Title Details

Water for a City

A study of a city's water supply - where it comes from, how it gets there and what it is used for once it reaches the city.
Series : Australian Geography | Episode : 12 | Year : 1971 | Total Duration : 13 Minutes | Producer : Malcolm Otton
Director : Bruce Moir |
Various shots across stretches of sand dunes. VS elderly man walking across sand. Low angle GS waves over coastal rocks and fast pan across wave breaking. WS time-lapse orange sunrise over sea. WS pan across sheep grazing on field with hillside behind and view over coast. LS track of flock of birds flying then high angle zoom out to misty clouds over barren mountains.
Access No. 57613 | 1 min 51 secs | 1970s | Adelaide Hills, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Air to air of storm clouds sunlit from behind swelling in sky. WS pan heavy rain falling in forest and good MS pan of slender tree trunks in mist. WS pan rolling green hills after rain with raindrops still visible on telegraph lines. ECU three views of water droplets on narrow twig. Tilt up from eroded ravine and CUs still water, cascading water and river water rippling.
Access No. 134192 | 3 mins 16 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs colonial paintings depicting early settlement and water usage. Track along glassy river and zoom out from car crossing bridge to bridge over weir. Aerial track over dam systems, Mount Bold Reservoir, and MS man pressing buttons in station with WS of resulting release of water over dam walls. WS streams of water covering entire dam wall. Tracks along water pipe through dry countryside.
Access No. 134193 | 1 min 32 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Home units in city and line of men in suits shielding eyes from sun all looking in same direction. Activity related to city people walking in streets, cogs turning, Coca Cola bottling, industrial laundering all with shots of water pipes intercut. Man pulling weeds in field, hosing of crops, zoom in on slaughtered pig hanging upside-down in abattoir being sprayed with water.
Access No. 134194 | 42 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan along people standing in line washed in sunlight. High angle track along train line to Large storage cylinders in countryside. Quick grabs of city traffic and MS pedestrians crossing chaotic street in front of traffic. CU over boy swimming underwater in pool then surfacing. VS people showering, entering steamy sauna and CU track past fountain. VS people seen through fountain water.
Access No. 134195 | 55 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU large sign pointing to Water Rates & Land Tax Payments area. WS very large water pipe being transported by caterpillar tractor, crane and men on either end. VS construction workers with pipe, welders at work and shots of pipe from various angles. WS pipeline site (Mannum to Adelaide pipeline). WS lake with Trespassers Prosecuted sign in foreground. WS man walking along rural property carrying timber in each hand and on shoulder.
Access No. 134196 | 55 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU track through long grass to edge of lake POV grass. WS country town with VS old houses, cemetery in field, CU silhouette of men drinking and CU gaggle of geese in field hurrying away from camera as man carrying oars walks past. WS man rowing in boat across misty lake. GS man in rowboat dropping device off edge to test water for algae.
Access No. 134197 | 1 min 5 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of hand shaking water sample in marked container. MS scientist in laboratory and VS scientific testing on various machines and CUs of coloured liquids in test tubes. WS large cylinders in lab, scientist in protective clothing, CUs gas escaping from machine and tilt down structure to track along water pipe, Mannum to Adelaide pipeline. Quick grabs of city and industrial vision such as smoke stacks, mines etc.
Access No. 134198 | 1 min 22 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU track of fire engine along street with fireman in black helmets and bell mounted near driver POV passenger. VS firemen on board and engine through streets with writing superimposed on screen calculating quantity of water required for various objects. VS cars going through car wash with owners looking on and workers in raincoats. CUs soapy water on cars and water sprays.
Access No. 134199 | 47 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS huge stack of wrecked cars. Track across roadway over large dam. High angle shot over water treatment works. VS inside control room at dam site with man taking telephone call then turning switches at panel. (Possibly Mannum Hydro Scheme) WS at scene of fire with woman fleeing house and CU firemen hooking hoses up to pipes. Low angle tilt up water flowing down dam wall. Closing credits.
Access No. 134200 | -1 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |