FILM AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

Title Details

Mike and Stefani

A moving tale of the transition of a family of displaced persons from their refugee camp in post-war Europe to their new home in Australia.
Year : 1951 | Total Duration : 57 Minutes |
Director : R Maslyn Williams |
Director Ron Maslyn Williams, Cinematographer Reg Pearse and others filming at a railway station near the UNRRA refugee camp in Europe. Mike and Stefani Stroken on board a ship on their journey to Australia. Mike and Stefani Stroken sitting for an interview with the consul. Mike and Stefani Stroken visiting Film Australia. Mike and Stefani Stroken visiting Film Australia.
Opening credits. Young Ukrainian man and woman, Mike & Stefani with braided hair, in valley landscape of middle Europe. Pan to town in valley with church steeple, shots of town streets, horse drawn carts laden with hay in town with mountains in background, couple sitting outside inn talking to inn keeper and having a drink. Re-enactment, 1945 Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41039 | 3 mins 4 secs | 1940s | Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Christmas 1938, carol singers in snow, man into house with presents, extended family group in lounge, woman decorating Christmas tree and decorated table. Re-enactment. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41040 | 1 min 34 secs | 1940s | Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Late summer 1939, HA shot of town and street, people outside inn, 3 young men carrying cases walk down street and say farewells as they go off to war. Mike & Stefani listen to declaration of war, horse and cart , driver has long whip, picks up Mike and Stefani, waving goodbye. Re-enactment. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41041 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1940s | Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Various war shots of planes and bombs, civilians hiding on roadside, VS of refugees leaving town with horse drawn carts. Young Ukrain woman, Stefani alone at home writing letter, German soldiers with refugees, woman being pulled along in pram, woman with two small children, woman pushing pram with crying child, fear on their faces, Stefani's husband Mike being interrogated. Re-enactment intercut with some archival material . WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41042 | 1 min 3 secs | 1940s | Germany | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Refugees climbing up destroyed railway lines on bridge with children and possessions in suitcases and bags, old people wearing big overcoats climbing steep railway tracks, people rowing away in small boat under cover of night, bombed house and ruins destruction and fire, line of dead bodies on roadside, refugees loading goods onto truck, bombed house, bombed city area . Fear and despair of displaced people. Re-enactment intercut with some archival material. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41043 | 48 secs | 1940s | Germany | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Young Ukrainian woman, Stefani, in lounge room pulling old knitting apart, pan to broken mirror, baby in basket, German soldier to door, soldier hands Mike paper, people herded into trains (cattle boxes) by Nazi soldier, baby in bag, train through countryside. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41044 | 2 mins 15 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
German labour camp, man into trucks, women and children left in closed camp, Stefani running away with baby in carry bag, through bushland, through snow covered countryside, gets a lift in car, large group of people in street at makeshift markets, Stefani sells coat. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41045 | 2 mins 49 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Archival footage - Victory Parade through streets, General Eisenhower leads ticker tape parade through New York Street, Russian soldiers marching, wreath laying. (1945) WWII. Armistice Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41046 | 19 secs | 1940s | New York, USA | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Archival footage - Damaged building, displaced people sleeping in cramped quarters all together in large building, 1945 WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41047 | 56 secs | 1940s | Europe | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
War refugees, displaced people, refugee or displaced persons camp. Paperwork for large crowds at table for registration, for welfare and immigration. General camp shots including reuniting of one man from back of truck with his family, various refugees talking to different officials, gathered around loud speaker for news, waiting in office and showing family photographs to other refugees. Black market trade. Man at alter in church, man reading near stove . WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41048 | 5 mins 32 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Courtyard of refugee or displaced persons camp with announcements coming over a loudspeaker. Stefani waiting for news of Mike who is missing in post war Europe. Stefani pouring tea from a tin can and knitting. Stefani with other internees and refugees in dormitory and looking sad. Loving, emotional reunion with Mike and Stefani hugging tenderly. Stefani's face showing relief and happiness. Stefani greets Mike's brother and Mike sees his daughter for the first time. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41049 | 3 mins 8 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Text: Ă’During the last 2 and 1/2 years more than 7 million war refugees returned to their own countries of emigrated, But half a million homeless like Mike and Stefani continue to live in Displaced Persons camps in Europe under the care of the International Refugee Organisation (IRO) (1945) WWII
Access No. 41050 | 18 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
Stefani pegs out washing in displaced persons or refugee camp, various camp life scenes including children at school playing ring-a-rosy. Children in kindergarten eating and drinking. Story of Stefani's situation being narrated by camp commander , former Melbourne schoolteacher Valerie Paling. VS of commander performing general office duties and attending to camp problems . VS of camp council members at a meeting. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41051 | 3 mins 27 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Mike working in displaced persons camp as Assistant Engineer. Boy learning carpentry in camp woodwork workshop, technical training classes where teachers instruct camp refugees in radio engineering. Boys hand sewing leather shoes and sewing shoes with Singer sewing machine. Women sewing clothes. Woman polishing false teeth on a bench sander. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41052 | 47 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Children learning English language in Displaced Persons or refugee camp classroom, teacher in front of blackboard. Stefani listening to English language record, record player , men lined up to collect pay, social dance. Good shots of 1940's dancing and fashion. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41053 | 1 min 20 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Christmas 1949, decorating tree, lined up to collect food, soup kitchen scenes, men and boys hauling logs and firewood on carts, dressing small girl in traditional cloths, woman in traditional middle European dress cooking at stove with small pots, standing around tree praying, various traditional Christmas rituals including kissing each other , alternating each cheek several times, sitting at table, lighting candles. Woman with sad face. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41054 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
People listening to loudspeaker in refugee compound, displaced persons camp, VS of European faces, pastor standing with group of people, good shot of two older women in head scarves, more refugee groups waiting in offices and corridors, being interviewed by officials. Immigration processes 1949. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41055 | 42 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Groups of European migrants waiting to enter covered truck, others waving goodbye and farewell. Covered army truck passed through checkpoint barrier. Officer waves. Displaced people off to resettlement centre, offices and corridors, beds in dormitory, good shot of old woman sitting on bed looking very sad in black head scarf. Medical examination including xray, teeth, reflexes, blood pressure, eye tests, chest, needles being given, doctor checking xray, Mike and Stefani being questioned by Australian Consul about their background. Translator. Showing immigration process. Mike's emotional plea for freedom . Good shot of woman with 1940's hairstyle. Immigration processes. (1949) WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41056 | 11 mins 25 secs | 1940s | Leipheim, Germany | © NFSA | B&W |
Ship's whistle blows, CU of ship's anchor chain and CU of anchor in water, tug at back of ship, Pan along line of faces of migrants on deck leaning over rails of ship. HA shot of ship's bow and HA shot of people sunbaking and relaxing on deck of ship. Families dressed in shorts socialising on deck. Young boy sawing timber on deck with crew member on board ship and Mike and Stefani with daughter on deck WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41057 | 2 mins 20 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
War refugees on road, walking, pushing carts, displaced people, into barrack area, UNRRA office, being disinfected, medical check, processing baby into hospital, Stefani given stretcher bed in camp (1945). WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126436 | 4 mins 56 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
Various scenes of different family groups being interviewed and accessed for emigration to new countries in post war Europe. CUs of people with anguished and disappointed faces. Mike and Stefani packing to emigrate to Australia. Camp Commander in farewell visit. WWII Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126453 | 4 mins 9 secs | 1940s | Europe | © NFSA | B&W |