The Australian film industry was born in 1906 with the release of The Story of the Kelly Gang, the first feature film ever made. Since that time, Australian crews have produced many films, many of which have received international recognition.
Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat, a cartoon character first appearing in the silent film era, originated in Australian Pat Sullivan’s New York studio. Felix is widely considered the world’s first animated film star.
Bandstand was an Australian musical variety television program that screened from November 1958 to June 1972. Featuring both local and international music artists, it was produced at the studios of TCN-9 in Sydney and eventually became a national program as the Nine Network expanded into other Australian cities in the early 1960s.
Old-Time Music and Variety Shows
Studio performances, bands, popular singers and comedians, the earliest days of Australian television were marked by music and variety shows.