Big H

Australia, 1979

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An example to educators of what can be done to arouse and maintain children’s interest in the arts. Howard Spicer is known to thousands of school children all over Australia as “Big H” - the Operatic Bikie. Dressed in leather, he rides his motorbike into classrooms and introduces young people to opera. Using Spicer’s work as an example the film illustrates the concept of innovative arts. Suitable for secondary years 7-12, teachers and tertiary level.



David Perry

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Australia Council

Tasmanian Film Corporation







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Subject categories

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

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

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education - Study and teaching - Australia

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education of children

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Education, Primary

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Educators

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Opera - Instruction and study

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Teachers - Training of

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Teaching

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

Music & Performing Arts → Opera - Instruction and study

People → Spicer, Howard

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




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