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Cane Toads - An Unnatural History
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written by Mark Lewis, fl. 1982; directed by Mark Lewis, fl. 1982; composed by Martin Armiger, 1949-; produced by Tristram Miall, Film Australia (Acton, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1987), 47 mins
Cane Toads 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. What the team of scienti...
written by Mark Lewis, fl. 1982; directed by Mark Lewis, fl. 1982; composed by Martin Armiger, 1949-; produced by Tristram Miall, Film Australia (Acton, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1987), 47 mins
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The Gathering Flame
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directed by Don Murray, fl. 1962; produced by Roland Beckett, fl. 1970 (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1969), 21 mins
The sea has a certain fascination for Australians. Australia is surrounded by the sea. Although it is a large dry continent most Australians live close to the sea. The Gathering Flame makes magnificent use of the sea as a background to the operation and maintenance of lighthouses and other navigational safety aids...
directed by Don Murray, fl. 1962; produced by Roland Beckett, fl. 1970 (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1969), 21 mins
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The Little World of Dietmar Fill, The Survivor
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directed by Greg Reading, fl. 1972; produced by Don Murray and John Shaw, Film Australia Ltd., in The Little World of Dietmar Fill (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1984), 24 mins
In The Survivor, microphotographer Dietmar Fill visits Dampier on the northwest coast of Western Australia, where a tidal creek has been dammed off from the sea to produce salt from sea water. Dietmar puts the salt ponds under the microscope in this study of how life responds to an increasingly stressful saline en...
directed by Greg Reading, fl. 1972; produced by Don Murray and John Shaw, Film Australia Ltd., in The Little World of Dietmar Fill (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1984), 24 mins
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Silent Storm
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directed by Peter Butt, 1955-; produced by Rob McAuley, fl. 1984 and Peter Butt, 1955- (Acton, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2004), 52 mins
From 1957 to 1978, scientists secretly removed bone samples from over 21,000 dead Australians as they searched for evidence of the deadly poison, Strontium 90 - a by-product of nuclear testing. Silent Storm reveals the story behind this astonishing case of officially sanctioned "body-snatching". Set against a back...
directed by Peter Butt, 1955-; produced by Rob McAuley, fl. 1984 and Peter Butt, 1955- (Acton, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2004), 52 mins
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Heroes of Our Time
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directed by Cathy Henkel, fl. 1991 and Catherine Marciniak, fl. 2001-2010; produced by Chris Oliver, fl. 1992-2014, Film Australia (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1991), 55 mins
Heroes of Our Time is a film that penetrates the inner sanctum of the organisation - Greenpeace, during a direct action against the international oil company, Caltex. The film takes the audience into the centre of the action, sharing with them the suspense, conflict and uncertainty of a dramatic confrontation bet...
directed by Cathy Henkel, fl. 1991 and Catherine Marciniak, fl. 2001-2010; produced by Chris Oliver, fl. 1992-2014, Film Australia (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1991), 55 mins
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Infamous Victory - Ben Chifley's Battle for Coal
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directed by Geoff Burton, 1946- (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2008), 53 mins
This is a story of coal, communism, and the Australian prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners’ strike of 1949. Using rare archival footage and re-creations based on meticulous research, the dramatised documentary takes viewers into the corridors of power to show how Labor Par...
directed by Geoff Burton, 1946- (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2008), 53 mins
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Lake Pedder
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directed by Steve Best, fl. 1997 and Anna Grieve, fl. 1994 (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1997), 29 mins
In the early 1970s, Tasmania's Lake Pedder was flooded to make way for a massive hydro-electric scheme. The campaign to save the lake was a turning point for the environment movement. Though ultimately the lake and its spectacular quartz beach were lost, the world's first Green party was born.
directed by Steve Best, fl. 1997 and Anna Grieve, fl. 1994 (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1997), 29 mins
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Pearlers of the Coral Sea
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directed by Stanley Hawes, fl. 1937-1968; produced by Frank Bagnall, fl. 1946-1957, Australian Commonwealth Film Unit (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1961), 16 mins
This short film looks at pearl diving around Thursday Island in the Torres Strait - where the waters are warm and the beds relatively shallow although overfished - and off the coast of Broome, Western Australia - with its richer beds and colder waters. We see the fleets at sea, the search for shell sites and the c...
directed by Stanley Hawes, fl. 1937-1968; produced by Frank Bagnall, fl. 1946-1957, Australian Commonwealth Film Unit (Australia: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1961), 16 mins
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Waiting for the Big Bang
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directed by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977; produced by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977 (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2011), 44 mins
Rabaul, New Britain is sitting on a time bomb. It's hard for the Tolai inhabitants to cope with the constant threat of volcanic eruption as they wait and prepare for the next big one. The last time this happened was between 1937 and 1942, when an estimated 500 people died. Historical footage showing the luxuriant...
directed by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977; produced by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977 (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 2011), 44 mins
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When Will the Birds Return?
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directed by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977; produced by Peter Johnson, fl. 1972-1980 and Jeff Carter, fl. 1975, Film Australia (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1975), 50 mins
A television special taking a long and searching look at the devastation of the city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory following the arrival of Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day 1974. Made within one month of the disaster, it shows the spirit of the people of Darwin and their determined efforts to rebuild...
directed by Bob Kingsbury, fl. 1967-1977; produced by Peter Johnson, fl. 1972-1980 and Jeff Carter, fl. 1975, Film Australia (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australia. National Film and Sound Archive, 1975), 50 mins
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