John Farnham & Bob Hawke appear on 'Good Morning Australia' in 'Australia Daze' (1988)
John Farnham & Bob Hawke appear on 'Good Morning Australia' in 'Australia Daze' (1988)
John Farnham & Bob Hawke appear on 'Good Morning Australia' in 'Australia Daze' (1988)

ACMI and the NFSA Present

Australia Daze

Pat Fiske (Supervising Director) | Australia | 1988 | PG


Wed 27 Jan 2021


Grab a deckchair and a free ice cream and join us outside in Fed Square for a free sunset screening of Pat Fiske's documentary on how Australians chose to celebrate the bicentenary in 1988.

It's funny, moving, educational, but more importantly totally engrossing.

Margaret Pomeranz, The Movie Show

On Australia Day in 1988, twenty-eight film crews were sent across Australia to capture and record how average Australians were celebrating the bicentenary – the national celebration marking two hundred years since the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay. And as the celebrations gather momentum, one of the largest protests in Australian history begins.

Filmed by an army of directors scattered around the country, all under the supervision of documentarian Pat Fiske (Rocking the Foundations), Australia Daze pieces together days-in-the-lives of average Australians into a charming, humorous and, at times, shocking reflection of a diverse Australia.

Arrive early to grab a deckchair. Free ice cream and popcorn will be available for the first fifty people.

Contributing Directors
Karin Altmann, Mario Andreachio, Graham Chase, Sharon Connolly, Sue Cornwell, Ruth Cullen, Bernice Daly, Jack Davis, Jim Everett, Jen Feray, Pat Fiske, Martin Godard, Trevor Graham, John Hughes, Tony Jones, Jeni Kendell, Ned Lander, Dick Marks, Penny McDonald, Dennis O’Rourke, Christine Sammers, Carole Sklan, Tony Steinbrecker, Paul Tait, Gordon Taylor, Jeni Thornley, Nick Torrens and Madelon Wilkins.

Presented with the National Film and Sound Archive’s digital restoration program – NFSA Restores – reviving our cinema icons.

Format: Digital
Language: English
Source: National Film & Sound Archive
Courtesy: National Film & Sound Archive
Runtime: 75 mins

Learn more

READ: Australia Daze: Questioning Nationhood
John Hughes, Senses of Cinema, Oct 2018

WATCH: The Movie Show reviews Australia Daze
The Movie Show, Episode 43, 1988, SBS.

Event duration

75 mins






Digital Facade (Big Screen)
Fed Square

Rent it on Cinema 3

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