History of Australian Cinema: Pictures That Moved, The 1896-1920


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1968, 45 Minutes

A study of the Australian film industry from 1896 to 1920.

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.

An Australian Commonwealth Film Unit production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Alan Anderson

Year: 1968

Running Time: 45 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Creative Arts, Studies of Society and Environment, Film, Cinema and Screen Studies, Australian History.


History of Australian Cinema

Sentimental Bloke, The

SKU 000184401
Brand Film Australia

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