Chase That Dream


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1980, 3 x 12 Minutes

It is Australian government policy to encourage and help Australians ‘chase that dream’ - ownership of their own home.

Commissioned by the Department of Housing and Construction, Chase That Dream is a docu-drama about the problems that beset a young family trying to buy their own home.

Based on real-life experiences, the series follows a couple over four years and various accommodation arrangements, including a house, caravan, and living with her family. Aimed at increasing buyers' awareness and understanding of the issues involved in the housing market, it shows the difficulties faced by low-income earners trying to save money to buy a home or even rent decent premises.


Chase that Dream After staying with relatives, the family struggle to find decent rental accommodation.

Six Months Later The family buy a caravan and move to a caravan park in a bid to save money for a house.

Four Years Later The family move to a housing commission flat in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

A Film Australia Production. Produced for Department of Housing and Construction.


Director: Ken Cameron

Cinematographer: Dean Semler

Principal Cast: Laurel McGowan, Peter Fisher, Harry Lawrence, Alan Penney, May Howlett, Gary Files

Year: 1980

Running Time: 3 x 12 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Built Environment; Housing and Urban Research; Human Welfare studies; Economics; Poverty studies; Social Work and Community Welfare; SOSE/HSIE.

SKU 003113500
Brand Film Australia

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