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Among the Hardwoods (, 1933)
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 soun… Read more

Amy (Phil Noyce, 1978)
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 fam… Read more

ATHEIST (Sjuman Djaya, 1974)
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 copi… Read more

Australian Butter (, 1933)
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 … Read more

BECKY SHARP (Rouben Mamoulian, 1935)
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 h… Read more

Boat Building (Peter Weir, 1972)
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 Fitzpatric… Read more

Capacity Smith (Colin Dean, 1951)
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, ju… Read more

CHANG (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1927)
... ... 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… Read more

Chase That Dream (Ken Cameron, 1979)
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 … Read more

Dead on Their Feet (Rhonda Small, 1958)
First there were six pedestrians - but now there are none. ... Read more

FORTY GUNS (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
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 t… Read more

IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
... ... 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. … Read more

IN COLD BLOOD (Richard Brooks, 1967)
"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 … Read more

Inland With Sturt (Hugh McInnes, 1951)
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-enactm… Read more

IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1955)
"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 D… Read more

Journey of a Nation (John Heyer, 1947)
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 grea… Read more

Leisure (Bruce Petty, 1976)
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

MACBETH (Orson Welles, 1948)
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 ... Southe… Read more

MAIDENS IN UNIFORM (Leontine Sagan, 1931)
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 t… Read more

Melbourne Southern City (Eric Thompson, 1956)
"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 ab… Read more

Melbourne Wedding Belle (Colin Dean, 1953)
A simple story set to music - Colin Dean's light-hearted and charming contribution to the DOI's 1950 films on the state capitals of Australia. Dean was a leading young director at the DOI before he l… Read more

MIKE AND STEFANI (Ron Maslyn Williams, 1951)
Mike and Stefani had its World Premiere at the first Melbourne Film Festival, January 1952, (one of just 4 features shown at the first fest! - though at 64 minutes it is only just a feature if at all… Read more

NOVEMBER 1828 (Teguh Karya, 1980)
First shown abroad at the London Film Festival in 1980, November 1828 - the most internationally renowned of all Indonesian films - is, at last, to be screened in Australia. ... November 1828 is set … Read more

OH...ROSALINDA!! (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1955)
It's the occasion for a double celebration: the first screening of Oh...Rosalinda!! on any local theatre or living-room screen for nearly forty years and in the acclaimed new colour restoration as we… Read more

ON THE TOWN (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1949)
The ground-breaking, irresistible 1949 MGM musical On The Town brings song, and most especially dance, out from the ballroom and into the streets, fulfilling the creative vision of the film's brillia… Read more

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