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The Screen Guide

A foundational moment in Australian independent film is explored through Melbourne's Realist film movement and the cultural cold war of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Melbourne Realists were 'activist' filmmakers supporting, the labor movement, housing and peace campaigns. They introduced Australian audiences to world cinema at a time when cinema screens were dominated by the US and UK film industries. This feature length documentary is part of a broader cross platform project that includes an interactive work and gallery installation in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

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John Hughes
John Hughes
Philippa Campey  John Hughes

Production Details

Art and culture, History and national identity
Production Company
Early Works Pty Ltd


International Sales
Early Works Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • NSW Premier's History Awards
  • Film Critics' Circle of Australia
  • The Pacific Film and Television Commission Pty Ltd, c/ Brisbane International Film Festival
  • Australian Teachers Of Media Inc