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Film Australia (Organization)

Works: 2,574 works in 5,099 publications in 1 language and 19,693 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Internet videos  History  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Environmental films  Biographies  Dance films  Filmed dance  Documentary television programs 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, E
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Cane toads : an unnatural history by Mark Lewis( Visual )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 442 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 )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows scientists to screen embryos conceived through IVF. But what is the potential of this technology and who should decide how to use it?
Land of the morning star by Mark Worth( Visual )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 256 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
The origins of disease( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 244 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
No sex, no violence, no news( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 242 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."
Will we ever learn?( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 239 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
Vietnam symphony by Tom Zubrycki( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1965 during the Vietnam War, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi were forced to flee to a small village in the countryside. With the help of villagers they built an entire campus underground where they lived, studied and played music for five years as the war raged around them. This documentary records the coming together of the former conservatory students and villagers for a reunion concert 30 years after the war, to paint a moving portrait of life in Vietnam then and now
Invisible armies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 229 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 225 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 )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 224 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
Trafficked : children as sexual slaves by Luigi Acquisto( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 203 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
Touring Australia( Visual )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 187 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
Mr. Symbol Man( Visual )

10 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Blissymbols' are giving children without speech a joyous new means of communication. This film tells the story of a remarkable man, Australian Charles K. Bliss, who invented a symbol language (pictographs) originally as a means of overcoming the barrier of differing languages, and then found that it has an even greater, more rewarding application when used with speech-handicapped children. This is witnessed in Toronto and Montreal, where the Blissymbols are being used
Mabo : Life of an Island Man by Trevor Graham( Visual )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo and his struggles to get his rights to his traditional land on Murray Island in the Torres Strait recognized. His family, including his wife Bonita and son Eddie Jr., as well as influential friends such as Noel Loos and Henry Reynolds
7 Colours( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents dance sequences set to music on the theme of each colour of the rainbow
After the warming( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2018 in English and held by 134 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
Constructing Australia by Richard W Evans( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 132 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 Kalgoorlie
Bush mechanics : the series by David Batty( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Off-beat, humourous series which provides anecdotes of life in the bush, and sheds light on Warlpiri life, from gathering bush tucker and living in a humpy, to football and rock an roll. In each episode, the five bush mechanics from the remote community of Yuendumu are presented with a new set of challenges - catching a car thief, getting a nephew out of jail, racing to an outback rock concert, and travelling thousands of miles to gather pearl shells for a rainmaking ceremony
Dreamings : the Art of Aboriginal Australia by Janet Bell( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a journey to the scarred heartlands and lush mangroves of Australia to see traditional Aboriginal artists at work. Explores the meaning behind works of immense beauty, ranging from acrylic dot paintings of the Central Desert to cross hatched bark paintings and burial poles from Northern Australia
Wild Australia by John Shaw( Visual )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 92 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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