When Will the Birds Return


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1975, 50 Minutes

A television special that takes a long and searching look at the devastation of the city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory following the arrival of Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day 1974.

Film Australia's immediate report on the 1974 Darwin Cyclone, Cyclone Tracy - Darwin, Christmas 1974 was shot in the first few days after the cyclone and released immediately in theatres all over Australia. This is the long film made to report on the unwelcome gift that was Darwin's on Christmas Day.

Shot in the first month after the cyclone struck, When Will the Birds Return follows the people in their determined efforts to rebuild the city and their futures in it. It also shows the devastation, the evacuation, the cleanup, the road blocks and the contingent of State and Federal police, who were brought in to help the NT Administration.

A Film Australia Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Directors: Bob Kingsbury, Brian Hannant, Greg Reading, John Shaw, Norman Godbold, David Haythornthwaite, John Noble (2nd Unit Direction)

Cinematographers: Kerry Brown, Jim Ward (Assistant Cameraman); Michael Edols, Ross King, Mick von Bornemann, John Haddy (2nd Unit Photography)

Year: 1975

Running Time: 50 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Australian History; Construction; Emergency Procedures / Disaster Response training programs; Geography; HSIE; Risk Management; Town Planning; SOSE; Urban Development.


Cyclone Tracy – Darwin, Christmas 1974

Home Sweet Home/Tracy’s Birthday

SKU 002803100
Brand Film Australia

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