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What Are Some Good Australian Movies?  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
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My only exposure to movies about and made on location in Australia are

"rabbit proof fence"

and

"The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert"



Are there any other good aussie films out there.


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User currently offlineTsv From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

I would assume the answer depends upon your definition of "good".


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

'The Dish', a witty story of the Australian contribution to the Apollo 11 landing, at the Parks tracking station.

'Chopper', The true-ish story of a best selling author, who happens be a somewhat mad criminal who's spent most of his life in prison, he's written 12 books, with titles like 'How to make friends and shoot people'.

Two fairly recent ones that come to mind and I enjoyed.


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

There's the one about the gay guy (Russel Crowe?) and his father, from the mid 90's I think.

LY744.



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

How about this one?



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

More controversially, Russell Crowe's first major film, about Aussie Neo-Nazi skinheads, 'Romper Stomper', certainly packs a punch.

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

There was a movie about a bunch of girls from a girlschool going on a picknick at Ayers Rock or some other magic aborigine place like that, and in the end some of them disappeare...quite nice and yet thrilling. Does anybody remember the title?

Oh and what about Mad Max 1 and 2..Aussie or American movies?

[Edited 2003-06-07 18:11:10]


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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

Hmm, movies "about" Australia and made on location here.
Lots made here but not necessarlity about Oz (e.g., Matrix, etc,)
"Two Hands" is a pretty grim, but black humoured, look at managed (rather than organised) crime set in Kings Cross Sydney starring Heath Ledger & Bryan Brown.
"Picnic at Hanging Rock" is a "classic" period look at a mystery in rural Australia.

Googling "australian movies" brought up this site but not all are "about" Australia.

http://users.mcmedia.com.au/~stocky/ausfilms.html

PGF


User currently offlineFLYING MACHINE From Spain, joined May 2002, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

Shine ,Love serenade ,Muriel's wedding, mad max

User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

There is a movie with Vin Diesel called "Pitch Black" that was actually pretty good if you like action movies. I think was completely made in Oz, can anyone verify this?


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User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

"Muriel's Wedding"

"Strictly Ballroom"

"Flirting"

"Walkabout"

"Gallipoli"

"Shine"

"Mad Max"

"Sirens"

"The Last Wave"

"Sweetie"

If you want to know something about each movie's genre, plot and cast, try http://www.rottentomatoes.com.


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11533 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

Strictly Ballroom

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Muriel's Wedding

Cosi

I like Bill Hunter. He is so funny and versitile.



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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

No one has mentioned mt favourite -The Castle


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User currently offlineFLYING MACHINE From Spain, joined May 2002, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

Made in Australia is Matrix

User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2732 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1618 times:

The Castle is by far the best but perhaps the humour is too local.

Romper Stomper is fairly 'international'.



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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Moulin Rouge was a great Australian production.

But I must agree that "Romper Stomper" is terrifyingly brilliant.

Flyingbronco05: That was not an Australian movie - it's from Queensland.

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User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Russle Crowe *gay* movie was called "The Sum of Us".

I'm just compiling a list of movies that are all Australian made and those movies which appear to be Hollywood movies but were filmed on location here.

"Babe" is one example as are the Matrix movies.

It used to be quite a novelty seeing our city streets shut down whilst they did huge amounts of location shooting - but in the end it just irritates people now as the street closures and such create traffic problems.

As you could imagine Pricila Queen of the Desert is one of my favourite movies - and for the trivia buffs I was drinking in the pub last night that they show in the beginning and launch the bus. (The Imperial Hotel @ Newtown where I now live.)

And yes they still have drag shows there. Hah Hah!



mb  Big grin


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

You know, the only pure aussie flims that I know I have seen had Mel in them.

You had Mad Max, which was ok, but the later ones had more developed plots and characters.

You had "Task Force Z" which really didn't do a whole lot for me.

You had "Galipoli, which was a war film that had half of it showing Mel walking across a desert to the recruiting station"


Question, Where the films, "Breaker Morant" or "Man from Snowy River" Aussie films or just about Aussie's.

The first one is a pretty good flick, the second one I could take or leave, but my mom liked it. Which is to be expected, it is a chick flick.



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User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Gawd, what constitutes an Aussie film about Australians?

The same could be said about the English, Americans or French?

Australian culture is far too rich to quantify it in something as banal as a Mad Max film or *throw a shrimp on the barbie* type stuff.

Films like "The Sum of Us" - "The Castle" - "Picnic at Hanging Rock" - "Galipolli" - "Breaker Morant" - "Pricilla" - all typify us as a nation.

Someone correct me but it was my belief that cartoons that were enjoyed the world over were animated here by Hanna & Barberra - "The Flintstones" - "Scooby Doo" etc etc.

mb

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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Someone correct me but it was my belief that cartoons that were enjoyed the world over were animated here by Hanna & Barberra - "The Flintstones" - "Scooby Doo" etc etc.

You are not wrong there. I actually noticed that the Flintstones flew a stone airplane in one of the episodes - bearing the Qantas titles.

Cheeky- but I fib you not.

QANTASFOREVER


User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

I second GDB with his selection of "The Dish". Caught it on one of our movies channels a few months ago and quite enjoyed it. Heck its got Sam Neil and the Patrick Waburton to boot. Now if only Sam has said "I would have liked to have seen Montana." classic.

User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2732 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

I must point out here that Sam Neil and Russell Crowe are both from New Zealand.


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User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1059 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Trident3, the castle is such a great movie. Some relatives showed me last year while I was there. I couldn't stop laughing. Anybody know if they introduced it here in the US?

Crocodile Dundee was another Australian movie.

Dinker



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Picnic at Hanging Rock..That's it!!! Very nice movie, I loved it!


btw there was a miniseries on German TV, Bangkok Hilton, starring, Nicole Kidman and Denholm Elliott...was that one Australian, too?



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User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Mad Max

Chopper (If you can stomach the violence)!


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