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Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef (577.789 DVD SEC)  47 min.  2006. 

Journey through more than 1,200 miles of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to discover the secrets of the unique marine life that inhabit this dazzling spectacle, considered to be the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Shiralee (DVD TV SHI)  190 min.  1987. 

A fiercely independent man reluctantly takes his daughter on the road with him to the Australian outback while he looks for work.

The Snowtown Murders (DVD DRAMA SNO)  120 min.  2012. 

Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, the film follows a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. She takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming a vicious predator into her home. It won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes' Critics Week and a 2011 Cannes Film Festival Award.

Sweetie (DVD DRAMA SWE)  99 min.  1989. 

Jane Campion, director of The Piano, will always be remembered for this stunning debut feature.  The focus of this film is the hazardous relationship between button-down, superstitious Kay, and her rampaging sister, “Sweetie.”

Swimming Upstream (DVD DRAMA SWI)  97 min.  2003. 

This film is based on the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family.  Living in the shadow of an abusive father, Tony finds the inner strength to become a swimming champion.  Always overshadowed in his father's eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart.

Tap Dogs (DVD MUSICAL TAP)  73 min.  1996. 

Six young Australian men steal tap from the world of black ties and tails and carry it body and soul into the nineties.

Ten Canoes (DVD FOREIGN TEN)  In Aboriginal language and English, with English captions.  88 min.  2006. 

In the past, Dayindi coveted his older brother's wife. To teach him the proper way, he is told a parable of forbidden love from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, and revenge gone wrong.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (921 DVD TOP)  84 min.  2009. 

This is the story of the world's only yodeling country singing and comedy lesbian sibling duo, the Topp Twins (Jools and Lynda Topp), who have inspired a generation with their politics and celebration of joy.

Tracker (DVD ACTION TRA)  102 min.  2010. 

An ex-war soldier has just returned to his beloved country and is quickly sent back out to track a man accused of killing a fellow soldier. While hunting through the countryside, he captures his fugitive, only to learn that he's innocent of his accused crime. When faced with the life-changing decision to turn him in or set him free, only one man will walk away alive.

The Tree (DVD DRAMA TRE)  100 min.  2010. 

Blindsided after her husband's sudden death, Dawn and her four young children struggle to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone is convinced that her father is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan fig tree that towers over their house. The family is initially comforted by its presence, but then the tree's roots encroach on the abode and threaten them.

Triumph and Tragedy on the Great Reef (919.43 DVD TRI)  48 min.  1997. 

The spectacular Great Barrier Reef of Australia and its diverse marine life are facing a myriad of challenges. This documentary shows both the brilliance of the Reef and its creatures and modern threats such as invasions by colonies of crown of thorns starfish, cyclones, and human development.

Troy’s Story (796.75 DVD TRO)  138 min.  2008. 

The hard-charging style of legendary Australian motorcycle racer Troy Bayliss has won him not only the World Superbike crown, but also a reputation as one of the most exciting riders in the world. This portrait features footage from some of his greatest races.

Two Hands (DVD DRAMA TWO)  90 min.  1999. 

Nineteen-year-old Jimmy finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile, two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.

Walkabout (DVD DRAMA WAL)  100 min.  1971. 

Stranded in the Australian outback, an English girl and her brother are rescued by an Aborigine boy who is there on his "walkabout" − a tribal initiation into manhood.

Whale Rider (DVD DRAMA WHA)  101 min.  2002. 

This film is based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.  The Whangara people of New Zealand believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by a whale, and have since granted leadership to the first-born males of a certain family, believing them to be Paikea’s descendants. A mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn son, but his twin sister, Pai, survives and is raised by her grandparents.  Learning the skills of chiefdom, Pai shows that she possesses natural leadership ability.

Wolf Creek (DVD SCI-FI WOL)  104 min.  2005. 

Kristy, Ben and Liz are friends who set out to hike through the scenic Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian outback.  Trouble begins when they return from their hike to find that their car won't start.  They think they have a way out when a friendly local bushman named Mick Taylor offers help, but what Mick has in mind for them has nothing to do with friendliness.

The World’s Fastest Indian (DVD DRAMA WOR)  127 min.  2005. 

Burt Munro, a Kiwi from far south New Zealand, has been building and rebuilding his antique Indian motorcycle for the last forty years, dreaming of the day when he and the bike can go to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats and see what they can really do.  When Burt’s heart goes bad on him, he is afraid his dream has come to an end, but he is not ready to give up.  He mortgages his house and he and the motorcycle head for America to participate in “Speed Week” at the Salt Flats.