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.
Babadook, The (Jennifer Kent, 2014) wr. Jennifer Kent, prod. Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere, dp Radek Ladczuk, ed. Simon Njoo, prod. design Alex Holmes; Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West, Ben Winspear; psychological thriller; Aust release 22 May; won equal Best Film, 2014 AACTAs; 8 nominations
Babe (Chris Noonan, 1995) aka Babe the Gallant Sheep Pig; dp Andrew Lesnie; 92 min.
Babe: Pig in the City (Dr George Miller, 1998) aka Babe II
Baby Bath Massacre (Stuart McDonald, 1994) telemovie, wr. Wain Fimeri, Stuart McDonald; Maya Stange, Sullivan Stapleton, Campbell Corser, Jeffery Frazier, Alexandra Schepisi; 75 min.
Babylon (Stephen Sewell, announced 2013) wr. Stephen Sewell from his book of that name, prod. Steve Jaggi, Liz Shute, copro Marc Van Buuren, exec. prod. Bruce Beresford, Janine Pearce; cast unknown; 'in development' end 2014; apparently not made
Babyteeth (Shannon Murphy, 2019) wr. Rita Kalnejas from her play; Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis; drama
Bachelor Girl (Rivka Hartman, 1987) aka Once Upon a Wedding; Kym Gyngell; Jewish comedy; 86 min.
Back from the Dead (Craig Godfrey, 1997 [video 2001]) Tim Aris, Chris Baz, Kate Chessells; low budget horror; shot Tasmania by Hobart restaurateur; 89 min.
Back of Beyond (Michael Robertson, 1995) Paul Mercurio, Colin Friels, Dee Smart, John Polson, Rebekah Elmalogou; drama; released on VHS; 94 min.
Backlash (Bill Bennett, 1986) prod. Bill Bennett for Mermaid Beach Productions, wr. Bill Bennett, with dialogue by the cast, dp Tony Wilson, music Michael Atkinson, Michael Spicer, ed. Denise Hunter; David Argue, Gia Carides, Lydia Miller, Brian Syron; drama, thriller; Eastman colour, 35 mm, 89 min.
Backpacker, The (Dion Boland, 2010) Vincent Stone, Nathan Waring, Laura Anderson; horror thriller
Backroads (Phillip Noyce, 1977) prod. Elizabeth Knight & Phillip Noyce, wr. John Emery, Phillip Noyce & cast, dop Russell Boyd; Gary Foley, Bill Hunter, Terry Camilleri, Zac Martin, Julie McGregor; white drifter (Hunter) and young Aborigine (Foley) careen around outback NSW; brief review of DVD release: Edwin Peters, Empire, 45, December 2004: 112; Sydney, colour, 16 mm, 61 min.
Backsliding (Simon Target, 1992) Tim Roth, Jack Tyson, Odile le Clezio; review by Paul Salmond in Murray 1995: 330; review by Paul Salmond in Cinema Papers, 82, March 1991: 32-33; 88 min.
Backstage (Jonathan Hardy, 1988) prod. Geoff Burrowes, Frank Howson; Laura Branigan, Michael Aitkens, Noel Ferrier, Rowena Wallace; drama; 88 min.
Backyard Ashes (Mark Grentell, 2013) wr. Peter Cox, Mark Grentell, prod. Anne Robinson, dp Damian E. Wyvill; Andrew S. Gilbert, Felix Williamson, Rebecca Massey, John Wood, Damian Callinan; Aust release 7 Nov
Bad Behaviour (Joseph Stephen Sims, 2010) John Jarratt, Lindsay Farris, Robert Coleby; thriller
Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981) wr. Andrew Brown, Howard Willis (novel), dp Gary Hansen; Jack Thompson, Carol Burns; drama; VHS; NZ; 113 min.
Bad Blood (David Pulbrook, 2017) wr. Patrick Edgeworth, David Pulbrook; Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Tess Fowler; thriller
Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer, 1994) Nicholas Hope, Claire Bonito, Ralph Cotterill, Carmel Johnson, Syd Brisbane, Nikki Price; 111 min.
Bad Eggs (Tony Martin, 2003) wr. Tony Martin; Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Bill Hunter, Robyn Nevin, Judith Lucy, Alan Brough, Steven Vidler; 98 min.; released 24 July 2003; review IF July 2003: 66
Bad Girl (Fin Edquist, 2016) wr. Fin Edquist, prod. Steve Kearney, Bruno Charlesworth, Tenille Kennedy; Sara West, Samara Weaving, Felicity Price, Benjamin Winspear; girl attracts men on the internet; shot Perth, Swan Valley, Kalamunda, Serpentine WA
Bad Karma (Suri Krishnamma, 2012) wr. Steve Allrich, Aleve Mei Loh; Dominic Purcell, Ray Liotta, Andy McPhee; thriller; essentially an American film, but apparently a USA/Aust copro, with at least one token Australian actor, Aaron Pedersen
Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987) NZ; comedy; 94 min.
Bad Bush (Samuel Genocchio, 2009) Chris Sadrinna, Viva Bianca, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor; thriller
Balmain Boys (Raymond Quint, 2003) telemovie; crime comedy
Banjo and the Bard (Bill Bennett, 1987) Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Brendan Higgins; VHS; drama; 60 min.
Bank, The (Robert Connolly, 2001) David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia; anti-bank thriller; AFI 2001: screenplay
Barnaby and Me (Norman Panama, 1977) telemovie, children's comedy adventure; Sid Caesar, Juliet Mills; Barnaby is a koala
Barney (David S. Waddington, 1976) aka Lost in the Wild; prod. David S. Waddington, John Williams, Columbia Pictures, wr. Colin Drake, dp Richard Wallace; Sean Kramer, Lionel Long, Brett Maxworthy, Spike Milligan, Colin Petersen, Robert Quilter, Mike Preston, Rob Steele, Al Thomas; children's adventure; with US finance; Melbourne, colour, 84 min.
Barracuda (Pino Amenta, 1988) aka The Rocks; thriller
Batavia's Temper Blood Fury (David Blake, 2009) filming Abrolhos, Geraldton May 2008 (not made)
Battle of Broken Hill, The (Robin Levinson, 1981) prod. Ayten Kuyululu, Robin Levinson; Harold Berrett (Mullah Abdullah), David Robertson (Goal Mahomed), Michael Pate (narrator); telemovie about an incident during WW1 when a Turk and an Indian Muslim shot dead some people on a train and were then in their turn also shot dead; doco, 55 min. This was to have been a feature film from a script by Ayten Kuyululu, directed by Donald Crombie, but it did not eventuate (Stratton: 150-152)
Battlers, The (George Ogilvie, 1994) telemovie, wr. Peter Yeldham, Kylie Tennant (novel); Gary Sweet, Peter Stoneham, Richard Piper, Amanda Cross, Anne Phelan, John Dick, Liz Windsor
Battletruck (Harley Cokliss, 1982) Battletruck Films Ltd, prod. Lloyd Phillips, Rob Whitehouse, wr Irving Austin, Harley Cokliss, John Beech from story by Michael Abrams, dp Chris Menges; Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright, Bruno Lawrence, John Bach; dystopic future, action; NZ; 92 min.
BBQ, The (Stephen Amis, 2018) Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, John Stanton, Julia Zemiro; comedy; general release 22 February
Beaconsfield (Glendyn Ivin, 2012) wr. Judi McCrossin; Shane Jacobson, Lachy Hulme, Cameron Daddo; telemovie; mining drama
Beast (Sam McKeith, Tom McKeith, 2015) boxing in Philippines
Beautiful (Dean O'Flaherty, 2009) thriller
Beautiful and Damned, The (Richard Wolstencroft, 2010) wr. Richard Wolstencroft from novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald; John Brumpton, Brian Canham, Peter Christopherson; drama
Becca (Paul Turner, 1988) aka Realms of Gold; telemovie
beDevil (Tracey Moffatt, 1993) prod. Anthony Buckley; avant-garde trilogy of ghost stories, first major feature from an Aboriginal director, Tracey Moffatt; Mister Chuck, Choo, Choo, Choo; Lovin' the Spin I'm In; 90 min.
Before Dawn (Julian Roberts, tba) wr. prod. Julian Roberts, dp Carl Robertson; Marcus Graham, Samara Weaving, William Emmons, Nick Britton; horror
Before the Rain (Craig Boreham, Nick Clifford, Stephen de Villiers, CJ Johnson, 2010) wr. Shirley Barrett, Alice Bell, Christopher Lee, Judy Morris; Dungog
Beggars' Opera Cafe, The (Victoria Fisher, 1998) comedy; 90 min.
Beginner's Luck (Jane Oehr, 1984) segment of On the Loose
Being Venice (Miro Bilbrough, 2012) dp Bonnie Elliott; Alice McConnell, Garry McDonald, Simon Stone; drama; Sydney FF
Belinda (Pamela Gibbons, 1988) aka Midnight Dancer; would-be ballerina works as showgirl in nightclub; repressed lesbianism (according to Scott Murray)
Belladonna (Annika Glac, 2008) Indiana Avent, Hannes Berger, Anne Cordiner; romance
Bello, Onesto, Emigrato Australia Sposerebbe Compaesana Illibata (Luigi Zampa, 1971) aka Girl in Australia, The Flying Fox; Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale; partly filmed around Broken Hill
Beneath Clouds (Ivan Sen, 2002) wr. Ivan Sen, prod. Teresa-Jayne Hanlon, dp Allan Collins; Damian Pitt (Vaughn), Dannielle Hall (Lena), 95 min.; 52nd Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival 2002: Premiere First Film Award, Piper Heidsieck award for Best New Talent - Dannielle Hall; Perth Premiere: 9 May 2002, with Ivan Sen in attendance; Best Director AFI Awards 7 November 2002; Best Cinematography AFI Awards 7 November 2002: Allan Collins; national release 23 May 200
Beneath Hill 60 (Jeremy Sims, 2010) wr. David Roach; Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley; Dungog, Cannes; war WW1
Berlin Apartment, The (Arthur Cantrill & Corinne Cantrill, 1987) experimental, 120 min.
Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland, 2017) wr. Shaun Grant, prod. Polly Staniford, Angie Fielder, Aquarius Films, dp Germain McMicking; Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt; psychological thriller; national release 20 April
Best of Friends, The (Michael Robertson, 1982) Eastman colour, 35 mm, 96 minutes, prod. Tom Jeffrey for The Friendly Film Company, wr. Donald McDonald, dp David Gribble, composer Brian King, design John Carroll, ed. Ron Williams; Graeme Blundell, Ruth Cracknell, Les Foxcroft, Moya O'Sullivan, Angela Punch McGregor, Graham Rouse, Henri Szeps; undemanding comedy
Best of the Paul Hogan Show, The (Paul Hogan, John Cornell, James Fishburn, Peter Faiman, 2004 [1977- ]) TV show compilation Channel 9, JP Productions
Bet, The (Mark Lee, 2006) Matthew Newton, Aden Young, Sibylla Budd
Betrayer, The (Beaumont Smith, 1921) Beaumont Smith's Productions, wr. Beaumont Smith, dp Lacey Percival; Stella Southern (Iwa), Cyril Mackay (Stephen Manners), John Cosgrove (John Barris), Marie D'Alton (Mrs Manners), Mita (Hauraki), Bernice Vere (Eleanor Barris), Maggie Papakura, Herbert Lee, Raymond Hatton, Dunstan Webb; "The settings range widely, from the NZ hot springs and mountain scenery at Rotorua, to the Australian outback, the surf at Coogee, and a fashionable ballroom at Sydney's Wentworth Hotel." (Pike & Cooper)
Better Than Sex (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2000) wr. Jonathan Teplitzky; Susie Porter, David Wenham; comedy/romance; after a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want; Toronto 2000, 85 min.
Betty Blokk-Buster Follies (Peter Batey, 1976) aka Betty Blockbuster Follies; prod. Eric Dare; a Reg Livermore production, Musical Director: Mike Wade; 120 min. colour; Reg Livermore, the Baxter Funt band, the Reginas
Between Wars (Michael Thornhill, 1974) prod. Michael Thornhill, wr. Frank Moorhouse, dp Russell Boyd, ed. Max Lemon, production design Bill Hutchinson, costumes Marilyn Kippax, sound Ken Hammond; Corin Redgrave, Arthur Dignam, Judy Morris, Patricia Leehy; doctor story; Technicolor, 35 mm, 100 min.
Beyond Reason (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1970) dp Giorgio Mangiamele; drama, thriller; patients locked in bunker of mental hospital during atomic warfare attack; 84 min.
Beyond Reasonable Doubt (John Laing, 1980) NZ, prod. John Barnett, wr. David Yallop from book by David Yallop; dp Alun Bollinger; David Hemmings, John Hargreaves plays Arthur Alan Thomas, who was jailed for a double murder for which he was later (partly as a result of the film) acquitted
Beyond the Rim (Craig Godfrey, 1992) Pocketmoney Productions; pair of glasses shows the wearer things seen by their previous owner, who is dead; the glasses reveal his apparent suicide was in fact murder
Big Fish (Pascal Franchot, 1998) Austen Tayshus; comedy; 90 min.
Big Hurt, The (Barry Peak, 1986) drama, thriller; 88 min.; VHS; scientist experimenting with human hormones
Big Ideas (Mike Smith, 1992) telemovie
Big Mamma's Boy (Franco di Chiera, 2011) wr. Frank Lotito; Frank Lotito, Holly Valance, Carmelina di Guglielmo, George Kapiniaris, Costas Kilias, Maria Venuti, Steve Mouzakis, Jim Russell, Pia Miller, Natalie Gauci; comedy; WA
Big Night Out, The (Tim Boyle, 1998) 88 min.comedy
Big Steal, The (Nadia Tass, 1990) wr. David Parker with Max Dunn, dp David Parker; Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan, Steve Bisley, Marshall Napier, Damon Herriman, Angelo d'Angelo, Tim Robertson; romantic comedy, revenge fantasy (aka Marc Clark van Ark, or Mark van Ark)
Bigger than Tina (Neil Foley, 1999) wr. Neil Foley, production company: Backyard, producers RMIT media arts graduates Neil Foley, Grant Hardie, Ben Milward-Bason, distributor: Palace; mockumentary about Dan Vardy-Cobb (Michael Dalley), a daggy singer-songwriter who aims to be bigger than his idol, Tina Arena
Billy (Peter Burger, 2011) Tainui Tukiwaho; biopic of NZ entertainer Billy T James
Billy and Pearl (Ana Kokkinos) prod. Lizzette Atkins, Unicorn Films, wr. Mira Robertson; Deborah Mailman; 10-year-old Billy searching for his father meets 30-plus Pearl who is running away from herself; Unicorn Films had this 'in development', but not now
Billy's Holiday (Richard Wherrett, 1994) Max Cullen, Kris McQuade, Tina Bursill, Genevieve Lemon, Drew Forsythe, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Coopes; Max sounds just like Billie Holiday
Birth of White Australia (Phil K. Walsh, 1928) Dominion Films, wr. Phil K. Walsh, dp Lacey Percival; investment for the film came from the country town of Young which also seems to have been its principal audience (O'Regan: 346) drama, thriller (Verhoeven)
Biscuit Effect, The (Matthew Holmes, 2005) Adam Wilson, Paul Bellman; mockumentary feature which documents the most unlikely of criminals pulling off the most unusual of heists
Bit Part, The (Brendan Maher, 1987) wr. Steve Vizard; Chris Haywood, Nicole Kidman, Katrina Foster, John Wood, Maurie Fields, Maureen Edwards; comedy; Michael Thornton is a Careers Counsellor who desires to be a bit part actor; 87 min.
Bitter & Twisted (Christopher Weekes, 2008) Noni Hazlehurst, Steve Rodgers, Leeanna Walsman; comedy drama '...originally intended as a black comedy loosely inspired by memories of his own youth by Weekes ... but the comedy had seeped out of it. It is a well observed and layered film about a suburban Sydney family coping with grief with an emotionally raw, powerful screenplay.' Andrew L. Urban
Bitter Art (Michael Hatch, 2009) Nathan Coenen, Luke Dabic, Vito de Francesco; Pemberton, WA
Bitter Springs (Ralph Smart, 1950) wr. Monja Danischewsky, W. P. Lipscomb from story by Ralph Smart, prod. Michael Balcon, dp George Heath, music Ralph Vaughan Williams; Chips Rafferty, Tommy Trinder, Gordon Jackson, Jean Blue, Michael Pate, Charles Tingwell; colonial land rights clash tale from UK's Ealing Studios, with an Aboriginal as a major character: Black Jack (Henry Murdoch) is not a tracker as such, but he is a guide, in physical, social and moral senses
Black and White and Sex (John Winter, 2012) Katherine Hicks, Anya Beyersdorf, Valerie Bader; drama; released March 2012
Black Balloon, The (Elissa Down, 2008) wr. Elissa Down & co-prod. Jimmy Jack, prod. Tristram Miall, Jimmy Jack; Toni Collette, Gemma Ward, Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson; family melodrama; Toni Collette is the pregnant mother of two sons, one of whom is autistic
Black Box (Pete Ford, 1998) drama involving airline; 90 min.
Black Ice (James Richards, 1996) action-adventure; 95 min.
Black Neon (James Richards, 1991) Kristof Kaczmarek, James Richards, Edward John Stazak; action; Perth, WA; 90 min.
Black Planet (Paul Williams, 1982) TV; "An Amazing Animated Story of Adventure That's Out of this World!" 78 min.
Black River (Kevin Lucas, 1993) prize-winning film of Andrew Schultz's opera about black deaths in custody; Maroochy Barambah, John Pringle, Cindy Pan, Clive Birch, James Bonnefin, Bangarra Dance Troupe; according to a Trivial Pursuit Genus IV card, this is an "unusual Aussie film" which won the "Grande [sic] Prix Opera Screen '93"
Black Robe (Bruce Beresford, 1992) First Australia-Canada feature co-production, shot in Quebec; review by Greg Kerr in Murray 1995: 33
Black Sheep (Jonathan King, 2006) NZ horror comedy; zombie werewolf sheep
Blackfellas (James Ricketson, 1993) exec. prod. Paul D. Barron, Penny Chapman; prod. David Rapsey, music David Milroy, dp Jeffrey Malouf; John Moore (Doug), David Ngoombujarra (Floyd), Jaylene Riley (Polly), Ernie Dingo, Julie Hudspeth, John Hargreaves, Lisa Kinchela; AFI awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Ngoombujarra); WA
Blackjack (2003) telemovie, Jigsaw Entertainment; Colin Friels, Marta Dusseldorp; franchise series; screened Ten
Blackrock (Steven Vidler, 1997) prod. David Elfick, Melanie Ritchie, Globe Film Company, wr. Nick Enright; Linda Cropper, Laurence Breuls, Simon Lyndon, Rebecca Smart, David Field, Boyana Novakovich, Chris Haywood, Jeannette Cronin, Jessica Napier, Justine Clarke, Essie Davis, Heath Ledger; loosely based on real life events surrounding the rape and murder of Newcastle teenager Leigh Leigh at a surf club party
Blacktown (Kriv Stenders, 2005) arthouse; Tony Ryan, Niki Owen (Nikki), Clayton Jacobson; relationship between black man and white woman; made for $50,000; premiere Sydney FF 17 June 2005
Blackwood (Gemma Lee, tba) wr. Charlie Clausen, Gemma Lee, prod. Raquelle David, Tait Brady; thriller; Screen Australian story development funding
Blame (Michael Henry, 2010) Damian de Montemas, Kestie Morassi, Sophie Lowe; Roleystone, WA; drama thriller
Bleeding Steel (Leo Zhang, tba) prod. Jackie Chan; action
Blessed (Ana Kokkinos, 2009) wr. Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas, from their play Who's Afraid of the Working Class, prod. Al Clark; Miranda Otto, Frances O'Connor, Deborra-Lee Furness, Sophie Lowe, Tasma Walton; lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home
Blind Company (Alkinos Tsilimidos, 2009) Gloria Ajenstat, Nick Barkla, Colin Friels, Sarah Hallam, Samuel Johnson, Frank Magree
Blinder (Richard Gray, 2013) wr. Michele David-Gray, Scott Didier, Richard Gray, dp Greg de Marigny; Oliver Ackland, Anna Hutchison, Rose McIver, Jack Thompson, Zoe Carides, Josh Helman, Angus Sampson; AFL; Oz release 7 March 2013
Blinky Bill (Yoram Gross, 1992) children's; animated
Blinky Bill The Movie (Deane Taylor, Alexs Stadermann, 2015) wr. Fin Edquist; Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, David Wenham, Rufus Sewell, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto, Barry Humphries (voices); animated
Bliss (Ray Lawrence, 1985) prod. Anthony Buckley for Window III Productions, wr. Peter Carey and Ray Lawrence from the novel by Peter Carey, dp Paul Murphy, music Peter Best, design Owen Patterson, ed. Wayne le Clos; Lynette Curran, Helen Jones, Barry Otto, Tim Robertson, Miles Buchanan, Gia Carides; Eastman colour, 35 mm, 115 min.
Bliss (Fiona Samuel, 2011) Kate Elliott; biopic of Katherine Mansfield; NZ
Blood Brothers (Peter Andrikidis, 2011) Rick Donald, Michael Dorman, Rhondda Findleton; crime drama telemovie
Blood Hunt (Sam Curtain, 2015) wr. Danny Beaton, Sam Curtain, Thomas Roach; Dean Kirkright, Kahli Williams, Thomas Roach, Benjamin Denmeade, Eli Halliwell; thriller; release doubtful?
Blood Money (Christopher Fitchett, 1980) prod. Tom Broadbridge & Chris Oliver for Filmworks; wr. Christopher Fitchett, John Ruane, Ellery Ryan; dp Ellery Ryan; ed. Chris Oliver; John Flaus, Bryan Brown, Peter Curtain, Chrissie James, Sue Jones, John Proper, Peter Stratford; Eastman colour, 16 mm, 64/72 min.; b/w; VHS
Bloodlust (Jon Hewitt, Richard Wolstencroft, 1991) wr Jon Hewitt, Richard Wolstencroft, Windhover Productions; Big Bad Ralph, Kelly Chapman, Max Crawdaddy, John Flaus, Phil Motherwell; see Metro, 120, 1999: 24-27 (on Redball); horror, scifi, action, thriller; vampires; follows plotline of Fatal Attraction
Bloodmoon (Alec Mills, 1990) aka Blood Moon; thriller, horror, scifi; killer mutilates couples
Bloodrush (Mark Stone, 1997) horror, scifi; alien needs body parts
Bloodspit (Duke Hendrix, 2008) no-budget horror; cf. The Killbillies
Bloom (Priscilla Cameron, tba) prod. Bridget Callow-Wright; Melissa George, Sophie Lowe; coming of age; Qld
Blowing Hot and Cold (Marc Gracie, 1988) prod. Rosa Colosimo; Peter Adams, Joe Doce, Kate Gorman; comedy, thriller
Blue Fire Lady (Ross Dimsey, 1977) prod. Antony I. Ginnane, wr. Robert Maumill, dp Vincent Monton; Cathryn Harrison (Rex Harrison's daughter), Mark Holden, Peter Cummings, John Ewart, Gary Waddell, Marion Edward; girl meets horse; 90 min.
Blue Gum Romance, A (Franklyn Barrett, 1913) Tien Hogue, Tom Middleton, Douglas Lotherington ('Aboriginal chief'); drama among the trees; used local white boys in blackface
Blue Lightning (Lee Philips, 1986) drama; opals; 96 min.
Blue Mountains Mystery, The (Raymond Longford, Lottie Lyell, 1921) Southern Cross Feature Film Company, prod. E. and Dan Carroll, wr. Lottie Lyell from novel The Mount Marunga Mystery by Harrison Owen, dp Arthur Higgins, 6000 ft; Marjories Osborne, John Faulkner, Vivian Edwards; murder mystery; 66 min.
Blue Notes (Bill Mousoulis, 2007)
Blue Tin, The (Adrian Wills, tba) wr. Stephen Sewell, prod. David Jowsey; deaths in custody - a love story; Screen Australia story development funding
Blue World Order (Che Baker, Dallas Bland, tba) Jake Ryan, Billy Zane, Bruce Spence, Jack Thompson, Stephen Hunter, Bolude Fakuade, Billie Rutherford, Kendra Appleton; scifi
Blurred (Evan Clarry, 2002) wr. Stephen Davis, Kier Shorey, prod. Christopher Fitchett, Chris Brown, dp Phil Cross; claimed as the first feature film made entirely in Queensland since 1949 (since Sons of Matthew, Charles Chauvel); Jamie Croft, Jessica Gower, Gyton Grantley, Matthew Newton; "sex, drugs and trashed apartments are just part of the schoolies story..."; released 31 October 2002
BMX Bandits (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1983) aka Shortwave, colour, 35 mm, 90 min., prod. Tom Broadbridge, Paul Davies for Nilsen Premiere, wr. Patrick Edgeworth, dp John Seale, production design Ross Major, ed. Allan Lake, music: Colin Stead and Frank Strangio; David Argue (Whitey), John Ley (Moustache), Nicole Kidman (Judy), Angelo D'Angelo (PJ), James Lugton (Goose); children
Boar (Chris Sun, 2017) wr. Kristy Dallas, Chris Sun, prod. Christine Hulsby; Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, John Jarratt, Melissa Tkautz, Christie-Lee Britten, Steven Bisely, Ernie Dingo, Chris Haywood, Roger Ward, Simone Buchanan; horror monster pig; Qld
Body Business (Colin Eggleston, 1986) telemovie; Carmen Duncan, Jane Menelaus, Elizabeth Desmond, Gary Day; set against the background of the world of modelling
Body in the Yard, The (Stephen Wallace, tba) wr. Stephen Wallace, prod. Stephen Wallace; Luke Ford, Maya Stange, Vanessa Moltzen, Bonnie Ferguson, Tim Grimes, Charlotte Hazzard, Helen Dallimore; crime
Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1994) wr.. Philip Brophy, Rod Bishop, dp Ray Argall, music Philip Brophy; Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Vince Gil, Regina Gaigalas, Maurie Annese, Nick Polites, William McInnes
Bodyjackers (Michael Ralph, 2001) Gary Sweet, Hugh Sexton, Alyce Platt; horror comedy; 90 min.
Bondage Of The Bush, The (Charles Woods, 1913) bush melodrama; 44 min.
Bondi Tsunami (Rachael Lucas, 2004) Keita Abe, Taki Abe, Miki Sasaki, Nobuhisa Ikeda
Bonjour Balwyn (Nigel Buesst, 1971) wr. John Romeril, Nigel Buesst, dp John Duigan; John Duigan, Peter Cummins, John Romeril, Patricia Condon, Barbara Stephens, Reg Newson, Camilla Rowntree, Marcel Cugola, Jim Nicholas, Alan Finney, Peter Carmody, Geoff Gardner; 'satirical comedy'; 60 min.
Bonjour Timothy (Wayne Tourell, 1995) NZ; comedy
Boogeyman (Stephen Kay, 2005) US/NZ/German copro; horror; Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless
Book of Revelation, The (Ana Kokkinos, 2006) wr. Andrew Bovell, Ana Kokkinos, prod. Al Clark, Wildheart Zizani, FFC funding 2004, novel Rupert Thomson; Tom Long, Anna Torv, Greta Scacchi, Colin Friels, Deborah Mailman; erotic thriller; shooting Melbourne from 8 March 2005; a dancer at the peak of his powers disappears for twelve days, then returns just as mysteriously; Australian release 7 September 2006
Bootleg (John Prescott, 1985) John Flaus, Ian Nimmo, Ray Meagher, Carmen Duncan; low budget drama with confusing story of mistaken identity
Bootmen (Dein Perry, 2000) aka Tap Dogs; wr. Steve Worland, prod. Hilary Linstead; Adam Garcia, Sophie Lee, Sam Worthington, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes
Bored Olives (Bruce Redman, 1997) comedy; coming-of-age story about love, hope, belief and pizza
Born to Dance (Tammy Davis, 2015) hip-hop; NZ
Born to Run (Ed Jurist, 1976) (aka Harness Fever); children; 94 min.
Boronia Boys (Timothy Spanos, 2009) Elspeth Ballantyne, Michael Burkett, Tim Burns; drama
Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Pino Amenta, 1988) wr. prod. Frank Howson; John Waters, Penelope Stewart, Nick Paull, Kim Gyngell, Kevin Miles; highly successful playwright (Waters), dying of cancer, returns to Oz from US for final reunion with wife and child; melodrama; flashbacks in b/w; Waters Best Actor AFI 1988, Gyngell Best Supporting Actor; 94 min.
Bouncer, The (Derek Hobbs, 2006) John Waters, Nunzio La Bianca; Perth, WA
Boundaries of the Heart (Lex Marinos, 1988) prod. Patric Juillet, wr. Peter Yeldham, music Sharon Calcraft, dp David Sanderson & Geoff Simpson; Wendy Hughes, John Hargreaves, Norman Kaye, Julie Nihill, Max Cullen, Michael Siberry, John Clayton; filmed in Coolgardie WA; stranded in a small WA township, a 40-year-old spinster struggles with her sexual frustrations; Patric Juillet is husband of Hughes, who gets ass. prod. credit; 99 min.
Box, The (Paul Eddey, 1975) prod. Ian Jones, Crawford Productions, wr. Tom Hegarty, Ray Kolle, dp Wayne Williams, ed. Philip Reid; Barrie Barkla, Fred Betts, Belinda Giblin, Ken James, Paul Karo, George Mallaby, Judy Nunn, Lois Ramsey, Ken Snodgrass, Graham Kennedy; drama based on the TV series and with the same characters, set in a TV station
Boxing Day (Kriv Stenders, 2007) wr. Richard Green, Kriv Stenders; Richard Green, Tammy Anderson, Syd Brisbane, Stuart Clark, Catriona Hadden, Misty Sparrow; prison drama; Adelaide Festival February 2007; takes place in real time, shot as a single take
Boy Castaways, The (Michael Kantor, 2013) wr. Raimondo Cortese, Michael Kantor; Paul Blackwell, Mark Leonard Winter, Marco Chiappi; musical; Adelaide FF 15 Oct 2013
Boy Who Dared to Dream, The (Frank Howson, 1994) children; 97 min.
Boy Who Had Everything, The (Stephen Wallace, 1985) colour, 35mm, 94 min., prod. Richard Mason, Julia Overton for Alfred Road Films, wr. Stephen Wallace, dp Geoff Burton, production design Ross Major, ed. Henry Dangar, music: Raph Schneider; Jason Connery, Diane Cilento, Nique Needles, Laura Williams; drama
Boys, The (Rowan Woods, 1997) prod. Robert Connolly, John Maynard; David Wenham, Toni Collette, John Polson, Lynette Curran, Anthony Hayes, Jeanette Cronin, Anna Lise, Pete Smith; review by Tim Hunter, Cinema Papers, 124, May 1998: 36-37
Boys Are Back, The (Scott Hicks, 2009) aka The Boys Are Back in Town; Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, Clive Owen as widowed sportwriter and single parent; drama, filmed in SA, Hicks's home state
Boys in the Island (Geoff Bennett, 1987) novel by Christopher Koch; Yves Stening, James Fox, Jane Stephens, Lexa Murphy, Joseph Clements; 106 min.
Boys in the Trees (Nicholas Verso, 2016) Toby Wallacee Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann; fantasy teen drama, skaters; shot SA, premiered Venice
BoyTown (Kevin Carlin, 2006) wr. Mick Molloy, Richard Molloy; prod. Mick Molloy, Greg Sitch, FFC, Film Victoria funding; Mick Molloy, Glenn Robbins, Wayne Hope, Bob Franklin, Gary Eck, Sally Phillips; Benny G, singer-turned-teacher, wants one more crack at success in the music world; 1980s band reunion
Braille (Matthew Chuang, 2009) Nicky Wright, Renny Holder, Zero Murray; action
Brainblast (Andy Nehl, 1987) horror, scifi
Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992) aka Dead Alive, NZ, 100 min.; horror, scifi; behind the neat curtains in suburban Wellington, Lionel, formerly a shy and naive young man is busily attempting to sever his mother's apron strings in the most spectacular fashion; high level violence and horror effects
Brake Fluid (Brian Davies, 1970) wr. Brian Davies, dp Nigel Buesst; Graeme Blundell, Peter Carmody, Dave Downey, John Duigan, Kerry Dwyer, Alan Finney, Bill Garner; 51 min.; Sydney Film Festival Best Film 1970
Bran Nue Dae (Rachel Perkins, 2009) wr. Reg Cribb; Phillip Rocky McKenzie, Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo, Deborah Mailman, Ningali Lawford, Missy Higgins, Tom Budge; musical; Australian release 14 January 2010
Bread and Dripping (Wimmins Film Collective, 1981)
Bread and Roses (Gaylene Preston, 1993) wr. Sonja Davies (autobiography); Gaylene Preston; Graeme Tetley, dp Allen Guilford; Genevieve Picot, Mick Rose; drama; NZ; early life of politician Sonja Davies
Break of Day (Ken Hannam, 1976) prod. Patricia Lovell, Clare Beach Films, wr. Cliff Green, music George Dreyfus, dp Russell Boyd; Sara Kestelman, Andrew McFarlane, Ingrid Mason, Tony Barry, John Bell, Maurie Fields, Eileen Chapman, Ben Gabriel, Sara Kestelmann, Geraldine Turner; WW1 vet falls for attractive artist; Melbourne, colour, 35mm, 112 min.
Breakaway (Don McLennan, 1989) aka Escape from Madness; Bruce Boxleitner, Bruce Myles, Deborah Unger, Toni Scanlan, Terry Gill; action-adventure; prison escapee takes hostage
Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford, 1980) prod. Matt Carroll for South Australian Film Corporation, wr. Bruce Beresford, Jonathon Hardy, David Stevens from a play by Kenneth Ross, dp Don McAlpine. musical arranger: Phil Cuneen, design David Copping, ed. William Anderson; Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Allan Cassell, Terry Donovan, Charles Tingwell, John Waters; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Breakfast in Paris (John D. Lamond, 1982) prod. John D. Lamond, wr. Morris Dalton, dp Ross Berryman, music Brian May, pd Stephen Walsh. ed. Jill Rice; Barbara Parkins, Rod Mullinar, Jack Lenoir, Elspeth Ballantyne; drama; Eastman colour, 35 mm, 94 min.
Breaking Loose (Rod Hay, 1988) wr. Rod Hay, prod. Phillip Avalon; Peter Phelps (Ross), Vince Martin (Robbie), Abigail (Helen), David Ngoombujarra (Davie), John Clayton, Tom Richards, Angela Kennedy, Gary Waddell, Sandra Lee Patterson, Sharon Tamlyn, Kris Greaves, Kate Grusovin, Dee Krainz; "Peter Phelps ... as a teenager who heads along the coast to visit a mate only to run into all sorts of confrontations, including the inevitable aggressive motor bike gang. ... [H]ybrid film ... that combines elements of the road movie genre with the more colloquial Australian surf movie." See also: Jim Schembri in Murray 1995: 245; sequel to Summer City
Breaking Point (Ben Warner, 2001) drama; 70 min.
Breath (Simon Baker, 2018) wr. Gerard Lee, Tim Winton (from his novel), Peter Duncan, Simon Baker, prod. Simon Baker, Jamie Hilton, Mark Johnson, dist. Arclight, Palace; Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake, Samson Coulter, Ben Spence; surfing; WA; general release 3 May
Bridge to Nowhere (Ian Mune, 1986) NZ
Brilliant Lies (Richard Franklin, 1996) wr. David Williamson; Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Zoë Carides, Ray Barrett, Neil Melville; 94 min.
Broke (Heath Davis, 2015) wr. Heath Davis, prod. Luke Graham, dp Jonathan Page; Steve Le Marquand, Steve Bisley, Claire van der Boom; NRL gambling
Broken Contract (James Pentecost, 2015) wr. James Pentecost, prod. Hayden Fortescue, Jag Pannu Productions; Christopher Morris, Esther Anderson; action comedy; WA
Broken English (Gregor Nicholas, 1996) NZ; Croatian girl, Maori boy
Broken Highway (Laurie McInnes, 1993) wr. Laurie McInnes, prod. Richard Mason; Aden Young, Claudia Karvan, Bill Hunter, Dennis Miller, David Field, Norman Kaye; b/w; wide screen; review by Adrian Martin in Murray 1995: 379; Qld
Broken Hill (Dagen Merrill, 2009) Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega, Rhys Wakefield; family drama, music
Broken Melody, The (Ken G. Hall, 1938) prod. Ken G. Hall, Cinesound Features; wr. Frank Harvey from the novel by F J Thwaites; dp George Heath, ed. William Shepherd, 89 mins; Lloyd Hughes (John Ainsworth), Diana Du Cane (Ann Brady)
Broken Shore, The (Rowan Woods, 2013) wr. Andrew Knight, Peter Temple (novel), prod. Ian Collie, Andrew Knight: Claudia Karvan, Damon Herriman, Dan Wyllie, Robyn Nevin, Wayne Blair, Don Hany, Catherine McClements; telemovie; crime; premiere Adelaide FF October 2013; broadcast ABC1 Sunday 2 February 2014
Brothers (Terry Bourke, 1982) aka Hounds of War, novel Reflex by Roger Ward (uncredited); Chard Hayward, Ivar Kants, Margaret Laurence, Alison Best; based on true story of five Australian journalists shot in Timor in 1975; two journalist brothers escape death but find it hard to settle in small town in NZ even after four years
Brothers at War (Richard Bradley, 1997); Colin Friels, Naomi Watts, Doug Mulray, Terry Serio, Mouche Phillips, Erick Mitsak, Elizabeth Mavric; based on 1984 Milperra shootout between Comanchero and Bandido bikies
Brush Off, The (Sam Neill, 2004) telemovie, wr. John Clarke, novel by Shane Maloney; prod. Huntaway Films (Sam Neill, John Clarke, Jay Cassells) in assoc. with Ruby Entertainment (Mark Ruse and Stephen Luby); second in "Murray Whelan" series; John Clarke, David Wenham (Murray Whelan), Steve Bisley, Mick Molloy; broadcast Seven August 2004
Buddies (Arch Nicholson, 1983) prod. wr. John Dingwall, dp David Eggby, design Phillip Warner, ed. Martin Down; Colin Friels, Harold Hopkins, Kris McQuade, Bruce Spence, Norman Kaye, Simon Chilvers, Lisa Peers, Dennis Miller; two miners searching for sapphires in Qld; AFI Best Screenplay; Eastman colour, 35mm Panavision, 97 min.
Buen Camino (Bill Bennett, tba) wr. prod. Bill Bennett; romcom; Screen Australian story development funding
Bullamakanka (Simon Heath, 1983) aka At Last ... Bullamakanka: The Motion Picture; zany rock musical set in country town; Steve Rackman, Gary Kliger, Mark Hembrow, Alyson Best, Angry Anderson, Frank Thring
Bullet in the Arse, A (David Richardson, Paul Moder, Robin Brennan, 2003); premiere 11 July 2003 Melbourne Underground Film Festival; violent action; 81 min.
Bullseye (Carl Schultz, 1989) dp Dean Semler; Paul Goddard, Kathryn Walker, John Wood, Paul Chubb, Bruce Spence, Lynette Curran, John Meillon, Kerry Walker; cattle thieves in Qld head for SA; light entertainment based on actual event of 1860s; working title: Birdsville
Bunny (Annika Glac, 2012) Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Tomasz Borkowski, Katia Mazurek; comedy romance
Bunny (Peter Schink, 2015) dp Joseph Pickering; Robert Mammone; supernatural thriller; may not be happening
Buoyancy (Rodd Rathjen, tba) wr. Rodd Rathjen, prod. Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton; drama; Screen Australian story development funding
Burial, The (Jasmin Tarasin, tba) wr. Polly Watkins, prod. Lucy Maclaren; western, action adventure; Screen Australian story development funding
Burke and Wills (Graeme Clifford, 1985) explorers starving to death among food which they cannot recognise as such and Aboriginals who cannot understand that
Burke and Wills (Oliver Torr, Matthew Zeremis, 2006) Oliver Torr, Matthew Zeremis; (Sydney Film Festival 2006) Australian release 12 April 2007; comedy
Burns Point (Tim Blackburn, 2016) wr. Chris Blackburn; Andrew Lowe, John McNeill, Aleisha Rose Groth, Ron Kelly, Francesca Bianchi, Brad McMurray, Robin Queree, John Rado; shot in Ballina
Bush Christmas (Ralph Smart, 1947) wr. Ralph Smart from novel by Mary Cathcart Borer, prod. Ralph Smart, dp George Heath; Children's Entertainment Films ([British] Children's Film Foundation); Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Stan Tolhurst, Pat Penny, John McCallum, Clyde Combo (uncredited, as Old Jack)
Bush Cinderella, The (Rudall Hayward, 1928) prod. Rudall Hayward, wr. Rudall Hayward, dp Rudall Hayward; Dale Austen, Walter Gray, Tony Firth
Bushfire Moon (George Miller, 1987) aka The Christmas Visitor, Miracle Down Under; children's; Dee Wallace-Stone, John Waters, Bill Kerr, Charles Tingwell, Nadine Garner, Andrew Ferguson, Grant Piro, Kim Gyngell
Bushman's Bride (Spencer's Pictures, 1912)
Bushranger, The (Federico Chentrens, 1976) wr. Kenneth Cook; Leonard Teale, John Hamblin, Kate Fitzpatrick; drama
Bushranger's Ransom, A, Or A Ride For Life (E. J. Cole, 1911) Ben Hall story
Butterfly Crush (Alan Clay, 2010) NZ/Aust copro; Richard Adams, Jennifer Corren, Hayley Fielding, Courtney Hale; drama musical romance
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