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Australia in Colour

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Outpost of Empire

Summary

Restored and colourised archive footage of the country from the 19th century to the mid-1970s, charting momentous events and social changes though the decades. Modern Australia was born on January 1, 1901, when six British colonies united, and explorer Douglas Mawson, swimmer Annette Kellerman and the men fighting under Britain in the First World War are the new nation's first heroes.
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Review

The colourisation process displayed here may not feel as immediate and vibrant as it did in Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old (to which this new four-parter will inevitably be compared), but this new account of Australia’s history still feels fresh.

Rarely seen archive black and white footage is given a pastel-shaded makeover as we witness a time when bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly was a big draw in cinemas and a quarter of a million fought in the First World War. There are reflections too by narrator Hugo Weaving on the queasier moments in the country’s history, most notably when the treatment of indigenous people and non-whites comes under scrutiny.

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  • Episode 1

    Outpost of Empire

    Summary

    Restored and colourised archive footage of the country from the 19th century to the mid-1970s, charting momentous events and social changes though the decades. Modern Australia was born on January 1, 1901, when six British colonies united, and explorer Douglas Mawson, swimmer Annette Kellerman and the men fighting under Britain in the First World War are the new nation's first heroes.
    Recommended

    Review

    The colourisation process displayed here may not feel as immediate and vibrant as it did in Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old (to which this new four-parter will inevitably be compared), but this new account of Australia’s history still feels fresh.

    Rarely seen archive black and white footage is given a pastel-shaded makeover as we witness a time when bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly was a big draw in cinemas and a quarter of a million fought in the First World War. There are reflections too by narrator Hugo Weaving on the queasier moments in the country’s history, most notably when the treatment of indigenous people and non-whites comes under scrutiny.

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