Modern times

Australia, 1992

Film
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An affectionate portrait of Port Pirie, the South Australian port and smelting town in which filmmaker, Graham Chase, grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. This is not merely a sentimental return to the long distant past. Rather, “Modern Times” presents an intimate insight into contemporary survival in an industrial town in decline, a story told with a mixture of empathy, scepticism and humour. Through the eyes of the “mates” who stayed behind in the town Graham Chase left, we receive a vivid picture of a small community facing an uncertain future as it struggles with new industries, the deadly legacy of lead pollution from the smelters and limited employment prospects.

Credits

director

Graham Chase

producer

Graeme Isaac

production company

Film Australia

Mayfan

Language

English

Duration

00:58:00:00

Colour

Colour

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