Mar 04, 2015 Last Updated 5:08 AM, Mar 3, 2015

Producers & Distributors of High Quality Australian Film and Television

We've got quality not quantity. We break the ice for others to follow.

On this site you will find details of our past film production, direct sales info, 

who we are, what we've got in development plus bits about our heros.

 

INVASION DAY

It's high summer in Australia, the surf is up and everyone is on holidays. What could be better?  It's a long weekend to celebrate Australia Day the country's national day.  But for many it's invasion day commemorating the day in 1788 when the British claimed the whole continent for their king.  Unfortunately they hadn't consulted the locals about it and proceeded to drive them off their land, take their children and commit what we would today regard as crimes against humanity.

Late on the night of January 27th, 1972 the single biggest act of protest in the struggle for Aboriginal justice began.  A small group of men drove to Canberra and set up a tent under which they intended to sit until land rights were granted the the 'first Australians'.  The Aboriginal Tent Embassy had begun.  It's impact embarrassed the conservative Government and reverberated around the world.  NINGLA - A'NA is a documentary film shot in and around the Embassy providinh an intimate insight into what happened and why. It is a unique social document which becomes more valuable as the years pass.  We have it on DVD in our catalogue along with an important selection of other Aboriginal films including TWO LAWS, PROTECTED AND BACKROADS.

Tent Embassy by Noel Hazard 0002This unique photograph was taken by Noel Hazard, staff photographer for the Communist Party newspaper The Tribune,  who drove the protesters to Canberra. This picture was taken in the middle of the night, minutes after the umbrella was pitched and before the authorities knew what was happening.

Clip of the Week

For all those who went missing during art classes here's Reg Mombassa mixing fine art and palaeontology as only he can.  Taken from our film GOLDEN SANDALS, it's an insight into a man who has made us laugh and dance for more than 30 years.  From Mental As Anything to Mambo, Reg has revealed a unique view of reality and whilst his grasp on it may be a bit dodgy at times, he can see things which are invisible to the rest of us - and maybe not there at all. 

 

 

 

ARCHIVE SALES

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For the last 45 years we've shot films all round the world on a wide variety of subjects. From sport to politics and art we have a unique library of moving and still images. We make these available to filmmakers and private individuals for use in other films or just to own personally.  In particular our extraordinary range of surveillance films and photographs are a unique resource.

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For HD movies or hand printed stills on acid free paper contact us: 
enquiries@smartstreetfilms.com.au 

The Meaning Of Zombies

We're at treatment stage of a fun new piece.  They're on your TV, your phone and your playstation.  They're more prevalent than at any time since the 1960s.  

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     ZOMBIES

They're the monster du jour.  Everyone's doing it. READ MORE

Heroes

  John Cooper-Clarke

                 Poet

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John Cooper Clarke is one of our favourite poets.  His tight rhythms and sharp insights have outlived the punk scene in which he first emerged, opening for acts such as The Clash, Joy Division and Elvis Costello.  He's one of England's National Treasures.  The following interview with John appeared in the English magazine The Idler which gives a great insight into his thinking and how amphetamines saved western democracy.

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