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Viewpoint on Sydney

The city of Sydney, New South Wales, as seen through the eyes of European migrants.
Year : 1975 | Total Duration : 23.5 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
WS city skyline in sunrise or sunset light. VS Cityscape. Tilt to high shot over couple walking through park. GS couple hailing taxi, track from back seat of taxi. Pan across suburban red brick houses. VS two men painting exterior of fibro house. Tilt from sails of Sydney Opera House to busy outdoor eating area in Opera House courtyard. VS couple and small child joining tourists on Opera House forecourt looking towards Sydney Harbour Bridge. Zoom out to hydrofoil on Sydney Harbour. Commentary of migrant's first impressions of Sydney. VS through wire fence to pre school children playing on climbing equipment in inner city playground. VS children on slippery dip, high angle shot over park playground.
Access No. 294 | 3 mins 10 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS woman clearing table and scraping plates watched by small daughter. Good CU of Housing Commission style high-rise flats with zoom out to terrace and inner city housing. Cityscape. Good pan along backyards of suburban terrace houses showing outhouses, Hills Hoist clothes lines, paling fences. CU lawn mower and zoom out to three neighbours mowing front lawns of their suburban houses consecutively. Pan across streets of home unit apartment buildings. Pan of expensive homes in green suburb. GS man mowing lawn of two storey house. MS of man with Afro hair washing luxury car in driveway. Car down street of Paddington style terrace houses.
Access No. 310 | 1 min 6 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs woman cooking meatballs. GS migrant family in kitchen. High angle zoom out of city and suburbs. WS cityscape and CBD. WS deserted beach with headland in background. High angle shot of children's playground near beach and VS children on play equipment. CUs small children making chocolate crackles with teacher. VS children playing with building blocks and painting. VS primary school children in classroom with male teacher. VS high school girls using Bunsen burner in Science class and GS teacher in white coat supervising. Track through classroom and along rows of bookshelves in library to MS of people studying at desks. University teacher writing on blackboard and students taking notes. CU microscope. VS man demonstrating cathode ray oscilloscope to students. Good MS of long haired male students.
Access No. 3160 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan along table with food and cooking implements of cooking class. MS of teacher giving instructions to migrant women in class making prawn cocktails. MS of teacher of English language class. Good fashion shot with hairstyle and glasses. Migrants learning English language. Men sitting on garage floor eating. Leyland P76 car being lowered to ground in automotive manufacturing plant with VS migrant workers carrying out assembling. MS man in a hard hat with jack hammer on construction site. Sparks flying from circular saw and VS work on construction site with steel concrete reinforcing. MS bare chested worker in hard hat (OH&S). GS Tip Top bread delivery van making delivery to small corner store.
Access No. 3183 | 2 mins 20 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS computer room. Man and woman discuss tape. CU on moving tape computer. VS printout from computer. VS wharfies loading containers at Darling Harbour and VS wharf activities. GS wharfies watching activity with cigarette hanging from mouth (OH&S). WS brickies working on suburban house constuction. VS of bare chested young blond brickies at work around timber frame laying bricks. Checkout scenes in a supermarket with line of women workers in orange aprons at cash registers. CU fingers working till. VS young female waitress in a crowded restaurant taking orders from two male customers. VS woman operating machinery in cigarette production factory. VS of the women dressed in uniforms and caps loading cigarettes and working machinery.
Access No. 3206 | 1 min 22 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good WS of Sydney Opera House against clear blue sky. Good CU tracks around the sails and tile details. VS inside Art Gallery of New South Wales. WS of people looking at paintings displayed on gallery walls. Staged segment with two women in room with men having animated conversation in foreign language. MS track Luna Park rollercoaster towards camera with girls screaming. Good CU on spinning symbols of electronic poker machine. view along row of poker machines with people pulling handles and VS patrons gambling in club some smoking. VS inside club. MS on man calling Bingo and pan across tables of elderly women playing bingo. WS stage show inside club with male singer and male dancer fronting a line of chorus girls in front of plush red curtains.
Access No. 3224 | 1 min 44 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Inside ethnic club with families seated at long tables eating, drinking and group dancing. VS people smoking and drinking. Pub venue dance with band playing "Summertime" on stage and VS young people dancing. MS people drinking beer and waiter serving drinks from tray. High angle shot trotting race at night with zoom into horses and chariots crossing finish line. CU woman in black hat playing flute at microphone in The Basement jazz club. VS of patrons at tables, musicians playing and MS saxophonist. Outdoor function with buffet under marquee with VS people serving themselves. CUs of champagne being poured into glasses. Night street scenes in Kings Cross with shop windows lit up. LS track of man along footpath walking up to prostitute then both entering Motel.
Access No. 3243 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Street cleaning truck spraying gutters near cars parked in street. Bondi Beach in pale early morning light. WS people with surfboards walking along beach and joggers with buildings in background. GS man feeding pigeons on street. VS garbage men emptying bins into back of compacting trucks. Paddy's Markets activities. WS nun walking amidst stall holders wheeling cartons of fruit and vegetables through car park, men unloading produce from truck and men loading truck. High angle shot through trees of ferry along inlet. Zoom to drivers cabin. GS man hitchhiking in suburban street. MS paperboy in orange vest selling newspaper to passing car. Policewoman manning pedestrian crossing in suburban street for school children crossing road. GS ferry pulling out of wharf past fisherman on rocks and VS of hydrofoils around Circular Quay. Tilt up from MS passenger's feet along gangplank to GS of them leaving ferry.
Access No. 3260 | 1 min 58 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS policeman on horseback directing traffic. Tilt down arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge to multiple lanes of traffic. WS passengers on Milsons Point Station as trains arrive and leave either side of platform. GS crowd of pedestrians crossing busy city intersection in Sydney CBD. High angle view pedestrians crossing city street. Man selling fruit and vegetables from city street barrow, large weighing scales visible. WS Martin Place flower barrow. MS old man with vacant look and cigarette hanging from his mouth. WS pedestrians walking along Martin Place towards camera. GS people on escalators and shoppers in mall (probably MLC Centre). WS down city street with crowds crossing streets and city traffic. Zoom out from male and female lawyers in wigs and robes, one wearing short skirt and another jeans under robes. MS of two Aboriginal men along street smiling.
Access No. 3276 | 1 min 7 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan across rows of desks and office workers with piles of paperwork. VS scenes in Hyde Park. GS lantern style street light with sea gull perched on top. Young girls in park looking at photographs, MS man helping elderly woman to use camera. WS St Marys Cathedral with Archibald Fountain in foreground. WS Archibald Fountain with Elizabeth Street and city buildings in background. GS entrance path to Hyde Park and VS people including MS couple walking through park, businessman sitting against tree drinking coffee, people photographing. MS parking policeman (Brown Bomber) issuing parking ticket as car owner arrives. GS large cement truck on city street filling bucket being with cement. Track of bucket as it travels up city building (King George Building) and high angle zoom out of crane over building to good aerial view over city and surrounds.
Access No. 3293 | 1 min 36 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Group people sitting at wooden picnic table in bush. CU man with long hair, moustache and sideburns eating. Zoom out from young boy eating to family at picnic table in bush. Food and thermoses on table. GS people bushwalking along forest track. Track along Scenic Railway, Katoomba seen from front of cabin then POV passenger. Descent down Jamieson Valley seen from behind wire then high angle view of railcar down slope. Zoom out from end platform in valley to forest and towering cliffs of Blue Mountains. General zoom out from Halvorsen cruiser departing marina. WS boats moored in Hawkesbury River with Akuna Bay in background. GS men playing rugby league game, VS spectators. VS barbecue in suburban back yard. CUs men turning meat. VS people standing around eating off paper plates. Good 1970's fashion and lifestyle. Women drinking beer.
Access No. 3307 | 1 min 51 secs | 1970s | Katoomba, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Large group of men on crowded footpath outside pub (Hensen Park Hotel) drinking. WS horses out of starting gates as they open at horse race then horses and jockeys past camera at Sydney Turf Club Rosehill races. Young couple from behind, girl in bikini, walking across Bondi Beach holding hands. VS people on the beach, boys surfing on rubber surf mat and good CU naked baby in shallow breaking waves. Sailing boat with pink spinnaker and MS men on lined up along side of ferry watching sailing. GS passengers standing inside ferry and GS boat and ferry on Sydney Harbour. Travelling aerial over Sydney CBD, expressways and harbour and over Sydney Harbour Bridge to Blues Point. Travelling aerial over endless red roofs of suburban homes.
Access No. 3379 | 1 min 25 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over Sydney Harbour Bridge with traffic. High angle shot of hydrofoil arriving at Circular Quay. GS inside busy Asian food store in Chinatown. MS Asian shop keeper serving from behind counter with shelves stacked to ceiling with tins of food. GS street of shops with Sportsgirl store in foreground. WS courtyard shopping centre. WS bright fiery sparks of molten metal against darkness in smelter. MS foundry worker standing in factory with overalls open to waist. Good CU of stream of orange molten metal strips curling out of machinery in factory. High angle shot over steady stream of traffic towards camera then away and through toll booths on Sydney Harbour bridge past signs for 20c toll. GS group of migrant workers along footpath and WS of group entering factory gates.
Access No. 3393 | 1 min 5 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS sun-like image actually burning white yellow circle of furnace opening, man in walking past.
Access No. 3412 | 16 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |