1968, Total Running Time 152 Minutes (3 part series)
A three-part series looking at the early years of the film and motion picture industry in Australia.
History of Australian Cinema: Pictures that Moved, The 1896-1920 (1968, 45 Minutes) 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 to the 1920 features Robbery Under Arms and The Sentimental Bloke. Using extracts from productions as well as stills, contemporary press reports and interviews, this documentary shows the wide range of films being made, the development in filmmaking techniques and changes in the way the national character is portrayed
History of Australian Cinema: Now You’re Talking 1930-1940 (1979, 47 Minutes) 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 with sound until sound-on-film established its supremacy. Newsreels came into prominence, with keen rivalry between American-owned Fox Movietone and local competitor, Cinesound Review. Cinesound went on to produce a string of feature films - motion pictures that established Ken G Hall as the most prolific director of the 30s. Although it was a decade of struggle for independent filmmakers, this was also the era that saw the emergence of screen-acting talents like Errol Flynn and Peter Finch, when Dad and Dave were brought to the screen and Charles Chauvel made Forty Thousand Horsemen.
An Australian Commonwealth Film Unit production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Directors: Alan Anderson, Joan Long, Keith Gow
Narrators: Max Meldrum, Leo McKern
Total Running Time: 152 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Creative Arts; Studies of Society and Environment; Film, Cinema and Screen Studies; Screen and Cultural Studies; Australian History.