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Australian Movie Month: Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Starring: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter Director: PJ Hogan You're terrible, Muriel. Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths star in this film about not fitting in and learning to stand out. Muriel dreams of getting married, and ends up stealing her parent's money to finance a vacation to meet the man of her dreams. Instead,… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

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Australian Movie Month: My Brilliant Career (1979)

Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes Director: Gillian Armstrong Sybylla is a woman ahead of her time in this feminist drama, with Gillian Armstrong at the helm. A beautiful, often funny film, it's the story of a woman who wants more, a brilliant career rather than life as someone else's belonging. Watch below for… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: My Brilliant Career (1979)

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Australian Movie Month: The Lighthorsemen (1987)

Starring: Jon Blake, Peter Phelps, John Walton, Sigrid Thornton Director: Simon Wincer Beautifully shot, and full of patriotism and horses! Yay! Based on the true story of the Australian lighthorsemen and their ride that broke the British deadlock in Palestine in 1917, this is a classic Australian New Wave film, with many of the themes… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Lighthorsemen (1987)

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Australian Movie Month: Wake In Fright (1971)

Starring: Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Chips Refferty, Jack Thompson Director: Ted Kotcheff A teacher in a rural Australian town finds himself stranded in the middle of nowhere after he gambles away his money. He falls in with the locals and soon finds himself degenerating to their level as the Outback makes savages of everyone.... It's… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Wake In Fright (1971)

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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)