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A Documentary by Michael Chanan
The American Who Electrified Russia explores the relationship between history and family memory through the biography of an individual unrecorded in the history books whose life was nonetheless intertwined with history, but in a paradoxical fashion. Solomon Abramovich Trone (1872‐1969) was my maternal grandmother’s first cousin. A participant in the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, he was also a director at General Electric, first in Russia before the First World War and then after it in America. Behind the scenes, he was a key figure in the electrification of the Soviet Union. See more
Peter Sculthorpe is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary composers, while Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most distinguished visual artists. For many years they have travelled along parallel paths, sharing common interests and common sources of inspiration. In their separate ways, they have explored a fascination with the Australian landscape and its cultural identity.
The Fifth Continent, The Queen and The Ern Malley Suite mark a most remarkable act of collaboration between the composer and the artist. See more
Melbourne’s first celebrity criminal, set the pace in the early days. It is about the life of the notorious 1920’s Melbourne Australian gangster Squizzy Taylor including interviews and re-enactments. See more
Documentary about the First World War hero and later St. Kilda Mayor. Today Albert Jacka is almost forgotten, yet his heroic feats captured the imagination of a generation. In the early decades of the century he personified the archetypal Australian.
Jacka was a soldier, decorated for his service at Gallipoli, and this documentary about his life tells not only his story but much about Australian identity and history. See more
A film about Darwin, exploring the events that led to the establishment of Australia’s main northern city. Images from the past and present reveal the early struggles to establish a permanent settlement. Culminating in the untold story of the epic voyage of the Forlorn Hope. Essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of Northern Australia.
Director / Camera / Editing: Nigel Buesst
With bold colour, harsh sound & heavy blows, Buesst’s film is a raw & fascinating insight into the ethics and aesthetics of low budget ‘70s Melbourne filmmaking.
A young Aboriginal fighter, played by trained boxer Michael Karpaney, is torn between his career, his mates & the demands of a group of students campaigning for Aboriginal rights.
Featuring some fine performances, the film’s greatest asset is its unflinching & unsentimental gaze on the difficulties a blackfella must face in Australian society. See more
In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.
Martin Luther King / The Cradock Murders / Pim Fortuyn / Rafic Hariri / Olof Palme / Robert F. Kennedy / Salvador Allende / Patrice Lumumba / Felix Moumié / Anwar al Sadat / Dag Hammarskjold / Mahatma Gandhi / Lord Louis Mountbatten / Aldo Moro / Benazir Bhutto / Thomas Sankara / Jorge Gaitana / Roberto Calvi / Sergio Vieira de Mello / Malcolm X