For a small country, Australia has had its fair share of cinematic success. Did you know that the very first feature-length film, ‘The Story of the Kelly Gang’, was an Australian silent movie? Released in 1906 and directed by Charles Tait, it documented the story of Ned Kelly and his Kelly Gang, even using Ned Kelly’s real armour.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Directed by Peter Weir, Picnic at Hanging Rock is an evocative and mesmerising mystery based on a novel by Joan Lindsay. With beautiful cinematography, the story tells of the unsolved disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher on a school excursion.
Wolf Creek (2005)
Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves taken captive and after a brief escape, hunted down by a near feral serial killer in the Australian outback. The film was ambiguously marketed as being “based on true events”; the plot bore elements reminiscent of the real-life murders of tourists by Ivan Milat in the 1990s
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Receiving huge international success, making it forever synonymous with Australian culture, Crocodile Dundee is an iconic comedy starring Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee, the Australian outback caricature.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The romantic comedy Strictly Ballroom was Baz Luhrmann’s first ever feature length film based upon a play he developed while studying at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts. It is the first of his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’, followed up by Romeo + Juliet & Moulin Rouge!
The Castle (1997)
The Castle is an Aussie cult comedy classic, featuring the working class Kerrigan family and their satirical life in the ‘burbs of Melbourne. It’s also Eric Banas very first film role.
Ten Canoes (2006)
Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Ten Canoes is set in Indigenous Australia before Western contact and is the first film to be filmed entirely in native Australian Aboriginal languages.
Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian (Mia Wasikowska) satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson) are two young Australian sprinters who want to join the army to fulfil their sense of duty. Turned down because they are too young, the pair hop a freight train to Perth, where they are allowed to join up. They board a troop ship headed to Cairo and, after training in the shadows of the Great Pyramids, the boys are finally sent to the front line, where their speed makes them candidates for messengers in one of the war’s bloodiest battles.