Retrospectives

Undoubtedly, and deservedly the most acclaimed of all the Cinema Branch films. An idyllic report on timber gathering in WA. The Cinema Branch had made silent films on the same subject. This is a sound production, though it is used very sparingly. ... If one is to believe the production reports of the time, cutting down trees by hand, particularly in WA and the Hawkesbury is one of the major preocc... Read more
Made as part of the Why Can't They Be Like We Were Series. ... First shown on the Mike Walsh Show with an audience and panel discussion. Amy is a young Aboriginal girl living in the city with her family but longing for the country. The film ends with Amy in discussion with her mother and grandmother on how to stand up for yourself in white society. Her final comments will leave all with something ... Read more
This remarkable film (made in 1974 by one of Indonesia's most talented directors. Sjuman DJayal may have become a lost film if there had not been a project mounted to make internegatives and new copies from the single surviving print, a 16mm subtitled print owned by Sinematek Indonesia. Based on a well-known Indonesian novel. ATHEIST traces conficts experienced by a young Muslim, Hasan, over issue... Read more
One of the Cinema Branch's earliest sound films, though some silent footage can be seen. Memorable not only for a glimpse of how real butter was made but also for its commentary -"Kangaroo Butter is an Empire product for an Empire table. Its manufacture employs approximately three quarters of a million people and all of them are British!" ... Read more
BECKY SHARP, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, was the first feature film shot in full colour, that is, in three-strip Technicolor. ... Loosely based on William Thackeray's VANITY FAIR. BECKY SHARP was hailed as "a momentous event... a gallant and distinguished outpost in an almost unchartered domain". ... Such acclaim aside, the film quickly sank into obscurity. By I943 original nitrate prints of BEC... Read more
Made as part of a series on Adult Learning for the Training Section of the Public Service Board, this is the best of the series, unpretentious, no commentary and a short appearance by Kate Fitzpatrick. ... Read more
Directed by Colin Dean, who also wrote and directed Melbourne Wedding Belle, Capacity Smith is one of Film Australia's most successful fiction films. Proving the theory -there are no good stories, just good films -Capacity was made to promote scientific methods in dairy farm management. A stubborn old-fashioned farmer is able to modernise his farm and confound his neighbour with scientific jargon,... Read more
... ... In 1927, the explorer-filrrunaker team Schoed­sack and Cooper travelled to the Siamese rain forest to shoot this adventure extravagan­za. An obvious prototype for their 1933 epic King Kong, it is a highly entertaining film in its own right. Chang, according to renowned film historian Kevin Brownlow (in The War, The West, And The Wilderness), is "spellbinding ...Sequence by sequence, the pi... Read more
Ken Cameron's direction makes it hard to tell the difference between drama and the realism of a young couple struggling to get their own home. Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Construction this is die first of a three part series, the others being Chase that Dream - four months later, and Chase that Dream four years later. ... Read more
First there were six pedestrians - but now there are none. ... Read more
In 1949, Samuel Fuller wrote and directed his first film, I Shot Jesse James. Nine years later, he wrote and directed his eleventh film and fourth Western, the incredible Forty Guns. ... "Nutty" is the succinct description American critic Manny Faber offers for the films of Sam Fuller and it is a very apt delineation of Forty Guns. A story with inexplicable narrative drives, it alternately dredges... Read more
... ... The place is Hollywood, lonely for scriptwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart) who is suspected of murdering a young woman, until girl-next-door Laurel Gray (Grahame) supplies him with a false alibi. But is he the killer? Under pressure of police interrogation, their tentative relationship threatens to crack — and Dixon's sudden violent temper becomes increasingly evident. ... ... ... Nick Ray's cl... Read more
"It's not exactly my book but it's a hell of a movie." - Truman Capote ... Based on Truman Capote's controversial best-selling 'non-fiction' portrayal of two apparently unmotivated killers and their arbitrarily committed crime, In Cold Blood, was widely misunderstood on its original release in 1967, but has since been recognised as something of a cult classic. ... Richard Brooks' film inscribes on... Read more
Film Australia filmed the Australian Broadcasting Commission's major contribution to the Jubilee Year, a re-enactment of Sturt's 1829 Expedition down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. The re-enactment cast actors Grant Taylor and Rod Taylor as Charles Sturt and George McLeay, and army personnel as the other expedition members. Originally shot on 35mm, its soundtrack, like almost all films of the... Read more
"The title is a misnomer. Comden and Green's tart follow-up to On The Town, directed by the same team (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) is like a delayed hangover. The three buddies are now Kelly, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd; at war's end they swear an eternal friendship and promise to meet in ten years. At their reunion, they discover that they hate each other and themselves, and go looking for the ... Read more
Journey of a Nation is one of the greatest triumphs of the polemical documentary. Directed by the masterly John Heyer, it takes an obscure subject, uniform rail gauge and presents it in terms of great contemporary relevance and in a highly dramatic fashion. ("Break down the barriers!... This is the union of the states.. This is the journey of a Nation!..) The commentary is by Catherine Duncan - Ju... Read more
Winner of the 1977 Academy Award for Best Short Animated Film, cartoonist Bruce Petty explores the links between work and leisure in a humorous, inventive way. ... Read more
Shot in 23 days at the Republic Studios in Hollywood on a budget of $ 50 000. Orson Welles' adaptation of Shakespeare's ... play has been restored by the Film Archives at the University of ... Southern California. This print contains 21 minutes of previously ... absent materia! including a restoration of the original, controversial soundtrack on which the actors spoke with a ... heavy Scottish bur... Read more
Leontine Sagan's groundbreaking 1931 ... girls-school melodrama stands as one of the ... most passionate films about sexuality ... evermade. Like most classics, this now ... legendary film has over the years meant ... different things to different people in ... different cultural contexts. The following ... composite sample of how the move has ... been read and re-read indicates something of ... i... Read more
"London on the Thames, Paris on the Seine... Melbourne on the Yarra..." an auspicious opening for a film on Melbourne. In 1956 with the Olympic Games on the doorstep the DOI produced several films about Melbourne. The main film was to he Olympic City, make in two versions, in Eastmancolour, Cinemascope and stereophonic sound with final recording in London. The Cinemascope version, finished in 1955... Read more
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