The films in this collection were digitised and published in association with the 2016 50th Anniversary of the School of Film and Television, and the launch of the VCA Film and Television Digital Archive Project, which makes original student films available to everyone to view online for the first time.
Confronted with the challenge of curating only 50 films from a collection of over 1,700 titles, we selected films based on providing an overall representation of the breadth of materials produced by students during those 50 years. Given the social and cultural upheavals of those decades, films that represented stories of that change were chosen, as well as those that revealed the changing face of Melbourne both physically and demographically. The collection also highlights a sample of films, performers and filmmakers who have since gathered significant reputations, showcasing Melbourne’s special place in the Australian film industry.
This 50th Anniversary collection is part of the larger VCA Film and Television Digital archive, which contains more than 1,700 short films dating back to 1967, when the school was housed at the Swinburne Institute of Technology.
Still from Antamosi (1991) directed by Ana Kokkinos.
See the extensive list of Film Themes in the list of Subjects below. The most common themes/keywords in the 50 films are Australia, Australian Culture, Family in Film, Historical Films, Relationships. Other common themes/keywords are: Adolescence, Art, Animation, Biographical, Crime, Death, Identity, Migrants in Film, Women.
Detailed Film Metadata
VCA FTV collects the following detailed descriptive information about the films, beyond Title and Director, including crew personnel*, Location, Language, Subtitles, Production Notes, Awards, Sponsors, Festivals, Budget etc as appropriate.
*Crew Personnel include Executive Producer, Supervising Producer, Writer, Cast, Director of Photography, Cinematography, Lighting, Production Manager, Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Assistant Director, Sound, Unit Manager, Lighting, Set Designer, Post-Production, Editor, Composer, Location Scout, Continuity, Graphics, Props, Costume Design, Wardrobe, Hair, Special Effect, Stunt Coordinator, Sound Editor, Choreographer, Colourist, Titles, Visual effects, Research.
This detailed descriptive information is currently stored in a digital asset management system, which can be made available on request to academic and teaching staff, researchers and students for research and/or teaching purposes. Please contact Donna Hensler at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise access to full detailed asset descriptions in the collection.