Video to your desktop: streaming video project

We can deliver streaming videos from our collection of off-air recordings to desktop computers on the City campus.

Streaming of off-air recordings falls under Part VA of the Copyright Act.

Please contact Russell Taylor if you wish to add an off-air title to this list.

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  • To access the videos on the City campus (videos will not play off-campus)
  • QuickTime player

Titles currently available for streaming

American Photography, part 1: The Developing Image, 1900-1934 (54 min)

This three part documentary explores the photographic images of a century of change in the United States and the role the camera has played both in creating and documenting it. ABC.

Part 1: From the first affordable hand-held cameras, to the influence on American society of photos in advertising and images of war, this first episode explores how, by the end of the 1920s, photographic images had made their way into practically every part of contemporary American life.

American Photography, part 2: The Photographic Age, 1935-1959 (54 min)

In the 1930s, an explosion of print media brought images to all Americans. Thanks to magazines and the "wirephoto", millions of people were seeing the same pictures at the same time.

American Photography, part 3: Photography transformed, 1960-1999 (54 min)

The last episode looks at surveillance photography and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and Civil Rights violence, celebrity, photography as an art form, Presidential "image politics" and the technology to alter photographs without detection.

The Art of Bill Henson (26 min)

In this short documentary, photographic artist Henson has allowed TV cameras into his life for the first time after a long running suspicion and dislike of the medium. We are shown his life, the history of his career and see the artist at work, photographing by night and spending most of the day in his darkroom meticulously labouring over his prints. Henson’s talent has seen his work appear in many overseas public collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. ABC, Broadcast 22/2/04.

9/11 The falling man (72 min)

Following the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, images of the day were broadcast around the world. However, images of people jumping to their deaths were deemed too horrific for publication. One image, called the Falling Man, shows a person in midair, his body parallel with the twin towers of the World Trade Center. This documentary follows journalist Tom Junod’s efforts to identify the person in the photo ABC, Broadcast: 31/08/06

Biometrics (51 min)

Through interviews with researchers ,manufacturers and promoters of biometric techniques, this French documentary examines the various uses of biometrics (border control, building access security, workplace checks) and the way biometrics is implemented to serve political, military and technological interests in various parts of the world. (English subtitles) SBS, Broadcast: 06/05/07

Building the gherkin (52 min)

Directed by Mirjam von Arx, this documentary follows the construction of the new Swiss Re headquarters in London. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the building was meant to address spatial, environmental, and social concerns; its unique design was so radical that it quickly became the target of ridicule in the British press, earning its nickname, "the erotic gherkin".  ABC, Broadcast:11/06/06.

The Corporation, Part 1 (55min)
The Corporation, Part 2 (55 min)
The Corporation, Part 3 (55 min)

Directed by Mark Achbar, this three-episode series critically investigates the power of corporations, how they conduct their business, as well as the impacts of this on humanity and the rest of the planet. With cautious optimism, we are invited to reconsider our relationship with the dominant institution of our time. SBS Broadcast: 01/2005

Cyber attack (45 min)

Looks at the possibility of large-scale computer hacking during the Olympics. It examines security issues in general and shows just how vulnerable Internet users are to the misuse of confidential information. ABC (Four Corners), Broadcast:31/07/2000

Demons at drivetime (57 min)

An examination of the impact of the right-leaning talkback radio hosts of Australia. Former Senator Graham Richardson believes the talkback king now has more influence on the voting intentions of middle Australia than the daily papers. Featuring interviews with Alan Jones, Stan Zemanek, Ron Casey and Howard Sattler. SBS, Broadcast: 21/11/95.

The denial machine (45 min)

This report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigates the campaign to deny the science of global warming and slow international action against it. It also examines how key components of the fossil fuel industry’s case were adopted by governments in the US and Canada. ABC (Four Corners), Broadcast: 26/02/07

Empty oceans empty nets (52 min)

Increased demand, new technologies, and expanding coastal populations are testing the ocean’s ability to sustain healthy fish supplies. Looking at locations such as Indonesia, Boston, Senegal and Alaska among others and with interviews with David Suzuki, Mark Kulansky and Carl Safina, a global solution seems to be the only way to maintain fish as a healthy sustainable resource. SBS, Broadcast: 10/6/03

Fashionista, Part 1 (10 min), Part 2 (10 min), Part 3 (10 min), Part 4 (10 min), Part 5 (10 min), Part 6 (10 min), Part 7 (10 min), Part 8 (10 min), Part 9 (10 min)

TV program that takes a look at what’s new in Australian fashion, hosted by former SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin. Lee Lin sees fashion as an art form through which one can express oneself as clearly as through any other medium. She talks to contemporary fashion industry specialists, such as designers, high fashion importers and even dry cleaners, and has them explain their work and their influences. Offair, SBS Broadcast 7/5/05, 14/5/05, 28/5/05, 25/6/05, 2/7/05, 9/7/05, 19/7/05, 3/8/05, 22/8/05. Full list of Fashionista programs.

The gleaners and I = Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (138 mins)

2000 French documentary film directed by Anges Varda. Varda’s most recent effort - the first filmed with a digital videocamera - focuses on gleaners, those who gather the spoils left after a harvest, as well as those who mine the trash. Some completely exist on the leavings; others turn them into art, exercise their ethics, or simply have fun. The director likens gleaning to her own profession-that of collecting images, stories, fragments of sound, light, and colour. Includes the sequel, "Two Years Later". In French with English subtitles. Offair, SBS, Broadcast: 11/4/06.

Grass (76 min)

A film by Ron Mann. Hemp advocate Woody Harrelson narrates this documentary about the history of marijuana legislation in the United States, from its arrival at the turn of the century when it was bought across the border by Mexicans, up to the Clinton Administration era.  SBS, Broadcast: 14/12/04 ,

The great global warming swindle (126min)

This controversial documentary, written and directed by Martin Durkin, argues that the chief cause of climate change is not human activity but changes in radiation from the sun. Following the program, a panel discussion about the claims of the documentary is presented, featuring scientists and global warming specialists. ABC, Broadcast: 21/07/07

The hacktivists (55 min)

Profiling groups such as Electrohippies Collective, Electronic Disturbance Theatre and the Federation of Random Action, who are today’s anarchists and activists in cyberspace. Hacktivists are opposed to globalisation, but are themselves global, using the Internet and the technology of the economic movement against which they protest as their effective weapons. ABC, Broadcast 2 /05/02

The ice age (46 min)

Examines the destructive new epidemic "Ice", or crystal methamphetamine - now more popular than heroin. Not just a cheap drug for hardcore addicts, Ice is also a party drug and is used across the social spectrum. ABC (Four Corners), Broadcast: 20/3/06

In the mind of the architect, Episode 1: Keep the faith (56 min)

Writer director Tim Clark provides an insight into the works of architects including Harry Seidler, Peter Katsieris, Brit Andresen, Howard Raggatt, Peter McIntyre, Glenn Murcutt and Peter Corrigan. ABC, Broadcast June/July 2000

Episode 1: Describes the process behind constructing the built environment. Projects reviewed include: RMIT’s Storey Hall and the Commonwealth Law Court in Melbourne’s CBD.

In the mind of the architect, Episode 2: The public good (55 min)

Discusses the social responsibility of constructing public buildings, and the conflicting interests of developers and planning authorities. Projects include Phillip Island House; Melbourne Gateway; East Circular Quay; Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre; Federation Square.

In the mind of the architect, Episode 3: Corrugated dream (55 min)

Looks at the relationship between architects, clients and public taste, and asks what Australian architecture is and should be. Includes: C House; Girrawaa Creative Work Centre; Rose Seidler House; Riverhouse; Building 8 RMIT University; Gottlieb House; Price/O’Reilly House; Republic Tower.

Lessons of darkness (59 min)

1996 documentary directed by Werner Herzog. A film of immense beauty and frightening imagery. Set against the backdrop of the first Gulf conflict, the work explores the enormity of the destruction in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait through the images themselves and Herzog’s sparse dialog. SBS, Broadcast 3/11/01 

No easy fix (28 min)

Report on the proposed free heroin trial in the A.C.T, involving the legal and controlled administration of heroin to addicts. Reformers argue that this would not only marginalise criminal suppliers and save lives, but would dramatically reduce health costs, as the needle exchange program has done. The program asks whether the Australian community is ready for this policy approach, ABC (Lateline) Broadcast: 21/06/96

Nowhere to hide: the future of privacy (27 min)

Privacy will soon be dead. We will have no choice but to learn to live with it. The tools of surveillance are getting smaller and smaller: you can now get a video camera the size of a dollar coin. When they become as tiny as the head of an insect, will we just have to accept that anyone could be observing us at any moment? ABC (Aftershock), Broadcast: 15/08/05

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s war on journalism

Outfoxed, a documentary from producer/director Robert Greenwald provides an in-depth look at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel and the increasing dangers to democracy when multi-national corporations take control of the public’s right to know. ABC, Broadcast: 1/02/05

The power of nightmares: the rise of the politics of fear, Part 1 (53 min)
The power of nightmares: the rise of the politics of fear, Part 2 (53 min)
The power of nightmares: the rise of the politics of fear, Part 3 (53 min)

Three-part documentary. Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart? At the heart of this story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. These two groups have changed the world but not in the way either intended. Together they created today’s nightmare vision of an organised terror network - a fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. SBS broadcast 31/01/,07, 7/02/ 07and 14/02/ 07.

Secret history of hacking (50 min)

Explores the birth of hacking in the 1960s to the present day through interviews with hackers and the FBI Special Agents assigned to deal with "cybercriminals". Hacking began as a means of making free phone calls, but soon the outlaws of the computer age were able to break into computers at the highest levels of secrecy - including the NASA computer. SBS, Broadcast:19/10/02

Stone wood water with Andy Goldsworthy (19 min)

Episode 1: The Scaur River, Dumfriesshire Episode 2: The Capenoche Tree, Dumfriesshire. Andy Goldsworthy reflects on the evocative natural forms and landscapes of the Scaur River and the Capenoche Tree in Dumfriesshire, Scotland and discusses the works they have inspired. , SBS,. Broadcast 2003

Tough calls (46 min)

As Telstra remakes itself in a transition from public to private hands, losing nearly a third of its 40,000 staff, it is at the very sharpest end of reform. When a young Melbourne woman who worked at a Telstra call centre, suicided this year the spotlight shifted briefly onto Telstra’s management practices.  ABC Four Corners Broadcast 18/06/2007

Business of change

This ABC Four Corners report looks behind the service industry revolution that is sweeping workplaces, based on the old notion that time is money. In practice it means introducing scientific systems to every workplace, even into our private lives, measuring results against time. Consultants, change managers and information technology are part of the new systems that measure and supervise work, getting us to accept change. Offair, ABC , 45 min. ABC Broadcast 28/08/2000

The true meaning of pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia (59 min)

A documentary which offers an in-depth look at Adams and his work, as well as the people he documents and the perspectives of other photographers. Like many photographers, Shelby Lee Adams has a favored subject, and in his case he prefers to turn the lens of his camera on the poor Appalachian families of Eastern Kentucky. Offair, SBS, Broadcast 9/12/03.

War Photographer (53 mins)

Follows photojournalist James Nachtwey to hot spots including Kosovo, the West Bank, and Indonesia, as he searches for pictures he thinks he can publish. A film about a committed, shy man, considered to be the most important war photographer of our time. ABC

Waste equals food (52 min)

Waste management strategies developed by "green" architect William McDonough and German "green" chemist Michael Braungart have been adopted by various companies such as NIKE and Ford Motor Company. SBS Broadcast: 08/05/07

You only live twice (46 min)

Examines the world of Second Life, a virtual online world where people interact via online representations of themselves. Touted as the next big thing on the Internet, Second Life is now attracting interest from the business world, with some of the world’s biggest companies setting up virtual headquarters within Second Life - ABC (Four Corners), 19/03/07