Study Guides

Free study guides accompany these programs.

Many of the programs below are designed to support Australian school curricula and are carefully styled with the appropriate young target audience in mind.

Online notes on documentary-style programs can be viewed and printed directly from the website by clicking on the link to view or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Subject interests nominated for these titles are a guide only of how the program may be utilised in the classroom, lecture theatre, home study or staff training.

To find out more about the program select the title below:

  • 900 Neighbours

    In February 2006 Australia's media was rocked by the headline, 'Skeleton Man Found in Housing Commission Flat'. The man had died six months previously, but when finally found, all that remained of the man was a skeleton. Just what sort of place could such a thing occur in? That place is Northcott Housing Estate.

    The overwhelming physical presence of the building is arresting, as it would be given its history ... Built in the 1950s in the post-war effort to clear slums and create affordable housing for those in need, it was opened with pride and joy in 1961. It was the largest Public Housing Estate in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring the latest Swedish design and housed a thousand people. But now the story is very different. As the Public Housing system came increasingly under pressure to house the mentally ill, ex-prisoners, recovering addicts and those battling serious drug and alcohol issues, Northcott became a haven for those in crisis. And a big one.

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  • Accentuate the Positive

    Following the trials and tribulations of a diverse group of students at Timbertop school, Accentuate The Positive, explores not only a new approach to learning, but also potentially a new approach to living.

    Level: Secondary
    KLA: English, Health & PE, Media Studies, Society & Culture

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  • Accused, The

    This is an "anatomy" of a jury trial, which gives us a behind-the-scenes perspective of defence counsel and defendant, and the prosecution, in their preparations for the case.

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  • All Points of the Compass

    All Points of the Compass is a testament to the enduring bonds of family. Against a backdrop of uncertainty and political instability, Tran Van Lam, South Vietnam's Foreign Minister during the Vietnam War, fathered nine remarkable children who have set out to all points of the globe.

    This documentary chronicles the Lam diaspora, exploring the key socio-political events against which this one family's history unfolds. It is ultimately a very moving tribute to a man who endured great losses and disappointments with remarkable dignity and integrity. His powerful legacy is to be seen in his adult children, with their ongoing commitment to the need for decency and personal responsibility in the world.

    The stories circle around migration, assimilation, inter-generational loyalties and conflicts, and multiculturalism. Each member of the Lam family contributes their own particular perspective on the nature of identity and family, in a documentary that makes rich and poetic use of home movie footage, newsreels and interviews.

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  • Alone in a Crowded Room

    Alone in a Crowded Room explores the line between ability and disability and takes us beyond our preconceptions of one of the most mysterious and challenging disorders of our time. It tells the stories of four adults with Autism. When they meet at an Autism social picnic they share stories about love, family, work and friendship. We examine their difficulties with perception, empathy, emotion, and the practicalities of daily life and get an insight into a world that has often been described as unreachable.

    The film is relevant to school children from Year 9 to Year 12 and provides an opportunity for the classroom teacher to explore a range of issues that challenge all students. It raises issues of belonging, relationships and acceptance of difference and creates an excellent environment in which students can explore their own feelings towards their school experience and the acceptance of others.

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  • Andrew Denton's Gallipoli - Brothers in Arms

    Enough Rope's Gallipoli: Brothers in Arms is the result of a visit by Andrew Denton to Gallipoli in 2006 for ANZAC Day, 25 April. The documentary uses historical footage and photographs, extracts from soldiers' letters and diaries, and modern-day on-site interviews with Australian and Turkish experts, family members of ANZACs, and young backpackers.

    The program is suitable for use by students at middle upper secondary levels in Australian History and English.

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  • Angels and Demons

    What does it feel like to lose your mind and can you get it back again? In seeking to answer these questions, Andrew Denton journeys into the world of mental illness, a world that's often invisible because - in our fear - we choose to look away.

    Angels and Demons would be suitable for middle and senior secondary students as well as tertiary students in a number of human and social science areas including Psychology, Health and Personal Development, Biology and Media Studies. In providing a human face to the many aspects of mental illness, including how it affects young people in caring for family members with a mental illness, the film opens up this subject in a compassionate and empathetic way. We see the realities of the daily lives of people living with mental illnesses, their suffering and their joys, the angels and the demons.

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  • Art + Soul Series 2

    This fascinating series is an epic and moving journey into Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and heritage in all its diversity and complexity, its expression in many art media and a revelatory look at art practice. Whether outback, rural or urban, contemporary Indigenous artists are communicating their culture, using a new 'language' that allows them to explore this culture within the context of society today, manifesting the richness of ancient traditions while still protecting their secrets.

    Their mediums aren't limited to acrylic or oil paints and ochre on canvas, of course - they're also using photography, video, graphic design, light, shells, installation and public art mediums. art + soul is a text that has compelling and clear relevance to a broad range of subjects in the school curriculum, such as: English, Australian History, Art, Film & Media Studies, Sociology and Aboriginal Studies.

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  • Art and Soul Series 1

    art + soul is a groundbreaking three-part television series exploring the range and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture. Written and presented by Hetti Perkins, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and directed by Warwick Thornton, award-winning director of Samson & Delilah, the series offers a fascinating tour of the history and infinite variety of the work of Indigenous artists. At the same time, art + soul provides a cultural and political history of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have represented their country and their culture visually.

    art + soul offers an enriching and enlightening introduction to the history of Indigenous culture and art practice in Australia and is relevant for upper primary, secondary and tertiary students who are studying Visual Arts, Australian History and Politics and/or Aboriginal Studies. An engagement with art + soul is relevant for teachers and students of Visual Arts, Aboriginal Studies, Australian Studies, History, Politics and Geography.

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  • Art House

    Art House is a four part series that goes behind the closed doors of the Australian art auction world. In this series we meet the key players who buy and sell art in the ferociously competitive art scene. The two international houses, Sotheby's and Christie's, have dominated the market until the recent rise of local newcomer, Deutscher-Menzies.

    In the lead up to the August 2003 auctions we follow Christie's and Deutscher-Menzies as they battle for market share. The series investigates what goes on behind the scenes and the audience is privy to the modus operandi of the auction houses as they hunt for stock, visit clients, broker deals, organize the hanging of the paintings and preview parties in preparation for the big day where we see sixteen million dollars worth of paintings go under the hammer. Along the way we meet the auctioneers, dealers, vendors, collectors and new investment buyers who inhabit the complex art world where the buying and selling of art has become a delicate melange of commerce and aesthetic sensibilities.

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  • Art Life, The

    The Art Life is a three-part television series exploring the current landscape of Australian art, in all its many fascinating permutations. Each episode is thirty minutes long, making it ideally suited for use in the secondary classroom. The series is a tour of contemporary Australian art, what it means and why it matters - and whatever you make of writer and presenter Andrew Frost, by the end of the third and final episode you will be convinced that it does matter, such is his persuasive charm and enthusiasm. Each episode profiles a range of artists, while conducting a broader investigation into the very heart and soul of contemporary Australian art, setting some intriguing and distinctive work in its cultural context.

    The Art Life could be well utilised across all secondary art class levels, providing teaching and learning opportunities to enhance critical faculties and develop analytical and interpretive skills. Given the wide age range for which this series has relevance, an attempt has been made to present topics with varying degrees of complexity and sophistication.

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  • Art of Australia, The

    The series follows former Art Gallery of NSW director Edmund Capon on an epic journey across the continent and back in time. It's a journey of discovery in which Edmund uncovers the story of how art and artists played their part in the dramatic story of Australia's cultural and historical development. The series is suitable for secondary students and relevant learning areas include Art, English and History.

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  • Australia on Trial

    Australia On Trial is a three part drama series recreating three historic trials that throw light on aspects of Australia during colonial times. The three high-profile and controversial court cases, including the Myall Creek massacre and the Eureka Stockage, raised major issues of national identity in the developing colonial nation.

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  • Battle of the Brains

    Battle of the Brains is a four-part documentary series following the journey of a group of Australian science students, as they prepare to compete at the International Science Olympiads. It tells the story of eight Australian teenagers as they work towards competing against the best science scholars in the world in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). But only four will achieve their dream to compete in Beijing.

    Battle of the Brains has relevance to secondary school students studying science, media studies, personal and social development and psychology. It is also applicable to tertiary level students studying education subjects related to science education, media studies, issues of teaching gifted and talented students, adolescent development, learning differences and the psychology of learning.

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  • Behind the News

    Behind the News is a high-energy, fun way for upper primary and secondary students to learn about current issues and events in their world.

    Level: Upper Primary to Middle Secondary
    KLAs: Science, Design and Technology, Health and PE, Mathematics, SOSE/HSIE, Geography

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  • Big Dreamers

    In an effort to boost tourism and the town's morale, Tully's Rotary Club commissions local artists to design and build a big gumboot. Why a gumboot? The study guide to accompany Big Dreamers has been written for secondary students. It provides information and suggestions for learning activities in Art, Economics, English, Geography, SOSE and Media. Big Dreamers provides students with the opportunity to undertake both serious analysis and creative projects.

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  • Big Lie, The

    The Big Lie (Terry Carlyon, 2004) is a 52-minute documentary on the tobacco industry's policy of destroying documents that could be used in law cases against them.

    It focuses on the initial success then failure of an Australian damages case against British American Tobacco, then the revelations of an insider whistleblower about the company's policies and behaviour, and finally the attempt to use this information in a huge American Government case of fraud against the tobacco industry.

    This Study Guide is designed to help students explore the issues raised in the film, and also to critically analyze the film as a medium for contributing knowledge and understanding to a controversial issue - the responsibility of the tobacco industry for damages its products have caused.

    The Big Lie is a complex and uncompromising film. It can be used as a valuable resource by teachers in senior classrooms for English, Legal Studies, Health Studies,
    Civics and Citizenship, Media Studies and Economics.

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  • Black Soldier Blues

    Black Soldier Blues (Nicole McCuaig, 2005) is a 52-minute film about an aspect of the Australian experience of the American 'invasion' of the Second World War. During the Second World War, from late 1941, an estimated one million American servicemen and women passed through or spent some time in Australia on their way to the Pacific Front. In Black Soldier Blues we see a focus on one element of that 'invasion', the experience of black servicemen. How would white Australia react to these men? How would they respond to Australians? How would their fellow white Americans see them? A study of the film can introduce students to a wide range of issues in an accessible way.

    Black Soldier Blues is a film that can be used in Australian History at middle to upper secondary levels. It could also be used in any courses looking at issues of Australia's race history and attitudes.

    While the film focuses almost solely on black soldiers in Australia, this study guide looks also at the broader nature of the American experience. Black Soldier Blues is presented as a resource to help explore this element, which is usually neglected in other sources about the period.

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  • Bomb Harvest

    During the Vietnam War, more than two million tonnes of bombs were dropped on Laos. This harrowing documentary reveals, the horror and suffering did not come to an end with the departure of the B52s. Thirty percent of the bombs failed to explode on impact and remain alive and deadly today. In excess of 13,000 people have been killed or injured by this lethal detritus since the end of the war, and people continue to die on a weekly basis from explosions. Bomb Harvest is an important film on a terrible topic. It highlights issues concerning international and global responsibilities between first and third worlds, and provides insight into the dreadful legacies of war.

    The discussion points and activity suggestions are aimed at middle to senior secondary Media Studies, Studies of Society and the Environment, History, International and Asian Studies. Teachers are encouraged to select and adapt activities according to their teaching contexts, and the particular needs of their students and relevant curriculum areas.

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  • Boxing for Palm Island

    In the late 1990s, Ray Dennis arrived on Palm Island, fleeing an alcohol problem and a failed marriage. The location may seem an odd choice, as the island does not exactly have a reputation as a tourist destination or retirement zone. It may also seem strange given that many of the problems on the island are blamed on alcohol.

    The ex-boxer was seeking a new life. What he found was an Indigenous community marred by street violence, drunkenness and gambling, crippled by unemployment and failed businesses, weighed down by a dark history and dreadful reputation. His response was to use his skills as a boxing trainer to try and draw the island's youth away from a life of truancy, petty crime, 'free-fighting' in the streets, and drug and alcohol abuse.

    The film would have relevance in the curriculum areas of SOSE/HSIE, English, Politics, Sport and Media Studies.

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  • Bush Law

    An exploration of the potential for cooperation between traditional Aboriginal law and the mainstream Australian criminal justice system.

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  • Carbon Cops

    Carbon Cops is a series of six 26 minute episodes that show how awareness and technology can be combined in simple and practical terms to help people reduce their own carbon footprint and tackle the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

    The series is appropriate for use in upper primary and secondary classes in a variety of curriculum areas: SOSE, Environmental Studies, Resources, Science, English, Technology Studies, Civics and Citizenship.

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  • Cars That Ate China

    The Cars That Ate China is a portrait of a society gone car crazy as China becomes the biggest car market on earth. The film is first and foremost a story about people - a quarter of humanity - aspiring to have what we all want.

    The film would be relevant and interesting to middle and senior secondary students of Environmental Science, SOSE/HSIE, Politics/ Civics and Citizenship, Asian Studies, English and Media Studies.

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  • Case For the Coroner, A

    A Case For The Coroner would be suitable for teachers of middle to senior secondary students in English, SOSE, Science, Media and Legal Studies.

    A Case for the Coroner is a six-part documentary that could serve as a springboard to discussion on death and the grieving process, forensic science, different court systems in Australia, families and family breakdown and the relationship between science and the law. Specific episodes deal with issues such as the Bali bombing, drug use in young people, young children and accidents at home, the homeless, and the elderly in nursing homes.

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  • Cassowaries

    The cassowary is found in the forests of Northern Queensland and New Guinea, a bird almost as large as an ostrich, more dramatic than an emu and with a remarkable lifestyle. This documentary focuses on the life of this endangered creature and on the threats to it, both natural and human.

    The program is suitable for upper primary to middle secondary in the areas of Life Science, Environmental Science, Social Studies and SOSE.

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  • Contact

    In 1964, Yuwali was seventeen when her first contact with whitefellas was filmed. Now sixty-two, she tells the story behind this extraordinary footage. Contact is constructed around one of the most compelling pieces of footage in Australian history: the moment in 1964 when a group of Martu women and children walk out from their nomadic existence of millennia in the Western Desert into a new universe - modern Australia. Remarkably, participants from both the Aboriginal and European sides are alive to tell their story.

    The study guide is mainly aimed at middle and upper secondary school levels, with relevance to English, Media Studies, History, SOSE/ HSIE, Indigenous Studies, Geography, Anthropology, Ethics, Politics.

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  • Croker Island Exodus

    Croker Island Exodus is a true story that weaves historical footage with interviews and re-enactments to paint a surprising and uplifting portrait of children who were part of the stolen generations and grew up on Croker Island Mission.

    Croker Island Exodus is suitable for primary students in Year 6 and secondary students in Years 7-12. The film offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the past and present experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their identity, and the continuing value of their culture.

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  • Curtin

    John Curtin is generally considered to be one of Australia's greatest Prime Ministers. But what's behind the history books? What were the realities that he faced at the time? What qualities did he show? What failings? Curtin can help your students explore these questions while developing a greater knowledge and understanding of and empathy with Australia's World War 2 situation. The 92-minute film takes its viewers behind the political scenes in wartime Australia.

    Curtin is suitable for Year 10-12 secondary students in: History - Australia at war - The home front; Politics - Political power and English - Biography.

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  • Cuttlefish: The Brainy Bunch

    Imagine a creature so alien that it has three hearts, no bones, blue blood, ten arms sticking out of its head, can fly by jet propulsion and can make itself invisible; or even change its own shape and colour. It sounds too bizarre for a Star Wars episode and yet it exists for real, right now and not far from you. In fact, the seas teem with them - cuttlefish.

    This remarkable documentary explores the ecology, psychology and biology of this amazing group of creatures. And there is plenty to study because it is hard to imagine another genus that has developed such an extraordinary range of physical characteristics and social behaviours. While it is of interest to middle and senior level biology students, it is also of interest to students of psychology interested in the application of conditioning theory to animals other than rats!

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  • Dating the H*Bomb

    In Dating The H*Bomb, Heidi, Hector and Michael candidly share intimate stories about life with the incurable and taboo genital herpes virus, from the shock of diagnosis to the search for true love.

    Dating the H*Bomb is applicable to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education in relation to individual wellbeing. It is an educational program highly relevant to young adults. It will create informed debate and learning amongst senior school (Years 11-12) and tertiary students. It presents topics and issues that require a degree of maturity and developed reasoning skills.

    NOTE: Teacher discretion is encouraged for screening to students in Years 10 and below.

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  • Divorce - Aussie Islamic Way

    With a third of marriages in Australia ending in divorce, how do couples from societies with different customs and religious practices, such as Muslims, go about getting divorced? Divorce: Aussie Islamic Way follows a number of Muslim women as they negotiate divorce through two very different cultures.

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  • Dream and the Dreaming

    The Dream and The Dreaming has relevance for students of indigenous Studies, Australian History, Studies of Society and Environment, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies from middle to senior secondary school. For over thirty thousand years, the Desert People of Central Australia had walked their lands, their life governed by ancient and immutable laws laid down by the totemic ancestors and their Dreamings.

    In 1877 the German Lutherans arrived. Their dream of a "mission field" in the very heart of the Australian continent put them at the epicentre of a massive clash of cultures. The Dream And The Dreaming is the story of first contact between black and white and the alliance that was forged between the Missionaries and the Arrarnta, that exists to the present day.

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  • Dreamtime to Dance

    This story traces one year in the life of the NAISDA college, detailing its battle to survive. The series allows us to share the lives of Racheal and Clarence; mature age students who have made great personal and financial sacrifices to become full-time students at the College. Racheal is twenty-nine which is near the use-by date for a professional dancer. She is juggling studying with parenting her small daughter. She is also coming to terms with the fact that she is one of the adopted out Stolen Generations. She has a good relationship with her white adoptive mother but she knows very little of her Aboriginal heritage and wants to understand more.

    Clarence, thirty, is working and studying, he is also involved in fundraising efforts to help the NAISDA students go on their annual tour to a remote Aboriginal community at Ngukurr in Arnhem Land. This is an opportunity for those chosen to experience living, learning and skill sharing in an Aboriginal community. It is an integral and core aspect of their course.

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  • Dumb, Drunk and Racist

    With a third of marriages in Australia ending in divorce, how do couples from societies with different customs and religious practices, such as Muslims, go about getting divorced? Divorce: Aussie Islamic Way follows a number of Muslim women as they negotiate divorce through two very different cultures.

    The film would be suitable for senior and tertiary students studying multicultural perspectives in a number of study areas or as a cross-curriculum subject, in Religion and Society, Values Education, Legal Studies, Gender and Women's Studies or Welfare and Family Studies. The film has relevance across all these learning areas.

    Note: The series contains language and violent behaviour that without guidance, may be confronting or offensive to younger students, and teacher descretion is advised in grades Years 10 and below.

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  • Dust Echoes

    Dust Echoes is a series of beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law.

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  • Dust Echoes - Morning Star

    The rising morning star signifies the cycle of life and the connection between people, animals, plants and the Universe.

    Level: Upper primary to lower secondary
    KLA: SOSE, media studies and studies indigenous culture.

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  • Dust Echoes - Namorrodor

    Namorrodor is a shooting star that transforms into a terrifying spirit creature that hunts for babies.

    Level: Upper primary to lower secondary
    KLA: SOSE, media studies and studies in indigenous culture.

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  • Dust Echoes - The Be

    We see how songs and dances help build and maintain the necessary relationships between humans, nature and country.

    Level: Upper primary to lower secondary
    KLA: SOSE, media studies and studies in idigenous culture.

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  • Dust Echoes - The Wagalak Sisters

    The Wagalak Sisters are creation sisters, who carry their power in their dilly bags. When they walk, they use the contents of their dilly bags to create the landscape.

    Level: Upper primary to lower secondary
    KLA: SOSE, media studies and studies in idigenous culture.

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  • Fairweather Man

    Fairweather Man is a film that could best be described as a visual symphony - a highly crafted, intimate, portrait of the life and work of one of Australia's greatest painters. The filmmakers have focused on a fascinating and enthralling subject, a complex and dark character, an inspired seer, committed to his owm vision of the truth.

    The film is highly recommended to all secondary students of art, particularly Australian art. It could also be well utilised in Australian Studies, English (Film as Text) and Film and Media Studies.

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  • Final Word, The

    Kylie Polglase is terminally ill. So is Debra McKenzie. And Paul Kar. George Schwarz is likely to die at any minute. These brave and fundamentally wise people are the focus of Daniel Mansour's moving and insightful short documentary, The Final Word. Ultimately, this is both a confronting and an uplifting tale that looks at what matters most in life, viewed through the eyes of those who know they are dying.

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  • Fine Body of Gentlemen, A

    The film can be used as an introductory case study for considering Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in colonial Australia. To many students these relationships are frontier conflict. A viewing and study of this film will deepen students understanding of both the varieties and complexities of contacts, and help them to consider why different reactions and relationships might have existed. However, the film must also be viewed as a representation of this history the particular creation of the filmmaker, and reflecting an interpretation of the event. This raises the question: is it a fair and accurate account of the event?

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  • For the Juniors

    This booklet contains an extensive list of synopses for each episode of this ongoing series of programs produced for 4-8 year olds.

    Level: Primary School, 6-8 year olds
    KLA: All subjects

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  • Gallipoli From Above

    When Churchill devised a plan to outflank the Germans by forcing a passage through the Dardanelles, he set in train a series of events. When it was over the British wanted to forget about Gallipoli, but for Australia the campaign would become a foundation myth of nationhood.

    Gallipoli From Above is a 54-minute documentary that follows the Australian officers who planned the landing at Anzac Cove and the air-crew whose flimsy flying machines brought back the much needed information on which those plans were based.

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  • Gallipoli Submarine

    Gallipoli Submarine is a documentary film about the incredible but true story of an Australian World War One submarine, the AE2, and its role in the Gallipoli landing. Lost in the Dardanelles for nearly 100 years, the story of the AE2 is told with dramatic re-enactment accompanied by modern day footage of a hazardous archaeological expedition to determine if the submarine can be saved from slow destruction.

    The film is a relevant resource for middle-senior students in Australian History, Society and Environment and Science.

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  • Girl in a Mirror

    Girl in a Mirror is a beautifully constructed documentary exploration of the life and times of Australian photographer Carol Jerrems. Filmmaker Cathy Drayton pulls together a fascinating array of people - friends, lovers, colleagues, the many and varied subjects of Jerrems' work - to attest to the force of her creative personality and to offer varied insights into the decade in which Jerrems was at her peak, the 1970s. Jerrems' extensive body of work serves in some sense as an embodiment of the 1970s in Australia, a decade defined by its challenges to convention, morality and social order.

    She was always to be found with a camera, documenting the urban counterculture through which she moved, determined and disciplined in her approach to her art-form. Jerrems' life was shaped by her sense of adventure and curiosity. Her need to establish a feeling of intimacy with her subjects often led her to take great personal risks, and, it could be argued, questionable judgments and relationships. But alongside any of her character flaws, there is always the work itself, and Drayton has assembled a marvellous selection of images to add depth and nuance to Girl in a Mirror. Finally, Jerrems emerges from this complex portrait as a challenging, intense woman, whose art deserves greater recognition.

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  • Girls' Own War Stories

    With Girls' Own War Stories, accomplished documentary director Jennifer Ainge brings us a deeply moving and important account of the role of Australian women during World War Two, both abroad and on the home front.

    Girls' Own War Stories is a lively and engaging documentary and the women whose stories it tells are witty, articulate and reflective. The film could be well utilised in Humanities (History) and in any units focusing on gender roles, Australian cultural identity, war and social change. It would be appropriate for all levels of secondary school, particularly middle to senior.

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  • Good, the Bad and the Ugg Boot, The

    A spaghetti western following the funny, tragic and heroic efforts of a bunch of feisty small family businesses, in Australia and America, as they fight a giant US corporation over who owns the weird Aussie cultural icon - the Ugg boot.

    Level: Middle to Senior Secondary
    KLA: Australian Studies, Media Studies, English, Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies

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  • Growing Up Gayby

    Film director Maya Newell is a Gayby; she has lesbian mums. After years of answering questions about her upbringing, Maya's ready to find out what impact having same-sex parents might have on a child. She talks difference. to other Gaybies, faces some of Australia's toughest critics of gay marriage and looks into her own past to find out what it really means to be Growing up Gayby.

    The study guide is mainly aimed at mid to senior secondary school levels, with general relevance to English, Media Studies, Psychology, Sexuality Education, Health and Human Development, Philosophy and Ethics, Legal Studies, Social Studies and Religion and Society

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  • Hard Choices

    A four part documentary series for SBS following ordinary Australians as they deal with the agonizing everyday choices which most of us hope never to have to face.

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  • Hawke

    Hawke is a 95-minute feature film biography of Bob Hawke. With eight years in office, Hawke was Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister. He became prime minister after only two years in parliament - and only one month as leader of the Opposition.

    Hawke is a film that can be used with senior students in a number of curriculum areas: History/Politics/Australian Studies - The Australian political system as shown by the period of the Hawke government (1983-1991), English - Creating a biography, Film/Media Studies - Creating a political biography feature film. Teachers need to be aware that there is strong language and some nudity in the film.

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  • Hoover's Gold

    Hoover's Gold is a documentary about a future US President, a West Australian goldfield, Italian migration, and the results of that mix in Australian History. In the remote goldfields of Western Australia - a land of 'red dust, black flies and white heat' - an ambitious young American geologist embarked upon a remarkable career that would ultimately lead him to the White House as the thirty-first President of the United States.

    Hoover's Gold is a useful classroom resource for middle and upper secondary English in the areas of: Constructing a biography; Immigration and multiculturalism; Australian history seen through the case study of a community; and Understanding and analysing how filmmakers construct their product.

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  • In the Company of Actors

    In the Company of Actors is a documentary featuring an ensemble of Australia's finest actors, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Anthony Weigh, Justine Clarke, Aden Young, Julie Hamilton and Annie Byron, as they prepare to perform the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Hedda Gabler at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. The film follows the rehearsal process over a period of five weeks as the cast and crew prepare for opening night in New York.

    In the Company of Actors is suitable for middle and senior secondary students of English, Literature, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performance, Media and Film Studies, as well as students studying acting and/or Theatre Studies at tertiary level.

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  • Inside the Firestorm

    On 7 February 2009, Australia suffered its worst bushfire disaster. Black Saturday claimed 173 lives, left almost 8000 people homeless and destroyed close to half a million hectares of Victorian bushland - equivalent to a quarter of a million football fields. 2300 homes were lost. One year on, Inside the Firestorm tells the story of what happened on that terrible day. It is a powerful and gripping film of record, a film that commemorates the catastrophe as seen through the eyes of those who were there.

    The film would be suitable for SOSE/HSIE units at middle to senior secondary levels (Humanities: Geography and Civics & Citizenship). In Geography at this level, students need to be given opportunities to 'investigate some of the significant natural processes that operate across Australia (for example, rainfall, drought, flood, earthquake, cyclones and bushfire), and how people react to them, including their preparation for, and management of, natural disasters' (VELS). Inside The Firestorm would accommodate these curriculum goals.

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  • Just a Game

    In downtown Dallas Texas, 3000 “gamers” from 55 countries have come to compete, to conquer, to kill.

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  • Kids on Speed

    ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. One of the most baffling and misunderstood conditions affecting kids today - and one of the most hotly disputed when the issue of treatment is raised. Kids on Speed? is the title of a compelling, thought-provoking three part documentary, a hybrid of observational documentary, factual intervention and social experiment.

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  • Leaky Boat

    Leaky Boat is a compelling and challenging account of one of the most controversial moments in recent Australian history: the 2001 drama of the Tampa, and the Naval campaign to stop refugee boats from arriving on Australian shores that followed. It is an important film not only because it provides a detailed first hand account of one of the most controversial moments in recent Australian history, but because in doing so it throws up wider questions about how all of us participate as citizens in debate and decisions on the issue of refugee boats. It also asks students to reflect on their own values on this still-burning issue.

    Leaky Boat could be utilised within senior secondary classes in History, Politics, Society and the Environment, English, Civics and Citizenship/Values Studies, Religious Education and Film and Media Studies.

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  • Life at 5

    Life at Five is the third instalment in the Life Series, which looks at the ordinary and extraordinary events of eleven Australian children as they learn to deal with many of life's hurdles including death, divorce and the day-to-day challenges of being a five-year-old.

    Five years ago eleven children from all walks of life were hand-picked to be filmed and followed on their extraordinary journey through life. And so much is changing. Now they are five and running towards the primary school gate, our eleven have plenty to say for themselves. they are stepping beyond their own front gate and are increasingly influenced by teachers and peers.

    This program will have interest and relevance for middle to senior secondary and tertiary students in the following curriculum areas: Health and Human Development, Biology, General Science, Values Education, Psychology, Sociology, Exploring Early Childhood (secondary), Studies of Society and Environment/HSIE (secondary), Child and Family Services (tertiary), Child Development Studies (tertiary) and Community and Family Studies (tertiary).

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  • Life at 7

    The fourth instalment of the Life series features the ordinary and extraordinary life events of ten Australian children as they learn to deal with life's hurdles and challenges at the pivotal age of seven. The Life series is a penetrating, observational documentary television series that chronicles the life stories of a group of Australian children as they grow from infancy to adolescence, observing their development and recording important life events as they unfold. Every two years the filmmakers revisit these children and their families to gain a detailed snapshot of their lives and conduct illuminating behavioural experiments in the purpose-built Life Lab that give a fascinating insight into their inner world.

    This program will have interest and relevance for middle to senior secondary and tertiary students in the following curriculum areas: Health and Human Development, Biology, General Science, Values Education, Psychology, Sociology, Exploring early Childhood (Secondary), Studies of Society and Environment/ HSIE (Secondary), Child and Family Services (Tertiary), Child Development Studies (Tertiary) and Community and Family Studies (Tertiary).

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  • Long Goodbye, The

    The Long Goodbye follows the journeys of three families living with dementia as they struggle to maintain the identity and dignity of those they love. Filmed over a 3 year period, the documentary celebrates the capacity of the human spirit to search for meaning and hope when the end is known and inescapable.

    The Long Goodbye would be an excellent film to show to middle, senior and tertiary students across a number of subject areas including Health and Personal Development, Community Services Studies including Studies of Ageing and Family Studies. For students interested in working in Geriatric Services and undertaking certificates in Personal Care and/or Aged Care, this film has much to offer and explore through discussion of some of the issues raised. For Media and Film Studies students this is a fine example of a sensitively made documentary that shows people at their most vulnerable while retaining a respectful distance and respect for their dignity and need for privacy.

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  • Lucy Culliton's Big Skies

    A documentary about an Australian painter working on landscape paintings of the country where she lives. It follows Culliton as she paints the big, drought-tarnished skies, and she talks about her art as we see her working on the paintings both outdoors and in her studio. Culliton is a major Australian artist whose work is immensely popular and sought by both galleries and private collectors, though her work is not as widely known outside NSW, where she lives, works and exhibits.

    Lucy Culliton's Big Skies would be an excellent film to show to middle and senior secondary and tertiary students of Art and Studio Arts. It could also be relevant
    to Australian Studies.

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  • Machete Maidens Unleashed

    In 2008, director Mark Hartley gave us the fabulously entertaining study of Australian exploitation cinema, Not Quite Hollywood. Now he's back with Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre filmmaking. Hartley takes us on a trip back in time to a land where stuntmen came cheap, plot was obsolete, and the make-up guy was packin' heat!

    Machete Maidens Unleashed! could be used in senior secondary Media, Film or Cultural Studies. It could also be used at a tertiary level in film courses focusing on Asian Film, Popular Cinema and Exploitation. The film provides an opportunity to hone student skills in critical cultural analysis. It also raises fascinating and important questions about taste, class and cultural identity. Secondary school teachers are advised the rating is MA15+. Unsurprisingly, given the topic, the film contains lavish amounts of nudity, sex, violence and coarse language. Parental con-ent forms may be required, depending on the context.

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  • Machine to Die For, A

    Machine to Die For is about the search for 'perpetual motion' and 'free energy'. Conventional science claims this is impossible, yet generations of inventors have been mesmerised by the promise of an engine that powers itself. The world's reliance on diminishing fossil fuel resources and the associated problems of pollution serve to spur them on. A Machine to Die For showcases a number of dedicated, sometimes eccentric, and always obsessive individuals who have devoted their lives to this quest.

    The documentary could be used as a resource when studying motion and simple machines in secondary science and physics. It could also serve as a springboard for discussions about inventors and inventions and the history of scientific endeavours. It would be suitable for teachers of middle to senior secondary students in Science (Physical Sciences), History and Materials Technology.

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  • Margaret Olley: A Life in Paint

    Margaret Olley: A Life in Paint is an intimate one-hour documentary about one of Australia's best loved painters. A well-known figure from the time she was painted by William Dobell in 1948, Olley's celebrity status tended to overshadow her life as a painter. This documentary puts Margaret OIley the painter on centre stage. Many believe her last works - those painted in the eighteen months leading up to her death on 26 July 2011 - were amongst her finest.

    Margaret Olley: A Life in Paint would be an excellent film to show to middle, senior and tertiary students working in Studio Arts and Design subjects. For students interested in the history and development of Australian art, the work of Margaret Olley has a special place. The film would also be a valuable resource in teaching Film as Text or in English classes as a biographical study of an artist's life and work.

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  • Not Quite Art Series 1

    This series is a funky, lively and engaging exploration of contemporary art, in all its many varied, post-modern guises. It is fast-paced and dynamic, capturing the commitment and sometimes anarchic exuberance of the huge range of artists featured.

    At the heart of Not Quite Art are two fascinating and ultimately unanswerable questions: What is art? And why do we make and consume it? As well as providing an exciting and potentially inspiring introduction to contemporary art, this series offers a wonderful opportunity to strengthen students' thinking skills and to engage in what is basically a philosophical enterprise.

    Comprising three 30-minute episodes, Not Quite Art is the perfect package for teachers who are intent on moving beyond the teaching of art as a narrative history of Grand Masters. It will expand students' appreciation of various art forms, while also challenging their sense of the many possibilities inherent in art practice.

    Not Quite Art opens up a rich world of almost unlimited potential, encouraging students to think of art as a way of seeing, experiencing and engaging with the world around them. It critiques existing assumptions about what constitutes legitimate artistic practice, making the series a valuable addition to all secondary school arts curricula from Years 7 through to 12.

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  • On a Wing and a Prayer

    The loss of any species is a tragedy, but when that species is as fascinating and engaging as a cockatoo, the pain seems worse. We have a special love of birds and still feel the pain of losing the Dodo! Some of Australia's five species of black cockatoo are in trouble, but Carnaby's cockatoo, endemic to the south-west of Western Australia is under particular pressure from human activities. This documentary examines the desperate situation of this remarkable animal.

    This film would have relevance to mid-primary to secondary in: Environmental Studies/Science - endangered species management and recovery, Science/Biology - breeding and habitat requirements, human impact, Humanities - Social Science (social conflict), Geography and Media Studies - Wildlife documentary.

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  • Our Boys

    Former Prime Minister John Howard's old school, Canterbury Boys High, is the setting for this compelling four-part documentary series. Filmed with unprecedented access over a school year, Our Boys (produced and directed by Kerry Brewster) follows the lives of five teenage students and their teachers at this cash-strapped government school in Sydney's inner west.

    The documentary and accompanying guide is of specific interest and relevance to teachers and students of Cultural Studies, Careers, (SOSE/HSIE), English, Psychology

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  • Out of the Ashes

    The fires that tore through the Victorian bush on 7 February 2009 were terrifying and devastating for the people living in the midst of them. Black Saturday, as the day came to be known, is an event that is still raw in the memory of survivors and other Victorians. 173 people died; 414 were injured; over 2000 homes and 1500 other structures were lost; over 420,000 hectares were burnt; and vast areas of forest were incinerated as 400 individual fires burned in 47C heat. Black Saturday has been designated Australia's worst-ever natural disaster. But this film is not the story of the human victims. Instead, it shows that for the forest ecology of south-eastern Australia, fires of this scale and ferocity were inevitable, survivable and even partly necessary.

    Out of the Ashes is a resource that can be used with middle to upper secondary students (Years 8-12) in: Science - Biology, Ecology - Recovery & Succession, Environmental Science/Studies, Humanities and Animal Care.

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  • Political Football

    Political Football (James Middleton, 2005) follows the story of six Rugby Union footballers who represented Australia in the 1969 Wallaby tour of South Africa. While on tour, the footballers experienced the reality of apartheid and the integral connection in South Africa between sport and politics.

    On the eve of the 1971 tour of Australia by the Springboks (the South African Rugby Union team), the six footballers took a stand and opposed the tour. They refused to represent their country against a side that was selected according to race. Their decision was unprecedented: no Australian players had ever refused to represent their country on political grounds. They were declared 'a disgrace to their country', by the Prime Minster (Billy McMahon), who declared his Government would never concede to the demands of a radical minority.

    This documentary is of specific interest and relevance to teachers and students of Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE/ HSIE), Australian History and Society, Cultural Studies, Political Studies, Media, English.

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  • Rampant: How a City Stopped a Plague

    Rampant is an important film because of the ways in which it contextualizes and historicizes the public health policy initiatives surrounding HIV/AIDS in Australia. The film could be used to provide valuable and potentially lifesaving information to young people, educating students to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to their personal health and safety. Discussion around the film could promote sound knowledge of harm minimization strategies and of the consequences attendant on particular behaviours.

    The film also offers a rich opportunity to discuss and analyse issues of social and cultural history, and questions of personal identity. It could be utilized within senior secondary classes in History, Cultural Studies, PD (Personal Development), H & PE (Health and Physical Education) and Humanities (formerly SOSE, HSIE in NSW). Given the film's explicit discussion of sexual practices, illicit drug use and prostitution, teachers are advised to assess the material for suitability before screening and to inform parents of intended study areas before proceeding.

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  • Real Life Water Rats

    Real Life Water Rats is a four part series that follows an elite police enforcement team from Tasmania's Marine and Rescue Division. Set against the beauty of Tasmania's rugged coastline it docments the work of a highly trained group of police officers as they search for missing sailors, scramble dive teams in raging seas, wage war against criminals and keep the peace and keep the peace between recreational and professional fishermen.

    This is an honest and engaging documentary that showcases modern police work within a rich and varied environment. The members of the Marine and Rescue squads are as courageous as they are self-effacing. Their job involves risking their lives to save the lives of others, not always with a successful outcome.

    This film will be of interest to students and teachers from senior secondary school in the following subject areas: Geography, Social and Cultural Studies, Studies of Society and the Environment, Health and Human Development and Media Studies.

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  • Reptilian Battleground

    Saltwater crocodiles are fearsome predatory giants. Flatback turtles are some of the most hard-nosed sea turtles in the ocean. Few people knew they ever met, let alone knew about the epic battle that kicks off when they do. Every year a tranquil tropical island off Australia's north coast is invaded by commando crocs and tank-like turtles, laser-fast lemon sharks and search-and-destroy seagulls. Crab Island's beautiful beaches become a tense arena, staging a gladiatorial showdown which happens nowhere else on the planet, and which has never been filmed before.

    The film is most suitable for Years 7-9 Science but could be adapted for use with Senior Science Biology Unit. Additional learning areas include Geography, Arts, Sustainability and Literacy.

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  • Sacred Ground

    Kim Mavromatis's documentary, Sacred Ground, shines a glaring spotlight on the terrible chasm of understanding that yawns between black and white Australia. It is a poignant and deeply moving story of resilience, dispossession and powerlessness, a story punctuated by outrageous acts of white insensitivity, ignorance and disrespect towards Aboriginal culture.

    Sacred Ground could be well utilised across all secondary levels: in junior classes, the material allows for the development of a strong emotional connection with the central issue, and offers an opportunity to explore a complex conflict with moral, ethical and ecological implications. Students can begin to develop their own personal opinions, situating discussion in a deepening comprehension of the historical context.

    For middle and senior secondary students, Sacred Ground could form an important component of an analysis of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships, Land Rights legislation, and Aboriginal Dreaming, culture and heritage. It could also serve as a springboard into the areas of Civics and Citizenship. Given the wide age range for which this film has relevance, an attempt has been made to present activities with varying degrees of complexity and sophistication.

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  • Search for the Ocean's Super Predator, The

    The great white shark is widely regarded as the 'top predator' of the world's oceans. Massive, fast and lethal, it would have little to fear from any other animal in the sea. We humans have an unreasonable fear of them. In fact, statistically, they are very little threat to us, but we remain in awe of their reputation. Ten years ago, a team studying great whites off the southern coast of Australia was astonished to find themselves looking at data that could only be interpreted in one way - a great white shark had not only been attacked, but also eaten. What could have preyed on such an efficient predator? A marauding gang of killer whales (orcas)? The mysterious giant squid that regularly battles with sperm whales? A massive cannibalistic shark? Or, even more fascinating, a monstrous unknown marine beast that prowls the southern coast, a legend among the old whalers of south-west Australia?

    The program is suitable for middle-upper secondary and tertiary in the areas of Biology, Science, Earth and Environmental Science and Media Studies.

    Level: Secondary, Tertiary
    KLA: Geography & Nature, Media Studies, Science & Technology

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  • Seed Hunter

    How can we survive perhaps the greatest danger we now face - climate change? Global Warming may be a contentious issue for many but there's no argument - some areas of our planet that were once 'food bowls', abundant, fertile and productive land, are now dust bowls where people scratch a living from the dry soil and hope for rain.

    This documentary and its subject, Dr Ken Street, have a very clear answer. We need to go back to our roots. Somewhere out there in the remote mountains are people who still grow the tough, traditional species of our food plants. These are the 'landraces', the hardy species and varieties that can withstand dry conditions, harsh winters and baking summers and still produce adequate crops. And oh how we need them now!

    Seed Hunter will have relevance for middle to senior secondary students in Biology, General Science, Horticulture, Agricultural Science, International Studies and Environmental Studies.

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  • Show Me The Magic - The Adventures of Don McAlpine

    Show Me the Magic (Cathy Henkel, 2012) takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine. A tender portrait of a life in film, Show Me the Magic weaves together footage from Don's personal archive, his filmography, and on-set observation of his work. Including interviews with filmmakers Baz Luhrmann, Bruce Beresford, Gavin Hood, PJ Hogan, Gillian Armstrong and Paul Mazursky, and actor/producer Hugh Jackman, Show Me the Magic will engage and entrance anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.

    This study guide is designed to complement the viewing and enhance the learning experience of the feature film documentary Show Me the Magic, directed by Cathy Henkel. The film and its appraisal has Australian Curriculum relevance to the subjects of English and the Arts for secondary school students in Years 9-12. The combined Show Me the Magic film and ATOM study guide has two educational applications: 1. As a vehicle to learn about the life and work of one of Australia's most awarded and accomplished cinematographers, and 2. As an opportunity for analysis and appraisal of an Australian feature film documentary.

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  • Singer - A Dangerous Mind

    Born in 1946, Professor Peter Singer is a world-renowned utilitarian philosopher who specializes in the field of bioethics. He was educated at Melbourne and Oxford Universities and held senior positions in the Department of Philosophy and the Centre
    for Human Bioethics at Monash University before accepting an appointment as Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University (USA) in 1999.

    The personal portrait of Peter Singer in Singer: A Dangerous Mind traces the development of some the philosopherÕs most influential ideas. Singer is not some remote theorist of life. We learn, for example, that his experience as the father of three daughters and of his motherÕs suffering from AlzheimerÕs Disease have been, formative. Rather than seeing a monster, as Singer is sometimes portrayed, we meet a warmly engaging human being who thinks deeply about serious ethical problems and suggests pragmatic, if confronting, solutions.

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  • Sisters, Pearls and Mission Girls

    The Sisters of St John of God have lived and worked among Aboriginal people of the Kimberley region in the north-west of Australia for almost 100 years. This fifty-six minute documentary tells their story - why they came to the area, what they did, and how they had an impact upon Aboriginal people's lives. At a time when churches are being put under close scrutiny for their personal, social and cultural impacts upon Indigenous people, what final judgement can we make about the Sisters of St John of God in the Kimberley region?

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  • Sounds of Aus

    The Sounds of Aus tells the rollicking story of the life and times of the Australian accent, described by the narrator, with tongue firmly in cheek, as 'hauntingly beautiful'. The fact that this narrator is none other than John Clarke, one of New Zealand's greatest exports, highlights the film's wry sensibility. While chronicling the peculiarities of the Australian accent, the film investigates the complex nature of national identity, arguing that 'our accent is a product of our social history'. '

    The Sounds of Aus would work very well in a variety of classroom contexts. It has relevance to upper primary and junior secondary English, Australian History, Studies of Society and Environment (Human Society in Environment), and Cultural Studies. It provides an entertaining and accessible forum in which to debate issues about cultural and national identity. It also offers scope for a range of Speaking and Listening, Viewing and Drama teaching and learning activities, with opportunities for engaging exercises on language and the playful properties of colloquial speech.

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  • Sporting Nation

    In this three-part series, John Clarke, arguably Australia's greatest natural athlete, looks at how Australia came to take its sport so seriously and what it means to be a sporting nation. The series celebrates our sporting achievements (and asks what the word 'our' means, since most of us didn't do it). It also examines the sporting passion of spectators and looks at how sport has shaped us as a nation.

    The history of sport is a fascinating area to look at as an aspect of Australian history and identity. This three-part series would be enjoyed by secondary and tertiary students of History, SOSE/HSIE, Cultural Studies, Health and Physical Education, English and Media Studies. Written and presented by John Clarke, well-known for his somewhat irreverent take on all things sporting and political, the programs take us on a tour through time, exploring the Who, When, Where, What and How of all things sporting in Australia.

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  • Stories from the Stone Age

    An exploration of the revolutionary period of prehistory that began when humans abandoned the nomadic hunting and gathering existence they had known for millennia to take up a completely new way of life.

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  • Sudden Death

    Sudden unexplained death is the cruellest of killers, striking at random and leaving loved ones distraught and without answers. Melbourne Professor Michael Denborough has devoted his life to finding the cause of some of these deaths.

    This video is an excellent resource for teachers and students studying applications of scientific research in the greater community and the associated ethical issues. This is particularly pertinent given the rapid advances being made in the use of biotechnology. Sudden Death is a sensitive approach to a story that explores scientific endeavour and medicine within the framework of human experience and emotion.

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  • Thousand Encores, A: The Ballets Russes in Australia

    A Thousand Encores tells the fascinating and important story of how one of the greatest ballet companies of the twentieth century - the celebrated Ballets Russes - came to Australia and awoke the nation, transforming the cultural landscape of conservative 1930s Australia and leaving a rich legacy that lasts to this day. A Thousand Encores has relevance to the following Key Learning Areas: Art (Dance, Music, Theatre, Art and Design), Cultural Studies, History (Australian and 1930s-1940s) and SOSE/HSIE. It could also fit into themed English units focusing on identity (cultural, historical, artistic), character and relationships.

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  • Tibet: Murder in the Snow

    In an IncIdent that shocked the world, a teenage tibetan nun, kelsang namtso, was killed when chinese border police opened fire on a group of pilgrims as they fled tibet over the infamous nangpa Pass in 2006. The shooting was witnessed by international mountain climbers, some of whom videotaped or photographed the events and also helped rescue survivors and sent the story out to the world.

    The film is an appropriate resource for use in the following curriculum areas at the middle-upper secondary level: Asian History, English, Legal Studies, Religious Values/Education, Politics, International Studies and Geography.

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  • Trial by Fire

    Trial by Fire follows the day-to-day activities of the Woodend Brigade of the CFA during the 2002-2003 bushfire season. The documentary concentrates on the commitment and courage of this dedicated team of firefighters, and brings the horror of bushfires into sharp focus. Using authentic news footage and interviews with members of the Woodend Brigade, the film builds a graphic picture of the bushfire danger that confronts Australians every summer.

    Trial by Fire is suitable for a wide range of students from Upper Primary to Senior Secondary level. The documentary is of specific interest and relevance to teachers and students of:- (SOSE/HSIE), Geography, Science and English.

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  • Unfit to Command

    Unfit to Command investigates the Melbourne-Voyager disaster in the context of the 1960s and examines its effects on the lives of politicians, naval personnel and their families, as well as the policies and practices of Royal Commissions and the Royal Australian Navy.

    The nature of the relationships between government, the armed forces and the media are central issues in Unfit to Command. The documentary examines themes of loyalty, justice and respon-sibility and raises questions about the reliability of evidence. It is of specific interest and relevance to teachers and students of:

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  • Vagina Diaries, The

    The Vagina Diaries, a documentary written and directed by Rachael Thompson, investigates the increasing rate of labiaplasty in Australia. Self-confessed question-asker Nat Harris - the presenter of The Vagina Diaries - ventures into everyday Australia to discover what is driving women to put the most intimate part of their bodies under the knife.

    The Vagina Diaries is suitable for secondary students in Years 11 and 12 undertaking HSC Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, NTCET Health, NTCET Women's Studies, QCE Health Education, SACE Health, SACE Women's Studies, TCE Health Studies, WACE Health Studies, VCE Health and Human Development and VET Health. In senior English classes, the documentary can be used to explore issues of relevance to contemporary society. The Vagina Diaries may also be suitable for secondary students in Years 9 and 10 in a health/physical education or social studies context, and can be used to support the teaching of Pastoral Care programs across Years 9-12.

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  • Wedding Makers, The

    The Wedding Makers goes behind the scenes of this highly competitive, often glamorous, sometimes garish industry and examines how it shapes and influences today's bride.
    This study guide provides information and suggestions for learning activities in English, SOSE, VET Hospitality, Media and curriculum projects exploring identity, gender and relationships.

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  • Weeping Women

    Weeping Women examines the phenomena of crying statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Syracuse in 1953, a plaster plaque of Mary shed human tears. Apparitions of Mary have transformed the small town of Medjugorje into a Mecca of religious devotion. A tiny statue of Mary in Civitavecchia, near Rome, wept tears of blood in 1995. The Weeping Madonna of Rockingham cried her first oily tears in 2002.

    The study guide to accompany Weeping Women, a documentary by CM Film Productions, has been written for secondary students. It provides information and suggestions for learning activities in Religion and English.

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  • Whatever: The Science of Teens

    Whatever! The Science of Teens is a five-part series which explores the science that drives adolescent behaviour. The science is explained by Australia's leading scientific and behavioural experts who comment along the way and conduct some unusual, but enlightening experiments.

    The teaching and learning activities have been developed to meet the learning objectives of secondary students in Science, Health education and English. The activities can be used sequentially or teachers may choose activities most suited to their students' needs.

    Activities are designed to encourage growth across multiple intelligences along with the development of creative and critical thinking skills including reasoning, processing and inquiry, reflection, evaluation and metacognition, and include both independent and co-operative or team learning opportunities to support development of personal and interpersonal or social learning.

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  • Wide Open Road

    Throughout the twentieth century, the car has been tangled up in the social, political and economic fabric of Australia. It conquered the interior, shaped the design of our cities, was the basis of our manufacturing industry for many years, and created some of our best-loved heroes. The car is embedded in our culture and our psyche. This three-part series explores the history of Australian's love affair with the car.

    There are many ways to investigate and study the past and many ways to bring it to life. History is about much more than grand themes of war and politics; it is as much about the lives of ordinary people as it is about timelines, wars and prime ministers. It's about how we live and why we live the lives we do. History tells us where we came from, who we are and gives us an insight into the future.

    This series would be enjoyed by secondary students from years 7-12. It offers an exciting approach to understanding a very important aspect of Australian culture and society, something that many of us now take for granted.

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