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All titles produced in 2007

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Bit of Black Business – Back Seat short film – 2007

One day seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Janine, who is meeting her biological family for the first time.

Bit of Black Business – Bloodlines short film – 2007

Josh is putting off making a difficult phone call. His procrastination is interrupted by voices from his past.

Bit of Black Business – Custard short film – 2007

A young woman’s grandfather has died. She returns to Stradbroke Island to comfort her grandmother and discover the truth about her grandfather’s death.

Bit of Black Business – Days Like These short film – 2007

Days Like These is a day in the life of Dan, a young Aboriginal man trying to get ahead – but it seems the odds are stacked against him.

Bit of Black Business – Done Dirt Cheap short film – 2007

A tourist overhears two miners talking with Amos, a gold prospector. He buys a nugget from Amos that’s worth a lot less than he bargained for.

Bit of Black Business – Hush short film – 2007

Ethel’s daughter thinks her mum and Mary get together to play cards. She’s shocked to discover they’ve found an unexpected new way of supplementing their pensions.

Bit of Black Business – Jackie Jackie short film – 2007

Inspired by a dream, Jackie Jackie is reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Tracey Moffatt’s BeDevil (1993) in its stylised kitsch.

Bit of Black Business – Kwatye short film – 2007

Filmed in Alice Springs and inspired by a true story, Kwatye is a humorous lesson in being careful about what you say in front of the children.

Bit of Black Business – Nana short film – 2007

This short film from Warwick Thornton is a humorous portrait of an all-rounder told from the perspective of her adoring granddaughter.

Bit of Black Business – Sharpeye short film – 2007

An 11-year-old boy’s sharp eyes help thwart an invasion exercise by elite Special Forces soldiers in the Torres Strait.

Bit of Black Business – The Turtle short film – 2007

Jason’s mother sends him to a small coastal town to keep him out of trouble. But it takes a turtle hunt with his grandfather to bring Jason out of his shell.

Bit of Black Business – Too Late short film – 2007

Ben arrives home late to find his wife not talking to him and his son ignoring him. His pleas for forgiveness fall on deaf ears, and he uncovers a shocking truth.

Bit of Black Business – Two Big Boys short film – 2007

When their car breaks down at a drive-through restaurant, a speed bump becomes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for two bickering brothers.

The Black Balloon feature film – 2007

The Black Balloon is partly a coming-of-age movie, but the presence in the family of an autistic brother like Charlie prevents it from becoming conventional or predictable.

Black Water feature film – 2007

An overturned boat leaves three young holidaymakers stranded in the water with only a giant crocodile for company.

Bomb Harvest documentary – 2007

This documentary follows an Australian bomb disposal specialist training a team in Laos to clear bombs left from the ‘secret war’ the US waged at the time of the Vietnam War.

Bondi Rescue – Series 2, Episode 7 television program – 2007

Bondi is the best known beach in Australia with 2.5 million visitors per year. The lifeguards are an elite squad who can’t believe they are paid for doing work they love.

Boxing Day feature film – 2007

The unconventional production method helped give Boxing Day an unusually intense sense of foreboding, danger and unpredictability.

Bra Boys documentary – 2007

This first-hand look at localism and tribalism, identity and belonging, is set deep within Maroubra’s surf culture.

The Bronze Mirror short film – 2007

This animated short tells an ancient tale of human illusions.

Bungalung: A Dreaming of Cannibals documentary – 2007

A dramatised documentary about an ancient ghost story told by two Anmatjere elders to a group of children.

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Cactus feature film – 2007

Cactus, while full of thrills and suspense, gradually reveals a more humanistic agenda as it employs genre conventions to explore notions of masculinity, class and power.

Chandon Pictures – Champion Charles television program – 2007

Chandon Pictures is a comedy that takes an uneasy look at the notion of 'chasing your dream’.

The Chaser’s War on Everything – APEC Episodes television program – 2007

The Chaser’s APEC episodes underscore the power of the unexpected in this type of comedy and the legal juggling act involved in bringing it to air on a weekly basis.

Children of the Silk Road feature film – 2007

A love story set against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation of China prior to the Second World War.

Choir of Hard Knocks – Episode 3 television program – 2007

A group of homeless and otherwise struggling people join the Choir of Hard Knocks and allow their experience to be recorded.

The Circuit – It’s a Long Way Home television program – 2007

A fresh look at the interaction between the court system and Aboriginal people living in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Clubland feature film – 2007

Clubland explores that time when a young man discovers sex and has to sever the relationship he has with his mother.

Curtin television program – 2007

The Curtin telemovie is like a skilfully painted miniature: small in size and scope but, on closer examination, high on well-researched detail.

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Deadly Yarns 3 – Who Paintin’ Dis Wandjina? short film – 2007

When a Perth artist uses traditional iconography as graffiti, the traditional owners are not impressed.

Death Defying Acts feature film – 2007

Filmmakers often tell imagined stories to explore a famous figure or incident and this love story involving Harry Houdini in 1926 is a good example.

Double Trouble – Episode 1 television program – 2007

Double Trouble is in the vein of Parent Trap, but with an Australian spin. It is an entertaining children’s program that offers insights into the lives of young people living in the Alice.

Double Trouble – Episode 4 television program – 2007

Double Trouble allows a cultural exchange to happen for the audience as well as the characters, as we follow the adventures of twin sisters who are both 'fish out of water’.

Double Trouble – Episode 7 television program – 2007

Double Trouble has entertaining and likeable characters and boasts an experienced cast. It also wonderfully captures an Indigenous sensibility and humour.

Dr Plonk feature film – 2007

One of a tiny number of silent movies made since ‘the talkies’ arrived in the late 1920s, Rolf de Heer’s Dr Plonk is a high-spirited throwback to the days of pure visual slapstick.

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East West 101 – The Enemy Within television program – 2007

A simmering vision of western Sydney and consistently powerful performances define this cop-show take on the fault lines of a post 9/11 world.

Eco House Challenge – Episode 1, Stop Your Gassing television program – 2007

Two Australian families have accepted an ‘eco challenge’: the Edwards family, led by ex-army commando Spike, and consumer addicts, the Shepherds.

Eco House Challenge – Episode 3, Emission Impossible television program – 2007

Eco House is a funny but informative show about how to lessen our eco footprint. The families who had to survive for 24 hours with no water, electricity, cars or waste disposal, now have to cut their household energy emissions by 60%.

End of the Rainbow documentary – 2007

This documentary traces the impact on the communities of moving a gold mine operation from Indonesia to West Africa.

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The Final Winter feature film – 2007

Matt Nable drew on his rugby league career to write the script but it was his natural skill as an actor that scored him a Hollywood gig.

Forbidden Lie$ documentary – 2007

Do you want the truth or what I said?’- a real-life thriller about author Norma Khouri’s defence against claims that Forbidden Love is a fraud.

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Global Haywire documentary – 2007

Bruce Petty asks Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal and a bunch of cartoon characters if the West has only got itself to blame for its woes.

Gone feature film – 2007

The not uncommon notion of this film is that the isolation felt in the outback can be fatal, especially for the young and seemingly innocent.

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H20: Just Add Water – Hocus Pocus television program – 2007

H2O: Just Add Water is about three teenagers facing everyday problems but with a twist – they become mermaids when in contact with water.

A Hard Rain documentary – 2007

A Hard Rain came out of David Bradbury’s concern that Australia was about to embark on the biggest environmental disaster since white settlement.

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger feature film – 2007

Esther hates conformity but also needs to be part of a group, and it is this contradiction that gives the character complexity.

The Home Song Stories feature film – 2007

The film succeeds on the basis of uniformly superb performances. Joan Chen’s Rose is a tour de force, perhaps the best role of an already distinguished international career.

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The Jammed feature film – 2007

The Jammed (2007) is a rare kind of Australian film – a passionately committed thriller about a great wrong. It was shot on a low budget and struggled to find a cinema release until it was championed by critics.

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The Librarians – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2007

This situation comedy series is set in a fictitious ‘Interactive Learning Centre’, known more prosaically as the local library.

Lucky Miles feature film – 2007

Few Australian films have dealt with illegal immigration and refugees. Lucky Miles does so through comedy, but without losing its sense of compassion.

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