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Background: Greater Union Film Distributors was a short-lived theatrical distribution arm of Greater Union Cinemas, an Australian cinema chain. Greater Union are now owned by AHL which falls under Village Roadshow ownership.

British Empire Films[]

1st Logo (1932-1967)[]

British Empire Films

Logo: On a grey-to-black colour gradient background, we see the stacked text "DISTRIBUTED IN AUSTRALIA BY" and, below it, a large metallic object containing the letters B-E-F. Enclosed inside the object is a globe showing only the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and the country of Australia. The text "British Empire Films" appears below.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Near extinction. Has been spotted on a small number of early Australian film prints of domestic and imported productions, among which are The Girl in the Picture and Bond of Fear.

2nd Logo (1967-1976)[]

Logo: On a blue background, we see three octagons, each of which the letters B, E, and F. The stacked text "BRITISH EMPIRE FILMS" wipes in from the left.

FX/SFX: Cel animation.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Extinct. No film prints with this logo are known to have surfaced as of this writing.

GUO Film Distributors[]

GUO Film Distributors

Logo: On a black background, a gold medallion with an abstract connected "GU" engraved in it zooms in rapidly, shining and sparkling. Then it zooms back slowly and stops at a comfortable position. A spotlight then fades in from behind the medallion, as the following sets of text zoom out below, line-by-line:

GUO FILM
DISTRIBUTORS
presents

The logo then sparkles. FX/SFX: Cel animation.

Music/Sounds: An abridged variation of Keith Mansfield's "Destiny" from the Bruton Music label.

Availability: Extinct. No video releases or television broadcasts are known to have preserved this, and only one print has ever surfaced.

Greater Union Film Distributors[]

1st Logo (1982-1988)[]

Greater Union Film Distributors

Logo: The camera zooms back through a star-shaped tunnel made out of lines. It zooms so far out that it goes out of a star-like shape revealing the words "GREATER UNION" in a bubbly font which is neon blue. Many lasers shoot the logo in different places and leaves stars on many letters. The letters change to a yellow colour and shines many times. The logo then shines more brightly and the words "FILM DISTRIBUTORS" are revealed in a yellow font. The logo then glows once more.

Trivia: This logo was a variation of their cinema idents at the time.

FX/SFX: Backlit animation.

Music/Sounds: A rising spaceship engine drone sound for the zooming back, followed by an ethereal choir, accompanied by the laser sounds, on the flash the choir breaks into a synth fanfare. Sometimes, it's silent.

Availability: Near extinction. This logo was only used in Australian cinemas. However this has shown up letterboxed on a 1984 PBV VHS of The Last Starfighter, another unknown video and strangely enough the UK VHS release of Warriors of the Wind, the infamous Manson International dub of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Also appears on the short film Palace of Dreams. This makes a surprise appearance on the Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray of Razorback, instead of the Warner Bros. logo.

2nd Logo (1988-1991)[]

Greater Film Distributors

Logo: On a space background with a purple nebula, the camera slowly pans down to reveal the Earth's horizon as a white flash of light appears on the centre of the nebula. A spinning silver disc then zooms in shining to a comfortable position. It stops spinning, revealing it to be a stylised "GU" monogram (an updated version of the monogram used in the GUO days). Below, the following text also in silver zooms in from the horizon:

GREATER UNION
DISTRIBUTORS

A star-shaped cutout is seen on the "A". The byline "A Roadshow Greater Union Company" in Futura Black fades in afterwards underneath the company name.

Variants:

  • Widescreen and scope versions exist.
  • There also existed a "Greater Union Presents" version of this.

FX/SFX: Appears to be a mix of live-action model work and cel animation.

Music/Sounds: A ding when the flash of light appears, followed by a synth horn fanfare over a chorus pad, then a drumbeat when the emblem stops zooming in, ending in a synthesised flourish.

Availability: Extinct. Until 2023, the only evidence this logo existing is on Australian VHS releases of Blinky Bill on the video cover and on trailers for the film. This print logo has been recently spotted on a TV spot for Proof. This logo was most likely seen only in Australian cinemas as the logo is erased from all home media releases or plastered with the Roadshow Television logo on TV prints. According to the OzMovies website, Greater Union Distributors' final production under that name was The Magic Riddle, released in Australian cinemas on 26 September 1991, and its final release under that name was Sweet Talker, released in the same cinemas on 7 November 1991; it is unknown if there are prints of either film with this logo.

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