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Australian content on Video

Top 20 Australian documentary titles on video (DVD,
Blu-ray and VHS), 2004–2009


2009

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 Love the Beast Madman 15 Jul 2009
2 Fat Belly: Chopper Unchopped Aztec 5 Oct 2009
3 First Australians SBS 3 Dec 2008
4 Bombora: History of Australian Surfing ABC 2 Apr 2009
5 Gangs of Oz: Season 1 Universal 3 Jun 2009
6 Food Safari: Series 3 SBS 13 Mar 2009
7 John Safran’s Race Relations ABC 3 Dec 2009
8 Not Quite Hollywood Madman 3 Dec 2008
9 Howard Years ABC 5 Feb 2009
10 Bra Boys Hopscotch 16 Aug 2007
11 60 Years of Holden: Australia’s Own Car Via Vision 5 Aug 2009
12 A Time to Remember: Australian Edition Reel 5 Nov 2007
13 Food Safari: Series 1 SBS 6 Jun 2007
14 Kokoda Frontline & Tobruk Reel 4 Aug 2008
15 Battle of Long Tan Shock 30 Mar 2009
16 Food Safari: Series 2 SBS 20 Feb 2008
17 Bush Mechanics ABC 12 Nov 2003
18 Food Safari: Series 1–3 SBS 5 Oct 2009
19 Criminal Investigation Australia LA Entertainment 10 Dec 2007
20 Australia: Land of Parrots ABC 5 Jun 2008

Source: Screen Australia analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and Blu-ray sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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2008

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 Australia: Land of Parrots ABC 5 Jun 2008
2 Bra Boys Hopscotch 16 Aug 2007
3 First Australians SBS 3 Dec 2008
4 Food Safari: Series 2 SBS 20 Feb 2008
5 Food Safari: Series 1 SBS 6 Jun 2007
6 ANZAC: Australians at War in World War Two EMI 25 Mar 2008
7 Two in the Top End Roadshow 6 Nov 2008
8 A Time to Remember: Australian Edition Reel 5 Nov 2007
9 The Secret Brumby 1 May 2007
10 Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery South Pacific Pictures 6 Mar 2008
11 Two Men in a Tinnie ABC 5 Oct 2006
12 The Hunt for HMAS Sydney DV1 3 Jun 2008
13 Criminal Investigation Australia LA Entertainment 10 Dec 2007
14 Brock 78: 30 Years: Brock Revisited Via Vision 16 Oct 2008
15 Real Top Guns SBS 12 Nov 2007
16 Choir of Hard Knocks: The Voice of RecLink ABC 13 Aug 2007
17 Bush Mechanics ABC 12 Nov 2003
18 A River Somewhere: Series 1 & 2 (plus CD) ABC 1 Sep 2005
19 Mythbusters: Season 1 Magna 14 May 2008
20 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 6 Magna 4 Nov 2002

Source: Screen Australia analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and Blu-ray sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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2007

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 The Secret Brumby 1 May 2007
2 Choir of Hard Knocks: The Voice of RecLink ABC 13 Aug 2007
3 Bra Boys Hopscotch 16 Aug 2007
4 The Slim Dusty Movie (plus CD) Shock 4 Nov 2006
5 Ocean’s Deadliest EMI 24 Mar 2007
6 Phar Lap: The People’s Champion Chevron 11 Apr 2001
7 Wrecks to Riches: Season 1 Force Video 15 Aug 2008
8 The Australian Cricket Collection: Cricket in the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s ABC 1 Nov 2006
9 Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil ABC 6 Jul 2007
10 Mythbusters: Volume 1 Force Video 4 Jul 2005
11 The Abbey ABC 7 Nov 2007
12 The Racing History of the Australian Falcon GT-HO Roadshow 1 Aug 2007
13 Two Men in a Tinnie ABC 5 Oct 2006
14 South Side Story Force Video 17 Oct 2007
15 Air Australia ABC 7 Jun 2007
16 Constructing Australia ABC 6 Jun 2007
17 A River Somewhere: Series 1 & 2 (plus CD) ABC 1 Sep 2005
18 HSV to the Power of 20 Visual Ent. Group 5 Nov 2007
19 God on My Side ABC 22 May 2007
20 Peter Brock – The Legend: 35 Years on the Mountain Chevron 3 Mar 2005

Source: Australian Film Commission analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and VHS sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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2006

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 Peking to Paris ABC 9 Jun 2006
2 Phar Lap: The People’s Champion Chevron 11 Apr 2001
3 Peter Brock – The Legend: 35 Years on the Mountain Chevron 3 Mar 2005
4 Two Men in a Tinnie ABC 5 Oct 2006
5 A River Somewhere: Series 1 & 2 (plus CD) ABC 1 Sep 2005
6 Makybe Diva Roadshow 1 Nov 2006
7 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 2 Magna 4 Nov 2002
8 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 1 Magna 4 Nov 2002
9 Holden Dealer Team Roadshow 3 Nov 2005
10 Kokoda Frontline Reel 17 Nov 2005
11 Bush Mechanics ABC 12 Nov 2003
12 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 3 Magna 4 Nov 2002
13 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 6 Magna 4 Nov 2002
14 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 4 Magna 4 Nov 2002
15 Crocodile Hunter: Volume 5 Magna 4 Nov 2002
16 Forensic Investigators: Series 1 & 2 Rainbow 6 May 2006
17 The Holden Racing Team Story Chevron 1 Dec 2004
18 Wild Australasia BBC 11 Feb 2004
19 Mate Vs Mate: 25 Years of State of Origin Visual Ent. Group 27 Jun 2005
20 Submariners DV1 7 Dec 2005

Source: Australian Film Commission analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and VHS sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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2005

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 Mate Vs Mate: 25 Years of State of Origin Visual Ent. Group 27 Jun 2005
2 A River Somewhere: Series 1 & 2 (plus CD) ABC 1 Sep 2005
3 Graham Kennedy: The King of Television Sony 23 Feb 2004
4 Colour of War: The Anzacs Roadshow 2 Dec 2004
5 The Holden Racing Team Story Chevron 1 Dec 2004
6 Peter Brock – The Legend: 35 Years on the Mountain Chevron 3 Mar 2005
7 Mythbusters: Volume 1 Nomad 4 Jul 2005
8 Bush Mechanics ABC 12 Nov 2003
9 Mythbusters: Volume 2 Nomad 4 Jul 2005
10 Bush Tucker Man: Arnhem Land & Rainforests ABC 3 May 2004
11 Mythbusters: Volume 3 Nomad 4 Jul 2005
12 Outback House ABC 4 Aug 2005
13 The Holden Dealer Team Roadshow 3 Nov 2005
14 Cricket in the 80s: Rookies, Rebels & Renaissance ABC 11 Nov 2004
15 Wild Australasia BBC 11 Feb 2004
16 Phar Lap: The People’s Champion Chevron 11 Apr 2001
17 Bush Tucker Man: 8 Classic Stories of Survival with Les Hiddens ABC 3 May 2004
18 Nature of Australia: A Portrait of the Island Continent ABC 1 Oct 2003
19 Commodore: The Early Bathurst Years 1980–1983 Chevron 4 Aug 2005
20 Love is in the Air ABC 1 Oct 2003

Source: Australian Film Commission analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and VHS sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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2004

Rank Title Distributor Release date
1 Wild Australasia BBC 11 Feb 2004
2 Graham Kennedy: The King of Television Sony 23 Feb 2004
3 Colour of War: The Anzacs Roadshow 2 Dec 2004
4 Shane Warne: The King of Spin Sony 4 Oct 2004
5 Kings of Speed BBC 7 Jan 2004
6 Cricket in the 80s: Rookies, Rebels & Renaissance ABC 11 Nov 2004
7 The Holden Racing Team Story Chevron 1 Dec 2004
8 Kostya Tszyu: Destiny Sony 13 Jan 2003
9 The Beatles Down Under (plus The Beatles on the Road) Payless 1 Jun 2002
10 Australians at War ABC 5 Nov 2001
11 Nature of Australia: A Portrait of the Island Continent ABC 1 Oct 2003
12 Bradman: Reflections on a Legend ABC 9 Sep 2004
13 IMAX: The Great Barrier Reef Sony 12 Aug 2002
14 Access All Areas: Shane Crawford Exposed Visual Ent. Group 21 Jul 2004
15 IMAX: Antarctica IMAX 12 Aug 2002
16 Cricket in the 70s: The Chappell Era ABC 4 Nov 2002
17 Deadly Predators (Box Set) Rajon Vision 9 Aug 2004
18 Steam Trains of Australia (plus Tracks and Trains of Australia) ABC 8 Apr 2004
19 The Kimberley: Land of the Wandjina ABC 10 Mar 2004
20 100 Years: The Australian Story (Box Set) ABC 5 Mar 2001

Source: Australian Film Commission analysis of GfK Retail and Technology Australia data.

Notes:
Based on a non-extrapolated sample of DVD and VHS sales from approximately 85 per cent of Australian retailers: see About the data Archived: Australian content: Video sales.
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
May include multiple editions and multiple formats of the same content.
All titles listed are DVD unless otherwise indicated.
Box sets must include at least one individual Australian title, but may include additional foreign titles. Value ranking has been adjusted to reflect the Australian proportion of the collection.
Documentary does not include reality, light entertainment, music performance, sports coverage, infotainment or instructional titles. It does include documentary features, TV series and made-for-video titles.

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