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The Bridge

Simon Nasht; Nasht, Simon; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is the definitive story of how a giant steel arch resembling a coat hanger became one of world's most recognised structures and an engineering triumph. Massive, majestic and breathtaking, the bridge was the greatest engineering challenge of its day anywhere on earth. Nothing like it had ever been attempted in Australia. It not only altered the life of a city forever, it became a symbol of a bold young nation and a changing world. And it was certainly visionary. At a time when there were only 30,000 cars and trucks in the entire city, the Bridge could carry 6000 vehicles and 160 trains every hour and all of Sydney's people could have easily crossed it in a single afternoon. With its graceful arch rising high above the famous harbour, it remained the tallest structure in the city until the late 1960s. The tale of its construction combines immense practical problems and intense human drama; personal conflicts and political intrigues. Completed during the dark days of the Great Depression and opened in March 1932, it is the legacy of a fateful partnership between two very different men a brilliant engineer, JJC Bradfield and a maverick politician, Jack Lang who shared a relentless ambition to create "the people's bridge". Along the way, they managed to stir up more than one hornets' nest, both at home and in Britain. Today, it is impossible to imagine Sydney, and Australia, without it, but as the film reveals, the bridge the world has come to love may not only have been utterly different, but may never have been built at all. Developed with the assistance of the New South Wales Film and Television Office. Produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A film Australia Making History Production in association with Real Pictures. 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Alex West Producer: Simon Nasht, Renee Kennedy Director: Simon Nasht Writer: Simon Nasht DOP/Cinematographer: Peter Coleman Narrator/Presenter: Wendy Hughes Principal Cast: Bill Young, Danny Adcock, Chris Burke, Peter Sumner, Shane Porteous, Shane briant, Juliet Jordon, Ian Swallow.
Director
Simon Nasht
Release Date
2007
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Series
Constructing Australia Series
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2007.
Publisher no.
1088269 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 55 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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