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Dead Calm, 1989: Rae tries to slow the boat

This clip shows Rae Ingram (Nicole Kidman), entering the engine room of the yacht on which Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane) is holding her captive. She locates the ignition switch and turns off the engine. Hughie, who is sitting on the mast boom listening to music, hears the engine switch off and jumps down to find Rae as she ...


Phar Lap

This is an information sheet about the life and career of Phar Lap, Australia's most famous racehorse. There is also a link to a Phar Lap website.


My Place - Episode 2: 1998: Mohammed, Ramadan

Mohammed's family is moving into their new house, owned by Michaelis. It is nearing Ramadan and at mealtime the family discusses whether Mohammed can participate this year.


My Place - Episode 7: 1948: Jen, The pictures

Jen and her friends are at the 'pictures' watching a newsreel that includes an announcement of the birth of Prince Charles. In the cinema foyer the girls steal a movie poster of Prince Philip, the husband of Princess Elizabeth (who would later become Queen Elizabeth II). The girls discuss the importance of 'handsomeness' ...

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Eggs for tuppence

After foraging in the forest for plover eggs, Ben competes with Leck to sell them to the local populace. He then gets in trouble with his father after he repeats an ugly stereotype about Chinese people that he learned from Mr Wilson.

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Working together

Ben and Leck work together to repair Mr Owen's broken clock. Leck corrects Ben on the truth behind the ugly stereotype he learned from Mr Wilson.

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My Place - Episode 17: 1848: Johanna, Torment

Johanna carries out a variety of chores around town. While delivering vegetables, she overhears a piece of gossip about her father. The local boys tease and attack her because of her bright red hair.

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My Place - Episode 17: 1848: Johanna, Loves me, loves me not

Johanna reads a letter from her uncle to her grandmother. She plays a practical joke on one of the Owen boys by putting a frog in his chamber-pot. Johanna and her grandmother visit the grave of her mother. Johanna asks about who her father was.

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My Place - Episode 20: 1818: Charles, Being a lady

Charles's mother educates him on the difference between Sarah and 'a lady'. Charles steals some of his mother's clothes in order to create a disguise for Liam but is surprised when Liam uses the disguise to gatecrash Sarah's wedding.


Sporting Volunteers

Sport is a way of life for many Australians. Often all we see are the players on the field, but have you ever thought about what is involved behind the scenes? Jarvis Holt from Kurraca, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen as he explores the whole army of people ...

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Racing the boys

Brittany Armstrong's regular Friday night? Competing against the boys on the Lismore Speedway. In her Heywire story 'Go hard, turn left', find out how teenage speedway racer Brittany describes her experiences. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls ...

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Woolly holiday

For Genevieve Wright, the first day of school holidays means heading to the shearing shed to spend a day of back-breaking work! As you listen to her Heywire audio story, explore Genevieve's characterisation of herself. How does she reflect her personality through the descriptions of her actions and environment?<br /><br ...


Representing Australia's farmers

What image comes to mind when you think of Australia's (Australian) famers? The media often shows farmers facing drought, floods and even locust plagues. Such media reports often portray farmers as 'Aussie Battlers' who are struggling in a challenging environment. As you watch, consider how farmers are represented in this report.

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Keeping the fat cats out of the dairy

Writers construct representations of people and events to suit their purposes. Once we understand this, we can evaluate the validity of those representations and decide whether we agree with them or not. In her Heywire audio story, Chelsey Landford speaks of the hardships facing dairy farmers. Explore her representations ...

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An animated character is part of the story

What goes into making an animated feature film? DreamWorks Animation, one of the largest animation studios in the world, has made many award-winning films. 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition - Journey from Sketch to Screen' at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) explores some of the hard work involved in ...


'Cemetery of women' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1995

This cartoon by Judy Horacek is about the ways in which women's identities and achievements can be buried under gender-stereotyped roles. It features tombstones with epitaphs such as 'What's-her-name: a good wife'; 'R.I.P. She did a good roast'; No one ironed like Mum'; 'Daughter of / Wife of / Mother of'; 'You could eat ...


'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser

'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser recounts a Jewish schoolboy's attempts to gain popularity by being associated with a newly formed school rugby team. The narrator, Nathan, recounts his failure to make the team as a player. His persistent attempts not to be entirely left out result in him being taken on as ...

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Charles Kingsford Smith: Hero of the air - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea describes how a year 5-6 teacher used the ‘Charles Kingsford Smith: Heroes of the air’ learning object in a unit on flight to inspire ESL students about the two historic flights made by Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew.

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Heroic Indigenous endeavours - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how TLF materials were used to encourage students to analyse and think critically about racism in different contexts. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


Australia Post - Onward Speed, 1970: Secretaries and executives

This clip from a humorous instructional film made in 1970 by Fred Schepisi teaches secretaries and executives how to improve internal efficiencies in handling business mail. In the clip two actors (siblings Jon and Rhonda Finlayson) play multiple roles that caricature female secretaries and male executives. The actors demonstrate ...