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Film Australia (Organization)

Overview
Works: 954 works in 1,390 publications in 1 language and 14,670 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Environmental films  History  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Educational films  Case studies  Documentary television programs  Nature films  Wildlife films 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: QL668.E227, 919.4
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Most widely held works about Film Australia (Organization)
 
Most widely held works by Film Australia (Organization)
Teachers of the World: Has Man a Third Hand (Poland)( Visual )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ryszard Lukaszewicz has come back to teach elementary school after a successful academic career and as author of a pre-school education program. He has established his own school in Kalisz (one of the oldest towns in Poland), which focuses on experimental education. Ryszard believes that if you can create opportunities in an educational situation, the truth can be discovered first hand. He also thinks that it is important for children to understand the connection between the ancient world and today, and together they study artifacts from the city's history to develop his themes. Using excursions, classroom archaeological digs, shadow puppetry, the magician's box and stone-age tool and doll-making, he leads students on a quest to find the answer to the intriguing question, 'Has man a third hand?'
Our Asian Neighbours - India( Visual )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young Muslim girl student living in a crowded section of Old Delhi. The customary veiling of women (Purdah) and impending marriage by arrangement are examined
Cane toads : an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the history of the cane toad in Australia. The cane toad - Bufo marinus - was imported to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the greyback beetle, which was devouring the sugarcane crop. Problem was, the beetle could fly, and the cane toad couldn't. What the cane toad was unusually proficient at, however, was making more cane toads. A humorous look at a serious problem
Who's afraid of designer babies?( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows doctors and parents to screen brand-new embryos for genetic diseases. Interviews with bioethics experts, including Oxford professor Julian Savulescu and Dr. Francis Fukuyama of Johns Hopkins University, elucidate both sides of the debate
Touring Australia( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video captures life in the cities, the rugged beauty of Kakadu and Daintree, the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast
After the warming by James Burke( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a "virtual reality computer model," social journalist James Burke looks back at various global warming scenarios from the perspective of a possible year 2050. In part one, he shows how life on Earth has always been altered by changing weather patterns. The Vikings in the new world were wiped out by a "little ice age," that set harsh conditions leading to the Black Plague. In the 1700's, a warm period resulted in abundant food, a population explosion and fostered the Industrial Revolution. It was nature that altered the destiny of life on Earth. Man has now become the trigger with the technology to make subtle but ominous changes on our planet. In part two, Burke traces various ways that man could respond to the growing environmental crises. Shows the consequences of increases in air temperature, deforestation, rainfall, and shifts in weather patterns. The impact of global warming on food supply is explored. Various scenarios show the results of international initiatives under consideration that attempt to lessen the consequences. Explores strategies already the subject of international debate: a Law of the Atmosphere, carbon-emissions tax incentives and a global "carbon budget" between advanced and developing nations
Trafficked : children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows private investigator and former Australian police officer Chris Payne, as he investigates the trafficking of women and children for prostitution. Haunted by the case of "Nikkie", a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney, Payne travels to Thailand to find out what has happened to her since her deportation
The origins of disease( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in the U.S., Hungary, India and Australia, this episode investigates through various case studies how epidemics break out. A virus alone does not make an epidemic. Many factors working together cause a disease to spread from its isolated origins. On the Baltimore docks, for example, rats are carrying a disease called Korean hemorrhagic fever. The disease, with its origins in 9th century China, re-emerged during the Korean War when burning brush caused rats to migrate to the port of Seoul. Now the rats have surfaced in Baltimore, bringing with them the risk of infection. This program also covers environmental ailments such as Karpal Tunnel Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and heart disease
Will we ever learn?( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteenth century Italy saw the scourge of a brutal epidemic of syphilis. It remained a deadly disease until the discovery of penicillin in the 20th century. In 1975, the big health problem in the gay community was gonorrhea and syphilis, but the medical profession relied on antibiotics instead of encouraging safe sex. When AIDS arrived in the 1980 s it found an unprotected community among gay men. There are many similarities between syphilis and AIDS. Syphilis, like AIDS, occurred in young people living in urban areas. The early stages of both disease are difficult to recognize. Both diseases were considered shameful. Ironically, syphilis has re-emerged among the poor populations of our major cities. This program shows the interaction between the two epidemics, HIV and syphilis, fostered by drug use and prostitution
Epidemics( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concentrating on bubonic plague (Black Death) and cholera, this film gives a historical account of the spread of these diseases as man explored his world. When feudalism declined and trade developed in the 14th century, contact with new areas brought waves of epidemics. It is estimated that a quarter of the population died. In an effort to stem the epidemic, the Italian states isolated visitors for 40 days. "Quarantana" proved unsuccessful since it was actually the rodent population that was spreading the disease. The bubonic plague never really disappeared; in fact a kindergarten teacher died from it in 1980 in Lake Tahoe
Little brother, little sister by Belinda Mason( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With transnational adoption becoming increasingly common, this heartwarming story of an Australian family that stretched itself to include an orphaned Ethiopian brother and sister has great resonance. When Anne and Steve Low first heard about the orphaned Ethiopian children, they already have two teenage boys, one their biological son and the other adopted as a baby from Papua New Guinea. They fly to Addis Ababa to meet Eleni, age five, and Sissy, age 7. The children are confused and silent, as their foster mother who can no longer afford to care for them, relinquishes them to the care of the Lows. Little Brother, Little Sister follows the family back in Australia over a two year period as they deal with the issues of grief, language barriers and new roles within the family. Eleni and Sissy learn to deal with the memories of their tragic past, as they experience the harmony and friendship within the Low family. It is a slow process, painful and imperfect, but ultimately uplifting. Their story has a happy ending as the Low s decide to adopt the older brother of Eleni and Sissy who had been left behind
Invisible armies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the relationship between the immune system and history. Smallpox and measles were crowd diseases prevalent in the teaming cities of the ancient Near East. Malaria and yellow fever were infections endemic to Africa. The program traces the decimation of Native Americans by measles, small pox and cholera as well as the rampage of syphilis and gonorrhea in Hawaii after Captain Cook landed. The slave trade was also affected by disease. Slave ships were conduits for the exchange of germs between the crew and human cargo. Certainly the ambitions of European colonizers were curtailed by tropical illnesses until the discovery of quinine allowed them to go into areas they had previously feared to tread. Today, the Yanomami of Brazil are being decimated by white man s diseases, while in Los Angeles, measles rages through the Hispanic population
Land of the morning star by Mark Worth( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries, the world has jostled for control of the land now known as West Papua, a rugged, isolated region, with its abundant natural resources and strategic position. The first outside contact was with the Muslims of Malacca, who came in search of slaves and the prized feathers of the bird of paradise. They were followed by European spice traders. By the mid 1800s, The Dutch had secured their claim. During World War II, the sleepy outpost became a massive US military base. By the 60 s President Sukarno had made the area the 26th province of Indonesia. All efforts for independence have failed and the indigenous Melanesian people are about to become a minority in their own land. Through eyewitness accounts and rare archival film, this fascinating documentary paints a picture of colonial ambitions, cold war sellouts and fervent nationalism. It introduces westerners to a little known part of the world that will doubtlessly play a part in the unsettled geopolitics of Indonesia and the rest of Asia
Constructing Australia by Richard W Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging collection tells the story of how three of Australia's greatest man made-icons were built. The making of the Harbour Bridge, the creation of the Telegraph Line across Australia and the building of the pipeline from Perth to Kalgoolie
Vietnam symphony by Tom Zubrycki( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reunion of students and teachers of National Conservatory of Music who fled Hanoi under threat of U.S. bombing in 1965 and residents of small rural village where they operated underground for 5 years. Archival footage combined with contemporary interviews with musicians involved, now among Vietnam's cultural leaders
Cane toads : an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the history of the Cane Toad in Australia. The cane toad - Bufo marinus - was imported to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the greyback beetle, which was devouring the sugarcane crop. Problem was, the beetle could fly, and the cane toad couldn't. What the cane toad was unusually proficient at, however, was making more cane toads. A humorous look at a serious problem
No sex, no violence, no news by Susan Lambert( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique film examines the battle raging to control China's airwaves. Working with a government that allows nothing of social or political import to be broadcast, entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia bring their full complement of consumerism and mindless entertainment to the millions or Chinese greedy for a glimpse of the outside world. Prof. Leonard Chu of Hong Kong Baptist University sees the arrival of television to the villages of China as a positive development, even with its limited programming. He applauds the new openness, providing a "window on the world." On the other hand, we hear from the director of Shanghai Communications whose only interest is in selling. He sees television solely as a tool for promoting Chinese products in their developing market. Gary Darcy, CEO of Murdoch's Star Network describes how BBC News was cancelled from the schedule because the Chinese government would never allow a newscast from abroad. Dr. Geremie Barme, a widely respected observer of Chinese society says, "Chinese television is a negation of the social contract which provided free educations, pensions, and social services to the people and peasants. Instead, the self sacrificing citizen of the past is being turned into a consumer."
In the name of progress( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are environmental protectiona and economic development inherently in conflict? Well-intentioned development projects and the environmental disasters that resulted are examined
Remnants of Eden by Christopher McCullough( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protecting the diversity of living organisms while addressing the needs of growing human populations is the focus of projects in Thailand's and Costa Rica's tropical forests, Oman's deserts, Kenya's savannah game parks, and Florida's Everglades
The Environmental revolution( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historical relationship of humans to their environment is examined - how we once existed with nature, what changed, and how we are now literally transforming the face of the Earth
 
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Constructing Australia
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