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Film Australia (Organization)

Works: 940 works in 1,395 publications in 1 language and 15,557 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Environmental films  Internet videos  Educational films  Nonfiction films  Case studies  Science films  Documentary television programs  Nature films 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 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 )

10 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the history of the Cane toad (Bufo marinus) in Australia. Imported into Australia in 1935 in an effort to eradicate cane grubs and beetles which were destroying the sugar cane crop, the Cane toad itself is now a pest of plague proportions, threatening an ecological disaster
Who's afraid of designer babies?( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 249 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 223 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( Visual )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 172 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
Little brother, little sister by Belinda Mason( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of the Lows, an Australian family living in Sydney, as they adopt orphan Ethiopian brother and sister, Sisay and Eleni. It follows the Lows over two years, as they all learn to deal with the issues of grief, language barriers and new roles within the family
The origins of disease( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 160 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
Trafficked : children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful documentary follows former police officer Chris Payne, as he investigates the shocking crime of trafficking for prostitution. For a decade, he's been haunted by the case of "Nikkie", a young Thai girl who was deported after she was discovered working in a Sydney brothel. How did she get there? What happened to her afterwards? Payne follows the trail of evidence from Australia to Thailand. Along the way, he meets the parents of another Thai "sex slave" whose death in an immigration detention centre in Sydney made headlines. Through these stories, Trafficked provides a disturbing insight into the international sex trade
Will we ever learn?( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 158 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
Invisible armies( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 153 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
No sex, no violence, no news by Susan Lambert( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 153 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."
Land of the morning star by Mark Worth( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 152 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 60s 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
Epidemics( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 152 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
Vietnam symphony by Tom Zubrycki( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 145 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
Constructing Australia by Richard W Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 140 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
Our Asian neighbours : India( Visual )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Raghavachari owns 20 acres of very productive paddy fields in the village of Thillaisthanam, Southern India. He employs many labourers who are not lucky enough to own their own land. He discusses the developments in the village rice industry, and the effects these have on the lives of the people
The Land of the Lightning Brothers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should be aware that this content may contain images or names of people who have since passed away. In the sandstone country southwest of Katherine in the Northern Territory lies a spectacular concentration of Aboriginal rock art. Ancestral beings, the Lightning Brothers, feature in this art. For the Wardaman people, the Lightning Brothers are an important part of their living culture. The Wardaman perform traditional songs and ceremonies associated with special Dreamtime places where their art is found. Like many rock art sites, the Wardaman's Dreamtime places are extremely vulnerable. This fascinating and educational program, featuring the music of Australian group Gondwanaland, looks at the way these valuable sites are being preserved
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
Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia( Visual )

2 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video depicts the daily life of an Indonesian student at the University of Syiah Kuala
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
Remnants of Eden by Christopher McCullough( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 102 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
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