School in the mailbox

Australia, 1946

Film

By plane, train, buggy, bike, camel and car, school reaches the children of the Australian outback. Correspondence schooling is available for outback children from primary to high school standard, and for many Australians, the school lessons the mailman brings are the only ones they ever receive. Directed by Stanley Hawes, this documentary was produced in a remarkably short time and was sent to Paris as Australia’s contribution to the 1946 UNESCO conference. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for the best documentary short of 1947. Photographed by William Trerise, music by John Antill.

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Credits

producer/director

Stanley Hawes

production company

Australian National Film Board

Language

English

Duration

00:18:43:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

28221

Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Radio

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Australia - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Rural conditions

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Outback Australia

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Australia - Rural conditions

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Postal service

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Postal service - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Education of children

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education - Australia

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education of children

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education, Rural - Australia

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Education of children

History → History

Places → Outback Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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