Advertisement for a 1985 screening of the film.[1]

Created in 1982 by the Marionette Theatre of Australia, was a 46 minute film titled Rubbish, with David Perry serving as cinematographer.[2] The film was live action, utilised marionettes, and was shot primarily on the streets of Sydney. Notably, it won the Best Film award at the 1983 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards, and has allegedly won several other awards overseas.

Rubbish involved a young boy creating a world of puppet friends using pieces of rubbish found in the street.[3] It is perhaps best remembered for its antagonist, an eerie marionette witch, who relentlessly chases the boy down, frightening many home viewers.

Besides a few brief mentions of various VHS releases of the film, not a lot of information is available about it. No screenshots can be found online, nor can any footage of the film, whatsoever, though the film can apparently be found on VHS at several Australian libraries and universities, along with a collection of production photographs.[4][5]

The film was finally found on September 9, 2015 by owner Dycaite as part of Found Media Week.




  1. Google News archive of the Dec 09, 1985 issue of The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 09 Jan '13.
  2. Page one (of two) of David Perry's online biography, in which the film is mentioned. Retrieved 09 Jan '13.
  3. page on the film's 1982 VHS release. Retrieved 09 Jan '13.
  4. page on the film's 1987 VHS release. Retrieved 09 Jan '13.
  5. New South Wales State Library page on a collection of Marionette Theatre of Australia archives, including production stills from the film. Retrieved 09 Jan '13.
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