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Film Australia (Organization)

Works: 795 works in 1,280 publications in 1 language and 8,250 library holdings
Genres: Environmental films  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Science films  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)
Cane toads an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Touring Australia( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 241 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 189 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
Who's afraid of designer babies?( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"PGD, or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, allows doctors and parents to screen brand-new embryos for genetic diseases. This program illustrates the PGD process and what it implies-from lifesaving medical solutions to what many see as the Nazi-esque disposal of life. The experiences of couples considering or undergoing PGD are featured-including the story of Leanne and Stephen, who ignited controversy in Australia by screening for a son who could donate blood to his ailing older brother. Interviews with bioethics experts, including Oxford professor Julian Savulescu and Dr. Francis Fukuyama of Johns Hopkins University, elucidate both sides of the debate." -- Website
Constructing Australia by Richard W Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 146 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
Trafficked children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. This powerful documentary follows Chris Payne, a former police officer turned private investigator, as he investigates this shocking crime. Haunted for a decade by the case of "Nikkie," a young Thai girl found working in a brothel in Sydney who was hastily deported, Payne wants to know what circumstances forced her into a brothel, and what became of her after she was returned to her own country. His search leads him back to Asia where he also meets the parents of another Thai "sex slave" whose death in an immigration detention center made headlines. This powerful documentary provides disturbing insight into the international sex trade. Study guide available
Little brother, little sister by Belinda Mason( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 133 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
No sex, no violence, no news by Susan Lambert( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the battle to control China's television 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 of Chinese greedy for a glimpse of the outside world
Will we ever learn?( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 129 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 )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 126 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
Epidemics( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 126 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
Land of the morning star by Mark Worth( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 125 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
Vietnam symphony by Tom Zubrycki( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified, students and teachers from the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a 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. There, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years. "Vietnam symphony" tells their story. Combining archival footage with contemporary interviews, it paints a portrait of life then and now in a rapidly changing nation
In the name of progress( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 111 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 )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 109 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
Do we really want to live this way?( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 108 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
The Environmental revolution( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 107 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. Begins with hunter-gatherer societies : the Shoam-Kalahari bushmen. Traces the impact of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, then worldwide changes in population growth and resource consumption
Wild Australia by John Shaw( Visual )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Shaw, Australian cinematographer, captures close-ups of Australia's unique and unusual animals while tracing their history
More for less( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracks the efforts of citizens in Iowa, Brazil, Denmark, and India as they search for new ways to use energy more efficiently. It also looks at how we can lessen our dependence on fossil fuels, which contribute to the greenhouse effect
Plagued( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Producer) Pt. 1 investigates through various case studies how epidemics break out, and also covers environmental ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and heart disease. Pt. 2 concentrates on bubonic plague (Black Death) and cholera, giving an historical account of the spread of these diseases as man explored his world. Pt. 3 explores the relationship between the immune system and history. Pt. 4 shows the interaction between the epidemics of HIV and syphilis, fostered by drug use and prostitution
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