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Australian Music, Movies, & TV

The first movie shown in Australia was on Thomas Edison’s Vistascope at the Atheneaum Hall, Melbourne, Victoria in October 1896. The same equipment was used a month later to film the Melbourne Cup. Said to be the world’s first feature-length film, the Tait Brothers’ The Story of the Kelly Gang premiered at the Athenaeum in 1906.

Silent movies were enormously popular and by 1911 Sydney had over 100 permanent and temporary picture shows. As many as 65,000 people in Melbourne in 1913 went to the movies every Saturday night. One of the earliest was the 1906 movie The History of the Kelly Gang.

Talking movies came to Australia for the first time on 2 February 1929 with the debut of The Jazz Singer at the Athenaeum. The “talkie” was so popular, it had a year-long season at the Athenaeum.

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  2. Scoop
  3. Ticketek
  4. Ticketmaster7


  1. Senses of Cinema
  2. Hoyts
  3. Urban Cinefile
  4. Columbia Tristar
  5. Valhalla Cinema
  6. Inside Film
  7. Tropfest
  8. Filmink
  9. Greater Union
  10. Melbourne Film Festival
  11. Darwin Film Society
  12. Perth Film Festival
  13. Adelaide Film Festival
  14. Brisbane Film Festival

Australian Lending Libraries
& Archives

  1. ACMI Lending Collection
    Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  2. ScreenSound Australia
    Collects and preserves Australia’s audio visual heritage.

Government Websites

  1. Australian Film Commission
  2. National Film & Sound
  3. Australian Film Finance Corporation
  4. Department of Communications,
    Information Technology and the Arts
  5. Film Victoria
  6. New South Wales Film & Television Office
  7. QLD – Pacific Film & Television Comm
  8. Screen Tasmania
  9. WA – Screenwest
  10. South Australian Film Corporation


  1. 7 Network
  2. 9 Network
  3. 10 Network
  4. ABC
  5. SBS
  6. Nickelodeon
  7. Channel V
  8. WIN TV
  9. Prime
  10. TV Guide
  11. Foxtel
  12. Austar
  13. Galaxy
  14. Aussie Soap Archive

Record Companies

  1. EMI Australia
  2. BMG Australia
  3. Sony Music
  4. Warner Music
  5. Universal Music
  6. Shock Records
  7. Aztec Music – re-issue label
  8. Raven Records – re-issues


  1. ARIA (Australian Record Industry Assoc)
  2. Chart Central
  4. Zero Hour Records
  5. Oz Music Online – rare, collectible music
  6. Ozzie Music Man
    If you love old Aussie music and the unusual, you must see this site. It has some music to download, but the true value is the interesting info and images for unusual things like Dame Edna Everage’s song Disco Matilda and Rolf Harris song Ringo for President. Yes, that’s Ringo of Beatles fame.
  7. Australian Music Web Site

Australian Theatre

  1. Curious Legends
  2. Melbourne Theatre Company
  3. Queensland Performing Arts
  4. Brisbane Powerhouse
  5. Drama Australia
  6. Theatre Australia
  7. Ensemble Theatre
  8. Theatre for Young People
  9. Canberra Theatre Centre
  10. Perth Theatre Company
  11. Sydney Theatre Company
  12. Centre Stage Theatre Company
  13. State Theatre Company
  14. Tweed Theatre Company NSW
  15. Melbourne Athenaeum

Australian Comedy

  1. Rove Live
  2. Skit House
  3. Tripod
  4. Comedy Live
  6. Impro Australia
  7. Merrick & Rosso
  8. Melbourne Comedy Festival


  1. AusFILM
    Australasian Performing Rights Assoc & Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners
  3. Australian Christian Artists Network
  4. Australian Film Television & Radio School
  5. Southern Cross Broadcasting
  6. Australia’s Cultural Network
  7. Australian Film Institute
  8. Australian Screen Directors Association
  9. EnhanceTV (for teachers)
  10. Screen Network Australia
  11. Screen Producers Association of Australia
  12. Screen Services Association of Victoria

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