Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1999

34 titles

A

Australian Story – A Man for All Seasons television program – 1999

Bronco Coach Wayne Bennett’s father was a violent and hard drinking fettler. So he made a vow to his mother that he would never drink or gamble.

B

Bananas in Pyjamas – Banana Breakfast television program – 1999

The combination of visually appealing characters with the 'Bananas in Pyjamas’ song created a highly popular and commercially successful preschool series.

Bridewealth for a Goddess documentary – 1999

Bridewealth for a Goddess is a remarkable record of a ritual that may never be repeated.

Brother short film – 1999

The biography of a brother, his cigarette butts, asthma and head lice.

D

Driving Home short film – 1999

In this animated short film, a young Korean immigrant struggles to define her cultural identity.

E

Erskineville Kings feature film – 1999

This was Hugh Jackman’s first film role, before he had established himself as a star of musical theatre, and he gives a fine performance in a difficult role.

F

Facing the Demons documentary – 1999

This is absolutely compelling: two of the four men convicted of the murder of a teenager after a robbery, face his family and friends.

Flipper and Lopaka – The Secrets of Quetzo television program – 1999

Producer Yoram Gross used animation to free up Flipper: ‘In the old series, Flipper was like an extra … we gave him the chance to be the action hero.’

Flowergirl short film – 1999

Cate Shortland brings her distinctive visual sensibility and mood-oriented storytelling to a tale of cross-cultural experience, departure and unrequited love.

Funny by George: The George Wallace Story documentary – 1999

An untrained actor with a talent for stand up comedy, George Wallace’s first job was with Happy Harry Salmon’s travelling show.

H

Holy Smoke feature film – 1999

Ruth Barron falls under the spell of a guru while visiting India. Her desperate family hires cult deprogrammer PJ Waters to confront Ruth.

The Human Journey – Episode 1 television program – 1999

It’s a tall order to re-create events from three-and-a-half million years ago. Roger Scholes found every kind of landscape required in Tasmania.

The Human Journey – Episode 3 television program – 1999

Part scientific mystery, part detective story – this episode concludes that everyone on earth is related to the one tribe from Africa.

I

In a Savage Land feature film – 1999

Evelyn’s misadventures in the Trobriand Islands are in the foreground of this exploration of racism, colonialism and voyeurism set during the Second World War.

L

Last Plane Out of Berlin documentary – 1999

At ten years of age, Sidney Cotton designed an aircraft. At 18, this Queensland country boy built a car he called 'the Cotton’.

Least Said, Soonest Mended documentary – 1999

When she was 16, Val had a baby out of wedlock and was coerced to have her adopted out. After 25 years, Val and her daughter make contact.

Looking For Alibrandi feature film – 1999

There is a lot of genuine affection between the grandmother, mother, and daughter in this film but conversations are bruising too.

M

Media Watch – Series 11 Episode 18 television program – 1999

A weekly program that exposes the tricks journalists use. Every journalist loves the show until they are featured on it.

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The New Adventures of Ocean Girl – Hearing The Call television program – 1999

The highlights of episode three are the comic scenes with the hammy evil Elgar and the slapstick comedy between the villainous Space Wizard’s sidekicks Elgar and Moza.

P

Project Vlad short film – 1999

This 3D animated short is about the loneliness of the long distance astronaut.

R

Rush documentary – 1999

This is an observational documentary about three young Melbourne men and their obsession with fast cars and lifestyles.

S

Sadness documentary – 1999

Australian photographer William Yang explores loss, love and identity as he investigates a family murder and honours the lives of friends who have died from AIDS.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning short film – 1999

The film offers few answers or a resolution and presents a possibility of characters trapped in an experience from which all are seeking liberation.

Soft Fruit feature film – 1999

This comedy, drenched in grief and family conflict, would be a tragedy if it were not so funny and affectionate.

Stone Forever documentary – 1999

Over 30,000 bikers turned up in 1998 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stone and recreate the funeral scene.

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Tennant Creek – Sacred Dances documentary – 1999

The spirit Moonga Moonga 'is cheeky’ to people from other countries and cultures. The land is considered a living entity around which cultural practices originate.

Thunderstone – Episode Three television program – 1999

This episode showcases the fabulous production design and high production values that are the feature of this quality children’s series.

Two Hands feature film – 1999

Desperate for a swim, Jimmy (Heath Ledger) buries an envelope containing $10,000 in the sand at Bondi beach…

W

Walking Through a Minefield documentary – 1999

Jabiluka 2, the world’s richest uranium deposit, has been dogged by conflict between mining interests and environmental and Indigenous groups.

Water Rats – Goes With the Territory television program – 1999

This episode marks the introduction of Steve Bisley’s character to the long-running crime drama. Of note is the economy with which this major change in cast is addressed.

Whiteys Like Us documentary – 1999

Reconciliation Learning Circles were introduced across Australia in 1991 with the aim of improving relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? – Series 1 Episode 5 television program – 1999

Immortalised by feature film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), this is the Australian version of the popular quiz show hosted by Eddie McGuire.

Wind short film – 1999

The story of a black tracker – an Indigenous man employed by whites to hunt fellow Indigenous people – and a man with loyalties divided between two cultures.

Wrap Me Up in Paperbark documentary – 1999

At the heart of this documentary is the struggle to reclaim a mother’s remains and return her to the country and people from whom she was taken.