Title Details

Koalas - The Bare Facts

Reveals some intriguing aspects of this famous Australian.
Year : 1990 | Total Duration : 50 Minutes |
Director : Paul Scott |
A koala, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus, is on a branch of a eucalyptus tree. Koala, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus, carrying a young koala, in a eucalyptus tree. Koala, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus, holding onto a persons hand. Koala, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus, on a bed. Koala, also known as Phascolarctus cinereus, on a branch of a eucalyptus tree.
Koalas, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus. Sound recordist holding a koala, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus, on top of a boom microphone. Two koalas, also known as Phascolarctos cinereus. Two koala's, also known as Phascolarctus cinereus.
WS silhouette of koala in tree in yellow sunrise. WS glowing large sun rising in yellow sky. silhouetted man moving about in bushes in sunrise light and looking through binoculars. WS koala in fork of tree silhouetted against glowing rising sun in orange sky. Opening titles.
Access No. 63433 | 36 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot of koala in tree above road and bus stopping nearby. VS Asian tourists taking photographs of koala and VS people entering and milling around Koala Town's Koala House with spruiker outside beckoning people inside with microphone.
Access No. 63438 | 23 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU tilt up sleeping koala and VS koalas in the nature sanctuaries being held by Asian tourists, non-Asian tourists and children. Good CUs of koalas individually and sitting in groups in enclosures. VS tourists taking photographs. GS koalas in enclosure jumping from branch to branch with visitors looking on. CU pair of koalas asleep in tree.
Access No. 63439 | 33 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Koala sanctuary keeper and holding koala outstretched to camera and VS POV of koala looking at tourists. VS young koala riding the back of a German Shepherd dog being led by keeper and eager tourists patting koala and dog.
Access No. 63460 | 21 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials over green suburbs. WS suburban residents gathered around telegraph pole looking up to koala sitting on cross-pole. Zoom to koala. MS worker from Koala Hospital, Urban Ecologist Casper Pieters, taking telephone call then leaving in ute to suburban location. GS Pieters on cherry picker rescuing koala.
Access No. 63468 | 1 min 14 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs and pans of koalas in eucalyptus trees with CUs eating leaves. MS koala in tree scratching itself with leg. CUs koalas sleeping. CU hungry koala eating dirt.
Access No. 63469 | 41 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS pan of family at dinner table with baby koala orphan settled on mother's shoulder. CUs baby koala eating gum leaves. VS baby koala around family home, sitting in tree trunk in living room, and being fed with formula from dropper. Orphaned baby koala living with family sitting on father's head. CU asleep clinging to back of father's head. Mother taking baby koala into bathroom where he urinates in shower drain.
Access No. 63470 | 1 min 18 secs | 1990s | Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS behavioural scientist Dr Peter Mitchell walking through variety of forest vegetation searching for koalas and using binoculars to site them. GS pair of koalas on branch. CU male koala marking tree with secretion gland and VS males bellowing. MS Dr Mitchell explaining mating rituals and in tree conducting experiments with tape recorder.
Access No. 63471 | 1 min 53 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs female koala with baby on back in tree. VS subordinate male koala pursuing female in tree and dominant male arriving and attempting to mate with female who still has young on back. Much bellowing.
Access No. 63544 | 1 min 10 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials over bush and over Gold Coast. CU tilt down spiders web against green background to Casper Pieters walking through bush carrying radio transmitter tracking device. Zoom up to koala high up in tree. Pieters with mother and baby koala caught in bag explaining how he conducts tests to gauge koalas' health to camera. CU's measuring and testing koalas and writing results on clipboard.
Access No. 63545 | 1 min 56 secs | 1990s | Gold Coast, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS koalas mating in tree. CU female koala bellowing in heat and attacking male until he mates with her. CU female koala giving birth and zoom to newborn infant climbing up to pouch and feeding on teat. ECUs of infant in pouch and good tilt from koala to six month old baby in pouch. VS young fully furred koala emerging from pouch and VS riding mother's back.
Access No. 63546 | 2 mins 9 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Wendy Blanshard from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary weighing baby koala on scales. CU interview and CU pulling baby koala in sock out from shirt. CUs feeding baby koala with syringe. CUs wiping koala's rear to encourage urination and CU koala climbing back into sock. VS 8 month old joey koala sleeping on mother's belly and riding on her back.
Access No. 63619 | 2 mins 17 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS koala with 11 month old joey clinging to mother's chest awkwardly climbing down tree. CU one year old koala walking in undergrowth towards camera POV camera and field with yellow wildflowers POV koala walking. CU track of koala walking towards suburban house in new housing division. VS Casper Pieters walking through suburb carrying radio transmitter and VS streets and dogs POV koala. CU koala crossing road.
Access No. 63641 | 1 min 37 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Casper Pieters carrying radio transmitter through suburban backyard coming across sulphur-crested cockatoo on perch being sprayed by man holding garden hose. Tilt up tree POV koala and MS barking dog. MS Pieters talking to camera with koala half way up tree and tennis courts in background.
Access No. 63642 | 40 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS koala on telegraph pole, MS koala sitting in backyard, MS koala swimming in pool. Casper Pieters using pole to get koala out of tree. CUs doing tests on koala demonstrating dehydrated state. CU track of small koala crossing road and walking across grass. WS koala walking across flowering field and coming across cattle herd. VS cattle stalking koala.
Access No. 63643 | 1 min 50 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS koala running across flowering field and WS track of border collie running across filed (as though chasing koala). Rear view track of koala running and turning on camera baring claws. Zoom out from koala sitting in field to being speck in wide expanse. Zoom in to troop of boy scouts digging in green countryside and MS Debbie Tabart from Australian Koala Foundation talking to camera about environmental protection and VS scouts planting trees.
Access No. 63644 | 1 min 5 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS jet fighter plane touching down on tarmac of Royal Australian Base Squadron Amberley. CU Base emblem with image of koala in centre. Zoom out to MS Flt Lt Mark Paterson of RAAF Base seated at desk speaking to camera about efforts made to protect koalas in Base area. Zoom out from jet landing on tarmac to koala in tree in foreground. Helicopter taking off in background.
Access No. 63715 | 40 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
F111 along runway to camera and track of airman's legs in uniform walking towards camera. WS aircraft taking off over Air Base buildings and GS koala in tree apparently oblivious to passing jet planes. Koala running on tarmac towards camera with radar in background then jet plane taking off with pilot giving thumbs up sing and koala in tree roaring. VS koala and jets.
Access No. 63723 | 31 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Environmental Health Flight Lieutenant Mark Paterson answering phone at desk alerting him to bulldozer about to bulldoze tree with koala in it. VS koala in tree and bulldozer approaching then MS Paterson halting bulldozer and pointing to koala. CU koala.
Access No. 63724 | 36 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU Dr Peter Mitchell looking through large binoculars and same in silhouette. WS koala in bare tree in silhouette with silvery blue clouds in background in sunset sky. WS golden sun sinking in dark orange sunset sky and zoom in to koala at night with silver moon in background.
Access No. 63725 | 19 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Spotlight in bush at night. CU owl. Spider web lit up at night by torch and shining eyes of koalas reflected in light. Silhouetted koala climbing tree branch at night with moon in background and good WS of koala silhouetted against large round silvery moon with dark cloud across it.
Access No. 63726 | 25 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS pan across flat marshes of French Island, Victoria. High angle shot of koala perched in tree as car drives by on road below. VS koalas over island on telegraph poles, stumps, in gardens, around houses and several in trees.
Access No. 63727 | 35 secs | 1990s | French Island, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Cinesound newsreel footage titled ÒKoalas Starving in Victorian Sanctuary!Ó VS koalas in skeletal trees and MS's starving and mangey koalas. CU muddy koala sitting on ground and GS man inspecting dead koala. CU newspaper photograph under headline ÒKoala Famine BrokenÓ of crowd of people bearing gum leaves. People placing eucalypt branches in bare trees for koalas.
Access No. 63767 | 52 secs | 1990s | Quail Island Sanctuary, Vic, Australia | © Cinesound/Movietone Productions | B&W |
Cinesound newsreel footage titled ÒKoalas Starving in Victorian Sanctuary!Ó Footage of army marching in parade and line of troops marching up hillside to take koalas to mainland. CU newspaper photograph of woman holding two koalas with babies under headline ÒKoalas SavedÓ.
Access No. 63768 | 14 secs | 1990s | Vic, Australia | © Cinesound/Movietone Productions | B&W |
Tilt up pan of tree with koala high up tree. VS tree stripped bare from overcrowding of koalas on island. Focus to koala with baby in bare tree and VS relocation process with rangers using poles and ropes to dislodge koalas from trees. GS carrying koalas and placing them in boxes in van POV bottom of enclosure. CUs koalas faces seen through slats. VS 4-wheel drive taking cages along road passing under koala in tree.
Access No. 63769 | 58 secs | 1990s | French Island, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS koala relocation via ferry. VS crates on board, children watching, CU koala looking out from slats. CU small girl's face POV koala in crate. Rangers driving koalas in crates away from ferry wharf and arriving in bush where koalas are freed from crate. Track of koala running across grass to tree and climbing trunk. Good footage of baby climbing onto mothers back on release and walking across grass towards tree and climbing POV koalas.
Access No. 63770 | 53 secs | 1990s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS rangers with empty cages on grass. Track of koala with baby on back climbing tree. LS koala walking along grassland with zoom out to wider landscape. Track of Casper Pieters walking through forest carrying radio transmitter and through large cleared site. CU sick Koala sitting on dirt mound clinging to branch. Zoom to diseased eye. CU's sick koala of Pieters talking to camera and of him patting sick koala in lap.
Access No. 63771 | 1 min 47 secs | 1990s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Sick koala walking around floor of veterinary hospital shot from behind and CU koala's eyes badly affected by chlamydia disease. VS Research Scientist Dr Frank Carrick entering hospital enclosure where sick koala is being syringe fed by vet nurse. CUs diseased eyes of koala and ointment being placed in eyes.
Access No. 63775 | 1 min 11 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
FS CU koala Chuck with diseased eyes before treatment, then four weeks later, and eight weeks later with obvious improvements. CUs scientist Professor Lawrence Hirst using lights and ophthalmic equipment on koala. VS koala being held in position while Hirst examines his eyes. VS koala sitting in Hirst's lap having sensor and laser-like equipment used on eyes.
Access No. 63776 | 55 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS koala in vet hospital having its backside washed and treated. CU Dr Carrick holding koala during treatment. Tilt down drip suspended from tree and attached to koala sitting limply in fork of tree. MS koalas in cages with health cards attached to exterior.
Access No. 63777 | 59 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zoom to family walking into koala hospital entrance and MS Debbie Tabart at rostrum addressing audience about Australian Koala Foundation. WS giant koala housing ticket office at Koala Sanctuary.
Access No. 63778 | 17 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS Pope in Pope mobile and MS Pope being handed koala.
Access No. 63779 | 3 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © ABC Film Library | B&W |
MS female tourist pointing out toy koala in souvenir shop. WS cargo being loaded into hold on Qantas Boeing 747 plane and MS koala walking through frame. Rear view of koala riding on conveyor belt of Qantas plane. MS koala sitting in airline seat wearing headphones and sitting with napkin around neck in front of food tray with champagne being served.
Access No. 63780 | 14 secs | 1990s | Australia | © Qantas Airways Ltd | B&W |
CU baby koala in measuring jug and CU reaching out from jug to woman's face. Koalas in tree, one taking food on plate offered by woman. Zoom to koala sitting in aircraft seat. CU ranger holding koala waving its hand to camera. WS young girl running up to enormous toy koala . MS female ranger holding koala clinging to toy and smiling. MS woman trying on ÒkoalaÓ novelty jacket.
Access No. 63781 | 22 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA/Qantas Airways Ltd | B&W |
High angle shot of koala in tree as tourist bus passes below. MS Asian tourist looking up to tree with hands clasped and smiling. Series of quick shots of koalas in different circumstances including in tree, being taken from tree for relocation, albino koala, street sign ÒKoala StÓ, koala drinking from trough, koala silhouetted in tree and scientist carrying radio transmitter.
Access No. 63782 | 22 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU hand-made sign for ÒBlack Nose DayÓ held by schoolchildren. CU large koalas face. CU girl wearing Òblack noseÓ for koala charity. CU people putting money into collection box to help save koalas. Woman with seedlings in World Koala Research nursery. Boy scouts planting seedlings. Man in swagman's hat holding toy koala in one hand and a poster for ÒLand Rights for KoalasÓ sign in the other.
Access No. 63783 | 20 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pair in full koala suits waving to camera and WS people in suits dancing under ÒSave the KoalasÓ banner. Low angle shot of koala clinging to dog's back. CU koala holding onto toy being fed by syringe. MS koala hanging awkwardly from tree. Track following koala jumping up tree then looking at camera.
Access No. 63784 | 17 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA/ABC Film Library | B&W |
MS animal carer from Koala Sanctuary, Wendy Blanshard, opening cloth and zoom to reveal baby koala ÒBrendanÓ. CU koala climbing up Blanshard's shirt and CU nuzzling her face. CU koala playing with large toy koala and squeaking when it topples over. CUs koala attempting to eat gum leaves. Koala on back of lounge nuzzling Blanshard's head and biting her ear and VS exploring lounge and remote control.
Access No. 63785 | 1 min 33 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Rear view of koala walking along back of couch and settling on Blanshard's head to sleep while she watches television. Good CU of koala settling on Wendy Blanshard's shoulder watching television. WS from behind sofa of Dielman's television with baby koala on top of Mr Dielman's head.
Access No. 63786 | 20 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS Mrs Dielman playing with baby koala, CU tickling koala. Zoom out from baby koala sitting up in bed between sleeping Dielmans. CU baby koala asleep on Mr Dielman's head on pillow in bed. Zoom out to trio asleep in bed.
Access No. 63787 | 1 min | 1990s | Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS neon sign of koala waving on building at night. Car light at night passing road sign which lit up warns to watch for koalas on road at night. WS koala crossing road at night. Ws koala in tree next to road as 4WD passes. CU interior view driver turning toy koala hanging from rear vision mirror to camera. CU tracks of koala walking across grass and across road intercut with man in car driving, dog barking and koala being hit by car.
Access No. 63840 | 47 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS sign for Koala Hospital and Study Centre. Zoom out from koala having patch on arm shaved to CU Dr John Fripp from the Koala Hospital preparing syringe and injecting koala. CU nurse supporting koalas head. CU sedated koala lying on bench and having mouth propped open as x-ray machine is positioned. GS Dr Fripp taking x-rays.
Access No. 63987 | 33 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Dr Fripp in office with x-rays on lightbox and CUs of x-rays as he explains fractures then GS removing koala from bench. POV from inside CAT scan machine as doctors prepare koala for x-raying. Group watch as koala passes through CAT scan and CUs of digital displays and scan of koala's head.
Access No. 63988 | 50 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Dr David Clowes at control panel speaking to camera with CUs of koalas brain. CU sedated koala strapped into machine. CU track koala walking across road. Track koala climbing stairs of house at night and letting itself into house, past family watching television and across kitchen floor to Christine Burnett who picks him up to feed him with bottle. CUs Christine & Don Burnett feeding koala Effie and explaining story of how they raised him before releasing him.
Access No. 63989 | 1 min 50 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Wendy Blanshard talking about raising baby koala Brendan while Brendan does a comical dive behind her. Pan from blanshard sitting on bench to Brendan clinging to timber upright on bench like tree. CU Brendan licking Blanshard's face. CU riding Blanshard's head. VS process of acclimatising Brendan to being with adult koalas in enclosure. Zoom to Brendan rubbing roses with adult female koala.
Access No. 64013 | 51 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU Wendy Blanshard watching baby koala Brendan eating gum leaves in enclosure and VS Brendan getting used to being with adult female koala. Good shots of two koalas in tree and very good CU of Brendan snuggled up in arms of adult female.
Access No. 64030 | 30 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS bulldozer clearing land in front of forest. Young koala in tree with land clearing nearby. MS Urban Ecologist Casper Pieters takes koala from tree and CU to koala in hessian bag. Pieters taking with bulldozers clearing in background. MS Pieters putting radio collar around koala's neck. CU koala wearing collar.
Access No. 64031 | 50 secs | 1990s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU childrens' painting of koala for National Save the Koala day and CU teacher talking to children. VS class of children doing paintings. CUs children painting koalas. Zoom out to children conducting puppet show with painted animals on sticks against painted background. VS bulldozer felling trees. Casper Pieters arriving in ute and using radio transmitter to determine that koala is in back of logging truck.
Access No. 64032 | 1 min 46 secs | 1990s | Brisbane, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Casper Pieters in rescue vehicle chasing logging truck. Aerial shot of ute following truck and GS arriving at timber yard, Australian Timbers. MS timber pieces over roller in mill and WS timber truck dumping logs. Brief CU machine chopping through logs. VS Casper Pieters tracking logs with radio transmitter and finding collar with no koala. Zoom out to aerial over scene.
Access No. 64033 | 52 secs | 1990s | Nerang, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS koala in gum tree. WS bulldozer knocking over large tree. WS's cleared land, half built house and suburban block with several For Sale signs on it. VS examples of satellite mapping and computer modelling used to provide a database of information on koala habitat. CU town planner using technology.
Access No. 64034 | 52 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS tourists approaching Koala Town sanctuary. Zoom out to high angle shot of ranger in Koala Town urging sleepy looking koala to perform tricks for audience. VS koalas and audience. MS schoolgirl in classroom answering question on koalas and VS teacher Debbie Tabart interacting with children on the subject of koala conservation.
Access No. 64035 | 48 secs | 1990s | Gold Coast, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS projecting idea of koala extinction with segments such as deserted koala sanctuary, mock-up newspaper with heading ÒLast Koala Dies in CaptivityÓ, computer generated footage of Koala Town dissolving into ghost town. VS cobwebs over building interior. WS reverse dissolve with koalas and tourists coming back into scene. VS American tourist with cashier in souvenir shop buying several koala souvenirs.
Access No. 64036 | 1 min 26 secs | 1990s | Gold Coast, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs koalas in tree eating, scratching, zoom out to baby huddled with adult in tree fork. VS koalas in situations featured in film with closing titles.
Access No. 64037 | 1 min 42 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU koala in tree eating pine needles.
Access No. 132387 | 2 secs | 1990s | Australia | © ABC Film Library | Colour |
CU's koala in tree eating white callistemon (bottlebrush) flower.
Access No. 132388 | 10 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |