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All titles produced in 2004

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5 Seasons documentary – 2004

Ancient Indigenous philosophies and cosmologies, this documentary shows, treat the land as a living entity and worthy of respect.

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The Alice television program – 2004

A disparate group of people are heading for the outback to watch a solar eclipse. Strange things begin to happen as their fates entwine.

All About Olive documentary – 2004

Filmmaker Mike Rubbo takes 105 year-old Olive Riley back to her childhood home in Broken Hill, western NSW, to talk about her life.

Anthem: An Act of Sedition documentary – 2004

This ambitious work gives voice to everyday people affected by the ‘war on terror’ and Australia’s mandatory detention policies.

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Betelnut Bisnis documentary – 2004

Betelnut is the fourth most consumed legal substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

Birthday Boy short film – 2004

This Oscar-nominated short, set during the Korean War, is about a boy who receives an unexpected birthday present with tragic consequences.

Black Soldier Blues documentary – 2004

African American veterans talk candidly about the friendliness of Australians compared with their callous treatment by white American servicemen.

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Clara short film – 2004

A stop-motion animation that explores the grief experienced by a young girl.

Compass – Fly on the Wall Messiah television program – 2004

Every year, 700 amateur singers come together to perform Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall. It’s a Christmas tradition. They have nine rehearsals only and getting ready for the big night is a nail-biting experience.

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Deadly Yarns – Don’t Say Sorry short film – 2004

In this short documentary Christine Jacobs describes how she overcame the pain of being a child of the stolen generations.

Deadly Yarns – Ganggu Mama short film – 2004

In this short film, Ganggu Mama guides his nephew towards his culture and out of trouble.

Deadly Yarns – Sugar Bag short film – 2004

A story of love and endurance about an Aboriginal child fathered by a white man and hunted down by police troopers.

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Fashionista – Donna-May Bolinger television program – 2004

Donna-May Bolinger, whose shoes were worn in Moulin Rouge!, has attempted to move beyond designing shoes, to incorporate feminist history in her work.

Fashionista – Nicolas Jurnjack television program – 2004

Nicolas Jurnjack, hair stylist to the world’s most famous models, was offered a choice of a plumbing or hairdressing apprenticeship. He chose plumbing.

Fergus McPhail – Double Trouble television program – 2004

The hapless Fergus, who is probably the biggest dag around, is trying to be cool as he attempts to settle into his new life. Of course all does not go to plan.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 1 television program – 2004

Homesick for Broome, the Pigram brothers wrote a famous song celebrating their mother’s wonderful fish soup and rice.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 2 television program – 2004

Diving for trepang (sea cucumber) in the northernmost tip of Australia, the program finds fine produce and great cooks to create a showcase of Australian cuisines.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 3 television program – 2004

While Maeve O’Mara has crossed the desert to eat at a terrific Greek taverna in Coober Pedy, Joanna Savill is in the Torres Strait to take part in a local feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 5 television program – 2004

Maeve O’Mara travels to Tasmania to discover the secrets behind creating a terrific cheddar. Joanna Savill is invited to a three-day Sikh religious festival and feast.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 6 television program – 2004

Another program in this very attractive series with its blend of produce, recipes and the cultures that make up contemporary Australia.

Foreign Exchange - Episode 2, Shark Attack television program – 2004

In the middle of the night, Hannah comes though a portal from Ireland and arrives in Brett’s bedroom in Perth at 7 am.

Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History documentary – 2004

An excellent look at the man who produced some of Australia’s first documentaries, and some of our most iconic images.

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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant television program – 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan documentary – 2004

Milligan’s affection for Australia, particularly the suburb of Woy Woy which he quips is a great place to commit suicide, had a significant impact on his life.

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John Safran vs God – Episode 2 television program – 2004

Nothing is sacred in John Safran’s comedy-documentary series about religion.

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Karli Jalangu – Boomerang Today documentary – 2004

The making of the number seven boomerang is not a hurried process, but measured and multifaceted. Every step of the procedure has meaning.

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Land Mines – A Love Story documentary – 2004

Shah planted landmines as a soldier then became the victim of a mine. His wife, Habiba, lost a leg to a mine and regrets that she can no longer wear pretty shoes.

Letters to Ali documentary – 2004

One family’s willingness to embrace 15-year-old Ali stands in contrast to the media’s portrayal of asylum seekers as ‘terrorists’ or ‘people smugglers’.

The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser television program – 2004

A portrait of Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983.

Love My Way – What’s in a Name television program – 2004

The understatement accompanying several key dramatic scenes stands out; they are treated with a wry humour that doesn’t lose sight of the emotion involved for the characters.

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Mademoiselle and the Doctor documentary – 2004

Seventy-nine-year-old Lisette Nigot has decided to end her life. A powerful portrait illustrating the phrase ‘rational suicide’.

The Movie Show – Episode 12 television program – 2004

Margaret and David disagree about a new Irish-British co-production called Evelyn, directed by Australian Bruce Beresford, and make a tribute to John Dingwall.

The Movie Show – Episode 13 television program – 2004

Eric Bana is back in Australia and appearing on The Movie Show to promote his latest film, Troy.

The Movie Show – Episode 4 television program – 2004

This is from the last series of The Movie Show produced by SBS. Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton surprised the industry by moving to the ABC in mid-2004.

Mparntwe Sacred Sites documentary – 2004

This documentary about Mparntwe (Alice Springs) provides a history of the region and the journey of the ancestral beings that gave Mparntwe its form.

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National Treasures – Bradman’s Bats documentary – 2004

Donald Bradman’s bats are a reminder of how this cricket legend played himself into the record books, earning the status of Australian icon.

National Treasures – Cuc Lam’s Suitcase documentary – 2004

Vietnamese refugee Cuc Lam talks about how this small red vinyl bag was a symbol of a new beginning in a new country.

National Treasures – Endeavour Journal documentary – 2004

A look at Lieutenant James Cook’s journal, written on board the Endeavour during his trip down under in 1770.

National Treasures – First Surfboard documentary – 2004

Duke Kahanamoku shows Australians how to ride a wave in 1914, using a board he built himself.

National Treasures – Gallipoli Boat documentary – 2004

A small lifeboat, retrieved from the shores of Gallipoli, is a direct link to the first Anzacs and the day that helped forge Australia’s identity.

National Treasures – HMAS Sydney’s Carley Float documentary – 2004

A tiny, war-ravaged liferaft’s link to the worst naval disaster in Australia’s history.

National Treasures – Phar Lap’s Hide documentary – 2004

How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?

National Treasures – ‘The Magic Pudding’ Illustrations documentary – 2004

A look at the illustrations for one of Australia’s best-loved children’s books, The Magic Pudding.

National Treasures – ‘The Sentimental Bloke’ Film documentary – 2004

The classic 1919 silent movie The Sentimental Bloke is regarded as one of the greatest Australian films.

National Treasures – Tom Roberts’s ‘Bailed Up’ documentary – 2004

Why Tom Roberts’s painting Bailed Up is one of the most treasured in Australia.

National Treasures – ‘Waltzing Matilda’ Song Sheet documentary – 2004

How did the music and lyrics come together to make our most iconic of national songs?

The New Inventors – Series 1 Episode 8 television program – 2004

The host works hard to keep the show moving along, with gags and one-liners that provide a contrast to the seriousness of the backyard boffins explaining their life’s work.

Noah and Saskia – Tomorrow Never Knows television program – 2004

The final scene of this first episode dangles compelling narrative hooks and offers interesting and quirky characters and an abundance of humour.

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Opal Fever documentary – 2004

Opal Fever examines the people who make a fortune, those who make a living and those who go broke mining opals in Coober Pedy.

Oyster Farmer feature film – 2004

Writer-director Anna Reeves spent four years immersed in the culture of the beautiful Hawkesbury River area before making this drama.

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