Forgotten film could reveal new insights into post-war Australia—9 March 2016

An ARC-funded Discovery Project co-led by a Murdoch University academic could reveal new insights into Australian life and culture from the 1940s to the 1980s. As part of a four-year project, Associate Professor Mick Broderick will trawl through thousands of hours of archival film, which documents Australia’s role in the development of British nuclear devices and their delivery systems after World War Two. And he is appealing to anyone with amateur footage, or knowledge of forgotten institutional collections from that time period to get in touch. “This footage could reveal important information about our heritage in a time period often associated with Australian cultural cringe,” said Professor Broderick. When the project is complete, a dedicated Vimeo channel will be established to share the forgotten film with the public. An international exhibition and conference will also be held to showcase this Australian ‘utilitarian’ film making. The study, which also involves Professor Ross Gibson from the University of Canberra and Associate Professor Deane Williams from Monash University, has been funded by a $363,000 ARC Discovery Projects grant.

Media issued by Murdoch University.

Image: Associate Professor Mick Broderick is looking for amateur and industrial-scientific footage shot in Australia between 1946 and 1980.
Image courtesy: Murdoch University. 

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016