic love and commitment.

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Was That Really Me? documentary – 1997

Tracey’s response to her baby’s crying led her to realise that there was something wrong. An insight into postnatal depression.

What’s Your Poison? – Ecstasy television program – 1997

For young people of an age where drugs and alcohol are likely to be on offer, this is a no-nonsense examination of the pros and cons of taking ecstasy.

Where Angels Fear To Tread documentary – 1997

Explores the political situation relating to voluntary euthanasia in the Northern Territory through the point of view of controversial figure Dr Philip Nitschke.

Wildside – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1997

The raw style of Wildside is characterised by intense, semi-improvised performances, observational camerawork and sometimes frenetic editing.

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Year of the Dogs documentary – 1997

This entertaining year-in-the-life of Footscray AFL club shows us the boardroom, the change room, the fans and the matches.