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Tomorrow's Canberra

Of particular interest to those involved in urban planning, this film describes the general development of Canberra as Australia's national capitol and as an inland metropolis.
Year : 1969 | Total Duration : 35 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : Fred Schepisi |
Opening time-line graphics of history and formation of Canberra 1900-2000. WS panel of the National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) in discussion. MS Landsdowne lecturing on role of the NCPC. MS Committee sitting around drafting board discussing plans. Voice-over of radio broadcaster announcing first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia meeting. Montage of shots with fade-ins to features on Parliament House exterior. High shot over empty parliament, quick shots coat of arms, hour glass, reflections framed in windows. Montage of B&W photographs of Prime Ministers, various views of Parliament, montage of House of Representatives, paintings, empty Senate Chambers. VS Parliament House exterior. NCPC discussion around table, model of Parliament House. Group discussing ring road construction, view from underside glass table, heads of committee members gathered around.
Access No. 118546 | 3 mins 20 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Australian War Memorial. Fast montage war dioramas, war relics. Voice-over Churchill speech. Tilt from coins in reflection pool to AWM building reflection. National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) meeting around bench. Landsdowne talking to NCPC on land axis, wall mounted plans. LS Parliament House, Memorial Avenue. Landscaping group discussing Anzac Parade, Sir John Overall. Travelling shot up Anzac Parade, voice-overs of Queen Elizabeth II, Lyndon B. Johnson, Indira Gandhi. Montage CUs military medals, uniforms, bands, faces. Camera up Memorial Avenue towards Parliament House. Track past empty People's Area, voice-over of demonstration. Fast montage sepia toned news images of demonstrators, arrests. WS Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin. VS NCPC working group of architects and landscapers. Presentation re locating High Courts. MS draughtsman at work. MS NCPC discussion between Landsdowne, Paul Reid, Bill Andrews.
Access No. 118559 | 3 mins 43 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS grassy Law Court site near lake. CU montage of law books, folders, documents, wigs etc. Sir John Overall and National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) site board members looking at Canberra skyline and in discussion. NCPC discussing Australian National Gallery (ANG). Members gathered around diagram of road systems. Montage of images of Australian art heritage from Aboriginal bark paintings to modern painting. WS grassy landscape. NCPC discussing building a prototype national art gallery over plans. CUs plans of ceiling design, photographs of a gallery space. Montage stained glass windows, exteriors, interiors, exhibits in ANG. WS exterior National Library of Australia (NLA), VS interiors. Henry Moore sculpture, NLA in background. NCPC at table discussing library. WS NLA with Captain Cook jet fountain in foreground. Travelling montage shots of fountains around Canberra. NCPC discussing sculpture around Canberra.
Access No. 118577 | 4 mins | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Sir John Overall presenting to National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) with large wall maps. Montage different views of Captain Cook jet fountain in Lake Burley Griffin, aerials over Parliament House, Australian War Memorial and Canberra. Time-lapse clouds, light, shadows over natural view of Lake Burley Griffin. Sir John Overall interviewed on television screen. Interview in studio. High shot Canberra outskirts countryside, time-lapse light strobing plains and hills. Time-lapse orange sunset over countryside. Good CUs bees on wildflowers, CUs various wildflowers. CU Overall in interview. VS cascading water over rocks. GS men standing on banks of river discussing plans. NCPC discussing plans amongst architectural models. MS draughtswoman at desk. High shot over NCPC meeting at table. Mr. Andrews sitting at desk. GS room of architects at desks. Tilts up native tree trunks. NCPC in boardroom. VS participants.
Access No. 118594 | 4 mins 59 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) discussing transparent plan of Tuggeranong Valley. NCPC discussing model of Belconnen township, draughtsman, and Committee working group around model of car park. MS architect Harry Seidler speaking with landscape architects at model of new Government office block. GS office, people at desks, rolls of plans. MS architects discussing model of Belconnen office block. Fades to various Canberra landscapes and buildings. NCPC viewing slides showing perspectives of Canberra buildings and working group viewing map showing growth of Canberra. CU to Hans Westerman smoking pipe working at desk. Montage of people in city centre reflected in shop windows. CU feeding pigeons, various CUs people eating. Bill Andrews giving radio interview on the Canberra Y plan. Hans Westerman with map presenting Y plan to the NCPC. MS Sir John Overall at desk signing papers. Paul Reid presenting plan of shopping mall to NCPC members. CU man talking.
Access No. 118623 | 4 mins | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Montage of Canberra construction showing tractor, men on scaffolding etc. Montage workers, shoppers, children etc. Good shots man raking dogs back and woman in curlers holding black cat. CU National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) with men discussing travel/time mathematics. WS Sir John Overall in boardroom meeting. Public discussion on Canberra with rear view of people seated in hall and speaker at podium taking questions. Mr Kerin in office dictating letter to his secretary. NCPC group seated around table discussing Swinger Hall development. CU hands on map of Canberra, ECU finger tracing pedestrian route. Lively Committee discussion re parking charges. MS man marking Motor Trades Area on map. CU Committee sharing joke. NCPC around table discussing the general plan of Canberra. Overhead shot of Committee gathered around plans for club on table.
Access No. 118642 | 4 mins 22 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS faces of ordinary people from different walks of life. CUs playing cards, billiards, chess, bowls, croquet, man smoking and football game. GS sailing, tilt to parachutist descending. National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) working group discussing church multi-use, school multi-use, secretary serving tea. VS bicycles and montage of school children. Dept of Education and Science meeting with NCPC. Committee presentation of educational spine concept. Tea break seen past office door. WS male and female draftspeople at work, architect in filing room. High shots over architects and NCPC pouring over plans. VS University review and audience response. CUs various signs, posters & placards and good montage of 1960s youth and outdoor pop concert. Tourist setting up tripod and taking timed photograph of himself near Captain Cook Fountain. Freeze frame montage of tourists photographing. Woman taking photograph of husband and dog at lookout.
Access No. 118655 | 4 mins | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Montage of people's faces at theatre. National Capital Planning Committee (NCPC) discussing visitors and conference facilities. NCPC sub committee with Hans Westerman submitting diplomatic housing plans. Montage Embassy name plates and foreign dignitaries. VS official functions including Canadian art exhibition, dinners, Canberra conferences including Tab, Embassy meeting of bankers. NCPC looking at slides of city night lighting plans. Views around Canberra at night featuring lighting on buildings. CUs faces of NCPC talking. Montage of city buildings, distorted reflections in glass. Track around underside of Academy of Science Dome. NCPC discussion, John Overall presiding. Travelling shots open spaces and landscapes around Canberra. Tracks past parks, cyprus trees. Track past Treasury building, the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade building and Old Parliament House. NCPC discussion, John Overall presiding and CUs hand writing.
Access No. 118671 | 4 mins 55 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |