A chronology of Film Australia – preserving and providing access to the nation’s documentary record for 100 years.
Australia’s federal government employed cameraman Bert Ive, who would become its first long-term cinematographer and stills photographer. Initially by himself, and later with other cameramen, Ive established what, from the early 1920s, would become the Cinema and Photographic Branch and filmed a record of Australian life, landscapes and industries until his death in 1939. Much of Ive’s output was of a promotional nature and was screened overseas, especially in the United Kingdom. The Cinema Branch was attached to several government departments until 1939.
The Cinema Branch produced Telling the World, a short documentary on the activities of the Branch itself.
The Cinema Branch produced its first sound film, This is Australia.