If all that comes to mind is Crocodile Dundee when you think of Australian films, these amazing films you should see from down under should convince you there is more to the country’s contribution to film.
Eric Bana stars in this uncompromising and hard-hitting look at the Australian prison system, based partly on the autobiography of Mark Read. The film has become a cult classic, rather like the man himself.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
A gripping crime drama, loosely based on the infamous Pettingill family in Melbourne. Jacki Weaver, who plays the protagonist’s grandmother, has been widely praised for her performance in the film.
The Babadook (2014)
This suspenseful and truly terrifying film has been on several lists of the best films of 2014. Definitely one of the best horror films of recent years, with a compelling storyline and some fine acting.
The theme of Australian identity is examined in this critically acclaimed film which explores the lives of several Australians who fight in Turkey during WW I. It stars Mel Gibson, in one of his earliest and pre superstar roles.
The Man From Snowy River (1982)
These family dramas seemed to capture all that was typical of Australia, including horse riding and wide open spaces. Kirk Douglas starred in the film, which helped to bring Australian cinema to a broader audience.
Romper Stomper (1992)
A gritty and realistic crime drams which focus on a group of neo-Nazis and their ever-changing environment. The acting and plot seem entirely natural, and the film has been praised for being extremely realistic.
Samson And Delilah (2009)
This film about Aborigines was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film and has also won various other awards. An emotional portrayal of a couple of kids who take a journey away from their community and all that they know.
This film about a blind photographer’s life uses innovative plot devices to tell its story, as well as plenty of black comedy. The film has won several awards and stars one of the country’s best actors, Russell Crowe.
Wake In Fright (1971)
Many see this film as an essential example of Australian new wave cinema, although for many years it was considered to be lost as it just wasn’t available. It was finally released on DVD in 2009.
The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
This is a classic coming of age story, and the touching and moving film were loosely based on the childhood memories of John Duigan, the film’s director.