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Film Australia (Organization)

Overview
Works: 947 works in 1,406 publications in 1 language and 18,738 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Environmental films  Case studies  Dance films  Filmed dance  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Television programs  Nature films 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 597.87
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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

Examines problems caused by the introduction of the cane toad from Hawaii to Australia in the 1930's for biological control. Having no natural enemies, the toad has rapidly multiplied and elicits feelings ranging from fondness to hatred from local inhabitants
Touring Australia( Visual )

3 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 211 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
Trafficked : children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 176 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
Little brother, little sister by Belinda Mason( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 172 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
The origins of disease( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 171 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 )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 170 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
No sex, no violence, no news( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 165 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
Invisible armies( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 164 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 162 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 161 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
After the warming( Visual )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 160 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
Vietnam symphony by Tom Zubrycki( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 155 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
Our Asian neighbours : India( Visual )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 151 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
Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia( Visual )

2 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bupati is the government's chief civilian administrator in the West Javanese Kabupaten of Subang. His decisions affect the lives of a million people. Assisted by his military background, the Bupati - directly responsible to the Governor of West Java - administers his many responsibilities, keeping peace and harmony in the villages. Our Asian Neighbours is a series of films that aims to convey everyday life in Asia and to promote greater understanding of often complex societies. This series is devoted to Indonesia and brings to life its people and their culture. Each program captures the lifestyle of a different individual in their own environment and from their own perspective
Constructing Australia by Richard W Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 136 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
7 Colours( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 7 Colours, choreographers Stephen Page from the Aboriginal and Island Dance Theatre and Victoria Taylor from the Sydney Dance Company come together to create an innovative short dance film. In a series of seven colourful sequences, using kaleidoscopic lighting effects and fluid body movements, we see how the dancers have worked with the director to create a work of great visual clarity, highly original in composition, character and costume, choreographed with the camera in mind
The Land of the Lightning Brothers( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and held by 125 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
Who killed Malcolm Smith?( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of Malcolm Charles Smith who, like many Aboriginal people, was taken from his family as a child and died a shocking and early death after a life of institutionalisation and deprivation. In this documentary Richard Frankland, who helped investigate his death for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, revisits Smith's friends and family who tell the story of Malcolm's life and death
Namatjira the Painter( Visual )

4 editions published between 1947 and 1974 in English and held by 96 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. Australian contemporary art has no more interesting tale to tell than that of Aboriginal watercolour artist, Albert Namatjira. Namatjira was thirty years old before his hand first held a paintbrush. In about 1934 Rex Battarbee, a well-known Australian artist, visited Hermannsberg mission near Alice Springs. He took with him into the field as cook and general assistant the Arunta tribesman, Namatjira. This film tells the story of Namatjira's preoccupation with Battarbee's work, how he was determined to learn to paint and how Battarbee, realising the talent of his friend and assistant, taught him the elements of his craft. Today Namatjira's watercolours sell for high prices. Despite controversy, the power of Namatjira's rendering of his beloved ancestral land is not denied. Throughout his life and despite his success, he remained in the bush with his people and his paints. In this film, we see Albert Namatjira at work in the glowing country that he knows so well
 
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Constructing Australia
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