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Cinema and film

Image 4: Cinema building and drive-in, Tarcoola, South Australia, 1975

Image 4: Cinema building and drive-in, Tarcoola, South Australia, 1975
NAA: A6135, K18/4/75/6
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In 1896 the first public film screening in South Australia took place. By 1906 cinema and film production were popular with audiences and entrepreneurs alike. South Australia has been the backdrop to many feature films, including the early film The Woman Suffers (produced by local company Southern Cross Feature Films in 1918), and international productions such as Kangaroo (United States, 1952) and Robbery under Arms (United Kingdom, 1957). Since 1972, the South Australian Film Corporation has produced numerous Australian cinema classics, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Gallipoli (1981).

Records relating to film and cinema in South Australia held by the Archives range from trading results of local cinemas, customs files, copyright applications, and the creation of film and use of cinemas by government departments.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO CINEMA AND FILM IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Recorded by: Royal Commission on the Moving Picture Industry in Australia
Draft copies and final published volume of evidence given to the Royal Commission into the Moving Picture Industry, 1927–28 A11636
Sydney
Recorded by: Australian Film Commission
Creative Development Branch, application files, 1970– C1368
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO CINEMA AND FILM IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Copyright application, Raymond Hollis Longford The Woman Suffers, dramatic work, 1918 A1336, 6509
Film censorship – Adelaide Film Festival, 1968–75 A432, 1973/9139
South Australian Film Corporation – production of film Gallipoli, 1973 A463, 1973/2122
Scott Hicks, 1972–76 C1368, HICKS, SCOTT
Photograph of Tarcoola cinema building and drive-in, 1975 A6135, K18/4/75/6
Adelaide
W Reeve poster 'Jubilee Season Lumiere's original and Beautifuly [sic] Cinematographe', 1897 AP476/4, B477
Exportation of cinema films, 1918–19 D596, 1919/5857
National Film Board, 1945 D1917, D207/45
Admission charges – application increase – Hoyts Regent Theatre, Rundle Street, Adelaide, 1947 AP5/1, 1947/10860
Alien registration form – Maureen Fitzsimons Price, also known as Maureen O'Hara, 1950–51 D4878, PRICE M F

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