Title Details

Wide Pastures

Examines wool production in Australia and some of the problems involved in running a sheep property.
Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 21 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Bob Kingsbury |
WS of red outback landscape with LS to large flock of sheep being herded kicking up pale dust behind. GS of drover walking alongside sheep silhouetted in dusty light and CU sheep drinking from trough. WS dry sands of lake with animal bones in foreground with LS to water. CU sheep being herded through gate in clouds of dust. Low angle MS of flowering pasture grass and sheep grazing.
Access No. 129621 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS landscape of rolling green hills, scattered trees and distant mountains. Opening titles. WS drover with dog herding flock of sheep down green slope. VS sheep on grasslands. Tilt from tops of gum trees shaking to CU chainsaw and WS eucalypt forest falling as chain passes through. GS caterpillar bulldozers through forest and CUs to chains. GS chimney on bulldozer releasing black smoke. GS tree being pulled out by roots. WS inside fertilizer factory and overhead crane dumping superphosphate in pile.
Access No. 141400 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU crane grab in fertilizer factory opening and ECUs of super phosphate on conveyor belt pink trace elements and prescriptives being processed. CU bright blue element leaving hopper and ECUs being mixed on conveyor belt. MS worker in crane and VS railway truck with CU to superphosphate being emptied into truck. WS hopper meeting taxiing small aircraft in outback landscape and CU to hopper emptying superphosphate into hold between plane's wings.
Access No. 141401 | 1 min 18 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Air to air following small aircraft crop dusting or spreading top soil over golden countryside. WS two planes crossing path of camera and WS from ground of crop dusting plane towards and over camera leaving cloud of superphosphate. WS stud property with merino rams through gates. VS merinos grazing. GS studmasters inspecting merinos with CUs of merinos faces as their teeth are examined. CU merino sheep's horn.
Access No. 141402 | 1 min 55 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs studmaster parting fleece and VS merinos in pens in yard with CUs buyers inspecting the sheep. WS Murrumbidgee River with trees reflected on still surface. VS irrigation pipes and channels. Tilt to WS of water flooding paddock. WS pan from green irrigated pasture to dry arid countryside. VS graziers and horses at outback station with CUs of musterers, jackeroos and manager rolling a cigarette. MS woman kissing her boundary rider husband and son goodbye as they leave property in Land Rover. High angle WS over rover driving through mulga scrub. Closer high angle track of same.
Access No. 141403 | 1 min 51 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS free flowing bore and channels with Land Rover passing in background. CU to bore head spurting from pipe. Tilt from shadow of working windmill on red dirt to parked car and high angle shot over men around water tanks. MS boundary rider checking water tank and high shot over bore channel through red outback landscape. VS boundary riders travelling through outback dodging trees. VS dead sheep, bones and dead dingo being taken from trap.
Access No. 141404 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS dogger hanging dead dingo on tree as patrol arrives. CU dogger with cigarette hanging from mouth.GS shirtless fencers digging in red soil as boundary riders arrive in Land Rover. VS fencers receiving bundle of mail, drinking water from bag and chatting. WS of red outback road next to fence disappearing into distance and Land Rover driving along. GS kangaroos hopping next to fence and bounding through outback grasses. Track following pair of brolgas in flight. Good high angle track of dust storm (willy-willy) over red outback landscape and mallee. WS rainbow over treetops. Good WS windmill silhouetted in front of silver and grey stormy sky.
Access No. 141405 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good WS stormy purple/grey sky over flat outback landscape. CU then ECU first raindrops on red earth. Fade to CU cracked dry earth and tilt from dry earth to pump. CUs shaft and belt of pump and VS pump working water. CU pan along water in channel and VS tractor being driven along channel with flowing mud as channel is widened. MS driver and tractor past camera. High shot and GS of bulldozer and machinery working sandy mine area. VS driver at controls.
Access No. 141406 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU booted foot starting engine of motorbike followed by VS man on bike mustering horses driving through outback with POV shots from bike of horses running. WS cessna aircraft on dirt runway towards camera and taking off over camera. CUs pilot of aeroplane making mustering calls from window of plane and WS of herd of sheep responding as plane flies over. Travelling aerials over outback landscape POV pilot and CUs of pilot on plane radio with men on ground listening to him on walkie-talkie. CU young man listening.
Access No. 141407 | 1 min 37 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS two young men setting off across outback on horses and WS land Rover and border collies approaching then chasing sheep near stream. VS sheep and dogs and musterer loading sheep into the open tray of vehicle. MS dogs jumping in with sheep as he drives off. GS men on horseback and dogs rounding up sheep and VS large sheep muster. WS sheep drinking from dam and good shots of sheep being herded into pens.
Access No. 141409 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot of sheep being herded through yards and into entrance of shearing shed. MS sheep being shorn and WS row of shearers at work on sheep. CUs shearers and on fleece being shorn. Top angle view over wool classers laying fleece on sorting table and VS man baling wool. CUs on man's legs during effort of pushing lever and CU of stencil being applied to wool bag. GS men rolling out bales of wool and shovel loading bales onto truck.
Access No. 141410 | 1 min 56 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt to men tying wool bales onto truck. Man climbing into truck cabin (note white hand indicator attached to door). WS laden truck driving off. Low aerial track over flat sandy desert road over and past truck.
Access No. 141411 | 38 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |