Synopsis:BBC2 Trade Test film, covering the construction of a hydroelectric dam to capture seasonal meltwater from the Snowy Mountains in Eastern Australia. Shot in 1964 the film captures the Snowy Mountain Project mid-way through completion.
Shotlist:[From the Original Film Catalogue]
In September, Australia's spring, the winter snows lying thick in the Snowy Mountains begin to melt. Streams become swollen rivers as the waste water empties itself into the Pacific Ocean nearly a hundred miles away.
The Snowy Mountain Scheme is a twenty-five year project - now half completed - to harness the waste water of the mountains for hydro-electric power and irrigation.
A new geography is being created by the many enormous dams. Vast caverns have been drilled deep inside the mountains to house the generators which will supply much needed electricity for the expanding cities. large tunnels are turning the rivers back through the mountains so that what was waste water can be used to irrigate the barren interior.
Here are found many 'New Australians' - people from all over the world who have found in the Snowy project the beginnings of a better life for themselves and their children.
Production Company:World Wide Pictures in association with Cinesound.