Discussion in 'The Music & Movies Forum' started by Wizardman, Jan 26, 2019.
With Australia Day here, what are your top three Australian movies of all time?
1. Mad Max series. I grouped them as a series otherwise my list would simply be Mad Max 2,1 and Fury Road. Mad Max 2 easily makes my top ten movies of all time list. Brilliant movie making with a very dark tone, great story, interesting characters and settings and great stunts. One of the movies that inspired my interest in film.
2. Romper Stomper: A movie that has been forgotten as time has gone on. Brilliant movie that displays the holes in the race hating argument. Crowe's best performance which has been lost in his Hollywood success. The movie may well have fallen apart without that intense performance,
3. The Man From Hong Kong....very much a guilty pleasure. Nowhere near the quality of the first two movies but as a martial arts fan, I loved the Australian/Hong Kong movie co project. A fight scene at Uluru, Silverwater Jail scenes, Sydney Harbour scenes, 1970's Sydney....it sure captured the time period perfectly. Supporting actors like Roger Ward, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Bill Hunter, Frank Thring along with George Lazenby all play their part.
1. The Babadook (2014)
A horror film of rare power. First time I watched this, I had to stop it for about twenty minutes, such was its intensity. I truly rate this up there with classics of the genre, like The Shining. A brilliant, brilliant film.
2. Red Hill (2010)
A simply awesome revenge, quasi-Western thriller that has a thumping pace & electric action sequences. This one hasn’t been seen by too many people, & that’s a damn shame. Worth seeking out.
3. The Tunnel (2011)
Shot on a micro-budget, this is another pretty obscure film few people have seen, but is wonderfully shot & tremendously realistic in its presentation. A horror film which doesn’t necessarily do anything new, but does it extremely well. You’ll never walk comfortably through St. James Station again, that’s for sure.
My favourite film of all-time, Dark City, is considered by some to be an Australian movie. It was shot in Sydney, & the story was conceived by Australian Alex Proyas, who also directs. However, I’d say the fact it was financed & distributed by a Hollywood studio disqualifies it.
Wake in Fright
A lot of quality Australian movies do just seem to get lost. Movies like "Head On" (Alex Dimitriardis) and "Dead Heart" (Bryan Brown) are excellent Australian movies that just disappeared between the cracks.
I've seen "Red Hill"....good flick.
I really need to get my hands on "Wake in Fright". It is meant to be absolute quality.
The odd angry shot
Mad max fury road
It is easy to get hold of now. For a decade or so it was deemed lost, so maybe that made it a bit of a sleeper.
I'll pick any three from these:
The Man From Snowy River
Dogs From Space
The Year My Voice Broke
Dating The Enemy
Hercules Returns (is this on DVD? Remember seeingthis on new release video and our house dying of laughter).
Rabbit Proof Fence
Let's Get Skase
Bran Neu Dae
Beneath Hill 60
These Final Hours
In no particular order:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: The Road Warrior
Wake In Fright (an incredible, must-see movie).
A really good movie. Highly recommend.
One of my favourites. Rose Byrne.
Mad Max 2
Running on Empty
Hercules Returns is one of the most underrated movies of all time.
Some good ones there, good to see Cosi get a mention, Lantana too.
Ahhh f**k, I forgot about Two Hands. That would have been an honorable mention as well.
The Dress Maker
Picnic At Hanging Rock
My Brilliant Career
Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll
On The Beach
Showed this to my wife last week, who’s from Colombia. Found it fantastically unsettling.
A great film.
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