Australian Cinema > types > docos
10 Conditions of Love, The (Jeff Daniels, 2009) doco about Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur leader
4 (Tim Slade, 2007) musical documentary; Australian release September 2007 (one screen only)
ABBA: The Movie (Lasse Hallstrom, 1978)
ABC of Love and Sex Australian Style (John D. Lamond, 1978) pseudo-doco
After Mabo (Richard Frankland) documentary
Aim High in Creation! (Anna Broinowski, 2014) doco; Kim Jong-Il
All that is Solid (John Hughes, 1988) documentary
All the Way through the Evening (Rohan Spong, 2013) NY woman remembers dead musician friends; 70 min.
All this Mayhem (Eddie Martin, 2013) story of Tas and Ben Pappas, skateboarders, premiere Adelaide FF October 2013, Aust release 10 July 2014; nommed best feature doco AACTAs 2014
Always Was Always Will Be (Martha Ansara & Robert Bropho, 1989) Swan Brewery protest
Another Country (Rolf de Heer, 2015) David Gulpilil
Archive Project, The (John Hughes, 2006) 'hidden history' of Melbourne's Realist film movement (1945-1959)
As It Happened: New Norcia (2000) broadcast on SBS Saturday 3 June 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation, documenting the suffering of young Aborigines at a West Australian mission, reconstructed from the memories of those who "took refuge in, and were tormented by" this particular institution
As It Happened: Stolen Generations (Darlene Johnson, 2000) broadcast on SBS Saturday 27 May 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation
Aussie Rules (Barbara Chobocky, 1993)
Australia Live (Peter Faiman, 1988)
Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (Richard Lowenstein, 2011) doco
Back of Beyond, The (John Heyer, 1954) documentary, 66 min.; cf. The Inlanders (1949); mailman Tom Kruse drives his truck through the sand from Maree to Birdsville
Bali Hash (John Darling, 1989)
Bali Triptych (John Darling, 1987)
Below the Wind (John Darling, 1994)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place (ABC) the making of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Big Name No Blanket (Steven McGregor, 2013) doco on the frontman of the Warumpi Band; 57 min.
Bigger than Texas: The Ghosts that Never Die (David Noakes, 1992) documentary
Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces (Gillian Armstrong, 1988)
Birth of New Zealand, The (Harrington Reynolds, 1922) dp Frank Stewart; Stella Southern, Norman French, Harrington Reynolds; dramatised doco of NZ history from 'the landing of Captain Cook to the Present Day'; 8000ft, 154ft only remain; NZ
Bitter Herbs and Honey (Monique Schwarz, 1996) doco about Jews in Carlton
Black Chicks Talking (Leah Purcell) Deborah Mailman, Kathryn Hay, Rosanna Angus, Tammy Williams, Cilla Mallone. "... even if there's nothing revolutionary in it, the presents the issues through people, and with great sensitivity. The honesty is balanced with fun, but the darker edginess is what makes it compelling." Andrew Urban
Black Harvest (Robin Anderson & Bob Connolly, 1992) doco; third in their PNG series
Bomb Harvest (Kim Mordaunt, 2007)
Boot Cake, The (Kathryn Millard, 2008) Charlie Chaplin is a saint to earthquake survivors in a small desert town in India and they are throwing him a birthday party
Bra Boys (Sunny Abberton, 2007) wr. Sunny Abberton, Craig Beattie; documentary
Bridewealth for a Goddess (Chris Owen, 2000) record of a ritual that took years to prepare; PNG
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (Philippe Mora, 1975)
Butler, The (Anna Kannava, 1997) 58 min.
Camera Natura (Ross Gibson, 1984) dp Ray Argall
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (Mark Lewis, 1987) documentary
Cane Toads: The Conquest (Mark Lewis, 2010) documentary
Cannibal Tours (Dennis O'Rourke, 1988) documentary
Caring Crocodile, The (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1981) wr. Giorgio Mangiamele; 35mm, colour, 13 min.; about the development of crocodile farms for a future industry in crocodile skin
Castor and Pollux (Phillip Noyce, 1973) biker called Gus and hippie called Adrian [Rawlins]
Carlton + Godard = Cinema (Nigel Buesst, 2003) 145 min.
Castor and Pollux (Phillip Noyce, 1973) documentary: biker called Gus and hippie called Adrian [Rawlins]
Celso and Cora: A Manila Story (Gary Kildea 1983)
Change of Face, A (Franco di Chiera, 1988)
Changing the Needle (Martha Ansara, Mavis Robertson, Dasha Ross, 1982) Vietnam's unique approach to drug rehabilitation; 53 min.
Chasing Asylum (Eva Orner, 2016) asylum seekers
Chile: hasta Cuando? (David Bradbury, 1985)
Cinesound Review: Kokoda Front Line (Damien Parer, 1942) dp and commentary Damien Parer; shared 1942 Academy Award for Short with John Ford's Battle of Midway; Parer shot the footage for the Dept of Information, which let Cinesound use it (Shirley & Adams: 166) Parer was killed at work on Peleliu, Caroline Is, 1944
City of Dreams (Belinda Mason, 2000) documentary, wr. Gaby Mason/Belinda Mason, prod. Gaby Mason, Mark Hamlyn Production Company: Film Australia National Interest Program; 50-minute documentary on the remarkable personal and professional marriage of American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, their revolutionary design for Canberra and the impact they had on Australian culture
Colourful Life, A (Gillian Armstrong, in post 2005) design pioneer Florence Broadhurst; this became Unfolding Florence
Coniston (David Batty, Francis Jupurrula Kelly, 2012) TV doco; David Field, Elijah Japanangka Jones, Fiona Nungarrayi Kitson; 55 min.
Confessions of a Headhunter (Sally Riley, 2000) broadcast on SBS Saturday 3 June 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation; unusual tale of the different meanings myths and symbols hold for black and white Australians; Kelton Pell is the support for the white actor playing a man who discovers he is Nyoongar and beheads public statues as revenge for the beheading of the statue of Yagan in Perth, WA
Coniston Muster: Scenes from a Stockman's Life (Roger Sandall, 1972) doco; Coniston Johnny; 31 min.
Coolbaroo Club, The (Roger Scholes, 1996) wr. co-prod. Steve Kinnane, prod. Penny Robbins; award-winning on post-war race relations in Australia: in Perth, WA, 1946-1960, the Coolbaroo Club was a meeting place and a community focus for the local Aboriginal community; 55 min.
Country Lads (Stanhope Andrews, 1941) NZ;
Cry from the Heart (2000) broadcast on SBS Friday 26 May 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation; child taken from his mother grows up angry, violent and despairing, yet succeeds in his struggle to come to terms with his traumatic life
Crystal Voyager (David Elfick, 1973) Albert Falzon, camera operator; surfing
Cunnamulla (Dennis O'Rourke, 2001)
Dagg Sea Scrolls, The (John Clarke, 2006) wr. John Clarke; John Clarke; TV doco; NZ; 46 min.
Dangerfreaks (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1989) Grant Page; concerned with stunts
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (Sally Aitken, 2017)
Darkside, The (Warwick Thornton, 2013) Adelaide FF premiere October
Death of the Megabeasts (Franco di Chiera, 2009)
Desert Rats (Steve Westh, 2012) Electric Pictures; teledocudrama: North Africa, WW2; 2 x 60 min.
Dhakiyarr vs The King (Tom Murray & Alan Collins, 2004) Sydney Film Festival 2004; Sundance Jan 2005
Darkside, The (Warwick Thornton, 2013) Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens; Adelaide FF premiere October 2013; doco; 94 min.
Diplomat, The (Tom Zubrycki, 2000) doco about Jose Ramos Horta; 56 min. and also feature version 81 min.
Don't Call me Girlie (Andree Wright & Stewart Young, 1985) contribution made by women to the Australian film industry; 68 min.
Ecce Homo (Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, 2015) biopic of Peter Vanessa "Troy" Davies
Exile and the Kingdom (Frank Rijavek, 1994) Roebourne WA area
Facing the Music (Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson, 2001) Robin Anderson's last film
Fall of the House, The (Geoff Burton, 2004) Sydney FF 2004; story about Eugene Goossens and attempted importation of pornographic material
Federation Films (Chris Long, 1992) compilation of films from 1896-c.1907
Fifth Facade: The Making of the Sydney Opera House (Donald Crombie, 1974) prod. Anthony Buckley, dp Bruce Hillyard, ed. Richard Hndley; doco about the Sydney Opera House, including its opening; Jorn Utzon, Sam Wanamaker; 28 min.
Fighting Fear (Macario De Souza, 2011) doco about surfing
Film for Discussion (Sydney Women's Film Group, 1974) documentary, 24 min.
Fine Body of Gentlemen, A (Geoff Burton, 2002) story of the first Aboriginal touring cricket team
Finished People, The (Khoa Do, 2003) mock documentary; homeless in Cabramatta; brief review of DVD release: Richard Luck, Empire, 42, September 2004: 102
First Contact (Robin Anderson & Bob Connolly, 1982) first of a series of three docos made in PNG
First Fagin, The (Helen Gaynor, Alan Rosenthal, 2012) doco
First Year (Barbara Chobocky, 1980) prod. Barbara Chobocky; Tresillian child development series, A.F.I. Distribution; "The baby in arms" shows three families with babies at three, seven and eleven months, highlights the father's role and shows the importance of his relationship to the baby in the first year; 18 min.
For Love or Money (Megan McMurchy, Margot Nash, Margot Oliver, Jeni Thornley, 1983)
Forbidden Lie$ (Anna Broinowski, 2007) about conwoman Norma Khouri, Adelaide Festival 2007
Forgotten Cinema: The Golden Age of Australian Motion Pictures (Anthony Buckley, 1967) compilation doco; Phil Haldeman (narrator), Elsa Chauvel, Bert Cross, Ken G. Hall; 56 min.
Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson, Costa Botes, 1995) mockumentary about filmmaker Colin McKenzie; NZ
Fourteen's Good, 18's Better (Gillian Armstrong, 1981)
From the Tropics to the Snow (Richard Mason & Jack Lee, 1964) dp Keith Gow; parody doco
Frontline (David Bradbury, 1980) war cameraman Neil Davis and his work in Vietnam and Cambodia: he photographed the girl who had been bombed with napalm, and the VC tank crashing through the gate of the Presidential Palace in Hanoi
Funny by George: The George Wallace Story (Don Percy, 1999) with appearances by George Wallace, Bill Kerr (also narrator), Patti Allan, et al. 56 min.
Genocide (Richard Oxenburgh, 1990)
Glass: Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (Scott Hicks, 2007)
Gnow or Never (Franco di Chiera, Carmelo Musca, 2009) doco; WA
God Knows Why But It Works (Phillip Noyce, 1975) dp Andy Fraser; documentary-drama about Dr Archie Kalokerinos, who pioneered Vitamin C therapy; Henri Szeps; Sydney Film Festival 1976
Going Vertical: The Shortboard Revolution (David Bradbury, 2010) surfing; Cannes
Good Afternoon (Phillip Noyce, 1972) documentary of the Combined Universities' Art Festival Canberra 1971, made for the AUS Aquarius Foundation
Good Woman of Bangkok, The (Dennis O'Rourke, 1992) documentary-fiction; review by Greg Kerr in Murray 1995: 341; from the review by Greg Kerr, Cinema Papers, 86, January 1992: 52-53
Goodbye Old Man (David MacDougall, 1977) pukumani (bereavement) ceremony for Tiwi man on Melville Island
Gulpilil: One Red Blood (Darlene Johnson, 2002)
Half Life (Dennis O'Rourke, 1982) soon after dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American military began looking for an 'appropriate' place to test its nuclear weapons; they chose the Marshall Islands; doco
Harry's War (Richard Frankland) documentary-drama about the war experience of Frankland's Uncle Harry; short; 35 min. Crossing Tracks 'compilation'
Healing of Bali, The (John Darling, 2003) documentary broadcast on The Cutting Edge, SBS, Tuesday 7 October 2003
Healing Sound of the Bungarun Orchestra (ABC, 1999) Message Stick program about an orchestra at a leprosarium in Derby; 27 min.
Helen's War (Anna Broinowski, 2004) documentary, convinced that the War on Terror is escalating the global nuclear arms race, firebrand anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott embarks on an explosive, funny, fearless crusade through post-911 USA, tracked by her niece Anna Broinowski, in this documentary which screens on SBS on Thursday 1 July 2004 and at the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe until the end of June 2004
History of Australian Cinema 1896 to 1940 (Alan Anderson, Joan Long, Keith Gow, 1964, 1971, 1979) prod. Anthony Buckley; 1896-1920 The pictures that moved; 1920-1930 The passionate industry; 1930-1940 Now you're talking
House of Dreams (Yves Stening, in production) prod. Martin Brown, dop Russell Boyd, composer Richard Tognetti; big-budget hybrid drama/documentary feature; SBS Independent senior commissioning editor - documentary Ned Lander described House of Dreams as a "documentary / poem / feature that is absolutely pushing the form into a new area"; apparently not made
I Am Eleven (Genevieve Bailey, 2011) doco about 11-yr-olds in 15 countries, one of which is Australia
I Told You I Was Ill (Cathy Henkel, 2005) premiere SAFF; on Spike Milligan
Ileksen (Dennis O'Rourke, 1978) PNG
I'll Be Home for Christmas (Brian McKenzie, 1984)
Illustrated Auschwitz (Jackie Farkas, 1992)
I'm Not Dead Yet (Janine Hosking, 2011) doco about Chad Morgan
In the Wake of the Bounty (Charles Chauvel, 1933) dramatised documentary, Errol Flynn as Bligh; filmed Tahiti and Pitcairn
In this Life's Body (Corinne Cantrill, 1984)
Indonesia Calling (Joris Ivens, 1946)
Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia (John Hughes, 2009) doco; 90'
Inheritance: A Fisherman's Story (Peter Hegedus); Balazs Mesaros travels to Perth to confront mining company which has created ecological disaster in Rumania
Inlanders, The (John Kingsford Smith, 1949); Aust Inland Mission; cf. The Back of Beyond (1954)
Island of Lies (Gillian Coote, 1990)
Ister, The: journey up the Danube while examining Martin Heidegger
Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life (Janet Merewether, 2005) IF Award for Best 2005
Jandamarra's War (Mitch Torres, 2011) dramatised documentary, 55 min.
Joe Leahy's Neighbours (Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson, 1988) second of a series of three docos made in PNG
Joh's Jury (Ken Cameron, 1993) documentary
Journey to the End of Night (Peter Tammer, 1982) dramatised documentary portrait of Bill Neave, a survivor of the fall of Rabaul, PNG, in 1942; 72 min.
Journey with Paul Cox, A (Gerrit Messiaen, Rob Visser, 1996), broadcast SBS
Joys of the Women (Franco di Chiera, 1993) WA; about the choir founded in Fremantle by Kavisha Mazzella, Le Gioie delle Donne
Just a Little Note (Jan Chapman, 1970) prod. Jan Chapman, dp Phil Noyce, ed. Phil Noyce; moratorium march and George Shevtsov's guerrilla theatre group
Kabbarli (Andrew G. Taylor, 2002) wr. Andrew G. Taylor; docu-drama about Daisy Bates
Killing Priscilla (Lizzy Gardiner, 1999) Stephan Elliott's career after Priscilla; 55 min.
Ladies Please (1994) on the Priscilla DVD: drag queens; c. 30 min.
Ladies Rooms (Sarah Gibson, Pat Fiske, Susan Lambert, Jan MacKay, 1977)
Lake Mungo (Joel Anderson, 2009) wr. Joel Anderson; shot in Ararat; teenager drowns inexplicably in country weir; in documentary style
Land of the Little Kings (2000) documentary, broadcast SBS Sunday 28 May 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation; Archie Roach travels Australia to share tales of survival by members of the stolen generations in this feature-length documentary
Landmines (Dennis O'Rourke, 2005) documentary, premiere SAFF
Landslides (Susan Lambert, Sarah Gibson, 1986) documentary, experimental
Last Days Work (Brian McKenzie, 1987)
Last Impresario, The (Gracie Otto, 2014) prod. Nicole O'Donohue; Michael White biopic; nommed best feature doco AACTAs 2014
Last Mail from Birdsville (Roger Clarke, 2001) the story of Tom Kruse, of The Back of Beyond; 55 min.
Last Man Hanged (Lewis Fitz-Gerald, 1992) dramatised doco; Colin Friels, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Angie Milliken, John Clayton; hanging of Ronald Ryan in 1967; 60 min.
Last Tasmanian, The (Tom Haydon, 1978) doco; at the time this documentary (narrated by Leo McKern) was made, it was thought that Truganini (died 1876) was the last surviving Tasmanian Aboriginal; cf. a fictional treatment of the Black Drive of the 1830s in Manganinnie; 105 min.
Learning the Ropes (Barbara Chobocky, 1993)
Lempad of Bali (John Darling, 1980)
Letters to Ali (Clara Law & Eddie Fong, 2004) documentary; premiere Melbourne June 2004; Toronto Sept 2004; Venice Sept 2004; brief review: Richard Luck, Empire, 43, October 2004: 24; brief review of DVD release: Annie Sebel, Empire, 45, December 2004: 96
Life in Movement (Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason, 2011) doco about Sydney Dance Co, Tanja Liedtke
Light Years (Kathryn Millard, 1991) short doco on Australian photographer Olive Cotton; narr. Gillian Jones; 47 min.
Link Up Diary (David McDougall, 1987) lost generation
Living Forever (Brian Douglas, 1986) documentary?
Living Museum, The (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1980) wr. dp Giorgio Mangiamele; 35mm, colour, 34 min.; the Port Moresby museum
Living Room (David Caesar) short, made 1987 (DC made Shopping Town at film school the year before) DC mentions the work of Richard Everden and his photography of indigenous people at end 19C; ppl and how they live in various places in Sydney; c. 19 min.
Liyarn Ngarn (Martin Mhando, 2007) Pete Postlethwaite, Patrick Dodson, Bill Johnson, Archie Roach
Lousy Little Sixpence (Gerald Bostock, Alec Morgan, 1983) Geraldine Briggs, Flo Caldwell, Bill Reid, Violet Shaw, Margaret Tucker; docudrama about Aboriginals forced to be servants; 54 min.
Love Epidemic, The (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1975) wr. prod. Brian Trenchard-Smith, Hexagon Productions; dp Russell Boyd, ass. Ross Blake, Stuart Fist, Greg Hunter; John Ewart, Michael Laurence, Grant Page, Ros Spiers, Roger Ward; Melbourne and Sydney, colour 35 mm from 16 mm, 83 min., semi-documentary
Love Lust and Lies (Gillian Armstrong, 2010)
Mabo: Life of an Island Man (Trevor Graham, 1997) documentary, broadcast TV, 87 min.
Make Hummus Not War (Trevor Graham, 2012) doco
Making Venus (Gary Doust, 2002) doco, 70 min.
Man of Straw (Alkinos Tsilimidos) documentary, week in the life of compulsive gambler, 28 min.
Maria (Barbara Chobocky, 1991)
Men Who Would Conquer China, The (Mary Jane St Vincent Welch, 2004) doco
Mike and Stefani (Ron Maslyn Williams, 1952) dramatised documentary about Ukrainian refugees; 64 min.
Milli Milli (Wayne Barker, 1994) Aboriginal people in the Kimberley; 53 min.
Modern Times (Graeme Chase, 1992)
Molly and Mobarak (Tom Zubrycki, 2003) Mobarak is a refugee, and Molly and her mother befriend him
Mongolian Bling (Benj Binks, 2012) hip hop is making Mongolia move in the 21st century; jump into the thriving music scene in Ulaanbaatar and follows stars as they rap nationwide
Morning of the Earth (Albert Falzon, 1972)
Mortgage (Bill Bennett, 1989) telemovie; Brian Vriends, Doris Younane, Bruce Venables, Andrew S. Gilbert, Paul Coolahan, Bob Ellis; doco-like drama
Motherland (Kriv Stenders, 1994) doco; 50 min.; story of two Latvian grandmothers who have lived in Australia since the end of WW2 and who have become close friends since arriving in Australia, because they are Kriv Stenders' two grandmothers
Mourning for Mangatopi: A Tiwi Bereavement Ceremony (Curtis Levy, 1975)
Mrs Carey's Concert (Bob Connolly & Sophie Raymond, 2011)
Murandak: Songs of Freedom (Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham, 2011) The Black Arm Band; music doco
My America (Peter Hegedus, 2011) wr. Peter Hegedus, Jane Jeffes, Trish Lake, Mark O'Toole; doco
My Blessings (Bill Mousoulis, 1997) six days in the life of independent filmmaker Jane Friedman; 78 min.
My Life without Steve (Gillian Leahy, 1986) diary film; 53 min.
My Mother My Son (2000) broadcast on SBS Saturday 27 May 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation; young woman's journey attempting to visit her child in foster care
My Name is Gulpilil (Molly Reynolds, 2021) documentary, biopic
My Own Private Oz (Philip Brooks, 2000) documentary (re Monkey Grip)
My Survival as an Aboriginal (Essie Coffey, 1979) documentary; 49 min.
Naked on the Inside (Kim Farrant, 2007) documentary
Namitjira the Painter (Lee Robinson, 1946) documentary
Nation is Built, A (Frank Hurley, 1938) dramatised documentary to celebrate sesquicentenary of white settlement
Natural History of the Chicken, The (Mark Lewis, 2000) documentary; NOT Australian, tho Lewis is
Nazi Supergrass (David Bradbury, 1993) documentary
Nicaragua no Pasaran (David Bradbury, 1984) documentary
Nice Coloured Girls (Tracey Moffatt, 1987) wr. prod. Tracey Moffatt; Women's Film Fund, Australian Film Commission; 17 min.
Night (Lawrence Johnston, 2007) feature-length documentary
Nights Belongs to the Novelist, The (Christina Wilcox, 1987) doco; 48 min.
No Milk, No Honey (1997) documentary; British group-settlers; WA
Not Fourteen Again (Gillian Armstrong, 1996) doco
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation! (Mark Hartley, 2008) doco
Number One Fan: Laurie Nichols (Jolyon Hoff, 2007) 13 min.
Off the Edge (Michael Firth, 1977) NZ doco
On Borrowed Time (David Bradbury, 2011) doco about Paul Cox waiting for a liver transplant
Once My Mother (Sophia Turkiewicz, 2014) doco
One Australia? The Future Starts Here (Christine Sammers, 1991) documentary
One Hundred Crowded Years (H. H. Bridgman, 1940) dramatised documentary? including Treaty of Waitangi, 1840; NZ
One Way Street (John Hughes, 1993) documentary
Ordinary People (Jennifer Rutherford, 2002) prod. Martha Ansara; One Nation candidate Colene Hughes; 55 min.
Original Schtick (Maciek Wszelaki, 1999) Robert Fischer; doco about con artist, shot on video
Outback Strippers (Mike Piper Production Company: Piper Films) Mind's Eye, Network Ten; in production 2000; broadcast Ch10 12 June 2004; sequel to Suburban Strippers: a group of strippers from the city has heard that Alice Springs' only stripper is about to retire and they decide to take the outback by storm
Outback Truckers (2012) Prospero Productions
Outback Upfront: compilation of short films from the ABC TV series
Palace of Dreams (Peter James, 1984) Anthony Buckley Films; doco about the State Theatre in Sydney; contains film historical material; 25 min.
Papua New Guinea Joins The Silk World (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1979) wr. dp Giorgio Mangiamele; 16mm, colour, 22 min.; concerned with the development of the silk-producing industry in PNG
Paramedico (Benjamin Gilmour, 2012) doco, 80 min.
Patu (Merata Mita, 1983) documentary, NZ
Paul Kelly: Stories of Me (Ian Darling, 2012) hagiography
Pearls and Savages (Frank Hurley, 1921) documentary about Anglican missions in Papua; with additional footage expanded to become With the Headhunters in Papua, 1923: Hurley presented both films lecturing from the stage; see Pike & Cooper 1998: 131-3
Personal History of the Australian Surf, A (Michael Blakemore, 1981) Being The Confessions Of A Straight Poofter (IMDb has 1983) autobiographical documentary, written and directed by Blakemore, in which he plays his own father
Philippines, My Philippines (Chris Nash, 1988) doco
Pictures that Moved, The (Alan Anderson, 1968) prod. Commonwealth Film Unit, wr. Joan Long
Point of Departure (Kathryn Millard, 1988) short doco on NZ activist Jean Devanny; 47 min.
Portrait: Jane Campion and The Portrait of a Lady (Peter Long & Kate Ellis, 1996) documentary of the two-and-a-half month shoot for The Portrait of a Lady
Protected (Alessandro Cavadini, 1975), prod. Carolyn Strachan, dp. Fabio Cavadini; dramatised documentary about a strike by Aboriginal workers in June 1957 on Palm Island
Putuparri and the Rainmakers (Nicole Ma, 2015) wr. Paul Elliot, Nicole Ma; aboriginal spirituality
Rainbow Bird and Monster Man (John Lewis, 2001?) won Best Editing in a Non Feature Film AFI Awards 7 November 2002; subject is paedophilia?
Rats in the Ranks (Bob Connolly & Robin Anderson, 1996)
Red Matildas (Sharon Connolly & Trevor Graham, 1985)
Relative Strangers (Rosemary Hesp, 1998) wr. prod. Rosemary Hesp, AFTRS, nominated for a craft award AFI 1998; quasi documentary, through voice-over, about guy who was brought up by his grandmother, with his 18 years older mother as his 'sister'; Simon Cooper's story; 12 min.
Re-Living off the Land (Simon Best & Paul Murphy, 2009) mockumentary
Remarkable Mr Kaye, The (Paul Cox, 2005) doco on Norman Kaye; 49 min.
Remembering the Man (Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, 2015) love story: Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo; AIDS
Renegades (Phillip Noyce, 1974) shot 1970-1974; "diary film" funded by Experimental Film Fund, documentary of demonstrations and the street theatre group of George Shevtsov, Noyce and Jan Chapman
Rolling Home (Paul Witzig, 1974)
Run Rabbit, Run (Bob Ellis, Jack Ellis, 2007) Bob follows Mike Rann through the 2006 election campaign; doco, 131 min.
Salute (Matt Norman, 2008) doco about the Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games
Sapos (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1982) wr. dp Giorgio Mangiamele; 35mm, colour, 54 min.; made for the International Year of the Disabled, as the government saw alcoholism as the most disabling condition in PNG; first film in Pidgin (Tok Pisin)
Sherpa (Jennifer Peedom, 2015) Everest
Shipwrecked (Bill Bennett, 1984) wr. Bill Bennett; Aileen Belcher, Bill Belcher; telemovie; won SFF Best Doco
Shock Room, The (Kathryn Millard, 2015) doco on psych experiments; 70 min.
Shooting Through (Sydney Tramway Museum, c. 1997) Screensound Australia, NFSA; c. 165 min.
Show Me the Magic (Cathy Henkel, 2013) wr. Cathy Henkel, Charlie De Salis; prod. Cathy Henkel, Trish Lake; doco about DP Don McAlpine; Aust release 13 Feb 2013
Sissy (Debbie Gittins, 2001); three gay Aboriginal guys in Northbridge: ? Culbong, Anna Mae (transvestite), Ella Fitzgerald; 'We are glamorous, we are here and we are queer'; Sissy is an expression of gay black identity in Perth: CC and Ella are well known socialites and Anna Mae regularly struts her stuff on stage
Slim and I (Kriv Stenders, 2020) Slim Dusty's wife Joy McKean's story
Smokes and Lollies (Gillian Armstrong, 1976) documentary
Snakes and Ladders (Mitzi Goldman & Trish FitzSimons, 1987)
Snow, Sand and Savages: The Life of Frank Hurley (Anthony Buckley, 1972)
Someone Else's Country (Barry Alister, 1996)
South Pacific Festival of Arts (Giorgio Mangiamele [co-dir.] 1980) co-ed. Giorgio Mangiamele; 16mm, colour, 65 min.; documents the festival held in Port Moresby and provinces of PNG
Spirit Stones (Allan Collins, 2007) wr. Ken Hayward, prod. Jennifer Gherardi, JAG films, dp Torstein Dyrting; documentary
State of Shock (David Bradbury, 1989)
Steam Train Passes, A (1974) doco about loco 3801; 21 min.
Steel City (Catherine Marciniak and Aviva Ziegler) prod. Stefan Moore, Denise Haslem and Gina Twyble, production company: a Film Australia National Interest Program Status, ABC; in production 2000; about the human impact of the closure of the BHP steelworks in Newcastle
Stepping Out (Chris Noonan, 1980) dp Dean Semler; theatre for the intellectually disabled
Storm Surfers 3D (Justin McMillan, Christopher Nelius, 2012) Tom Carroll Ross Clark-Jones, Ben Matson; surfing doco
Story of Kerry, Josie and Diana 14-47, The (Gillian Armstrong, 2010) five documentary films box set: Smokes and Lollies (Gillian Armstrong, 1976)Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better (Gillian Armstrong, 1981) Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces (Gillian Armstrong, 1988) Not Fourteen Again (Gillian Armstrong, 1996) Love Lust and Lies (Gillian Armstrong, 2010)
Strikebound (Richard Lowenstein, 1984) wr. Richard Lowenstein, book by Wendy Lowenstein [his mother], prod. Miranda Bain and Timothy White for TRM Productions, ed. Jill Billcock; Carol Burns, Reg Evans, Nik Forster, Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne, David Kendall, Rob Steele; 100 min.; miners strike in 1936: they locked themselves in the main shaft; a dramatised documentary
Suburban Strippers (Mike Piper, c 1998), prod. Mike Piper, wr. ed. narr. Andrew Ellis, Piper Films, with ABC finance, broadcast on Channel 10
Sunshine City (Albie Thoms, 1973) Germaine Greer is in it; doco
Surf Movies (Albie Thoms, 1981)
Survival (Phillip Noyce, 1982) TV documentary; Mike Willesee, Diane Cilento, Jo Kennedy; 50 min.
Swastika (Philippe Mora, 1974) doco
Sylvania Waters (Brian Hill & Kate Woods 1992) TV series
Tackle Happy (2003) The Puppetry of the Penis guys
Takeover (David MacDougall & Judith MacDougall, 1980)
Tall Man, The (Tony Krawitz, 2011) doco about Palm Island
Ten Thousand Miles in the Southern Cross (George Tarr, 1922) the Southern Cross was in this case a ship; NZ
Tender (Lynette Wallworth, 2013) Wallworth's friend starts a not-for-profit funeral company; Adelaide FF October 2013
This is New Zealand (Hugh Macdonald, 1970), triptypch presentation; three screen film for Expo 70 in Japan
Thomson of Arnhem Land (John Moore); shunned by government and ostracised by white society, anthropologist David Thomson paid a high price for his progressive views on Aboriginal culture; wr. Michael Cummins, prod. Franco di Chiera, John Moore and Michael McMahon, a Film Australia National Interest Program in association with John Moore Productions, ABC; in production 2000
Touch Wood (Gillian Armstrong, 1980) documentary
Triangle Wars, The (Rosie Jones, 2011) wr. David Tiley; doco; 90 min.
True Believers (Peter Fisk, 1988) TV documentary mini-series, co-wr. Bob Ellis
Two Laws (Alessandro Cavadini & Carolyn Strachan, 1981)
Ukraine is not a Brothel (Kitty Green, 2013) Femen biopic; nommed best feature doco AACTAs 2014
Uncle Chatzkel (Rod Freedman, 2002)
Unfinished Business (2000) broadcast on SBS Saturday 3 June 2000 as part of Unfinished Business: Reconciling the Nation; Ernie Dingo, Aaron Pedersen; moving drama of separated mother and child
Unfolding Florence (Gillian Armstrong, 2006) aka A Colourful Life [working title]; Judi Farr, Felicity Price, Hannah Garbo; dramatised documentary about design pioneer Florence Broadhurst
Union Maids (J. Reichert & J. Klein, 1976)
Waiting for Harry (Kim McKenzie, 1980)
We Are All Alone My Dear (Paul Cox, 1975) on the Innocence DVD; doco about people in a nursing home; 16mm, 22 min.
We Don't Need a Map (Warwick Thornton, 2017) doco
Welcome to the Waks Family (Barbara Chobocky, 2002) family of Orthodox Jews in Melbourne, with 17 children to the same parents; 52 min.
When the Natives Get Restless (Adrian Wills & Albert Hartnett, 2007) the Gordon estate in Dubbo; 28 min.
When Mrs Hegarty Comes to Japan (Noriko Sekiguchi 1992)
White Fellas Dreaming (Dr George Miller, 1996)
Whiteley (James Bogle, 2017) doco; released 11 May
Wild (Ross Gibson, 1993)
Wildness (Scott Millwood, 2003) doco about wilderness photographers Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis and their work in Tasmania; 55 min.
Witch Hunt (Barbara Chobocky, 1986)
Year of the Dogs (Michael Cordell, 1997) Footscray AFL team, shot on video
Yellow Fella (Ivan Sen, 2005) short on life of Tom E. Lewis
Yumi Yet (Dennis O'Rourke, 1976) documentary
I've invented the term mocodoco (or mockdocumentary, inspired by romzomcom, etc.) and applied it so far to Oz feature Road to Nhill (not a doco), and Nicole Kidman feature To Die For (same).
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