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Australian Government Film

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Australian Government Film

An Australian Government Film is an Australian film that has been funded by the Australian government at either a state or federal level. This type of film is distinct from an Australian independent film which has had no up-front government investment.

Most Australian films are funded by one or more of the state or federal film funding bodies such as Screen Australia, The NSW Film and Television Office, Film Victoria, ScreenWest, and The South Australian Film Corp.

(NB - may contain some independent films - the list is not yet completely researched)

Notable Australian Government Films of the 1940s-1950s:

  • Kokoda Front Line (1942) - First Australian film to win an Oscar, for Best Documentary Feature in 1942
  • Conquest of The Rivers (1958) - AFI winner for Best Film (recruitment film for the Snowy Hydro scheme)

Notable Australian Government Films of the 1960s:

Notable Australian Government Films of the 1970s:


  • 1980s 1
  • 1990s 2
  • 2000s 3
  • 2010s 4
  • References 5


Notable Australian Government Films of the 1980s:


The 1990s saw the release of the cult classics The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994 and The Castle in 1997. Strictly Ballroom was also a successful and influential release.

Notable Australian Government Films of the 1990s:


2000s in the history of Australian film has had some mixed successful films from Moulin Rouge! revitalizing the musical film genre, award winning short film Harvie Krumpet, and box office success Happy Feet.

Notable Australian Government Films of the 2000s:



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