Title Details

Australia in the 80s

A kaleidoscopic impression of the vivid variety and vigour of a nation still developing.
Year : 1981 | Total Duration : 28.5 Minutes | Producer : Peter Johnson
Director : John Leake |
FS graphic of Australia showing population figures with overlays of other countries showing comparative population statistics. WS huge yellow sun rising above orange sunrise clouds. WS orange sunrise sky with silhouetted Byron Bay lighthouse in foreground.
Access No. 23467 | 54 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS fishing trawlers in pale dawn light and WS city buildings with first rays of light reflected on them. Aerial over cityscape and river in pale sunrise light and over industrial area with tilt to city region. VS trams and morning traffic in Melbourne city streets with WS of flashing neon information sign on side of building.
Access No. 23469 | 44 secs | 1980s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS joggers running towards banks of Yarra River with WS to high rise city buildings in early morning light. CUs man filling bucket with prawns on fishing trawler and GS men offloading buckets to wharf. WS Perth skyline lit up pre dawn. Cityscape
Access No. 23471 | 22 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Container ship at wharf at dawn and MS pilots in jet plane cockpit seen from behind with view of control panel and CU pilot speaking into handheld microphone. Track of worker walking around large industrial machinery pouring out ore at pre dawn. MS worker in helmet.
Access No. 23472 | 31 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS silhouetted helicopter taking off in front of huge silvery sun rising in golden orange light. Aerial track POV helicopter over creek in outback landscape and VS helicopter and pilot. Herd of buffaloes POV helicopter. VS Melbourne city streets with shots of trams, traffic and crowds of pedestrians. WS Flinders Street Station with traffic in foreground.
Access No. 23473 | 39 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Air to air shot of Qantas plane flying above clouds and interior shots of cockpit and pilots. Aerials over Rockhampton and surrounds showing fields and river. Planes taking off from airstrip and air to air of Nomad plane flying over wetlands near Darwin MS pilot.
Access No. 23474 | 55 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials over coral cays, islands, jetties and sea around North Queensland. Aerials over Sydney CBD and air to air of news helicopter and over expressways. Zoom out from Channel 10 news helicopter over Sydney Harbour Bridge, cityscape, Circular Quay and Opera House. VS Sydney traffic jams with some good views and some shots from surveillance cameras.
Access No. 23475 | 59 secs | 1980s | Great Barrier Reef, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from blue tinted TV monitor in DMR traffic signal control to bank of monitors in control room with GS of controllers at computers relaying reports. Zoom to car on screen. VS woman in red leotard arriving at aerobics class joining in workout. VS office worker arriving to empty office with rows of computers on tables and answering telephone. CU to computer with London Stock Exchange data on screen.
Access No. 23476 | 59 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Canberra primary school concert band performing outdoors with CUs of girl playing flute, another playing triangle, children hoisting Australian flag and various CUs of faces. Aerial track of Indian Pacific train snaking through outback landscape. MS scenic conductor speaking into microphone aboard train and VS waiter delivering breakfast tray to women in cabin.
Access No. 23477 | 50 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over Kalgoorlie and GS main street. GS miners in helmets emerging from lift cage. WS truck towards camera along red dirt road creating clouds of dust in morning light and VS outback cattle herding. Good MS of woman in Akubra smoking and CUs of stockmen. GS cattle branding and CU of semitrailer with headlights on towards and past camera.
Access No. 23478 | 1 min 8 secs | 1980s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU iconic signpost crowded with national and international directional signs. Zoom out to Mount Isa area with VS signs. Road train past sign and cabin interior with driver on CB radio. GS cattle herding, WSs outback landscapes and 4WD on red dirt road past sign for Mary Kathleen Uranium Ltd. Zoom out from mine to reveal stepped surfaces.
Access No. 23479 | 39 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU road train past camera kicking up red dust and circular tilt up high-rise and reflective glass city buildings. VS busy stock exchange room with CUs of switchboard, men on telephones, good CU of man cradling phone in neck while looking through binoculars, men chalking figures on board, GS exchange floor.
Access No. 23480 | 44 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS explosive blast followed by clouds of sand and dust. VS young women in mine walking past huge ore trucks and climbing up to cabin of large crane. VS man operating crane and various activity and buildings in iron ore mine. High shot of long goods train moving slowly through green scrub near mine.
Access No. 23481 | 1 min 16 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU men bidding on crowded trading floor of stock market and VS men chalking figures on board. Aerial over aluminium mine and buildings and VS including CU of bauxite down chute, man donning mask to enter aluminium plant and walking over mounds of alumina. Low aerial tracks over aluminium plants and industrial sites. Close tracks past refined aluminium ready for export.
Access No. 23482 | 1 min 20 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Quick CUs of company signs on board at Stock Exchange and GS men chalking figures on board. VS showing hydroelectricity, thermal electricity, solar electricity. CU water in stream, aerial over waterfalls in river, dam spillway , solar reflector and various power plants. Good CU clouds reflected on angled silver surface of radar disk.
Access No. 23483 | 43 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Looking up at turning wheels of coal mining rig against sky. MS miners in helmets and overalls in lift. VS underground work in coal face showing huge digger, men using heavy machinery. High shots of Newcastle open mine with trucks being loaded. CUs of coal in huge shovel and worker operating it. Aerials over coal piles and refinery to ship . VS ship being loaded with dock worker supervising and MS coal down chute.
Access No. 23484 | 1 min 3 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over gas refinery at Moomba, SA. Aerials over Bass Strait oil rig and VS oil drills and surrounding countryside. VS inside plant showing molten metal (possibly steel) going through several processes involving being poured, going through presses and dousing with water. VS of man inside control base.
Access No. 23485 | 1 min 24 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of Polypropylene Plant and sign. Factory interior shots with workers producing and assembling white goods. VS assembly lines showing men and women with refrigerators at various stages of completion.
Access No. 23486 | 41 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over large building under construction. GS activity on construction site with city in background. VS workers in helmets holding union stop work meeting, voting and walking off site. CU Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, Macquarie Street with CUs delegates entering and noisy news crews with cameras crowding delegates.
Access No. 23487 | 50 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs newspaper headlines both mainstream and ethnic press. Zoom out from Land Rights protest march. Zoom out from High Court of Australia, Canberra. High shots and VS trading floor at Futures Exchange. Bidding on the Exchange floor contrasted with sheep yard auction sale. Shots of auctioneers and good shots rural faces. Good CUs sheeps' faces. WS cattle herding on horseback.
Access No. 23488 | 1 min 20 secs | 1980s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Woman on Exchange floor tossing coin to resolve bid result. CUs faces of Futures Exchange bidders. GS man with carcasses in abattoir. CUs hands picking dark grapes from vines and VS grape pickers old and young. WS Barossa Valley vineyard and mound of picked grapes. CU wine being poured into glass and zoom out to couple dining at table on beach with city skyline in distance.
Access No. 23489 | 1 min | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS outdoor area of Doyles seafood restaurant, Watsons Bay. High shots of amusement park and VS rides lit up at night. GS Bushwackers concert. Aerial over huge crowd of City to Surf marathon runners and GS VFL football players. Melbourne Cup horses racing towards camera and VS racegoers. GS people at poker machines.
Access No. 23490 | 41 secs | 1980s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Ferry boat race on Sydney Harbour with city skyline in background and various spectator craft. VS sailing on Sydney Harbour with colourful spinnakers. WS Bondi Beach with sunbathers and GS joggers running along beach. GS fruit and vegetable markets. Tilt down Strand Arcade interior. Air to air of hang-glider over sea and beach.
Access No. 23491 | 37 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Brief WS of Sydney Opera House and ferry passing by. GS Joan Sutherland and opera cast taking bow and WS audience applauding. Pub Theatre melodrama with VS audience at tables laughing. VS children ethnic dancing, elderly men playing bocce, drummers and dancers with dragon performing for Chinese New Year. CU child holding ears and VS performers and masks. VS Chinatown at night.
Access No. 23492 | 1 min 8 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down rainforest to stream and track past forest and outcrops of Kakadu National Park to CU Aboriginal rock paintings. CUs rock art.
Access No. 23493 | 26 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS inside aircraft factory with VS workers assembling green lightweight Nomad aircraft. CU workman in mask and suit spray painting. CUs men looking closely at computer screen and machinery. VS men in white lab coats performing tests with sound scanning devices. ECUs woman looking through microscope and tilt down to electronic device. CUs of male and female lab workers working on electrical circuits of pacemakers.
Access No. 23494 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs pacemakers and VS people in full sterile uniforms and masks inspecting them. CU urgent medical supply delivery car. Pan to Lucas Heights atomic research facility and CU of sign reading ÔDanger Radiation' with symbol at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. VS around coronary care unit with medical staff using gamma cameras on elderly patient breathing through oxygen mask. Nurse closes doors to camera.
Access No. 23495 | 53 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs medical staff watching organs on computer monitor transmitted from elderly patient using gamma cameras and oscilloscope. VS hospital convalescent unit and patient on exercise machinery. CUs monitors, gauges, equipment etc. VS doctors performing microsurgery. Zoom to suturing. Zoom out from operating lights to doctors and nurses performing operation.
Access No. 23496 | 1 min 18 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Jet plane flying into dramatic red sunset and CU of airport Interscan system in silhouette. Good WS glowing ball sun setting in yellow and red sky behind Sydney Harbour Bridge. Track of plane coming in for landing in pink sunset sky appearing from behind city buildings.
Access No. 23497 | 21 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan from unusual shot of radar to technicians in control room at Orroral Tracking Station and CU man in headphones speaking to space shuttle. Good shot of radar dish scanning dark sky and good FS silvery ball moon.
Access No. 23498 | 1 min 16 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |