Complete Set of 5 nos of commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of Australian Film Industry (motion pictures) :
Issued by Australia
Issued on Jun 8, 1995
Stamp design : John Spatchurst, Sydney
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 45 cents each
- The Centenary of Cinema is being celebrated internationally in 1995. Film technology arrived in Australia in 1894 and the first films, recording daily life in Australian cities, date from 1896. The stamps highlight some of the different phases in Australia‘s film industry. Part of an early flowering of film production in Australia The story of the Kelly Gang, produced in 1906, was the first continuous narrative film of any significant length.
- Cinesound‘s first sound feature, On Our Selection, was directed by Ken G Hall in 1932. The film broke all box office records at the time. Indeed, it was so popular that three more ‘Dad and Dave‘ films followed. Jedda, directed by Charles Chauvel and released in 1955, was the first narrative colour feature made by an Australian company. The spectacular landscapes were a significant part of the entertainment. Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the films that marked the ‘renaissance‘ of the Australian film industry in the 1970s. An immediate commercial and critical success, the film won acclaim at Cannes and launched Peter Weir as a major film director.
- The romantic comedy, Strictly Ballroom, represents the success of the contemporary Australian film industry. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film was an outstanding box office success during the early 1990s.