Film Australia's Australia: Arts in Society


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1986, 50 Minutes

In this program, archival footage has been selected to provide background on the influence of the arts in the lives of Australians

Through a wide variety of situations, the program aims to demonstrate that arts are for people at all levels, not just an elite, and an integral part of society. We see Australians over a period of 30 years expressing and communicating, practising and appreciating.

The program is divided into five themes. Learning about the Arts shows how arts can be learned and practised. Arts to Make a Living overturns the romantic notion of the artist born with talent, by showing the hard work and dedication involved. Arts for Change looks at artists as activists for social change. Arts as Individual Expression reveals the careful thought and analysis artists put into their work, which help the viewer to self-reflect and gain a better understanding of their world. And Arts for All looks at the art that surrounds us in our everyday life.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Ian Walker

Presenter: Annette Shun Wah

Year: 1986

Running Time: 60 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Australian Drama; Art & Design; Visual Arts; Australian Studies; Theatre and Performance Studies; Bilingual Education; Exploring Early Childhood (Secondary); Early Childhood Studies (Tertiary); English - 'Belonging'; Linguistics; SOSE/HSIE - Identity, Place & Culture; Cultural Studies; Architecture; Design and Technology; Industrial Design; Indigenous Studies; English K-10 'Insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia'; Music, Culture and Society; Beliefs and Values; Contemporary Australian Society;


Amazing Scenes

Art of War, The

Artisans of Australia

Australian Biography: Rosalie Gascoigne

Australian Eye, The

Bruce Petty Collection, The (Magic Arts, The)

Fifth Façade, The

Fingers and Clay

In Song and Dance

La Stupenda

Narritjin at Djarrakpi – Parts One and Two; My Country, Djarrakpi

Not to Lose You, My Language


Peter Berner’s Loaded Brush

Photographers of Australia

Pram Factory

Sculpture Australia 69

Sky Bridges

Theatre in Australia

Unstoppable Force, An – Betty Churcher with John Olsen

Why Can’t They Be Like We Were? (Craig and Steve)








SKU 198592802
Brand Film Australia

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