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Film Australia (Organization)

Overview
Works: 960 works in 1,389 publications in 1 language and 9,090 library holdings
Genres: Environmental films  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Nature films  Wildlife films  Television programs 
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)
Cane toads : an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 289 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 233 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 230 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 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the year 2050. Mankind and the earth have survived global warming. Social journalist James Burke looks back from the future at several scenarios of global warming and their possible effects on continents, countries and mankind. Presented in two parts, Burke uses a device he calls the 'virtual reality model', a computer effect which projects different environments on a location, to take viewers to turning points in history after 1990 when environmental control choices were made
Trafficked : children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 151 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 148 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 147 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 146 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
Invisible armies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 146 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
Little brother, little sister by Belinda Mason( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 146 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
Land of the morning star by Mark Worth( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 143 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 143 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 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified and Hanoi faced the threat of massive US bombing, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a small village in the countryside. With the help of villagers, they built an entire campus underground, creating a maze of hidden tunnels, connecting an auditorium and classrooms. Here, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years. Stunning black and white archival footage captures almost surreal scenes of pianos wheeled on handcarts along dusty tracks, performances during heavy bombardments, the cooperation of peasants and performing artists the pragmatic and the sublime. This remarkable footage is combined with contemporary interviews with the people involved, who recount stories of danger, hunger, fear and loss. The film juxtaposes the devastation of war with the transcendence of music. It gives American audiences a unique view from 'the other side' as we struggle to evaluate this controversial period in our history
Cane toads : an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 137 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 humerous 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 122 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 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are environmental protection and economic development inherently in conflict? Viewers in Brazil and India to see how some environmental disasters began as well-intentioned development projects and to learn how development could proceed while protecting the environment
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
Do we really want to live this way? by Martin Ostrow( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells how freeways, shopping malls, and industrial and technological wealth have been the rewards of modern society. Examines the price of progress, including smog, toxic wastes, and contamination of once-pristine waters, all by-products of Western industrial life-styles
Wild Australia by John Shaw( Visual )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Shaw, Australian cinematographer, captures close-ups of Australia's unique and unusual animals while tracing their history
 
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Constructing Australia
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