From cold war to hot planet: Australias CSIRO film unit*

Hughes, J 2018, 'From cold war to hot planet: Australias CSIRO film unit*', Studies in Documentary Film, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 72-96.


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Title From cold war to hot planet: Australias CSIRO film unit*
Author(s) Hughes, J
Year 2018
Journal name Studies in Documentary Film
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 72
End page 96
Total pages 25
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The CSIRO Film Unit (19482014) made research, educational and public relations films, videos and multi-media on behalf of various Divisions of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Non-theatrical distribution of 16 mm film and video had significant impact in schools, industry and community settings. Dedicated personnel working in the under-examined utilitarian sector of film production have contributed substantively to science communications in Australia. The films offer a coherent and accessible body of work amenable to further thematic analysis oriented to discourses of ecology and environmentalism, explanatory idioms of the techno-sciences, film in agricultural extension work and scientific film. An outline of science programing in Australian broadcasting observes a fraught history. Questions around science communications and political ideology, and information, entertainment and critique in the scientific film are raised. It is argued that both ABC and CSIRO films were conditioned by bureaucratic and political conditions influencing their science communications practice.
Subject Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) cold war
CSIRO film unit
scientific film
utilitarian film in Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1080/17503280.2017.1420416
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ISSN 1750-3280
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