A Story of A City

by Anna Blanch on January 27, 2012

This is the story of a city built on coal. The film illustrates the fact that Australia’s Newcastle, like its British counterpart, has developed into a large city but still retains its essential mining atmosphere. The great steel industry which feeds on its black gold is shown in full blast. But the film reaches beyond coal, steel and the activity of a great port into the lives of the people of Newcastle. This film was made by The National Film Board 1945 and was directed by Shan Benson.

There was a line that struck me; a line that speaks to what it is about Australia that I yearn for (around 10:20 in the video):

“the hours of leisure fit more comfortably into the background of our environment, the quiet spaciousness of the Australian landscape. We find our contentment in the warmth of the sun and the simplicity of fundamental things.”

I yearn for that sun and for the rest.


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