Wagga Wagga: Life In Australia

Title:
Wagga Wagga: Life In Australia
NFSA ID:
13309
Year:
1965
Category:
Access fees

Impossible not to love this girl's artistic interpretation of 'the land of many crows', Wagga Wagga!

Wagga Wagga is referred to as 'the unofficial capital of the district, getting bigger all the time.' The film follows a number of inhabitants of Wagga Wagga, including a newspaper reporter working on three stories: sheep sales, Wagga's oldest inhabitant, and a ballet rehearsal. We are also taken to the studios of the local television station, where we learn that 'a record 1.5m sheep passed through the sale yard' the previous year!

Part of the Life In Australia series, made for the Department of Immigration, to entice immigrants from Europe. There’s no denying that these films were a marketing tool; Australia (and its cities and rural centres) was the product, and as such, it was presented as an idyllic destination where everyone led prosperous, happy lives. The scripts for each film are almost identical, covering employment and industry, education, sport, health care, shopping, religion, night-life, and art. Australia had everything anyone could wish for!

Producer:
Eric Thompson
Director:
Rhonda Small
Cinematographer:
Richard Tucker