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Stewart "P.C." Simpson (Tom Burlinson, The Man From Snowy River) lives in a magnificent beachfront home with his wealthy father and indulges his passion for windsurfing on a daily basis. His father (Charles "Bud" Tingwell) may fault him for not working at a regular job, but he can appreciate his…
A Good Thing Going
This tele-movie is set in Sydney's western suburbs and provides a graphic and moving depiction of marriage under stress and break-up. It looks at the effects on a family when the marriage breaks down. This tele-movie tells the story of mateship and suffering wives and the effects on two children…
In the Wake of the Bounty
One of the most infamous and daring tales of mutiny at sea, the story of HMS Bounty's fateful voyage as presented by Charles Chauvel (The Rats of Tobruk) in 1933 is one of exotic adventure, treachery, peril and lasting historical significance. Purchased by the Royal Navy and refitted for service,…
The Kid Stakes
The Kid Stakes is a 1927 silent film based on the popular Fatty Finn comic strips of the day. Directed by Tal Ordel, it features the director's son in the lead role of Fatty Finn. Set in the back streets of Woolloomooloo and the mansions of Potts Point, it follows…
The Birth of White Australia
An early Australian silent film depicting historical events on the Young district goldfields, then known as Lambing Flat. During the gold rush of 1861, tensions between Australian miners and immigrant Chinese led to rioting, with Chinese miners attacked and driven from the diggings. The film portrays these events as being…
The Glenrowan Affair
Shot almost entirely in 'Kelly Country', near the country town of Benalla, The Glenrowan Affair takes us back to the era of Victoria's most notorious bushranger, showcasing thrilling action sequences and horsemanship as time and again the Kelly Gang outwit the law. The film begins with old timer, Dinny (some…
The Woman Suffers
"Woman like she refuses to divulge the name of him who wronged her." This 1918 Australian feature is one of the most significant surviving treasures of a silent film heritage which is now largely extinct. Comprising three interconnecting storylines, it finally resolves into a dramatic saga of love, honour, betrayal,…
Smithy
Affectionately known as "Smithy", Sir Charles Kingsford Smith astonished the world in 1928 with his pioneering Trans Pacific flight from America to Australia. He went on to establish Australian National Airways and set many air distance and endurance records. Director Ken G. Hall's last feature film is a gripping and…
Journey Among Women
Australia in the 18th century, a harsh and unforgiving land - a burgeoning British colony where convicts are sent to make amends and begin a new life. Elizabeth Harrington (Jeune Pritchard), engaged to Captain McEwan (Martin Phelan) is a respected woman of action and influence, who sets out to help…
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Fred Schepisi's internationally acclaimed masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste' raised in central NSW at the turn-of-the-century, a boy initiated by his tribe but also educated…
Mad Dog Morgan
Set in gold rush-era Victoria, and based on a true story, this violent, rollicking portrayal of infamous Irish outlaw Dan Morgan (a bravura performance from an intense Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now) is a classic of Australias 70s cinema renaissance. A prospector who turns to crime and opium after…
The Devil's Playground
Fred Schepisi's celebrated first feature is a lushly photographed period drama detailing a young boy's coming-of-age in a strict Catholic seminary in 1950s Victoria. A semi-autobiographical retelling of the director's own training for the priesthood, the story follows 13-year-old Tom Allen (Simon Burke), a serious, likable boy whose calling for…