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Early war footage Australia N.T.W.W. II.

Author: John Mack
Publisher: [Darwin] : [publisher not identified], [2008]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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Part 1: "Early Australian film footage shot on location in Adelaide River and surrounding areas in the Northern Territory by photographer John Mack. With commentary by John Mack. This film depicts life during WWII, with Australian troops travelling by train [old Ghan train] from Adelaide to Alice Springs then to Adelaide River and Darwin in the Northern Territory. It also shows how the aboriginals as well as local
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John Mack
OCLC Number: 678681095
Notes: "John Mack N.T. War Footage : Peter Mack No 7"--Cover.
Original film from 1930's to 1960's. Audio commentary recorded by John Mack in the 1980's to record the history of the footage. Reformatted to DVD for preservation in 2008.
Performer(s): John Mack.
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 185 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: John Mack N.T. war footage
Northern Territory World War II

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Part 1: "Early Australian film footage shot on location in Adelaide River and surrounding areas in the Northern Territory by photographer John Mack. With commentary by John Mack. This film depicts life during WWII, with Australian troops travelling by train [old Ghan train] from Adelaide to Alice Springs then to Adelaide River and Darwin in the Northern Territory. It also shows how the aboriginals as well as local residents of the area helped to make life more bearable to the enlisted during hard times. Deceased aboriginal people may be shown during this film." "Mack also films some of the Australian landscape including the Devils Marbles and the near-deserted town of Wyndham in Western Australia shortly after being bombed by Japanese forces. It also includes footage of Quorn, Edwards Creek, Oodnadatta, Parachilna, Irrapatanna, Mataranka, Katherine and the Adelaide River."

Part 2: "According to the film's director John Mack, The Felt Hat (1951) was 'probably the first real attempt at drama ever made in South Australia'. The film starred Lionel Williams who went on to become a well-known Adelaide television personality. It was scripted by John Maher who was working for the ABC at the time and wrote scripts for the radio serial Blue Hills. (His original script for The Felt Hat is held at The National Film and Sound Archive). Heather Steen who plays the only female character in the film, also read for Blue Hills. Music and commentary provided by John Mack."

Part 3 & 4: "The New Car was made by the amateur filmmaking group the Adelaide Filmo Club. An ambitious amateur production, most of which is set in the early 1900s, the film was shot on location at the historic homestead Cummins in Morphettville, South Australia." A commentary on the video is given by John Mack.

Part 5: Various short films shot between the 1930's and 1960's. Includes audio commentary by John Mack.

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