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Australian Movie Month: Storm Boy (1976)

Starring: Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Greg Rowe Director: Henri Safran Mike (Rowe) lives with his recluse father, Hideaway Tom (Cummins) in a remote coastal area of Australia. Lonely and uneducated, he helps his father and adventures by the ocean until one day he stumbles across Fingerbone (Gulpilil), an Indigenous Australian who has been outcast by… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Storm Boy (1976)

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Australian Movie Month: Shine (1996)

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud Director: Scott Hicks As a child, David Helfgott's father pushes him to be a child piano prodigy, but his strict and controlling nature pushes David til he breaks. While he's expected to be a wonder, he's also not allowed by hos father to leave home and… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Shine (1996)

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Australian Movie Month: The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor Director: Fred Schepisi Jimmie Blacksmith (Lewis) is half Indigenous Australian and half white, and is raised by a clergyman and his wife to be "civilised". To them, he's the poster child for their ideas of assimilation and how the life of the Indigenous Australian can be improved.… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

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Australian Movie Month: Razorback (1984)

Starring: Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr Director: Russell Mulcahy When an old kangaroo hunter is babysitting his grandchild, a giant wild boar (or razorback), attacks and takes the child, but no one believes his story. That is until an American journalist comes to town and goes missing, and soon her fiancee arrives wanting answers.… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Razorback (1984)

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Australian Movie Month: The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

Starring: John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles Director: Peter Weir The "Paris" of this story is a small town in rural Australia where Arthur finds himself stranded after he is in a car accident that kills his brother. He takes on a job as a hospital orderly but soon finds out that there's something rotten… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

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Australian Movie Month: The Proposition (2005)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, John Hurt, David Wenham, Emily Watson Director: John Hillcoat Following the brutal murder and rape at a homestead, Captain Stanley (Winstone) is determined to get Arthur Burns (Huston), the leader of the infamous Burns Gang. He manages to capture Charlie (Pearce) and Mike, two of Arthurs brothers, and… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Proposition (2005)

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Australian Movie Month: The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906)

A lot of people don't know that the first feature length film was Australian. Australia used to have a thriving film industry but with American studios owning cinemas and block booking, the industry was killed off til the New Wave in the 70's ushered in a new era. But in 1906, The Story of the… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906)

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Australian Movie Month: Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Starring: Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, Margaret Nelson, Rachel Roberts, Helen Morse, John Jarrett, Jacki Weaver Director: Peter Weir At an upper class girls school in 1900, the young students head out for a Valentine's Day picnic near the local geological landmark Hanging Rock, and are warned not to get too close to the rock. Mysteriously,… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)