Title Details

Canberra Question, The

Plot follows a couple through the resources, sites and streets of Canberra in the process of making their decision to relocate from Melbourne.
Year : 1989 | Producer : John Tutty
Director : Mark Fielder-Gill |
WS of container ship in Port Melbourne, city buildings behind. WS high-rise buildings, smoke stacks and transformer in foreground. WS industrial scenes, busy roads, transformers, WS traffic over narrow bridge, factory smoke stacks against pale yellow sky. CU fumes from car exhaust, zoom out to tram and traffic on city intersection, signs on busy Melbourne freeway. VS tense couple in taxi complaining about traffic, CUs taxi driver and fare meter. WS Australian Airlines plane landing on runway,GS luggage carousel and waiting passengers at Canberra Airport. VS couple being met at airport by woman.
Access No. 141974 | 1 min 36 secs | 1980s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
WS track following car past Parliament House towards city. CU concrete eagle sculpture atop large octagonal spire, WS Department of Defence building from carpark and building site. Couple in office with city relocator looking at brochures of city facilities and talking with consultant. High shot over atrium of shopping centre, escalators, woman window shopping, admiring lingerie shop, signs for national clothes and shoe shops, zoom out teddy bears in shop window. GS Canberra Boys Grammar School, students in courtyard and LS to man with school principal in school grounds. CU to school crest carved in stone.
Access No. 141985 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
MS man driving car along suburban Canberra street shot from passenger's POV. WS car towards camera along street lined with eucalyptus trees. CU man looking at street map then into distance. High angle pan past bush to Canberra from Lake Burley Griffin to New Parliament House. LS to city buildings. Woman hailing cab in front of Canberra Times fountain. CUs woman's face speaking to female cab driver. GS man entering Federal Golf Club with elderly gentleman. WS pan across golfers and golf green. VS men looking at poker machines, CU spinning display. CU sign for the Australian National University. MS woman and taxi driver shot from front of cab, track past university students on campus.
Access No. 141986 | 1 min 55 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Pan across tables to man drinking coffee at outdoor cafe looking at real estate brochures. Man looking at bouquets in florist. GS pair of woman standing near car outside Black Mountain Day Care centre in discussion. MS woman leaving in taxi. Aerial shots over Canberra and high angle view of bridge and Lake Burley Griffin seen through mist of Captain Cook Memorial Fountain. Aerials over floodgates of dam. Zoom out from dam and bridge, hot-air balloon over lake, early morning light reflected on lake, yellow autumn trees around lake in early misy light, shafts of sunlight through trees in park as sun rises, zoom out from man on park bench to autumn toned trees and high angle WS over city and lake in golden sunset light from sky.
Access No. 141987 | 1 min 38 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
CU beer tabs. MS man sitting at window table in restaurant in Canberra Yacht Club, woman joining him at table, man offering her flowers and champagne. Zoom out from CU champagne bottle in ice bucket to MS couple sitting across table from each other discussing prospective move to Canberra. Time-lapse WS city buildings reflected in water at night, sky lightening. Track past The National Science and Technology Building (Questacon), High Court of Australia, Australian Academy of Science and zoom out from Old Parliament House. CU couple next to pillar and WS of them walking hand in hand in park. VS of couple looking at real estate.
Access No. 141988 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Tilt to couple breakfasting on balcony overlooking Lake Burley Griffin discussing their options of moving to Canberra. Pan from CU of real estate sign to WS of car arriving at rural house. VS couple looking at property with horse in front paddock. WS rural vista with gentle green hills down to creek. High angle WS of Flinders Street Station and VS Melbourne trams and traffic. GS street scenes around Albert Park. MS couple in back of taxi.
Access No. 141989 | 2 mins 46 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT; Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |