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Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He’s a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in Adelaide makes him face up to what she believes are his responsibilities, neither he nor his daughter are ready for each other. But in the beginning he’s all she’s got, and at the end, she’s all he’s got.
A classic piece of Australiana, “Puberty Blues traces the lives of two adolescent females who have spent the first part of their lives in a group by themselves, while desperately trying to break into the “in” crowd who dominate the Greenhill beach.
“Show Me the Magic” takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine, from a one-horse town in outback New South Wales to the heights of Hollywood.
Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015) is an epic film about about courage, family, Aboriginal culture and law as Putuparri Tom Lawford, a Kimberley Wangkajunga man, takes a deeply rewarding journey back to his desert home and traditional lands.
ANZAC Day, on the 25th of April every year, marks the anniversary of the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I. Each year, we remember those who fought at Gallipoli, and honour ANZACs both past and present. Our picks for the long weekend include three films that celebrate the unique ANZAC spirit: The Telegram Man; Thanks Girls and Goodbye and Nancy Wake: Gestapo’s Most Wanted.
Marriage equality has been a prominent issue for worldwide governments in recent times with New Zealand, Ireland and certain states of American leading the way. In Australia however, opposition has centred on the implications this holds for children to have both a mother and a father. “Gayby Baby”, directed by Sydney-born Maya Newell, explores the lives of four families with same sex parents.
The impact a teacher might have on a student can be life-changing – but are our teachers receiving enough credit? Inspiring Teachers gives credit where credit is due following four unorthodox Australian teachers as they educate students from English to Mathematics and beyond the classroom to their extra-curricular roles as sports coach or club leaders. The effort and dedication these teachers show to their students is artfully captured alongside student perspectives and what it means to truly inspire someone.
Set just off the coast of sunny North Queensland, Palm Island is a tropical paradise. But its shady history sparks memories of Australia’s colonialist past; a darker time, characterised by racial hatred and persecution.