Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AUSTRALIAN FILMS YOU MUST SEE

If you are planning a visit to Australia, live in Australia, or just want to understand how the country came to be as it is, watching a collection of Australian movies might prove to be an interesting insight. In no particular order (and for various particular reasons) here's a list of 10 Australian films that you must see.


Breaker Morant (1980)
During the Boer War, Australian soldiers served under British sovereignty, and followed orders that led to their execution. This film tells the story of those soldiers, of whom lawyers today still feel should be pardoned.




Gallipoli
(1981)

During World War 1, Australian soldiers served under British sovereignty, and followed orders that led to their massacre (see a pattern emerging..??). This film tells the story of those soldiers.






Mad Max
(1, 2 and others, 1979 onwards).

Post apocalyptic yarn that rev-heads love and which captures the vast expanse of Australian cinematography. Mel Gibson's watershed role (Aussie accents were dubbed over by US performers for the initial US release...as per this video:).






Evil Angels
(aka a Cry in The Dark) 1989.

What did happen to little Azaria Chamberlain in Outback Australia? Perhaps Meryl Streep has the answer.






Oranges and Sunshine
(2010).

British politicians thought it a good idea to export unfortunate kids to Australia after World War II. It will make you angry.




Crocodile Dundee
(1986)

For no other reason apart from what it did for Australia...and Paul Hogan.






Balibo
(2009)

When Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, a group of Aussie journalists were captured and killed. Official explanations indicate they were caught in the crossfire. This films depicts the events as most Australian's believe them: that they were victims of war crimes. Tensions between Indonesia and Australia remain over these events.






Australia
 (2008)

A Baz Luhrmann film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman. If nothing else, it will give you a history lesson.






The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
(1978)

We've never really treated indigenous Australians very well.






The Dish
 (2000)

An internationally successful film which presents a somewhat humorous account of an Australian observatory's role in the Apollo 11 moon landing.




For a comprehensive list of Aussie films visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_films