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The Last Days of Chez Nous
Nominated for 10 AFI Awards, THE LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS is a potent drama set around the life of a family facing change. Beth (Lisa Harrow in an AFI Award winning performance) is a modern matriarch doing her best…
My Brilliant Career
Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free Sybylla Melbyn (Judy Davis) is the eldest daughter of an impoverished New South Wales farming family. Bold and determined, Sybylla dreams of succeeding as an acclaimed writer.…
The Orchestra
Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life - communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon; a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral…
Walkabout
A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine…
Ellipsis
In the middle of a crowded city the paths of two strangers, a man and a woman, collide. This accidental, chance occurrence sets in motion a chain of events that sees the two strangers embark on a night of adventure…
Attack Force Z
Mel Gibson commands an elite military team dispatched during WW II to locate and rescue the survivors of a shot down plane, stranded on a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official,…
Kanyini - An Aboriginal Australian Shares His Story and Wisdom
A Pitjantjatjara word meaning interconnectedness; caring, support, nurturing, and responsibility, "Kanyini" is a feature documentary which explores the philosophy and the life of Bob Randall, an Aboriginal man who lived in Mutitjulu, a town beside the world's greatest monolith, Uluru,…
Life at 1
How do you give a child the best chance in life? Life at 1 is the first instalment in a landmark series that aims to unlock the secrets of child development by following 11 babies and their families for seven…
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Oz
Take a trip down the highway with city runaway Dorothy (Joy Dunstan) as she heads for the city to catch the farewell gig by superstar The Wizard (Graham Matters). Joining her along the way are a surfie who can't find…
Birthday
M is the highest paid professional of the many girls at Scarlet's, but, even on her 25th birthday, it's business as usual. M's trade is sex, but sex doesn't sell the way it used to; what client's are searching for,…
Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
Sometimes to fit in you have to stand out. HEY HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER is a hilarious coming of age comedy that explores what it's really like to be an outsider in your own world. Esther is not like other…
The Wilding
Juvenile inmate Malcolm is in love with his cellmate Tye, but their relationship is confined within their cell. When Malcolm is offered a shot at parole, his actions inadvertently mark Tye as a target for attacks by other inmates. With…
Life at 3
The story continues for the children of The Life Series --now they are three--as they reveal what it takes to give a child the best chance at life. Over two episodes Life at 3 measures our group of children against…
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Mary
Excommunication in the 19th century, sainthood in the 20th. Mary MacKillop is one of Australia's unsung heroes. Despite excommunication and exile, Mary remained determined to bring education to the poor and underprivileged. In January 1995 Mary was beatified by Pope…
Sweetie
Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature, Sweetie, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie--and…
Downriver
Sometimes the path to redemption is paved in sin. James, 18, has been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing…
Four of a Kind
Four different women are coaxed, tricked, or forced into revealing each of their well-hidden secrets. Through a veil of lies, the women flirt with the truth as they experience betrayal, ambition, loneliness, pain, and anger. But the lies they tell…
Stolen Generations
Between 1910 and 1970 in Australia, 1 in 3 children were removed from Aboriginal families and placed in institutions and foster homes. These children, in most cases, were never to see their family again. The film tells 3 stories of…
The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
This documentary tells the story of women fighting to gain their place as female monks, or Bhikkhunis, in male dominated Buddhist traditions around the world. "It's like a revolution has happened for women in Buddhism across the globe, yet if…
Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?
At last, an answer to one of the great unsolved cases in crime history. When the half-naked bodies of brilliant physicist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, and his lover, Mrs Margaret Chandler, were found in bizarre circumstances on a Sydney riverbank in…