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Offline CountOrlok

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Favourite Australian films?
« on: February 25, 2020, 12:56:20 AM »
I've always like Australian cinema, not just because I am from Australia, but they produce genuinely good films.  Unique.

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

A must see, such a funny yet tragic film.  The first half is the best but the whole film is brilliant. 



Mad Max (1979)

This is a dark revenge tale about a hero becoming a villain.  The revenge doesn't come until the final act to build up the Max character and the world.




Mad Max 2 (1981)

This one is more action packed and set up the modern anti-hero.



Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

This is a little more Hollywood but it has fantastic visuals and who can forget Thunderdome.



Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Amazing film with beautiful soundtrack, will haunt you for days.



Romper Stomper (1992)

Russel Crowe's best movie but Daniel Pollock is much better (he committed suicide not long after filming).



Wolf Creek (2005)

Australia's best horror movie, it turns slasher conventions on their head.



Angel Baby (1995)

About two schizophrenics who fall in love, tragedy ensues.



Tim (1979)

Charming little movie, one of Mel Gibson's best.



Dead Calm (1989)

Best movie with Nicole Kidman.  Awesome thriller worthy of Hitchcock.



Proof (1991)

Hugo Weaving playing a blind man.  A weird love triangle drama.



Van Diemen's Land (2009)

Very brutal cannibal movie based on history.



Samson & Delilah (2009)

Very dark/disturbing love story/drama about the plight of indigenous Australians.



Mad Dog Morgan (1975)

Best bushranger movie.



Snowtown (2011)

Very disturbing and realistic, based on real crimes.



Gallipoli (1981)

A classic war movie.



Chopper (2000)

Based on the life of Mark 'Chopper' Reid.



Howling III:  The Marsupials (1987)

A very underrated werewolf movie.  Definitely the best of the Howling sequels.



Candy (2006)

About two heroin addicts who fall in love, tragedy ensues.  Good if you're a fan of Heath Ledger.



Body Melt (1993)

Gory and funny as hell!



Somersault (2004)

Thought this is a pretty good drama with Sam Worthington before he became famous.



Patrick (1978)

A good little horror/thriller.  The Italians made an unofficial sequel and it was remade recently.



Dead End Drive-In (1986)

Really underrated dystopian/action film.



The Time Guardian (1987)

Like Terminator meets Star Wars in the Aussie outback.



Undead (2003)

This has got to be one of Australia's best zombie movies.  Although I haven't seen Cargo (2017) yet.



2:37 (2006)

High school drama.  A lot like Gus Van Sant's Elephant.



The Loved Ones (2009)

This is kind of like Australia's version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.



The Rover (2014)

This is like Mad Max but not as over the top.



The Black Balloon (2008)

I remember this being a pretty decent drama about a family in the suburbs.



The Tunnel (2011)

Found footage horror film.



Daybreakers (2009)

They all have American accents but this is an Aussie film.  About a society of vampires.



Thirst (1979)

Another Aussie vampire film.  This seems inspired by Hammer Horror.



Primal (2010)

Some students go exploring an ancient aboriginal site and one of them gets possessed and goes feral.



Storm Warning (2007)

Rednecks vs Yuppies



Razorback (1984)

Classic Aussie creature feature.



Death in Brunswick (1990)

This is a funny drama movie with Sam Neill.



Fortress (1985)

Based on a true story.  About a school teacher and her class of children who are taken hostage in the outback and manage to turn the tables on their captors (guys wearing creepy animal masks), taking them out one by one.



Cunnamulla (2000)

This is a controversial documentary about a small town and its residents.



Next of Kin (1982)

Atmospheric murder mystery.  Awesome ending.



For some documentaries on Australian cinema, I recommend:

40,000 Years of Dreaming (1999)
Not Quite Hollywood (2008)
David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema (2017)
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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 04:19:14 AM »
Candy is so good. :red_heart:

I've seen alot of these. Love aussie film.

Some I never heard of, will have to watch them.



Noise {2007} is very good aswell.



The community reels after a mass murder on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. He struggles to clear the screaming in his head while all around him try to deal with the afterburn of the terrible crime.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020, 04:30:35 AM »
Celia {1989}



An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020, 04:36:30 AM »
Never heard of Noise and Celia.  You can search your life for obscure stuff and still come across new things. 

Added a few more to the list.  These are all films I've seen.  Some of them are hard to find.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2020, 04:09:27 AM »
I'll keep updating if I think of any more.  I added three more to the list.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2020, 04:43:47 AM »
Beautiful Kate, 2009



A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets of brother/sister sex from the family's past.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2020, 06:32:01 PM »
^Thanks for posting that, I heard of it but totally forgot about it.  I'll be checking it out.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2020, 12:22:34 PM »
Sounds good.  I'll have to keep an eye for this one.

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Re: Favourite Australian films?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2020, 01:40:08 AM »
Saw Beautiful Kate yesterday.

Good movie.  I like these kind of dramas.

Great acting and cinematography too.  And directed by Rachel Ward no less who has acted in quite a few good films.