Videos, '16 Days in September - Games Highlights of the XXVII Olympiad', plastic/video tape, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, produced by Warner Vision Australia, Sydney, 2001
Produced in early 2001 by Warner Vision Australia, this commemorative video, 'Sixteen Days In September', features sports highlights of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Australian Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, introduces the video which focuses almost entirely upon Australia's Olympic achievements - each of Australia's medal-winning performances is recorded in the 110-minute production. Much of the footage was supplied courtesy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Games of the XXVII Olympiad took place in Sydney from 15 September to 29 October 2000, involving over 11,000 athletes, 199 countries and 28 different sports. After the event, IOC president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, declared that Sydney "presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever" - an achievement that allayed the concerns of many Australians who had feared that the Games were sure to fail. By late 2000, several videos and publications had entered the market, recording the success of the Games and of the Olympic athletes themselves.
This video is typical of the sports merchandise that emerged before, during and after the Sydney Olympic Games, and its focus on Australia's Olympic achievements demonstrates that it was tailored for the local consumer market. This particular copy retailed for AUD $19.95 at an ABC Shop outlet in early 2001.
"16 Days in September - Games Highlights of the XXVII Olympiad" was designed by Warner Vision Australia in late 2000. The artwork was designed by QL Graphics in 2000.
"16 Days in September - Games Highlights of the XXVII Olympiad" was produced by Warner Vision Australia in late 2000. It includes an introduction by Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, and sports footage from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
This video is an example of those that were purchased by the Australian general public as souvenirs of the Sydney 2000 Games. It is used at the Powerhouse Museum to give additional context to the Sydney 2000 Games Collection.
"16 Days in September - Games Highlights of the XXVII Olympiad" was purchased by the Powerhouse Museum for AUD$19.95 from an ABC Shop outlet in 2001.