The Australian Experience

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The Australian Experience: Land of the Long Weekend
Australia--first in the world to institute a 40-hour working week, first to say there was such a thing as a fair and reasonable wage. Conditions like these helped to win…
The Australian Experience: Populate or Perish
Europeans declared Australia terra nullius - an empty land. This lie enabled them to take possession of land occupied for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, yet the number of…
The Australian Experience: Sheep's Back
For a golden century, the wool industry gave Australia one of the highest living standards in the world. Wool and the people who grew it were entwined with the national…

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The Australian Experience: Land of the Long Weekend
Part of the Series: The Australian Experience
Australia--first in the world to institute a 40-hour working week, first to say there was such a thing as a fair and reasonable wage. Conditions like these helped to win Australia its reputation as a "workers' paradise"; the mythical "land of the long weekend". Now in the face of deregulation…
The Australian Experience: Populate or Perish
Part of the Series: The Australian Experience
Europeans declared Australia terra nullius - an empty land. This lie enabled them to take possession of land occupied for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, yet the number of whites in Australia remained small until after the Second World War. In the post-war years, government sponsored immigration schemes brought…
The Australian Experience: Sheep's Back
Part of the Series: The Australian Experience
For a golden century, the wool industry gave Australia one of the highest living standards in the world. Wool and the people who grew it were entwined with the national identity. Sheep adorned postage stamps and coins. Every child learnt about John Macarthur and the merino and knew that Australia…
The Yirrkala Film Project - Documenting the Lives of Aboroginal Australians
A collection of 22 films made by Ian Dunlop over a 30 year period with the Yolngu, the Aboriginal people of northeast Arnhem Land. Yirrkala was an isolated mission station until the coming of a huge bauxite mine in the late 1960s. The impact of the mine on the Yolngu…
The Australian City
This program looks at the role, character and functions of Australian cities with an emphasis on the State and Territory capitals. The first section shows the general features of these cities and then the main functions are examined. The importance of forms of transport to expansion of cities is shown…
The Australian Eye Series
Based on the principle that the more one knows about a work of art the better one can appreciate it, this series makes a detailed examination of many of Australia's most outstanding paintings. Besides scrutinising one key work in close detail, each film reveals, wherever possible, the artist's drawings and…
The Australian Impressionists 1888-1896
Part of the Series: The Australian Eye Series
This Australian Eye episode looks at the following artists and their work: Charles Conder and his painting 'A Holiday at Mentone' (1888), Tom Roberts and his paintings ' The Breakaway' (1890-91) and 'Shearing the Rams' (1890), Arthur Streeton's painting 'Fire's On, Lapstone Tunnel' (1891), David Davies and his work 'Moonrise,…
The Australian Modernists 1916-1942
Part of the Series: The Australian Eye Series
This Australian Eye episode examines the work of a group of painters known as the Australian Modernists (1916-1942). The following paintings are examined: 'Down The Hills to Berrys Bay' (1916) by Roland Wakelin, 'Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor ' (1919) by Roy de Maistre, 'The Lacquer Room' (c. 1936)…
Australian Landscape Painters
Early colonial painters depicted the Australian landscape through European eyes, but gradually local artists developed new ways of seeing and were able to interpret their surroundings with greater affinity. They came to understand the intensity and brilliance of the light and the unique colour palette. This short film provides a…
Rainbow Bird and Monster Man
"Rainbow Bird & Monster Man", the story of Tony Lock is an affront to the opinions we harbour of ourselves, our impressions of childhood, the very usefulness of legal process and indeed the way our society works. Set in small town Australia, it is a story of murder, revenge, power…
Driving With Richard
DRIVING WITH RICHARD tracks the history of Deirdre and Carley who reveal with candour and humour how their expectations about motherhood were altered and how they have created lifestyles that fulfill their own needs. Laced with home movie footage of Richard's development as a child and concluding with the celebration…
Family Foibles - Kim and Harley and The Kids
Family Foibles is a series of five half-hour documentaries that examine contemporary Australian families. Each story revolves around a family confronting a problem. These range from the relatively benign issue of omission in the telling of a family history to domestic violence and the threat of family break-up. KIM AND…