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Volcano

"Volcano" takes you on a spell-binding journey through the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Mount Gambier and western Victoria – lava flows spilling into the sea; underground caverns bubbling with magma; deep, water-filled caves so clear that divers seem to float in settings of breath-taking beauty. Using the latest scientific research, the film tells the incredible story of the eight major eruptions that created Mount Gambier — a story that starts in a local school oval and finishes in the sparkling waters of the Blue Lake. Hosted by Rescue Special Ops' Luke McKenzie, the film lifts the lid on one of the most exciting stories to come out of Southern Australia in the last 120 million years.

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Henry and Bee

Bee King is a young Aboriginal woman who was removed from her mother at birth. As a teenager, brought up in a white family, she began to feel isolated and out of place. She decided to locate her birth mother. It was no easy task, but eventually she found her. Things didn't turn out as she had hoped and eventually her mother told her she didn't want to see her again. This was devastating for Bee, it seemed like a second rejection. Despite this, Bee drew on her courage, and proceeded to track down her father. This is the story of what happened next.

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The Opal Story

The story of opal in Australia is the story of Tully Wollaston, part poet, part explorer, part entrepreneur. When Tully heard of Australia's first opal find in inland Queensland he headed north by camel, almost perishing in the drought-stricken desert. He survived to see the opal and realize that its quality was so good a world market could be developed for it. This is the story of how he single-handedly pursued that idea, tirelessly visiting Europe and the U.S. to promote the cause and assisting in the major opal strikes being made in Australia — at Lightning Ridge, White Cliffs and, finally, Coober Pedy. By the time of his death in 1931, Australia was the opal capital of the world.

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Steamtown

Peterborough was born of the railways. A remote railway crossroads in South Australia's mid-north soon developed into a town which became a key railway hub for the young nation of Australia. The history of Peterborough and its three classic trains - the Y Class, the T Class and the Garratt - is the history of Australia writ small. Mixing the drama of real history with the romance of rail, this is a film that will turn the most indifferent viewer into an enthusiastic train buff.

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G'Day Mate

A 3,000 km road trip through South Australia's Outback, yarning with the locals on the way. Starting with ancient rock paintings in the magnificent Flinders Ranges we make our way north, talking to cattlemen on the Birdsville Track, descendants of Afghan cameleers in Maree, Aboriginal elders at Nepabunna, outback identities in Oodnadatta and opal miners at Coober Pedy. On our way home, our last stop is Woomera, rocket town of the Outback.

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Battlefield Command

Battlefield Command demonstrates the crucial role that information technology plays in modern warfare. Using a dramatic and fast-moving account of an invasion of Australia's arid north by airborne troops, the film shows how digital command support tools can aid the planning and execution of operations. As the reaction to the enemy incursion moves from reconnaissance patrols to planning at Force HQ, and finally to a full-scale military engagement involving tanks, infantry and air strikes, we see how the technology is brought to bear at each level, enabling fast, quality decision-making.

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Birth of the Barossa

The Barossa Valley with its tradition of German hospitality, is one of the best-loved of Australia's wine regions. This film, in three parts, tells its story. The Explorer recounts how Colonel William Light discovered the Valley, while The Pioneer tells how eccentric German minerologist and botanist Johannes Menge fell in love with it, describing it as the cream of South Australia. He lived in a cave near Jacob's Creek, set up an experimental garden, and encouraged new German immigrants to come to the valley and plant vines. Finally, The Winemaker tells how Bavarian emigrant Johan Gramp followed Menge's advice. He bought his family to the valley in 1846 and set up a mixed farm. The following year he established a vineyard — a vineyard that was to become the first commercial vineyard in the Barossa Valley. And the rest, of course, is history.

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The Wreck of Admella

The SS Admella left Port Adelaide at 5.30am, 5th August 1859 on her regular trip to Melbourne. On board were 85 passengers and 28 crew members. Less than 24 hours later she struck Carpenters' Reef off the southeast coast. Within 15 minutes the ship broke into three, leaving passengers and crew clinging to the wreckage with little food and no water. And so began one of the great sea dramas of the world in which courage and self-sacrifice was pitted against the fury of the elements in a saga that unfolded over eight tragic days.

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Trapped in Time

The Naracoorte Caves are famous for their magnificent chambers and the sheer beauty of their crystalline formations. But what makes them really special are the astonishing fossil finds that are being made within them. Because of a quirk in the geology of the region, holes regularly form in the local land surface trapping unwary animals who fall through to the caves below. Before each hole closes again and another opens elsewhere, thousands of creatures may have tumbled to their death. When human explorers finally stumbled on the caves, starting in 1969, they uncovered treasure troves of perfectly preserved fossils, giving a complete picture of prehistoric animal life in the area over hundreds of thousands of years.

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Wine Around the World

This production, focusing on Australia’s international wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, creates an exuberant sense of the impact that Australian wine is having on the world scene. Shot during a frantic 40-day trip around the globe, the film shows a heady mix of cultures and nationalities sharing the pleasures of Australian wine set against the Eiffel Towers, London Bridges and Empire State Buildings of the world. What emerges, despite the enormous variations in people and landscapes, is the sense of wine as a universal human language, bridging cultural differences and bringing pleasure to all.

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Maralinga, Heart of Country

In 1952 the Aboriginal people living in the Great Victoria Desert were moved south, out of their ancestral homelands, to Yalata on the coast. Sixteen months later the British Government destroyed parts of those lands during a series of devastating nuclear bomb tests. This film, combining archival with contemporary material, and featuring the compelling art of Jonathon Kimuntjara Brown, tells the story of these people, who have now won back the right to enter their ancestral country.

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Deep Time

After the discovery of ancient rock art in a limestone cave on the Nullarbor Plain, a Melbourne archaeologist reasoned that the find could not be an isolated example - that it was probably an outlier of an artistic centre located somewhere else. This film is the story of his search for that centre over the next few years, and of the truly amazing discoveries he finally made.

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Why Me?

This documentary is one of the most compelling films on the Stolen Generations that has been made. Much of its power comes from its beautifully staged re-enactments of key moments in the lives of the individuals who tell their stories in the film. Children who are taken away at a young age miss the opportunity to bond with their parents and their families, and this is something that affects them for life.

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The Outback Story

The Australian Outback is a vast land haunted by myth and legend. This film charts the way humans have interacted with it over the centuries, firstly the Aboriginal peoples who knew it intimately in all its moods, and then the European settlers who had to battle with their own mindset as much as with the country itself, until they too came to terms with it. Through it all the land has remained a constant presence — stark, beautiful, unforgiving and unforgettable.

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Gariwerd

Gariwerd is the dreaming of the Djab wurrung and Jardwadjali peoples of Western Victoria. It tells of the creation of the Grampians Ranges when a giant emu, Mihirung, chased a rascally crow across the region, creating features of the landscape as they passed through. Remains of the giant emu Genyornis, which lived 40,000 years ago, have been found in the area raising the possibility that the story represents a cultural memory of the ancient creature.

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Rockets Over London

Woomera Rocket Testing Range, located in the remote South Australian desert, was a magnet for the brightest scientific brains of Australia in the 1950s. This film explains its genesis in the closing years of World War II when German V2 rockets rained down on a defenceless London. With the Cold War closing in, Britain's leaders vowed that the country would never be so vulnerable again. The length of the rocket range, stretching from Woomera to the West Australian coast, exactly matched the distance between London and Moscow.

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Graffiti

Graffiti vandalism is a significant issue in many parts of Australia and is a crime of wilful damage under the criminal code. What is it that motivates illegal graffiti writers to go out and spray the paint? We follow a young graffiti artist as he reflects on his years in the sub-culture, and discusses tags, respect, and brushes with the law.

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Craitbul

Craitbul tells the Aboriginal story of how the volcanic cluster at Mount Gambier was created. Craitbul was the giant ancestor of the Boandik people who inhabited the region around Mount Gambier region. His cooking ovens were the volcanoes of the area. The story describes how Craitbul's family, pursued by the evil spirit Tennateona , was forced to moved to different campsites across the region, and, interestingly, displays a sophisticated understanding of geomorphology.

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Distant Voices

The lives of Aboriginal people in Australia during the twentieth century were subject to great dislocations as the result of official government policies, not the least of which was the widespread removal of children from their parents. As a result, Aboriginal people are quite likely to have lost contact with their families and relations and suffer emotionally and socially as a result. “Distant Voices” documents an attempt mitigate the consequences of these policies by making government records accessible to Aboriginal people — in many cases these records are the only information remaining about the history and whereabouts of individuals and families. The film follows the stories of four people as they use the vital information in their records to track down and reconnect with their families.

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Eagle Dreaming

Eagle Dreaming is the story of the creation of opal as told by the Aboriginal people in the regions around Coober Pedy. In a colourful story involving a great sea, a lonely island and a hungry eagle, we come face to face with a tale that has been handed down from generation to generation over thousands of years. Interestingly, it is similar in many ways to the modern geological version of how opal formed.

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Plants of the Arid Lands

Australia is a land driven by extremes - no other desert system in the world experiences the same swings of climate or faces the impact of such sterile soils. What has survived the ravages of time and the environment to share the landscape with us today is a strange assemblage of plants. This film looks at the ingenious and unlikely ways these plants have adapted to survive in the harsh environment, protect themselves from predators and reproduce successfully.

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Gestures

Gestures tells the story of a young hearing-impaired girl who is left in the care of her profoundly deaf grandmother when her parents go overseas. We follow her struggles as she tries to decide which world, deaf or hearing, she best fits into. It is a warm and touching film which captures beautifully the energy and humour of the deaf community. The film is the first TV drama produced in sign language. Subtitles are provided for the sign-language impaired.

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Son of Romeo

This is "Romeo and Juliet" as you've never seen it before. The scene is set in Verona, an Australian country town, where Shakespeare's much-loved tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers becomes a little twisted in the telling. Hardly surprising when you consider that all the characters are played by one person channelling all the energy and inventiveness of classic TV cartoons. "Son of Romeo is a very funny, serious and satisfying hour of art by an actor of talent and originality" — Canberra Times

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The Grampians - A Cultural Landscape

The Grampians National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Victoria. The park is nationally significant for its extraordinary variety of native flora and fauna and for the many Aboriginal rock art sites. Its spectacular scenery, rugged mountain ranges and colourful wildflowers make it an island of beauty in a sea of modified landscape, a refuge for our natural heritage and a place of spiritual renewal. The film tells the spectacular geological story of the creation of the ranges, and explains many of the unique features of plant and animal life found within them.





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