Item 12 - The Hungry Mile. Filmed and produced by Jock Levy, Keith Gow, Norma Disher. Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit

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Z656-12

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The Hungry Mile. Filmed and produced by Jock Levy, Keith Gow, Norma Disher. Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit

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  • 1955 (Creation)

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1 videoreel (20 min)

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Documents industrial relations on the waterfront since the 1930s and includes dramatised scenes of working conditions during the Depression; recounts the background to the Federal Governments 1954 amendments to the Stevedoring Industry Act, which proposed to give shipowners the right to directly recruit wharf labour and bypass the union; shows workers demonstrating; contrasts the gap between industry and workers in the division of profits; portrays the solidarity amongst waterside workers. Voice-over narration by Leonard Teale.

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Sony V16SP, 2 track, mono.; 1 in. videotape on 10½ in. metal reel in plastic can; this copy provided by Videolab, Sydney, 31 Oct 1985

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NFSA: No. 721278, Fighting Films - The Waterside Workers Federation Film Unit; http://vimeo.com/20395495

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