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Listed under:  Arts  >  Films  >  Regional films
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Casting nearby for extras

Have you ever wondered how all those people in the background of a film or television drama are chosen? Mary Torrens, a Bundjalung woman from Casino in New South Wales, is the Extras Casting Coordinator for the Indigenous Australian television series 'The Gods of Wheat Street'. Her community connections have enabled her ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Sharing stories: films by location

This is a map providing links to films about culture, ancestral beings, beliefs and country from eight Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. The films are 'The story of Girbar' from the Thabu clan; 'Miiku and Tinta' from the Umpila people; 'Moon and the gecko' from the Paakantji people; 'Bunjil ...


The 1930s Golden Era of Australian Movies - A Tribute to Ken Hall, 1988

This clip shows pioneer Australian filmmaker Ken G Hall speaking directly to camera about the making of the 1932 film 'On Our Selection' and about the effect of the film on his career. Hall says that he was initially reluctant to make the film, but was won over by the commercial sensibilities of writer-performer Bert Bailey ...


Grandad Rudd, 1935: A country cricket match

This black-and-white clip taken from the 1935 feature 'Grandad Rudd' shows 34 runs being scored off the last ball to give the Rudd family victory in a cricket match against the Regan family. Set on a country cricket ground, the clip opens with Grandad Rudd hitting the ball into a well. As the excited crowd in the pavilion ...


Thoroughbred, 1936: Stormalong's last race

This black-and-white clip from the feature film 'Thoroughbred' (1936) shows the champion horse Stormalong racing in the Melbourne Cup, being shot and then dying after winning. It opens with scenes of the race intercut with scenes of spectators and a glimpse of a gunman. The action then shifts to trainer Tommy Dawson (Frank ...


Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.


Helping our heroes, 1918

This is an extract from the 367th edition of the silent newsreel, 'Australasian Gazette', filmed and screened in 1918. The extract shows men and women of the Randwick Volunteer Workers Association clearing land intended for servicemen returning from the First World War. It also shows the women serving the men with cups ...


Shearing shed, 1921

This is an image, possibly a publicity still, from the 1921 silent movie 'A girl of the bush'. The still shows shearers at work in the shearing shed and the lead character, Lorna Denver, played by Vera James, standing in the centre, flanked by other principal characters. The captions read 'The Shearing Shed at Kangaroo ...


'The story of the Kelly gang', 1906 - asset 2

This is a still from the 1906 movie 'The story of the Kelly gang', the first feature-length dramatised film made in Australia and possibly the world. The still, labelled 'Death of Dan Kelly and Steve Hart', shows two men lying dead on the floor of a bar and two men shooting at each other across the room. The men shooting ...


Arthur Tauchert at Newcastle

This is a 1920s photograph showing Arthur Tauchert, the Australian vaudeville performer and silent movie star (left foreground), at the beach. It is labelled 'Newcastle'. The photograph also shows 24 others - men, women and children, most of whom are in bathing costumes. This photograph is in Arthur Tauchert's scrapbook ...


1918 film of Burke and Wills - asset 1

This is a photograph taken in 1917 during the filming of the Australian silent film 'A romance of the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860', which was released in 1918. The photograph shows two women in costume on a lowered camel, flanked by two men.


1918 film of Burke and Wills - asset 2

This is an image from the 1918 Australian silent film 'A romance of the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860'. It shows three male characters walking through the scrubby desert.


Splendid fellows

This is a photograph taken during the filming of the 1934 Australian movie 'Splendid fellows'. The photograph shows four members of the cast: from left, Frank Bradley (playing Jim McBride); Eric Coleman (playing the Reverend Arthur Stanhope); Frank Leighton (playing the Honourable Hubert Montmorency Ralston) and Leo Franklin ...


'The face at the window,' 1919

This is a photograph showing a large formal sitting room, a studio set for the 1919 Australian silent movie, 'The face at the window', with the top of the set visible. The photograph was taken during production and includes 13 cast members wearing evening dress.


'The pioneers', 1916

This is a still image from the 1916 silent film 'The pioneers' based on the novel with the same title by Katharine Susannah Pritchard, which won the Hodder and Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize in 1915. The scene depicts a man and woman sawing a log in heavily timbered land, possibly clearing land that they selected ...


'The exploits of the 'Emden'', 1928

This still image is from the 1928 film 'The exploits of the ''Emden'''. This image shows naval ratings (non-commissioned sailors) manning the gun on the Australian battle cruiser 'HMAS Sydney', which sank the German cruiser 'Emden' near the Cocos Islands in 1914. The image has been signed with the words 'Remembrance of ...


On the beach at Sorrento, 1922

This is a black-and-white silent film clip of the beach at Sorrento, Victoria, in 1922, with the camera panning across groups of women and men fully dressed or in bathing costume on the sand and going into the water. It includes close-ups of a group of fully dressed women walking with decorated parasols. This excerpt comes ...


Boats at Sorrento

This is a black-and-white silent film clip showing two canoes, one with a small sail, and two larger boats crowded with people at Sorrento, a popular holiday resort within half a day's travel from Melbourne. It comes from the 1922 film, 'Sorrento', showing the area's attractions for tourists.


Beach scenes near Geelong

This is a clip from the black-and-white silent film, 'Geelong', of a group of merrymakers at a beach near Geelong, Victoria, in 1929. It shows men and women engaged in games such as a three-legged race and 'blind man's buff', running into the surf with surfboards and a woman surfing inshore holding a board.