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The Australian Experience: Land of the Long Weekend

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Australia"”first in the world to institute a 40-hour working week, first to say there was such a thing as a fair and reasonable wage. Conditions like these helped to win Australia its reputation as a "workers' paradise"; the mythical "land of the long weekend". Now in the face of deregulation and restructuring, long-term unemployment and 24-hour trading, does the Australian future hold any weekend at all? This film examines how, since white settlement, Australians have structured, and restructured, their time. Despite some basic inequalities, Australia was a new country trying to throw off the conditions of the Old World. Even two world wars and severe economic depression could not deter Australians from pursuit of "the fair go". By the 1950s most Australians lived in an ordered, protected, prosperous world of school, employment, Saturday afternoon sport and the Sunday roast. Yet today Australia is following the global trend towards a population divided between the overworked and the underemployed. The old 9 to 5 certainties are no longer in place. People work from home via computer and shop in 24-hour supermarkets. Overtime has increased and penalty rates are disappearing. Have Australians lost sight of the need to balance work and play, in their drive to be productive, flexible and efficient? Have we abandoned the idea of "the fair go"? A Film Australia National Interest Program. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Sharon Connolly Producer: Susan Ardill Director: Sue Brooks Writer: Sue Brooks, Alison Tilson (Writers), Susan Ardill (Narration Writer) DOP/Cinematographer: Nicolette Freeman (DOP), Robin Plunkett (Additional Camera) Narrator/Presenter: Kate Gillick
Release Date
1994
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1994.
Publisher no.
1104741 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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