Title Details

This is the ABC

A behind-the-scenes look at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during the 1950s, revealing the kind of organisation that went into making a daily radio program.
Year : 1955 | Total Duration : 19.5 Minutes | Producer : Maslyn Williams
Director : Shan Benson |
Australian flag waving. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) transmission tower. Interior of television studio. Pans crew including cameraman Frank Bagnall, sound Alan Anderson, music John Anthill (phonetic), editing Anne Gurr, producer Maslyn Williams, director Shan Benson and compere Rupert Chance. Chance enters the ABC newsroom doors. Sub-editor pulls cables and telegrams from teleprinter. Reporter answers phone. Chance to camera. Reporter takes phone call. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126536 | 1 min 58 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Reporter on tarmac as plane lands. Reporter at police station. Reporter at hospital received by nurse. Rupert Chance and reporters wait at wharf. Paul McKellar at microphone reads the ABC 6 o'clock radio news bulletin. Man gets in to taxi. Group of men eating and drinking in front of outdoor food vendor. Man and woman waiting at railway station. Radio broadcaster places turntable needle on record and calls for his audience to wake up. Man lying in bed listening to radio. He jumps out of bed and puts his dressing gown on. Man in singlet and pyjamas exercising in bedroom. Man shaving at mirror. Woman in bedroom wearing petticoat and holding a dress in each hand deciding on which one to wear. She powders her nose at dressing table mirror. Woman at cloak stand in hallway chooses raincoat and then puts it back on hook. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126610 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Rupert Chance to camera. He stands in front of map of Australia which lights up the metropolitan and regional transmitters and short wave stations of the ABC. Chance opens a door and enters a production office with four women at work. Broadcaster Dr Floyd is handed records in the record library. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126667 | 2 mins 36 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Actors at microphone in recording studio. They are given directions by director. Orchestra rehearsing in studio led by conductor interrupted by man hammering.Woman tap dancing on stage as sound recordist holds microphone at her shoes. Swing band plays. Rupert Chance behind glass sits at broadcast desk in studio. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126668 | 1 min 18 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Dog man with whistle hangs off rope attached to high rise city building. Reporter with microphone records sound. Reporter with headphones stands alongside ABC car on busy street. Young boy with his head to the radio listens to the ÒKindergartenÓ programme. He takes direction and pretends he is a train. His mother walks in holding basket of washing. Woman plays grand piano. Rupert Chance to camera. Man plays violin to microphone. He is conducting a lesson over the air. Young boy at home plays violin. Man at broadcasting desk to microphone teaches over the air dental hygiene. Classroom of young boys at their desks listen. Group of primary school children sit under a tree as they are taught by male teacher. Drama studio of the ABC. Actors at microphones. Women on grass with litter of puppies. Young girl on verandah of country home with spaniel. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126669 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Farmer walking on his property waves to two women riding horses across paddock. They arrive at homestead and dismount from horses. Women seated on bench in garden with radio listens to the radio serial ÒBlue HillsÓ. She is joined by her family. Drama studio of ABC. Actors recite the Blue Hills script to microphones. Announcer in studio with goat by his side. Field recorder s records sound on location includes pig sty, produce market and sheep auction. Rupert Chance discussess other broadcasts. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126670 | 2 mins 40 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Broadcasters Bruce Weber and Rupert Chance in studio relaying sporting events. Doubles tennis tournament in progress cut to friendly game. Patients on beds lying on verandah of hospital attended to by nurses. Women sitting in garden. CU on radio sitting on edge of swimming pool. Man lying on his back in pool smoking cigarette. Radio studio with Rupert Chance, Bruce Weber (smoking cigarette) and other announcer. Horses leaving barrier race. CU of man diving into swimming pool. Short course running race. HA of racing row boat. Men playing bowls. Cricket game. Horse race. Radio announce at microphone reads sporting results. Baby in high chair is fed by his father. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126671 | 1 min 26 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Parents seated in lounge room listening to radio, daughter enters parading her dress. She kisses them goodbye and leaves. Man in formal living room seats himself in front of radio. Night, exterior of Sydney Town Hall. Audience members arrive for symphony concert. Orchestra warms up. Broadcast control room with sound engineers and Rupert Chance. Conductor Eugene Goosens arrives on stage. Orchestra begins to play. Man smoking pipe seated in living room listens to classical concert broadcast. Young girl lying on mat reads book as she listens to radio. Couple seated on lounge chair sit formally looking at radio as they listen to concert. Night with neon lights on buildings and tram travelling past. Big band playing on stage. Man at microphone announces - ÒIs there a musician in the house?Ó. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126672 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Woman wearing formal gown plays piano. Woman accompanied by male pianist sings. Groups of singers at microphones perform in studio. Group of men seated around table play cards. Night view of Sydney Harbour Bridge with Luna Park in distance and ferry in FG. Young couple with radio on outside deck of ferry. Exterior of ABC Radio building in William Street, Sydney. Radio announcer at desk ends the night program. Rupert Chance concludes the film. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 126673 | 2 mins | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |