10 MUST-SEE AUSTRALIAN MOVIES
Since arriving in Australia I have found out about a lot of movies that I wish I had watched before moving here. So what Australian movies would I recommend now I have had the opportunity to catch up on all-things Aussie on Netflix and Stan?
A young aboriginal girl leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from a government camp, set up as part of the Australian government’s policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society.
A true story and one that highlights the dreadful treatment of aboriginal children and families by the Australian government in the 1930’s (and beyond)
This is the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who leaves her urban life to trek through the sprawling Australian desert. Traversing the outback with 4 camels and her dog Davidson became a national geographic cover sensation after completing her epic journey. Inspirational stuff!
Having recently visited Bowen (read more about Visiting Bowen) where Australia was filmed it seems a natural inclusion on any list of films to watch about well Australia!
A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centres on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.
It also stars Hugh Jackman. Need I say more!
The story about the life of a boy in Western Australia who goes to the outback known as Pilbara. The film is based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community whilst roaming the outback in search of his long lost master.
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
I saw this on Broadway in New York and I can highly recommend it!
Resplendent in flamboyant ballgowns, looking down over the vast red Australian desert: for three showgirls it was the dream of a lifetime, a four week cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. The problem is simply getting there intact, along with their bus Priscilla.
Hysterically funny, fresh and brimming with wit Muriel’s Wedding was a comedy hit celebrated by critics nationwide on its release. No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small-town life, so she and her best friend Rhonda decide to leave it all behind and head for the big city…where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives!
The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film about an “ordinary” Australian family threatened by eviction by way of compulsory acquisition when the nearby airport announces its plans to expand. Unwilling to abandon their home – their “castle” – so easily, the Kerrigans take the matter to the courts.
I am not apologising for adding this to the list! I think everyone of a certain age will have seen all the Crocodile Dundee films and for me they were (along with the Thorn Birds which ironically wasn’t even filmed in Australia) my first introduction to Australia.
Not sure how Australian’s feel about Crocodile Dundee but the immortal line “That’s not a knife…THIS is a knife” makes the films a must-add to my list!
LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Rex is a cab driver who has never left the mining town of Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn’t have long to live, he decides to drive through the heart of the country to Darwin, where he’s heard he will be able to die on his own terms; but along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live it, and to live it you’ve got to learn to share it.
Ballroom dancing, a romantic comedy and all set in Australia you can’t go wrong with this 1992 hit film!
I hope you enjoy my selection of movies based in Australia! If there are others I have missed out please let me know in the comments! What are your favourite Australian films!
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