All the Glitters: Matilda the Kangaroo

Title:
All the Glitters: Matilda the Kangaroo
NFSA ID:
564326
Year:
1983
Category:
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Matilda the Kangaroo, mascot of the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, winks at the crowd during the opening ceremony of the games. After Matilda makes her way into the QE II Stadium (now the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre), children in kangaroo suits emerge from Matilda's massive pouch. The Australian flag and a map of Australia (minus Tasmania because it 'didn't fit') are created by over 6000 school children with coloured boards and fabric that blow about in the wind.

This is an excerpt from All That Glitters, 1983, The Official Film XII Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982. Film Australia Collection © NFSA.

For more of the 1982 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony see this clip and for more 1980s hair, clothes and cultural phenomena check out our 1980s curated collection.

Director:
Nick Torrens
Producer:
Peter Johnson