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:

Twilight Zone: The Movie (Dr George Miller, 1983)
The Witches of Eastwick (Dr George Miller, 1987)
Lorenzo's Oil (Dr George Miller, 1992)

1 Movies as Visual Music
Mad Max (Dr George Miller, 1979)
2 Movies as Public Dreaming
Mad Max (Dr George Miller, 1979)
3 Movies as Mythology
(doco clip of anthropologist Joseph Campbell)
4 Movies as Songlines


Songs of the Land

Sons of Matthew (Charles Chauvel, 1949) (with Michael Pate)
No Worries (David Elfick, 1993)
Squatter's Daughter, The (Ken G. Hall, 1933)
Sons of Matthew
Newsfront (Phillip Noyce, 1979)
Back of Beyond (John Heyer, 1954) documentary
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)

The Bushmen

On Our Selection (Ken G. Hall, 1932)
On Our Selection (Raymond Longford, 1920)
Breaking of the Drought, The (Franklyn Barrett, 1920)
Man from Snowy River, The (George Miller, 1982)
Shiralee, The (Leslie Norman, 1957) (with Peter Finch)
Dad and Dave Come To Town (Ken G. Hall, 1938)
Hayseeds, The (Beaumont Smith, 1933)
Dad Rudd, M.P. (Ken G. Hall, 1940)
Crocodile Dundee (Peter Faiman, 1986)

Convicts

(various short clips, not named)
For the Term of his Natural Life (Norman Dawn, 1927)

Bushrangers

Story of the Kelly Gang, The (Charles Tait, 1906)
Ned Kelly (Tony Richardson, 1970) (with Mick Jagger)
Malcolm (Nadia Tass, 1986)

Mates and Larrikins

Sentimental Bloke, The (Raymond Longford, 1919)
Stork (Tim Burstall, 1971)
Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The (Bruce Beresford, 1972)
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
Let George Do It (Ken G. Hall, 1938)
They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell, 1966)
Caddie (Donald Crombie, 1976)
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)

The Digger

Forty Thousand Horsemen (Charles Chauvel, 1940)
Odd Angry Shot, The (Tom Jeffrey, 1979)
Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford, 1980)
Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981)
Cinesound Review (Ken G. Hall, c. 1944) dp Damien Parer
Newsfront (clip featuring Chico Marx)

Pommy Bashing

Splendid Fellows (Beaumont Smith, 1934)
Adventures of Algy, The (Beaumont Smith, 1925)
My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
Gallipoli
Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The
It Isn't Done (Ken G. Hall, 1937)
Breaker Morant

 

The Sheilas

Journey among Women (Tom Cowan, 1977)
Heritage (Charles Chauvel, 1935)
Thoroughbred (Ken G. Hall, 1936)
Sentimental Bloke, The (Raymond Longford, 1919)
Squatter's Daughter, The (Ken G. Hall, 1933)
Sons of Matthew
Silence of Dean Maitland, The (Ken G. Hall, 1934)
Overlanders, The (Harry Watt, 1946)
Sons of Matthew
Rangle River (Clarence Badger, 1936)
Sons of Matthew
My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
Shame (Steve Jodrell, 1988)
Dead Calm (Phillip Noyce, 1989)
Sirens (John Duigan, 1994)
Year My Voice Broke, The (John Duigan, 1987)
Devil's Playground, The (Fred Schepisi, 1976)

Gays

Dad and Dave Come To Town (Ken G. Hall, 1938)
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (Stephan Elliott, 1994)
Sum of Us, The (Geoff Burton/Kevin Dowling, 1994)
Love and Other Catastrophes (Emma-Kate Croghan, 1996)

The Wogs

Silver City (Sophia Turkiewicz, 1984)
They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell, 1966)
Death in Brunswick (John Ruane, 1991)
Romper Stomper (Geoffrey Wright, 1992)
Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992)

Black Fellas

Bitter Springs (Ralph Smart, 1950)
Jedda (Charles Chauvel, 1955)
Wrong Side of the Road (Ned Lander, 1981)
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (Fred Schepisi, 1978)
Blackfellas (James Ricketson, 1993)
Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)

Urban subversion

Return Home (Ray Argall, 1990)
Bliss (Ray Lawrence, 1985)
Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989)
Muriel's Wedding (P. J. Hogan, 1994)
Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer, 1994)
Muriel's Wedding


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
RESERVE FS 791.4309 CEN 1997 v.2
RESERVE FS 791.4309 CEN 1997 v.1
ROCKINGHAM RESERVE FS 791.4309 CEN 1997 v.1
ROCKINGHAM RESERVE FS 791.4309 CEN 1997 v.2

Description 2 videocassettes (VHS) (396 mins.) : sd., col
Note M15+ classification ABC Video: 101105 (v.1) 101106 (v.2)
Contents Vol. 1: White fellas dreaming : a century of Australian cinema -- New Zealand : cinema of unease --Typically British. --
Vol. 2: A personal journal with Martin Scorsese through American movies : parts 1, 2 & 3

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.
Subject Motion pictures -- History -- 20th century
Other author Scorsese, Martin


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