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What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 11:55 pm

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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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:01 am

I would assume the answer depends upon your definition of "good".
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:17 am

'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.
 
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:58 am

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

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 1:03 am

How about this one?



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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 1:05 am

More controversially, Russell Crowe's first major film, about Aussie Neo-Nazi skinheads, 'Romper Stomper', certainly packs a punch.
 
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 1:09 am

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?

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 1:13 am

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

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 2:33 am

Shine ,Love serenade ,Muriel's wedding, mad max
 
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 4:01 am

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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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 4:11 am

"Muriel's Wedding"

"Strictly Ballroom"

"Flirting"

"Walkabout"

"Gallipoli"

"Shine"

"Mad Max"

"Sirens"

"The Last Wave"

"Sweetie"

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 4:45 am

Strictly Ballroom

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Muriel's Wedding

Cosi

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:18 am

No one has mentioned mt favourite -The Castle
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:54 am

Made in Australia is Matrix
 
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 10:05 am

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

Romper Stomper is fairly 'international'.
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:17 pm

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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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 1:11 pm

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!



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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 2:10 pm

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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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 2:56 pm

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.

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 11:18 pm

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.

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 12:23 am

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.
 
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 12:36 am

I must point out here that Sam Neil and Russell Crowe are both from New Zealand.
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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 2:38 pm

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.

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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 4:32 pm

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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RE: What Are Some Good Australian Movies?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 9:04 pm

Mad Max

Chopper (If you can stomach the violence)!

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