Inclusive lists of Australasian feature films
My intention is to list every feature film made (or intended to be made) in Australasia with name of director/s and release date. Note that I am not able to ensure that every film listed here was actually completed or released.
A list by date is also provided.
Many telemovies are included, but not shorts nor docos.
New Zealand films include 'NZ'. There are also separate lists for NZ films by title and by date.
ABBA: The Movie (Lasse Hallstrom, 1978)
ABC of Love and Sex Australia Style (John D. Lamond, 1978) pseudo-documentary, prod. John D. Lamond, wr. Alan Finney & John D. Lamond, dp Garry Whapshott (in Australia), Lasse Bjork (in Sweden), design Stephen Walsh, ed. Russell Hurley; Robyn Bartley, Leon Cosack, Katie Morgan, puppetry by Denis Nicholson; Eastman colour, 35mm, 85 min.
Aberration (Tim Boxell, 1997) thriller
Abra Cadabra (Alexander Stitt, 1983) wr. Alexander Stitt, prod. Phillip Adams for Adams Packer Film Productions, music Peter Best, 90 min.; animated; voices: Jacki Weaver, John Farnham, Hayes Gordon, Gary Files, Jim Smillie; scifi fantasy; unreleased animated theatrical feature that went straight to video
Absent Without Leave (John Laing, 1993) prod. Robin Laing; Craig McLachlan, Katrina Hobbs, Tony Barry; WW2 melodrama, thriller; NZ
Absolutely Modern (Philippe Mora, 2013) wr. Philippe Mora, prod. Philippe Mora; Sonia Alexandria, John Apicella, Anni Blackhurst, Anna De Nicola, Alexia DuBasso, Sandy Gutman [Austen Tayshus], Mario Melchiot, Taquila Mockingbird, Georges Mora, Madeleine Mora, Philippe Mora, Tiriel Mora, Rena Riffel, John Jack Rodgers, Anna Rosh, Eleni Symeonides, Clayton Watson, Brad Wilson; drama; 100 min.; apparently not generally released
Academy (John Orcsik, 1992) telemovie; wr. Paula Duncan, John Orcsik; Paula Duncan, Tony Bonner, Michael McGlinchey, Jessica Orcsik; ex-husband cast as her lover in TV series
Accidental Soldier, An (Rachel Ward, 2013) telemovie, prod. Sue Taylor, Kylie du Fresne; Dan Spielman, Marie Bunel, Julia Zemiro, Malcolm Kennard, Bryan Brown; premiere cinefestoz Busselton Aug 2013; broadcast ABC1 15 Sept 2013
Accidents Happen (Andrew Lancaster, 2009) Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook; black comedy; Australian release 22 April 2010
Act of Betrayal, The (Lawrence Gordon Clark, 1988) Irish-Australian copro telemovie, wr. Michael Chaplin, Nick Evans; Lisa Harrow, Elliott Gould, Patrick Bergin, Bryan Marshall, Krister Greer, Deborra-Lee Furness, Max Cullen
Act of Necessity (Ian Munro, 1991) telemovie; wr. Pamela Williams; Angie Milliken, Mark Owen-Taylor, Wendy Stehlow; chemicals used in cotton industry cause cancer; drama
Acting Out (Danny Merton, 2007) Lara Cox, Sam Atwell; 80 min.
Action Replay (Sara Hourez, 1989) wr. Fay Weldon, from her play; Shane Connor, Rhondda Findleton, Anna Hruby; comedy; 95 min.
Adam's Woman (Phillip Leacock, 1970) aka Return of the Boomerang (working title), prod. Louis F. Edelman, ed. Anthony Buckley, music Bob Young, 116 min.; Beau Bridges, Jane Merrow, John Mills, Andrew Keir, Peter Collingwood, Harold Hopkins, James Booth, Clarissa Kaye, Peter O'Shaughnessy, Katy Wild, Helen Morse, Tracy Reed; historical 'convict western'
Adorable Outcast, The (Norman Dawn, 1928) aka Black Cargoes of the South Seas, Australasian Films, wr. prod. Norman Dawn from novel Conn of the Coral Seas by Beatrice Grimshaw, dp Arthur Higgins; Edith Roberts (Luya), Edmund Burns, Walter Long; action adventure
Adoration (Anne Fontaine, 2013) aka Adore in the US, aka Two Mothers; wr. Christopher Hampton, novella Doris Lessing, The Grandmothers; Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe; family melodrama; Sundance; Australian release Nov 2013
Adventures of Algy, The (Beaumont Smith, 1925) Beaumont Smith's Productions, wr. prod. Beaumont Smith, dp Lacey Percival; Claude Dampier (Algernon Allison), Bathie Stuart (Kiwi McGill), Eric Harrison; mostly shot in NZ
Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The (Bruce Beresford, 1972) Melbourne, colour, 35 mm 114 min., prod. Phillip Adams for Longford Productions, wr. Bruce Beresford & Barry Humphries, from comic strip written by Humphries, dp Don McAlpine, design John Stoddart, music Peter Best, ed. William Anderson & John Scott; Alexander Archdale, Dick Bentley, Paul Bertram, John Clarke, Peter Cook, Julie Covington, Barry Crocker, Judith Furse, Wilfred Grove, Jonathan Hardy, Barry Humphries, John Joyce, Avice Landon, Margo Lloyd, Chris Malcolm, Spike Milligan, Maria O'Brien, Dennis Price William Rushton, Mary Ann Severne, Bernard Spear, Brian Tapply, Jenny Tomasin, Jack Watling
Afraid to Dance (Denny Lawrence, 1988) aka Letters, Kick Start; wr. Paul Cockburn, dp Steve Arnold, 89 min.; Nique Needles, Rosey Jones (AFI nomination), Grigor Taylor, Tina Bursill, Allan Penney; life of crime (not in Murray nor Verhoeven)
After Marcuse (Ted Robinson, 1985) Diane Craig, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Grigor Taylor; drama, thriller; 75 min.
After Sundown (W. J. Lincoln, 1911) Amalgamated Pictures, wr. W. J. Lincoln, dp Orrie Perry; Leslie Woods, Godfrey Cass, Frank Cullinane, John Ennis, Miss Laing-Mason, Nellie Bramley, Ethel Grist; melodrama; 60 min. [not in Pike & Cooper, data from Verhoeven]
After the Rain (Mark Lamprell, 2000) wr. Jerome Ehlers; Paulina Porizkova, Robert Taylor, Rupert Cox, Alexandra Davies; crime
Aftershocks (Geoff Burton, 1998) 1989 earthquake at Newcastle Workers Club
Against the Grain: More Meat Than Wheat (Tim Burns, 1980) prod. Tim Burns for Nightshift Films, wr. Tim Burns & Michael Callaghan, dp Louis Irving, ed. Peter Bailey, Chris Cordaux, Melissa Woods; Michael Callaghan, Sandy Edwards, Joy Burns, Letham Burns, Mary Burns, George Sutton; young idealist visits WA to visit family; low budget political drama; Eastman colour, 16 mm, 76 min.
Against the Innocent (Daryl Dellora, 1989) concerned with counter-terrorism; prompted by the Hilton bombing
Aim High in Creation! (Anna Broinowski, 2013) metafilmic comedy; Peter O'Brien, Susan Prior, Kathryn Beck; broadcast by the ABC 2014
Air Hawk (David Baker, 1981) aka Star of the North; telemovie; adventure
Airlock (Marc Furmie, 2015) scifi
Airtight (Ian Barry, 1999) telemovie; adventure
Alex & Eve (Peter Andrikidis, 2015) wr. Alex Lykos; Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades, Zoe Carides; forbidden relationship: Greek/Lebanese; comedy
Alex (Megan Simpson, 1992) Aust/NZ; Lauren Jackson, Chris Haywood; children & family; swimming
Algie's Romance (Leonard Doogood, 1918) Doogood was an English vaudeville comedian who impersonated Chaplin
Ali's Wedding (Jeffrey Walker, 2017) Don Hany, Rahel Romahn, Osamah Sami; drama
Alison's Birthday (Ian Coughlan, 1979) horror; Coughlan's only feature film; 97 min.
Alive Tribe, The (Stephen Amis, 1996) Craig Adams, Ian Scott, John Arnold, Suzie Dee, Peter Moon, John Clarke; student radicalism; 95 min.
All about E (Louise Wadley, 2015) aka The Trouble with E; wr. Louise Wadley; Mandahla Rose, Brett Rodgers, Kim Antonia-Hayes, Simon Bolton; shooting Sydney and NSW 18 November 2013; road movie romance thriller; US release Feb
All For Gold (Franklyn Barrett [?] 1911) aka Jumping The Claim; dp Franklyn Barrett; Herbert J. Bentley, Hilliard Vox, Lilian Teece, Ronald McLeod, E. Melville, Walter Bastin; goldfields drama; 3000 ft; lost
All Men Are Liars (Gerard Lee, 1994) comedy about a boy (David Price) who dresses as a girl to join an all-girl band; Toni Pearen, David Price, John Jarratt, Jamie Petersen, Carmen Tanti; filmed in South Johnstone Qld; 91 min.
All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (Louise Alston, 2007) wr. Stephen Vagg, prod. Louise Alston; Brisbane Festival 2 August 2007; Australian release October 2007
All Set Backstage (Paul Cox, 1976) Prahran College of Advanced Education, 22 min.
All the Way (Marque Owen, 1998) 86 min.
Almost an Angel (John Cornell, 1988) dp Russell Boyd; Paul Hogan, Elias Koteas, Linda Kozlowski, Charlton Heston; NOT Australasian, but director, lead and cinematographer are Australian
Alternative, The (Paul Eddey, 1976) telemovie; wr. Robert Bruning, Tony Morphett; Wendy Hughes, Peter Adams, Carla Hoogeveen, Tony Bonner, Alwyn Kurts; drama
Alvin Purple (Tim Burstall, 1973) colour, 97 min., prod. Tim Burstall for Hexagon Productions, wr. Alan Hopgood dp Robin Copping; Abigail, Graeme Blundell, Sally Conabere, Noel Ferrier, Jon Finlayson, Alan Finney, Jill Forster, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Dina Mann, Kris McQuade, Dennis Miller, Debbie Nankervis, Anne Pendlebury, Jacki Weaver, Elli McClure, Jenny Hagen; comedy; brief review of DVD release: Matt Coyte, Empire, 42, September 2004: 117
Alvin Rides Again (David Bilcock & Robin Copping, 1974) Brisbane, colour, 89 min. prod. Tim Burstall forHexagon Productions, wr. Alan Hopgood, with Tim Burstall & Alan Finney, dp Robin Copping; Abigail, Briony Behets, Graeme Blundell, Chantal Contouri, Jon Finlayson, Noel Ferrier, Maurie Fields, Alan Finney, Reg Gorman, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Dina Mann, Kris McQuade, Debbie Nankervis, Candy Raymond, Frank Thring, Frank Wilson, Anna-Maria Winchester; comedy; brief review of DVD release: Matt Coyte, Empire, 42, September 2004: 117
Always Another Dawn (T. O. McCreadie, 1947) Charles Tingwell, Guy Doleman, Queenie Ashton; RAN in WW2; 108 min.
American Poet's Visit, The (Michael Thornhill) dp Russell Boyd
Among Dead Men (James Richards, 2008) martial arts
Among the Cinders (Rolf Haedrich, 1984) wr. John O'Shea, Maurice Shadbolt (novel), dp Rory O'Shea; Paul O'Shea, Derek Hardwick, Yvonne Lawley, Rebecca Gibney, Amanda Jones, Bridget Armstrong, Maurice Shadbolt; Rebecca Gibney, NZ; 112 min.
Amy (Nadia Tass, 1998) prod. Nadia Tass, David Parker; wr. David Parker; dp David Parker; Rachel Griffiths, Alana de Roma, Ben Mendelsohn, Nick Barker, Kerry Armstrong, Jeremy Trigatti, William Zappa, Sullivan Stapleton, Torquil Neilson, Mary Ward, Susie Porter; little girl won't speak after the sudden death of her father, and will only communicate in song; she ceases to speak as a result of family trauma: her father, a rock musician, dies on stage as she watches
And the World Was Made Flesh (Dusan Marek, 1971) surrealist fantasy; 70 min.
Andorra (Fred Schepisi, tba) prod. Jamie Bialkower, Lizzette Atkins, Fred Schepisi, wr. Jamie Bialkower, Peter Cameron; Clive Owen, Guy Pearce, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Eamon Farren, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley, Riccardo Scamarci; romantic thriller
Angel at my Table, An (Jane Campion, 1990) NZ; based on autobiographies of Janet Frame: To the Island, Angel at my Table, Envoy from Mirror City; Kerry Fox; made as a three-part mini-series, but also screened as a feature; 158 min.
Angel Baby (Michael Rymer, 1995) wr. Michael Rymer; John Lynch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Colin Friels, Deborra-Lee Furness, Daniel Daperis, Robyn Nevin, David Argue, Geoff Brooks, Humphrey Bower, Jane Menelaus; schizophrenics don't take their medication (when she gets pregnant), go 'mad', suicide; 100 min.
Angel Mine (David Blyth, 1978) NZ, prod. wr. David Blyth; Derek Ward, Jennifer Redford, Myra de Groot, Mike Wilson; 68 min.
Angel Of His Dreams (George Marlow, 1912) melodrama, sex and scandal
Angel of Mine (Kim Farrant, tba) wr. Luke Davies, prod. Su Armstrong, Brian Etting, Josh Etting; psych thriller; Screen Australian story development funding
Angst (Daniel Nettheim, 2000) wr. Anthony O'Connor; Sam Lewis, Jessica Napier, Justin Smith, Abi Tucker, Luke Lennox, Lara Cox; aspiring horror movie writer searches for love in a world of heartache, desperation and fluffy toys; comedy
Animals (Sophie Hyde, tba) wr. Emma Jane Unsworth; prod. Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde, Sarah Brocklehurst; dramedy; Screen Australian story development funding
Annie's Coming Out (Gil Brealey, 1984) aka A Test of Love; prod. Don Murray for Film Australia, wr. Chris Borthwick, John Patterson; Eastman colour, 35 mm, 96 min.; based on true story of and book by Rosemary Crossley & Anne McDonald, dp Mick von Bornemann, music Simon Walker, design Robbie Perkins, ed. Lindsey Fraser; Simon Chilvers, Wallas Eaton, Drew Forsythe, Ray Meagher, Monica Maughan, Angela Punch McGregor, Liddy Clark, Tina Arhondis (as Annie O'Farrell); physically disabled child wrongly diagnosed as mentally retarded, social worker (McGregor) rescues her; biopic
Anthem (2004) Sydney Film Festival 2004
Ants In His Pants (William Freshman, 1939) aka Come Up Smiling; prod. Ken G. Hall; Will Mahoney (Barney O'Hara), Shirley Ann Richards (Eve Cameron); 77 min.
Any Morning (David Sumpter, 1974) surfing; 89 min.
Apron Strings (Sima Urale, 2008) Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam; family melodrama; NZ
Archer's Adventure (Denny Lawrence, 1985) aka Archer; Brett Climo, Robert Coleby, Nicole Kidman (Catherine), Anne-Maria Monticelli, Tony Barry, Paul Bertram, Ned Lander, Doreen Warburton; story of first Melbourne Cup winner; 120 min.
Archive (Ashlee Page, announced 2013) prod. Rebecca Summerton, Closer Productions; single character low-budget dystopian science-fiction film, time travel; not completed
Arctic Blast (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 2010) scifi thriller; set in Tasmania
Arguing the Toss of a Cat (Christine Sammers, 1989) telemovie
Arigato Baby (Greg Lynch, 1990) wr. A.J. Klitz, dp Jaques Rubin; Yoko Atsumi, Nicci Lane, Adrian Wentworth, Mishi Maracos; an anti-Asian Vietnam vet is attracted to a Japanese woman; R cert. adult; 80 min.
Army Wives (Denny Lawrence, 1989) telemovie, wr. Anne Brooksbank
Around the Block (Sarah Spillane, 2013) wr. Sarah Spillane, dist. Arclight, prod. Su Armstrong, Brian Rosen, dp Martin McGrath; Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling; drama; American drama teacher (Ricci) develops a friendship with a sixteen-year-old Australian-Aboriginal boy (Page-Lochard) during the 2004 Redfern riots; Toronto IFF Sept 2013; released only in event screenings and then to VOD and DVD
Around The Boree Log (Phil K. Walsh, 1925) Phil K. Walsh Production, wr. Phil K. Walsh based on poems of John O'Brien, dp Lacey Percival; 45 min.
Around the World in Eighty Ways (Stephen MacLean, 1988) wr. Stephen MacLean & Phil Leadon, prod. David Elfick & Steve Knapman, dp Louis Irving, ed Marc van Buren; Philip Quast, Allan Penney, Diana Davidson, Kelly Dingwall, Rob Steele, Gosia Dobrowolska (nurse Ophelia Cox); 91 min.
Around the World with Dot (Yoram Gross, 1982) aka Dot and Santa Claus (video) The Further Adventures of Dot and the Kangaroo (working)
Arriving Tuesday (Richard Riddiford, 1986) NZ; 83 min.
Arrowhead (Jesse O'Brien, 2016) telemovie wr. Jesse O'Brien; Dan Mor, Shaun Micallef, Aleisha Rose, Jak Wyld, Mark Redpath, Adam Tuohy; scifi adventure
As Time Goes By (Barry Peak, 1988) aka The Cricketer; Nique Needles; Surfy in the desert meets Alien who helps him to be reunited with his father who's lost his memory and thinks he killed his son with a six at cricket; there's also a wicked bloke who wants to shunt off sheep to run cattle, make the outback green and use the greenhouse to advantage; there is also a band of sheep killers on old BMW motorbikes
As Wonderland Goes By (Marc Windon, 2013) Dan Mor, Ivan Ford; adventure; apparently not made/released
Ashes (Barry Barclay, 1975) based on poem "Ash Wednesday" by T. S. Eliot; Sam Neill (priest); A priest is concerned about losing his faith; "Sam, always a good 'worrier', gave one of his best performances. Many people believed he actually was a priest." -- John O'Shea
Assigned To His Wife (John Gavin, 1911) John F. Gavin Productions, wr. Agnes Gavin, dp A. J. Moulton; John Gavin, Agnes Gavin, Carr Austin, J. Harris, F. Henderson, Miss Daphne, H. Harding, Wilton Power, H. Benson, A. Delaware (Yacka); In the dramatic highlight of the film, Jack's faithful Aboriginal friend, Yacka, contrives to rescue him with a 'Dive for Life' in which the Aboriginal boy dives 250 feet over a precipice into a river; evidence is eventually found that exonerates Jack and condemns Danvers, and at last Jack is free to return to England with Bess and Yacka. Pike & Cooper: 27
Astro Loco (Aaron McLoughlin, tba) wr. Aaron McLoughlin, prod. Craig Kocinski; David Argue; scifi spoof
At Uluru (Corinne Cantrill, 1977) experimental; 80 min.
Attack Force Z (Tim Burstall, 1982) Eastman colour, 35 mm, 110 min., prod. Lee Robinson for John MacCallum Productions & Central Motion Picture Corporation, wr. Roger Marshall, dp Lin Hung-Chung, music Eric Jupp, design Bernard Hides, ed. David Stiven; John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Chris Haywood, Sam Neill, Sylvia Chang, Koo Chuan Hsiang, John Waters; Phillip Noyce was the first director, but fell out with John MacCallum
Attack On The Gold Escort (1911)
Audition (Richard Gray, tba) wr. Richard Gray from novel Odishon by Ryu Murakami, dp tba; not yet cast; thriller (previously a Japanese film dir. Takashi Miike, 1999)
Aussie Park Boyz (Nunzio La Bianca, 2004)
Aussie Park Boyz: The Next Chapter (Nunzio La Bianca, 2011)
Aussified (Ralph Lawrence Marsden, 1987) Chris Waters, Bronwyn Gibbs, Christine Andrew; culture shock drama; 90 min.
Australia (Jean-Jacques Andrien, 1989) Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Tchéky Karyo; Belgian film only very partially filmed in Australia
Australia Calls (Raymond Longford, 1913) Spencer's Pictures, wr. C. A. Jeffries, John Barr; dp Ernest Higgins, Tasman Higgins, Arthur Higgins; racist film warning of the Yellow Peril; 4000 ft, 44 min.
Australia Calls (Raymond Longford, 1923) Commonwealth Immigration Office/British Empire Exhibition Commission; wr. Lottie Lyell, dp Arthur Higgins, 4000 ft; semi-documentary: 'the experiences in New South Wales of a successful immigrant'; Ernest Idiens
Australia's Own (J. E. Ward, 1919) romance
Australia's Peril (Franklyn Barrett, 1917) war story; 5 reels
Australian By Marriage (Raymond Longford, 1923)
Australian Dream (Jackie McKimmie, 1987) Noni Hazlehurst, Graeme Blundell, John Jarratt; comedy; 86 min. love affair comedy-drama; Hazlehurst and Jarratt met here and later married
Australian Ninja (Adam Ramos, Michelle Firmstone, 1991) prod. Mario Di Fiori; Adam Ramos, Sandra Swan, Ray Fimmano; drama; 90 min.
Australian Ninja 2 (Mario Di Fiori, 1993) wr. Mario Di Fiori
Australian Pie (Garnet Mae, 2005) aka Meat Pie (original title); wr. Peter Furst, Garnet Mae, dp Frank Hammond; Ed Kavalee, Paul He, Aphrodite Vuitton, Joanne Ashton, Xavier Fernandez, Sandy Gutman (Austen Tayshus)
Australian Rules (Paul Goldman, 2002) wr. Phillip Gwynne (novel Deadly, Unna?), Paul Goldman, dp Mandy Walker; Nathan Phillips, Lisa Flanagan, Simon Westaway, Luke Carroll, Kevin Harrington, Martin Vaughan, Liz Black; national release 29 August; Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source AFI Awards 7 November 2002; 98 min.
Autumn Fires (Barry Barclay, 1977) New Zealand, prod. John O'Shea, wr. Barry Barclay, Martyn Sanderson, Helena's Story by Olive Bracey, dp Rory O'Shea, ed. Dell King; Martyn Sanderson, Olive Bracey, Helena's Story read by Dell King; NZ, 50 min.
Avengers Of The Reef (Chris McCullough, 1973) filmed in Fiji; children; 84 min.
Aya (Solrun Hoaas, 1991) Eri Ishida, Nicholas Eadie, Chris Haywood, Tim Robertson; the husband of a Japanese war bride expects her to become Australian; DVD na; 92 min.
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