Title Details

Clockwork Lemon

Demonstrates the effects of technological change on workers in the printing industry.
Series : Working | Episode : 3 | Year : 1979 | Total Duration : 15 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes
Director : Macek Rubetzki |
B&W footage with WS over crowds relaxing on Manly Beach and people riding in motor boat 'Kookaburra'.
Access No. 138477 | 27 secs | 1940s, 1970s, | Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CUs of printing machine and VS workers having tea breaks around the machines. Voice over of manager as he walks the floor in his glasses and white coat with POV shots of him walking around the floor. He speaks of not enjoying the job as much as he once did because of computerisation. CU of digital panel on machine. CUs of men working computers and type writers and VS of digital machinery.
Access No. 138478 | 1 min | 1950s, 1970s, | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS man picking up bromide print from machine and setting it out on sheet. VS of process with man signing off on bottom of sheet. Interview with young male worker who describes his job in the printing industry now as lazy and boring. VS group of workers sitting around with young worker voicing similar opinions. Men complaining about job limitations and lack of opportunity for retraining.
Access No. 138479 | 2 mins 53 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs of paper going through printing machine and MS of young male workers talking around machine. GS men at layout tables and CU interview with man in glasses and white coat talking about the lack of challenge and loss of skill experienced by most workers in the printing industry since the advent of computers. VS of other workers agreeing with this view as well as questioning job security and morale.
Access No. 138480 | 2 mins 23 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W archival footage of women shoe shopping in department store clustering around sale tables and MS of two young women looking and shoes and boots on wall mounted display shelves at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Access No. 138481 | 7 secs | 1950s, 1970s, | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
B&W archival footage of man relaxing in chair with newspaper while young woman mows the lawn.
Access No. 138501 | 5 secs | 1950s, 1970s, | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
B&W archival footage of couples on deck of passenger ship throwing quoits over net and WS people relaxing in deck chairs.
Access No. 138502 | 5 secs | 1950s, 1970s, | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
B&W archival footage of families picnicking on grass strip near Manly Beach. GS group of Manly lifesavers posing for camera (two with pipes in their hands), MS young woman lying on towel on beach smiling and line of bathing beauties posing. MS trio from group in bathing costumes and bikini smiling towards camera.
Access No. 138524 | 16 secs | 1940s, 1970s, | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Computers, scientists with test tubes, printing machines, women sorting various products in factories by hand, CUs of Sao biscuits on production lines, women wrapping bread by hand, 'electric brain', various machines, atomic energy, robotics and women drinking tea outdoors in wooden chairs.
Access No. 138525 | 1 min 26 secs | 1950s, 1970s, | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
CU to meat and sausages on barbecue hotplate and zoom out to family holding out plates. CU interview with printery worker Alf as his family and friends eat barbecue lunch. VS of Alf's wife speaking about Alf's work situation and the problems when one's work changes.
Access No. 138526 | 2 mins 11 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down from church spire to people unloading produce from cars in church grounds. VS elderly women setting up tea and coffee table and VS men and women operating fruit and vegetable market from church grounds. VS people buying produce (note $1 note in man's hand). VS interviews with printery workers and family at barbecue and VS of adults and children eating.
Access No. 138527 | 1 min 54 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS station wagon car pulling caravan along road towards camera and POV shots inside of car of worker Alf and his wife. Rear view of caravan moving along road away from camera.
Access No. 138528 | 47 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |