White Fellas Dreaming: A Century of Australian Cinema
Dr George Miller, 1996
The centenary of film was 1995, and some bright spark had the idea of producing a compilation of films called A Century of Cinema with one for each of several countries and each introduced by a major player in the cinema of that country. The American version (A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies) I cannot recommend too highly; the French one - which has never been screened in Australia! - is by Jean-Luc Godard; the New Zealand collection is by Sam Neill (who is now a director and producer as well as an intelligent actor); the Japanese century is by Oshima - and so on. And for the Australian entry Dr George Miller got the gig: thank goodness! as he does a brilliant job, in my opinion.
You used to be able to buy White Fellas Dreaming on videotape from ABC bookshops, but they've removed it from the catalog (of course) and I have a horrible feeling it will never be released on DVD. Kennedy-Miller own the copyright. I wrote to them to try to buy a copy, but they just said they couldn't help me.
The first three clips are from non-Australian films directed by Miller:
1 Movies as Visual Music
Songs of the Land
Sons of Matthew (Charles Chauvel, 1949) (with Michael Pate)
On Our Selection (Ken G. Hall, 1932)
(various short clips, not named)
Mates and Larrikins
Sentimental Bloke, The (Raymond Longford, 1919)
Forty Thousand Horsemen (Charles Chauvel, 1940)
Splendid Fellows (Beaumont Smith, 1934)
Journey among Women (Tom Cowan, 1977)
Dad and Dave Come To Town (Ken G. Hall, 1938)
Bitter Springs (Ralph Smart, 1950)
Murdoch University Library catalog entry
The Century of Cinema [videorecording] : a personal portrayal of the development of international cinema by the world's leading directors[Sydney] : ABC Video, 1997
Description 2 videocassettes (VHS) (396 mins.) : sd., col
Provides a kaleidoscopic and at times controversial view of the development of international cinema over the last 100 years. Seen through the eyes of its practitioners, these highly personal views are presented by leading directors throughout the world.
Garry Gillard | New: 17 March 2003 | Now: 15 May, 2017