On 7 February 2009, Australia suffered its worst natural disaster in recorded history. A firestorm of cyclonic fury swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost. Nowhere was the destruction more terrible than in the tiny hamlet of Strathewen.
China used to be called "the bicycle kingdom": this is a bicycle story from modern China. A group of seven friends from Guangzhou share a cycling trek of epic scale, crossing the Tibetan plateau up to the Everest base camp.
A poetic cine-essay about race and Australia’s colonised history and how it impacts into the present. When the filmmaker returns to Tasmania to make a film about her childhood she doesn’t know much about Aboriginal history,culture or colonisation.
A compelling story of two champion Australian rodeo riders, one whose life is lost in a bull-riding accident. The film explores the rituals of competition, the endless travel, the courage and the determination that define the sport of bull-riding.
A worldwide quest to discover the principle that drives humanity to believe in God - whatever or whoever that may be - from the Vatican to the Ganges, the Wailing Wall to the Dalai Lama Temple and Dome of the Rock Mosque. Narrated by Dawn French.
Looking from afar, the Australian film industry appears glitzy and glamorous, robust and invincible. Into the Shadows challenges this notion and journeys beyond the glamour to meet the filmmakers who have been bringing Australian films to the screen.
Hope In A Slingshot explores the day-to-day realities of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the effect on civilians on both sides. A journey through the underbelly of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
Director George Gittoes meets the locals and gets up close to the clash of Fundamentalism and entertainment in this off beat doc-drama mix, which takes us on a totally surprising journey into the forbidden zones of Pakistan’s North West Frontier.
Three intimate portraits of a close-knit group of inspiring people who share a passion for perfection. These three artisans and their apprentices live and work in a quiet valley in Tasmania, in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Mountain.
They joined the RAAF in their thousands: school leavers, apprentice tradesmen, teachers, and lads from many other professions. At a bloody cost, they brought home victory and secured freedom for the future generations of young Australians.
Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea.
It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies.
When these soldiers left home, their patriotism was firm, their convictions strong. As they return from Iraq, nothing is clear. Their bodies and souls have been wounded or broken. How can they re-learn what it means to be human and stay in the world
Sister Carmel, a sister of the Good Samaritans, is a fighter for social justice. Along with many of her contemporaries, she is passionately involved with the plight of refugees who were incarcerated in detention for many years and the ongoing psychol
Sudden death of dancer/choreographer Tanja Liedtke,brings life into sharp focus.Film about moving creatively through life and loss,Life in Movement is a portrait of an obsessive artist at work and the impact her life and death has on her collaborator
The film, Bimblebox, is about much more that the Nature Refuge in Western Central Queensland, facing destruction to make way for Clive Palmer’s China First Coal mine. It is a cautionary tale, exposing the effects of mining in the Hunter Valley.
Documentary on the making of Rolf De Heer's feature film 'Ten Canoes', a film he describes as 'the most difficult film (he) made'. Detailed are the challenges encountered including language & cultural barriers, the harsh location & cast leaving set.
It's budget time at the University, and Professor Anne Boyd is in a panic. As gifted young students pursue the mysteries of musical creation, Boyd is fighting to preserve basic standards after nearly a decade of relentless funding cuts.
Global surfing culture is a mix of wildness, grace and cool that is utterly Australian, but how did a nation of people, who mostly couldn’t swim, turn a Polynesian pastime into a national obsession and international cultural force?
Pregnant at 15 in England and dispatched to an institution where she was hidden away and arrangements made for the subsequent adoption of her baby, filmmaker Steve Thomas’ twin sister, Val, spent the next 25 years not knowing where her child was.
An inspirational story for our times, The Triangle Wars is
the story of the battle being waged between local government, big business and
the community over the development of a tiny sliver of crown land on the foreshore of St Kilda.
Meet Jonny Corndawg, the underground country-music legend. A born-and-bred Virginian, Jonny has played on five continents in as many years, and every state in the lower 48. Now Jonny has given himself over, heart and heel, to the world of Running.
Oil Rocks - behind the enigmatic name lies the first and largest offshore oil-platform ever built, a vast city in the middle of the Caspian Sea, built by Stalin in 1949.60 years on, "Oil Rocks" is still operational and the first western film crew eve
A compelling set of five stories, filmed in Tamil Nadu (Southern India), from award winning director Brian McKenzie (Love’s Harvest, 2008, WINNER Best Direction in Documentary, DGA Awards 2009).
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Presents a glimpse of what life is like for the children of Wilcannia. Follows a 2000 kilometre expedition lead by an Aboriginal sites officer and a Barkindji elder. An attempt by the Barkindji to ensure continuity of their traditional knowledge.
Once the bastion of freedom and civil liberties, the UK is now one of the most advanced surveillance societies in the world - ranked third after Russia and China. The average UK adult is now registered on over 700 databases and is caught daily on one