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.


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Films B

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

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

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.

Backtrack (Michael Petroni, 2015) wr. Michael Petroni, prod. Jamie Hilton; Adrian Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence; supernatural thriller; Tribeca

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) NZ; Jack Thompson, Carol Burns; drama; VHS; 113 min.

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

Bait (Kimble Rendall, 2012) wr. Russel Mulcahy; Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Phoebe Tonkin; aka Bait 3D; sharks: horror; Australian release Sept 2012

Balibo (Robert Connolly, 2009) wr. David Williamson; set East Timor; Anthony LaPaglia, Oscar Isaac, Damon Gameau, Gyton Grantley, Nathan Phillips

Balmain Boys (Raymond Quint, 2003) telemovie; crime comedy

Waltzing Matilda (Morgan O'Neill, announced) aka Banjo and Matilda, wr. David Roach, prod. Bill Leimbach; Xavier Samuel

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

Barry Butts In (Beaumont Smith, 1919) drama

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (Bruce Beresford, 1974) wr. Barry Humphries/Bruce Beresford; Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Donald Pleasance, Dick Bentley, Ed Devereaux; comedy; 98 min.

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.

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

Beautiful Kate (Rachel Ward, 2009) Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Maeve Dermody; family melodrama; Australian release 6 August 2009

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, 2017) 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

Bells, The (W. J. Lincoln, 1911) Amalgamated Pictures, wr. W. J. Lincoln from the adaptation by Leopold Lewis of the play Le Juif Polonais by Erckmann-Chatrian, dp Orrie Perry

Below The Surface (Rupert Kathner, 1938) Australian Cinema Entertainments, wr. Rupert Kathner from story by Stan Tolhurst, dp Tasman Higgins; two miners compete for an important coal contract

Ben Hall And His Gang (John Gavin, 1911) Crick and Finlay, wr. Agnes Gavin, dp Herbert Finlay, 3000 ft; John Gavin (Ben Hall)

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; Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt; psychological thriller

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.

Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns (John Tatoulis, 2000) FFC; romantic revenge comedy

Beyond My Reach (Dan Burstall, 1989) prod. Frank Howson, Boulevard Films; Terri Garber, David Roberts, Alan Fletcher, Nicholas Hammond; metafilm; young Oz filmmakers make cult film

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)

Big Toys (Chris Thomson, 1980) telemovie; play by Patrick White; Diane Cilento, Max Cullen, Colin Friels, John Gaden; comedy of sexual politics

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 (Craig Lahiff, 2002) wr. Louis Nowra; Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, Colin Friels, Ben Mendelsohn, David Ngoombujarra; premiere Sydney Film Festival 7 June 2002

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

Black Water (David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki, 2007) Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody; horror; crocodile monster

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

Blood Oath (Stephen Wallace, 1990) Bryan Brown, George Takei, ... John Polson, Russell Crowe, David Argue, Jason Donovan; war-crimes trials in Ambon; aka Prisoners of the Sun (USA)

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 Fin (Carl Schultz, 1978) wr. Sonia Borg, novel by Colin Thiele; prod. Hal McElroy, dp Geoff Burton; Hardy Kruger, Greg Rowe; children, family; 88 min.

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

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 (Taika Waititi, 2010) James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi; NZ

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 of the Drought, The (Franklyn Barrett, 1920) Trilby Clark, Dunstan Webb, Charles Beetham, Marie La Varre; 6 reels; NFSA restoration

Breaking Point (Ben Warner, 2001) drama; 70 min.

Breaking The News (W. J. Lincoln, 1912) Amalgamated Pictures, wr. W. J. Lincoln, inspired by John Longstaff painting, dp Orrie Perry; Hattie Ireland, Arthur Styan; drama; 39 min.

Breath (Simon Baker, 2016) 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

Breathing Under Water (Susan Murphy Dermody, 1992) Anne Louise Lambert, Kristoffer Greaves, Maeve Dermody, David Argue; review by Adrian Martin in Murray 1995: 333; art film

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.

Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009) John Keats biopic; Abbie Cornish, Ben Wishaw

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 Barrier (John O'Shea, Roger Mirams, 1952) wr. John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, Roger Mirams, dp Roger Mirams; Kay Ngarimu, Terence Byler, Myra Hapi; NZ

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

Bungala Boys (Jim Jeffrey, 1961) Jimar Productions, [British] Children's Film Foundation; from the novel, The New Surf Club, by Claire Meillon; Peter Couldwell, Alan Dearth, Terry Bentley; children's

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

Burgomeister, The (Harry Southwell, 1935) aka Hypnotised [previously made as The Bells] from the play Le Juif Polonais

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

Burning Man (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2011) Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis, Rachel Griffiths, Kerry Fox, Anthony Hayes, Jack Heanly, Kate Beahan; romcom drama

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) novel by Ralph Smart, Mary Cathcart Borer; Children's Entertainment Films ([British] Children's Film Foundation); Chips Rafferty

Bush Christmas (Henri Safran, 1983) aka Prince and the Great Race, prod. Paul D. Barron; remake of 1947 film; John Ewart, John Howard, Nicole Kidman; 91 min.; Kidman's film debut

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

Bushwhackers, The (Raymond Longford, 1925) Longford-Lyell Productions, wr. Raymond Longford, Lottie Lyell, dp Arthur Higgins

Butterfly Crush (Alan Clay, 2010) NZ/Aust copro; Richard Adams, Jennifer Corren, Hayley Fielding, Courtney Hale; drama musical romance


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