Here are some tips for tracking down a copy of an Australian film or TV program to watch.
(Note that Screen Australia can help you with queries about Australian titles only. For international titles, please consult your local video store or online retailer. You can also search an international film database such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for non-Australian titles.)
Rent or buy a copy on DVD:
- Visit your local video store: If they don’t have it in stock, they can look it up in VideoSource, a listing of titles available to purchase on video/DVD and their Australian distributors.
- Rent or buy the title online: Try typing the film’s title plus ‘DVD’ or ‘video’ into an online search engine, eg ‘Lantana DVD’.
- For documentaries, if Film Australia is listed as the production company, you may be able to buy a DVD copy direct through the former Film Australia section of this website. You could also try the ABC Shop or SBS Shop for projects produced in conjunction with these broadcasters.
Check the National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA):
- Try the NFSA’s australianscreen website: This is a curated website maintained by the NFSA, so not every Australian title is represented, but if the one you want is included, you’ll find curator’s notes and clips to watch online, plus tips on how to access the full title.
- The NFSA may be able to provide an access copy of the film to view on site at NFSA access centres. Search the NFSA collection.
- The NFSA also loans copies for non-commercial screenings to organisations including educational institutions. Search their Non-theatrical Loans Catalogue.
Check the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI):
Search the ACMI collection for videos/DVDs available via ACMI’s lending service.
Contact the distributor, producer or production company
- Screen Australia’s The Screen Guide lists a sales contact for each title. Sales contacts generally handle sale of the title to distributors or other parts of the distribution chain, either locally or internationally, so they’re not the best place to start if you’re looking for a title for personal or non-industry use.
- For non-industry uses, if none of the above strategies has been successful, you could contact the Australian distributor directly. Try typing the film’s title plus ‘DVD distributor’ into an online search engine, eg ‘Muriel’s Wedding DVD distributor’, or search an international film database such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
What if the title listing says ‘Sales information not current, please contact Screen Australia for enquiries’?
First, we suggest you try contacting the film’s producer or production company. Again, if the contact details are not listed on the The Screen Guide you can search for them in thebusiness White Pages, or (for a fee) in an industry directory such as the Encore Directory or The Production Book.
If all else fails, contact Screen Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org