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Key Moments in Australian Cinema

The Overlanders

Key Moments in Australian Cinema

Contents: Luke Buckmaster on Dead End Drive-In Kit Harvey on Red Hill Lesley Speed on Ants in His Pants Adrian Danks on The Overlanders Stephen


Speaking Truth to Power in Everynight… Everynight (Alkinos Tsilimidos, 1994)

When thinking about the history of Australian cinema, many people might associate 1994 with only The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott)

The Tracker

The Tracker (Rolf de Heer, 2002)

The sun-drenched, semi-arid and rugged ranges of the Arkaroola Sanctuary, in South Australia’s Flinders Rangers, are an appropriately desolate and inhospitable location for Rolf de

Dead End Drive-In

Dead End Drive-In (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986)

The 1980s, forever recalled with a mixture of fondness and regret as that spandex-clad, white glove, tufted hair and jumpsuit riddled decade taste forgot, was

Red Hill

Red Hill (Patrick Hughes, 2010)

Patrick Hughes is an established director of high-end commercials. He has made advertisements for clients including Cadbury, Ford, Honda and Vodafone. Drawing from numerous long-established

The Overlanders

“Scorched earth and space”: The Overlanders (Harry Watt, 1946)

The Overlanders is the first of five films made by Ealing Studios in Australia between the mid-1940s and the late 1950s. It provides a fascinating

Bitter Springs

A Bitter Ending in Bitter Springs (Ralph Smart, 1950)

Bitter Springs is a 1950 Ealing Studios production shot around Quorn, South Australia. Financed in part by the South Australian Government, who contributed some of

Evie Hayes

Evie Hayes in Ants in His Pants (William Freshman, 1939)

A key moment in Australian film is the screen debut of Evie Hayes in Ants in His Pants. An American-born comedian singer and actress, Hayes

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