Captain James Cook (1987)  --  1770 voyage discovers east coast of Australia

Against the Wind (1978)  -- TV mini-series about the life of a transported convict in the colony of New South Wales, Australia

Botany Bay (1953)   --  in 1787 prisoners are shipped from Newgate Jail to a new penal colony in Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Eureka Stockade  ( Massacre Hill) (1949) --  Australians battle the government during the 1854 miners' revolt

Heritage (1935/I) – disappointing overview of 150 years of Australian history

X  Mary Bryant  --  late 18th century Australia, poverty-ridden Mary is arrested & sent to the new penal colony in Australia where she faces many problems



Burke & Wills (1987)  --  a shocking story of the 1860-1861 expedition across Australia from south to north, Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpenteria at Flinders River

Ned Kelly (2003)   --  Australian gang of bank robbers active in the 1870s

Ned Kelly (1970)  --  ditto

Mad Dog Morgan (1976)  --  Australian outlaw active around the 1880s Australian gold rush


Labor Struggles:

Comrades (1986) – British farm laborers imprisoned in Australia in 1834 for forming an unauthorized union

Strikebound (1983)  --  worker struggle in the Gippsland coalfields during 1930’s Australia



Gallipoli (1981) --  British, New Zealander and Australian troops against Turkey (Ottoman Empire), 1915

1915  (1982)  --  two Australian country boys vie for the same girl, but their world changes when they land in Gallipoli 

The Battle of Gallipoli (Tell England) (1931)  --  Battle of Gallipoli 1915

ANZACs: the War Down Under (1985) --  Australian-New Zealand Army Corps head for disaster in Gallipoli and then on to France and the battles of Ypres and Amiens, among others

The Battle of Broken Hill (1981) --  prelude to Gallipoli; a mass killing near Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia on January 1, 1915 carried out by Muslims to support the Ottoman Empire

Beneath Hill 60 (2010)  --  Australian miners are used to dig tunnels under the German lines to plant explosives, June 7, 1917

Lighthorsemen (1987)  --  charge on Beersheba, events after Gallipoli for the Australian troops  (October 31, 1917)

Forty Thousand Horsemen (1941)  --  Australian cavalry at the Battle of Beersheba  (October 31, 1917)


Time Between WWI and WWII:

X  A Shadow on the Sun  --  in 1936 Beryl Clutterbuck became the first person to fly west across the Atlantic solo

Between Wars (1974)  --  a doctor faces important socio-political challenges in Australia and elsewhere between WWI & WWII



Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)  --  one of Australia's greatest wartime legends

Australia (2008)  --  love story set against background of racism and Japanese attack on Darwin, Australia on February 19, 1942

Kokoda (2006)  --  Australian troops fight the Japanese during the 1942 Kokoda Track campaign

Weekly's War  (1984)   --  story of Australian experience of  WWII thru experience of those who worked on the publication of the Australian Women’s Weekly

Overlanders (1946)  --  fear of Japanese invasion in Australia causes cattlemen to push their herds overland halfway across the country.

Prisoners of the Sun (1990)  --  Japanese internment of Australian soldiers

Sisters of War (2010)  --  Australian nurses becomes POWs when Japan attacks Rabaul

Blood Oath  (1990)  --  the Ambon tribunal tried 91 Japanese soldiers for war crimes against Australian prisoners

X Tenko  --  Australian women interned in a Japanese POW (TV series)

X  The Dunera Boys  --  imprisonment of German nationals in Australia in WWII (among them were Jewish refugees)


Fight for Civil Rights

Newsfront (1978)  --  follows two rivalries against the background of key political events of the 1950s in Australia

Black and White (2002)  --  police virtually frame an aboriginal man leading to great controversy over the role of race in Australia

Jedda (1955) --  conflict arises when an Aboriginal girl is separated from her culture

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)  --  aborigine follows the white rules but no matter what he does he can't get ahead

Tracker (2002)  --  a racist policeman goes way too far in his reactions to Aborigines

We of the Never Never (1982) --   Aeneas Gunn, the first white woman ever to journey into the Australian Outback 

Walkabout  (1971) --  a British boy and girl are stranded in the outback and form a relationship with a young Aborigine

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)  --  3 aborigine girls break away from their assimilation school to head back home

Beneath Clouds (2002) --  racial experience between Lena (mixed-caste) & Vaughn (a Murri boy)

Come out Fighting (1973)  --  aborigine torn between black and white worlds

Manganinnie (1980)  --  child's view of near-genocide of Tasmanian Aborigines 

 Tudawali (1987)  --  life of the first Australian Aboriginal actor Robert Tudawali, (a.k.a., Bobby Wilson)

Wake In Fright (1971)  --  British teacher at isolated school with menacing locals

Romper Stomper (1993)  --  Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese

Australian Rules (2002)  --  racism in the local football team

The Dismissal  (1983)  --  first Labor Prime Minister in 23 years who made many liberal changes (dismissed by the Governor-General in 1975)

Exits (1980)  --  effect of the Whitlam sacking on a group of  Melbournites

Apostasy:  A Twice Told Tale in Black Red White (1978)  --  dealing with the aftermath of the Whitlam sacking & other key events


Vietnam War:

The Odd Angry Shot (1979)  --  Australians fight in the Vietnam War

X  Vietnam  --  Australian film about the Vietnam war from Australian perspective

A Street to Die (1985)  --  an Australian veteran of the Vietnam War has difficulties back home (including the effects of Agent Orange)


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