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The Screen Guide

Growing up in Australia in the 1950s. The program explores the lives of people who were the products of the emotional reunions after World War II, and those who were born in the boom that continued until the mid-1960s. These were the days when kids swung on the Hills Hoist; mum bottled fruit; bread and milk were delivered on carts; and there was sawdust on the floor of the butcher's shop. Built around the recollections of people who grew up in this period, the program is based on the book 'Baby Boomers' by Helen Townsend, whose family - including TV personality Simon Townsend - appear throughout the program. Home movies, newsreels and documentary footage combine to present images of an Australia that has all but vanished.

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Stephen Ramsey
Helen Townsend
Stephen Ramsey
Executive Producers
Janet Bell  Andrew Clark
Dir. of Photography
Robert Trendall


Helen Townsend - Simon Townsend - Steve Bisley (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Australian Broadcasting Corporation  Film Australia Limited