Most widely held works about Film Australia
Most widely held works by Film Australia
Voyage of the Courtesans ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
"In the spring of 1789, a ship left port in London bound for the Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. The ship carried precious cargo - women, sent to keep the desperate male colonists from engaging in what their governor called 'gross irregularities.' But these women were hardly quiet homemakers - they were a hardy raucous lot rounded up from London's notorious Newgate prison and other jails around the country, and they did not submit quietly to their forced voyage and the rough life they knew was ahead. Once aboard the Lady Juliana, these destitute convicts -- thieves, prostitutes and con artists -- turned their banishment into opportunity, setting up a business before they arrived in Botany Bay. As they traveled from port to port en route to Australia, many offered themselves to sailors from other ships. With liquor flowing and bodices bursting, they took control of their destinies, and eventually arrived in Australia, healthy and ready to take on the new world. Voyage of the Courtesans brings to light the true story of the voyage of Lady Juliana. The film will delve into the history with the help of these ladies modern-day descendents. The audience will follow as these women uncover their pasts, unearthing the truth about their spirited ancestors, and comparing themselves to the women of the Lady Juliana, who managed to play the tough cards they were dealt into an unexpected winning hand"--Cover.
Mabo life of an island man ( Visual )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 121 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.
Taiwan ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
Examines Taiwan's economic success and the political changes since the lifting of martial law. Asks whether the economic miracle can be sustained amidst the turmoil of political democratization.
South Korea ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Examines the dissatisfaction with South Korea's economic miracle, which was brought about by low wages, political dictatorship, martial law, and giant industrial conglomerates that dominate the country's economy. Looks at the challenges faced by the people as they grapple with the impending transition to a technology-based economy.
Singapore ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
Examines the economic vitality and outlook of Singapore and shows how the government keeps the people focused on the goal of becoming a regional center in the global economy by influencing all espects of their lives. Also shows government efforts at keeping Singapore's multi-racial society unified.
The valley between ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Australian languages and held by 104 libraries worldwide
The story of a Bruno Gunther, a feisty 14-year-old immigrant growing up in a small farming community in South Australia in the 1930s.
Hong Kong ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Examines, through the lives of several citizens, the factors that make Hong Kong an economic power and illustrates a common anxiety about an uncertain future when China takes control in 1997.
Dreamings the art of Aboriginal Australia ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
Discusses the imagery of Aboriginal art and its role in Aboriginal belief systems which have spiritural connections to the land, ancestry, animals and plants. Traditional artists at work explain the significance of dream paintings. Suggested audience: Senior secondary, tertiary, special groups.
Plagued ( Visual )
7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 90 libraries worldwide
Pt. I 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. II concentrates on bubonic plague (Black Death) and cholera, giving an historical account of the spread of these diseases as man explored his world. Pt. III explores the relationship between the immune system and history. Pt. IV shows the interaction between the epidemics of HIV and syphilis, fostered by drug use and prostitution.
Colour of war the ANZACs ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
For the first time, only original colour footage is used to paint a vividly detailed picture of the closely allied nations of Australia and New Zealand, from the build up to World War Two to the end of the Vietnam Conflict. In three parts, newly discovered films, home movies and compelling first-hand accounts allow viewers a very personal connection to the war experience, both on the battlefield and on the homefront.
Australia's national collections by C. J Lloyd ( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 83 libraries worldwide
This film reveals the many lives of flamboyant design pioneer, Florence Broadhurst. Born in outback Australia in 1899, Florence was a singer and dancer in Shanghai in the 20s and ran her own fashion boutique in London in the 30s before sweeping into Sydney society as a painter and charity queen. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpaper designs. Now, with her prints in huge demand internationally, the times have finally caught up with this glamorous, complicated, unconventional woman, whose brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved.
Federation a three-part journey to nationhood ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
The Land looks at the period 1889-1891 and tracks the first attempts at federation. The People covers 1891-1897 dealing with the revival of the federation movement after the 1890s Depression. The Nation covers the 1897 Premiers' Conference and the 1898 Constitutional Convention.
Bush mechanics the series ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 74 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.
Rats in the ranks ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
Every September Sydney's Leichhardt Council elects a new mayor. Filmmakers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson gained access to the incumbent, Larry Hand, and the other councillors during the 1994 struggle for the mayoralty to produce this portrait of how politics really works. Arms are twisted, favours called in, people are doublecrossed, damaging stories are leaked to the media and deals are done, in an attempt to ensure the numbers will stick when it comes to the crucial vote.
Malaysia ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1976 and 1993 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
Politicians are striving to industrialize Malaysia by the year 2020, while simultaneously working to keep the country's divisions, primarily between the wealthy Chinese and native Malays from tearing it apart.
Troubled minds the lithium revolution ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
In the 1940s, an Australian doctor discovered an astonishing treatment for what was then known as manic depression. Lithium changed the way the medical establishment thought about mental illness and neuroscience and initiated the era of psychopharmacology.
Where the forest meets the sea ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
On a camping trip in an ancient Australian coastal rainforest with his father, a young boy thinks about the history of the plant and animal life around him and wonders about their future. An animated film using a unique relief collage artform. Suggested audience: junior, primary.
Cane toads an unnatural history ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
This unique blend of personal anecdote and absurd fact exposes one of the most bizarre biological blunders of all time. In 1935, in a strategic operation designed to save the nation's sugar cane crop from destruction by the Greyback beetle, the Queensland Government imported a sackload of Bufo Marinus, the Cane Toad, from Hawaii. The Cane Toad adapted beautifully to its new surroundings and proceeded to breed so rapidly that it fast became a pest of plague proportions. They spread everywhere and ate everything - except the Greyback beetle. Presents the whole story - warts and all.
The Story of rosy dock ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
An animated film about a woman who goes to live in the Australian desert and tries to establish a garden, ignoring the natural beauty around her and endangering the environment.
Admission impossible ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 56 libraries worldwide
This documentary reveals how anti-immigration sentiments have had a long history in Australia and how this antipathy has been exploited and manipulated by politicians who ignore the voters' genuine fears. The story of the behind-the-scenes political forces and propaganda campaigns that attempted to populate Australia with "pure white" migrants - known as The White Australia Policy. Uses eyewitness accounts, old film clips and recently discovered confidential documents.
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