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2004 Program

Student Short Film Competition

In Canberra, Shepparton and Tasmania, SCINEMA 04 features judging screenings of finalists in our 2004 National Student Short Film Competition.

The program runs for 9 mins, and features two entrants in our Primary Schools section:  Don't be a drip, Save every drop and Frankenstein; Caden Walla, Chameliorate and To Bee or Not To Bee in our Secondary Schools section; and in our Tertiary section, Beaumaris Zoo Tasmania and the Last Thylacine and Show a Little Respect- Caring for a Reserve.

Audience vote will decide our winners in the three categories, to be announced in the coming weeks.

Caden Pearson and Mel HarlingDavid Easteal
(Left) Caden Pearson and Mel Harling traveled from Brisbane for our Canberra screenings. They told our audience that their film, CADEN WALLA, was shot in 3 days for a school project. (Right) Local boy David Easteal shot his film TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE in a single day, especially to enter into SCINEMA.


When we look back at what got us really thinking about the world around us, the influences we felt growing up are each different and individual. Our parents, our families, our teachers. But there are some figures we all have in common, and they came into our lounge rooms of an afternoon, after school, and stayed with us for years, educating and entertaining. SCINEMA 04 salutes these influences on today’s and tomorrow’s scientists with a retrospective of classic Aussie science television.

With his ads for Cadbury's chocolates, Professor Julius Sumner-Miller's trademark 'Why is it so?' entered the vernacular. He asked the question daily on his ABC-TV show from the 1960. We present 3 episodes, titled "Experiments With Toys": In episode 1, the Professor explores the wonder of toys such as the energy in the flywheel of a toy car, and changing the buoyancy of a ball by changing the water temperature. Episode 2 features demonstrations with the physics of toys that balance such as a spinning top and a unicyclist, while in the third chapter, the Professor explains and demonstrates how the dunking bird works. He also explores the physics of soap bubbles.

Moving on to the 70s, we meet Rob Morrison and Dean Hutton, still Australia's foremost science communicators. In the 1970s and 80s, Rob and Dean explained the wonders of science to a whole generation of Aussie kids on The Curiosity Show. They made science, and skivvies, sexy - in fact, the boys opened the very first SCINEMA in 2000 with a show we called SEXY SKIVVY SCIENCE.

In the early 1980's, as Australia became increasingly aware of environmental issues, ABC TV produced Earthwatch, targeted at a school-aged audience using young investigators to highlight contemporary science and enviro-policy.

An award-winning, broadly based environment program aimed at the 8-14 age group, Totally Wild (visit the website) has been on Australia's Network 10 since the late 90s, and showcases a variety of stories on topics such as the latest action sports, young achievers, Australian native fauna & flora, issues of environmental significance, science, pet care and the latest technology. The Totally Wild crew put together some of their favourite stories especially for SCINEMA 04.

Y’ ran for 4 years on the Nine Network, spanning 325 episodes, presenting basic science in a fun and educational way. Experiments in the studio are interspersed with magazine-style segments featuring science being applied in children’s everyday lives.

Finally, our retrospective on Aussie kids science TV finishes with something truly contemporary - Backyard Science makes its ABC TV debut the same week as our first screenings! Backyard Science is a fun and educational series for children aged 6-12 years. Ripping science out of the laboratory and taking it to the real world, this is science for kids BY kids. Demonstrating easy, practical and cool activities that anyone can do, Backyard Science explains the mysteries of life, the universe and everything – all from the backyard, kitchen, beach, bathroom or garden!

With the recent introduction of digital television to Australia, it will be interesting to see where the future of children's science communication on the box lays.


Venturing into new territory, SCINEMA provided the visuals for a great dance party night at Canberra's Academy nightclub on Friday 13th.

The Academy crew played up the science theme, inventing a cocktail especially for our punters - the Quantitative Geneticist - Bacardi, Parfait Amour, Mango Nectar and Lemonade with a Blue Curacao float - which was enjoyed by all.

The VJ used clips from SCINEMA 04 for the night's visuals, played over tunes from guest DJ Archie.

SCINEMA also invited special guest Conan the Bubbleman to work his magic for the crowd.

Conan the Bubbleman in action
Above: Conan the Bubbleman does his stuff for the crowds at Academy.


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