Australia Daze

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Australia Daze
Directed byPat Fiske [1]
Produced byGraeme Isaac [1]
Music byDavood Tabrizi [1]
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
75 minutes [2]

Australia Daze is a 1988 Australian documentary film that takes a look at how various Australians spent Australia Day 1988. [3]



Australia Daze is a combination of footage shot by 29 different camera crews in various locations around Australia from midnight to midnight on 26 January 1988, the Bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. [4] [5] [6] [7]

The film includes footage of the Aboriginal Protest of the Bicentenary, where more than 40,000 people marched through Sydney in the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam Moratorium. [8]


Australian Film Institute Awards Best EditingWon [9]

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