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Wedding Makers
Australian brides now spend an average of $33,000 on their wedding. Once a relatively straightforward exercise, getting married today is now a costly, extravagant and highly orchestrated event. The Wedding Makers goes behind the scenes of this competitive, glamorous and sometimes garish industry to meet the players that create today's…
Hospital - An Unhealthy Business
Hospital - An Unhealthy Business is the story of an institution challenged to reconcile its mission to serve the public with the economic reality of limited finance. This documentary examines the inner sanctums of an institution wrestling with key survival issues at a time of profound change. It weaves together…
The Fabric of a Dream - The Fletcher Jones Story
This is the story of how a shellshocked World War One veteran, who'd left school at 12, took to the road as a hawker and ended up creating a national icon. The clothing design, retail and manufacturing business that he established in the small Victorian town of Warrnambool would, at…
Steel City
The employees of the BHP steelworks in Newcastle are bracing themselves for closure. With one month to go, the termination letters have been posted and Australia's largest industrial shutdown is about to begin. The company's spindoctor is selling the closure as a "feel good" story and there's talk of high-tech…
History of Australian Cinema
A three-part series looking at the early years of the film industry and motion pictures in Australia. The fims in the series include: Pictures That Moved, The 1896-1920 (History of Australian Cinema), Passionate Industry, The 1920-1930 (History of Australian Cinema), and Now You're Talking 1930-1940 (History of Australian Cinema).
Now You're Talking 1930-1940 (History of Australian Cinema)
Part of the Series: History of Australian Cinema
The story of the Australian film industry in the thirties, from the pioneering days of "talkies" through to the decline of the industry with the coming of World War Two. Despite the Depression, the decade opened on an optimistic note for the industry. The early 1930s produced the first experiments…
Pictures That Moved, The 1896-1920 (History of Australian Cinema)
Part of the Series: History of Australian Cinema
A novel moving picture presentation of Australia early in the 20th century. The film starts with the 1896 Melbourne Cup race, the 1900 multimedia event "Soldiers of the Cross" and the 1906 hour-long feature The Story of the Kelly Gang. It moves through ethnographic and actuality films, newsreels and features…
Making Samson and Delilah
A warm and affectionate behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warwick Thornton's hit feature film Samson & Delilah. A director, a producer, two teenage actors, a small crew and six weeks in the desert. Throw in an observational documentary filmmaker and the result is a candid and affectionate behind-the-scenes look…
Passionate Industry, The 1920-1930
Part of the Series: History of Australian Cinema
The twenties was a passionate period - a decade of fervent, feverish activity in the film industry in Australia when over 100 feature films were made. Fewer than 30 survive today. This documentary features For the Term of His Natural Life, the husband-and-wife team of Louise Lovely and Wilton Wench…
Four Corners: Tough Calls - A Telemarketing Investigation
Once derided as fat and featherbedded, Telstra is trimming down. Applauded by an eager crowd of mum and dad shareholders, the lumbering giant is shedding costs and boosting productivity under trainer Sol Trujillo's tough regimen. But increasingly Telstra's 40,000-plus workers say they are feeling the pain. Some angrily accuse the…
Visual Instincts Collection
Each series explores the works of Australia's contemporary photographers. It also includes 'After Two Hundred Years' which documents the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life in the late 1980's.The series features talented photographers Fiona Hall, Emmanuel Angelicas, Jon Lewis, Max Pam and Grant Mudford.
Into the Shadows
Into the Shadows journeys beyond the big screen to meet the filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors who bring Australian films to us, the audience. Away from the bright lights, the red carpets and paparazzi, an awful truth is discovered. The cinema was once a place where Australian culture thrived: audiences were…