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.
Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson, 2016) wr. Andrew Wright, Robert Schenkkan, dp Simon Duggan; Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn, Richard Roxburgh; war, Okinawa
Halfway to Nowhere (David Cahill, 1972) (TV) novel by Norman Lindsay
Hamilton Talks (Rudall Hayward, 1934) NZ; 20 min.
Hammers over the Anvil (Ann Turner, 1993) wr. Peter Hepworth, Ann Turner, novel Alan Marshall, dp James Bartle, prod. Ben Gannon; Charlotte Rampling, Russell Crowe; point of view is that of a crippled boy (based on novel by Alan Marshall, who had polio)
Hand of Art (Jack Webb, tba) wr. prod. Jack Webb, Jordan Glew, dp Will Edmunds, Nathan Frost; Bradley Murnane, Dee Harding, Mercedes Porter, Stephanie King, Ebony Nave; not in development?
Handful of Dust, A (Ayten Kuyululu, 1973) "middle-aged woman's involvement in a blood vendetta" (Pike & Cooper 1998: 291); 40 min.
Hands Across The Sea (Gaston Mervale, 1912)
Hang On a Minute, Mate (Alan Lindsay, 1982) prod. Alan Lindsay; Alan Jervis, Kelly Johnson; NZ comedy, road movie; 71 min.
Hanging Together (John Ruane, 1985) telemovie; Gary Day, Pat Evison, John Larking; drama; 96 min.
Happy Feet (Dr George Miller, 2006) Kennedy Miller, Animal Logic; voiced by Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman
Happy Feet Two (Dr George Miller, 2011) animated; opening 26 Dec 2011
Harbour Beat (David Elfick, 1989) Bob Baines, Sarah Breakney, Jeanette Cronin; action
Hard Knocks (Don McLennan, 1980) aka Sam; prod. Hilton Bonner, Don McLennan for Andromeda Productions, wr. Hilton Bonner, Don McLennan, dp Peter Friedrich, ed. Peter Friedrich; Tracy Mann, Bill Hunter, Kirsty Grant, Tony Barry, Max Cullen, Bill Hunter; Melbourne girl tries not to go back to prison; Eastman colour, 35mm from 16mm, 90 min.
Hard Knuckle (Lex Marinos, 1988) wr. Gary Day; Steve Bisley, Gary Day, Esben Storm; snooker and alcohol
Hard Word, The (Scott Roberts, 2002) aka Blood and Guts (working title) wr. Scott Roberts, dp Brian Breheny; Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Robert Taylor, Damien Richardson, Joel Edgerton, Rhondda Findleton, Kate Atkinson, Vince Colosimo, Kym Gyngell, Paul Sonkkila; three brothers rob banks although in jail; national release 5 May 2002; 103 min.
Harlequin (Simon Wincer, 1980) aka Dark Forces; prod. Antony I. Ginnane for F. G. Film Productions, wr. Everett De Roche, dp Gary Hansen, music Brian May, design Bernard Hides, ed. Adrian Carr; David Hemmings, Robert Powell, Broderick Crawford, Carmen Duncan, Gus Mercurio, Alan Cassell, Neville Teede, Nita Pannell, Maurie Ogden, Jeremy Sims, Julia Moody, Leslie Wright, Ramsey McLean; shot in Perth, WA; Powell is faith-healer who is to cure politican's son of leukemia; Eastman colour, 35mm, 94 min.
Harmony Row (Frank W. Thring, 1933) Efftee Film Productions, wr. George Wallace, dp Arthur Higgins; comedy; George Wallace (Constable Dreadnought), Phyllis Baker (Molly); Bill Kerr (as Willie Kerr); 78 min.
Harry Hooton (Arthur Cantrill, 1970) experimental film about poet
Harvest Gold (Kevin Murphy, 1945) Supreme Sound System, prod. Harold Gray, dp Arthur Higgins; Joe Valli, Harry Abdy, Tal Ordell; agricultural drama; sponsored by Caltex; 55 min.; Murphy was a technician and pioneer in sound recording
Harvest Of Hate (Michael Thornhill, 1978) telemovie, wr. Wal Cherry, Gil Brealey; Michael Aitkens, Dennis Grosvenor, Kris McQuade, Richard Meikle; action-drama set in Palestine in the late 1940s; thriller about couple who discover terrorist training camp
Hating Alison Ashley (Geoff Bennett, 2005) prod. Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman, John Brousek, wr. Christine Madafferi, novel by Robyn Klein, 1984, dp Steve Newman; Delta Goodrem, Saskia Burmeister, Craig McLachlan, Richard Carter, Alexander Cappelli, Jean Kittson, Tracy Mann, Abby Gudgeon (Jedda); teenpic teen comedy; shooting at Docklands 2004; released 17 March 2005; FFC budget $3,648,687, box office $2,078,777; 103 min.
Haunted Barn, The (E. A. Dietrich-Derrick, 1931) prod. Frank W. Thring, wr. Gregan McMahon, dp E. A. Dietrich-Derrick; Josef Bambach, Phil Smith, Donalda Warne; 62 min.
Hayseeds, The (Beaumont Smith, 1933) J. C. Williamson Picture Productions, wr. Beaumont Smith, assoc. dir. Raymond Longfor, dp Tasman Higgins; Cecil Kellaway; characters from Smith's six silent films with the Hayseed family
He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (Richard Lowenstein, 2001) wr. Richard Lowenstein, prods Domenico Procacci & Andrew McPhail; production company: Notorious; known finance: AFC; Noah Taylor; a seemingly unresolvable love triangle between three people chasing each other through share-accommodation hell in an ongoing unrequited daisy-chain of desire; 103 min.; broadcast 2200 18 December 2004 Ch9
Head On (Ana Kokkinos, 1998) wr. Andrew Bovell, Ana Kokkinos, Mira Robertson from Christos Tsiolkas's novel Loaded, prod. Jane Scott; Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis; review by Mark Sinker, Sight and Sound, November 1999: 46; 104 min.
Healing (Craig Monahan, 2014) wr. Alison Nisselle, Craig Monahan, prod. Tait Brady, Pointblank Pictures, music David Hirschfelder; Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Anthony Hayes; warden tries to rehabilitate an Iranian-born prisoner, inspired by a real-life alliance between the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Prisons Victoria; opening Australia 8 May 2014, distr. Pinnacle Films
Heart of the High Country (Sam Pillsbury, 1985) wr. Elizabeth Gowans, prod. Lloyd Phillips, Rob Whitehouse; Kenneth Cranham, Valerie Gogan, John Howard, David Letch; NZ
Heart of the Stag (Michael Firth, 1984) Southern Light Pictures/NZ Film Commission, prod. Don Reynolds, Michael Firth, wr. Michael Firth, Neil Illingworth; Bruno Lawrence, Terence Cooper, Mary Regan; incest
Heartbreak Kid (Michael Jenkins, 1993) Alex Dimitriades, Claudia Karvan, Steve Bastoni, Doris Younane, Nic Lathouris, William McInnes; teacher-student love affair
Heatwave (Phillip Noyce, 1982) wr. Phillip Noyce, Marc Rosenberg, from original screen play by Tim Gooding, Mark Stiles, prod. Hilary Linstead, Ross Matthews for Heatwave Films, dp Vincent Monton, ed. John Scott, music Cameron Allan, design Ross Major, ed. John Scott; Judy Davis (Kate Dean), Richard Moir (Stephen West), Chris Haywood (Houseman), Bill Hunter (Duncan), John Gregg, Anna Jemison, John Meillon; "the events in the film recall the life and disappearance of a Sydney activist-journalist, Juanita Nielsen, whose life also obliquely provided the background to ... The Killing of Angel Street ..." (Geoff Gardner, in Murray 1995: 101); political thriller; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Heaven (Scott Reynolds, 1998) drama; NZ
Heaven Tonight (Pino Amenta, 1990) prod. Frank Howson, Boulevard Films; John Waters, Rebecca Gilling, Kym Gyngell, Sean Scully; reviewed by Greg Kerr, Cinema Papers, 82, March 1991: 54-55; 1960s rock star attempts comeback; father and son rockers
Heaven's Burning (Craig Lahiff, 1997) aka You Don't Know What Love Is; wr. Louis Nowra, prod. Al Clark; Russell Crowe, Youki Kudoh; Japanese woman on honeymoon in Australia leaves her husband and becomes involved with Aussie bushwhacker in a chase across Australia; 99 min.
Heckler, The (Ben Plazzer, 2015) wr. Steve Mitchell; Simon Mallory, Kate Jenkinson, Emily Taheny, Dave Lawson; body-switch comedy about stand-up comedian
Hei Tiki (Alexander Markey, 1935) aka Primitive Passions, aka Hei Tiki: a Saga of the Maoris; Markey Films, A First Division Picture, wr. Alexander Markey, dp Howard Bridgman; Nowara Kereti, Ben Biddle; NZ; drama
Hell of a Ride, A (Warren Ryan, 2009) aka Shadows of the Past; wr. Warren Ryan; Jordanna Allen, David Barry, Justin Colquhoun; rodeo, western
Hello (Jonathan Nix, 2004) animation; received major award at the world's largest animation festival in Annecy, 7-12 June 2004
Her Majesty (Mark Mark J. Gordon, 2001) Sally Andrews; NZ
Hercules and the Amazon Women (Bill L. Norton, 1994) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn, Roma Downey, Michael Hurst, Lloyd Scott, Lucy Lawless, Christopher Brougham, Tim Lee, Kim Michalis; NZ
Hercules and the Circle of Fire (Doug Lefler, 1994) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn; NZ
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (Harley Cokliss, 1994) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn; NZ
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (Josh Becker, 1996) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn; NZ
Hercules in the Underworld (Bill L. Norton, 1994) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn; NZ
Hercules Returns (David Parker, 1993) aka First Take Meets Hercules, The Last Temptation of Hercules; David Argue, Michael Carman, Mary Coustas, Bruce Spence; voices: Des Mangan, Sally Patience, Matthew King; Italian film used is Hercules, Samson, Maciste and Ursus Are Invincible
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Bill L. Norton, 1994) drama, satire; Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn, Lucy Lawless; NZ
Here I Am (Beck Cole, 2011) Shai Pittman, Bruce Carter, Quinaiha Scott, Marcia Langton; opening June 2011; drama, family
Heritage (Charles Chauvel, 1935) Expeditionary Films, wr. Charles Chauvel, dp Tasman Higgins, Arthur Higgins, asspro Ann Wynn [Elsa Chauvel], sound Alan Mill; early days of colonial Australia; 94 min.
Hero Of The Dardanelles, The (Alfred Rolfe, 1915) Australasian Films, wr. Phllip Gell, Loris Brown, 4000 ft; Guy Hastings, Loma Rossmore, C. Throoby, Ruth Wainwright, Fred Francis; war; two brothers at Gallipoli
Heroes of the Cross (Joseph Perry, 1909) cf. Soldiers of the Cross, from which this film derived much of its content (Pike & Shirley)
Heroes of the Krait (Peter Maxwell, 1982) aka The Highest Honour; war; John Howard, Atsuo Nakamura, Stuart Wilson
Hey Al, Baby (David Minter, 1969) Alan Finney, Chrissie Loh, Peter Carmody, Chris Maudson, Anna Raknes, Eleanor Wilson; 34 min.
Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (Cathy Randall, 2008) Danielle Catanzariti, Cassandra Jinman, Talia Monaghan; coming-of-age Jewish comedy
Hidden (Tim McLachlan, 2005) thriller; NZ
Hidden History of Homosexual Australia, The (Con Anemogianni, 2005) premiere SAFF
High Country (Bill Hughes, 1984) wr. Ian Bradley; John Waters, Simone Buchanan, Tom Oliver, Terry Serio; PG
High Rolling (Igor Auzins, 1977) aka High Rolling in a Hot Corvette; prod. Tim Burstall for Hexagon Productions, wr. Forrest Redlich, dp Dan Burstall; Joseph Bottoms, Grigor Taylor, Judy Davis (film debut), John Clayton, Wendy Hughes; comedy adventure as two adventurers encounter drug dealers
High Tide (Gillian Armstrong, 1987) prod. Sandra Levy, wr. Laura Jones; Lillie (Judy Davis) rediscovers abandoned child Ally (Claudia Karvan), who has been brought up by her paternal grandmother, Bet, Jan Adele; Frankie J. Holden is an Elvis impersonator, Colin Friels the love interest; family melodrama; 100 min.
Hildegarde (Di Drew, 1999) aka Hildegarde: A Duck Down Under; Richard E. Grant, Tom Long, Tara Morice; Hildegarde is a duck; children's; Qld
Hinemoa (Gaston Melies, 1913) wr. Edmund Mitchell from Maori legend, dp George Scott; Maata Horomona; first of three Hinemoa films; no footage exists; one reel, 1000ft; NZ
Hinemoa (George Tarr, 1914) wr. George Tarr, based on Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, based on the George Gray version, dp Charles Newham; Hera Tawhai, Rua Tawhai, Miro Omahau, Taimai Omahau; second of three Hinemoa films; no footage exists; also claimed to be the first NZ feature, as the production company was antipodean (Tarr lived in NZ, tho had been born in Australia)
His Convict Bride (John Gavin, 1918) aka For the Term of Her Natural Life (initial working title), Australian Famous Feature Company, wr. Agnes Gavin, dp Lacey Percival, titles Syd Nicholls; Ethel Bashford, John Gavin, Charles Villiers, Frank Hawthorne
His Only Chance (Dick Shortland, 1918) J. C. Williamson Ltd, wr. Captain N. C. P. Conant, dp Amalgamated Pictures
Holidays on the River Yarra (Leo Berkeley, 1990) wr. Leo Berkeley; Craig Adams, Luke Elliot, Alex Menglet, Tahir Cambis, Claudia Karvan; racism; mercenaries; urban boredom, young male alienation
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The (Peter Jackson, 2012) dp Andrew Lesnie; NZ
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The (Peter Jackson, 2013) dp Andrew Lesnie; NZ
Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The (Peter Jackson, 2014) dp Andrew Lesnie; NZ
Holding the Man (Neil Armfield, 2015) wr. Neil Armfield from Tommy Murphy's play from Timothy Conigrave's book; Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox, Camilla Ah Kin; gay love true story; premiere Sydney FF
Holy Roller, The (Patrick Gillies, 2010) Angus Benfield, Victoria Abbott, Jeremy Brennan; drama; NZ
Home by Christmas (Gaylene Preston, 2010) Tony Barry, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Rowan Bettjeman; NZ; bio/romance/war; about Preston's father
Home Port (Phillip Thomson, 1997) wr. Phillip Thomson from play by Christine Evans, Phillip Thomson; domestic drama; US Navy visit to Fremantle, WA; 110 min.
Home Song Stories, The (Tony Ayres, 2007) wr. Tony Ayres, dp Nigel Bluck, prod. design Melinda Doring; Joan Chen, Yuwu Qi, Joel Lok, Steven Vidler, Kerry Walker; Shanghai nightclub singer struggles to survive in Australia with her two children; shot in Melbourne and Macau
Homelands (Tom Zubrycki, 1992) aka View from the Edge; refugees from San Salvador
Homesdale (Peter Weir, 1971) B&W, 16mm, 50 min., prod. Grahame Bond, Richard Brennan, wr. Piers Davies, Peter Weir, dp Anthony Wallis, music Grahame Bond, Rory O'Donoghue, Wayne Le Clos; Grahame Bond, Barry Donnelly, Kate Fitzpatrick, Geoff Malone, Phillip Noyce, Doreen Warburton, Peter Weir; black comedy
Honourable Wally Norman, The (Ted Emery, 2003) wr. Andrew Jones, Rick Kalowski, prod. Emile Sherman, Jonathan Shteinman; Kevin Harrington, Shaun Micallef, Alan Cassell; satirical comedy
Hoodwink (Claude Whatham, 1981) dp Dean Semler; John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Dennis Miller, Wendy Hughes, Max Cullen, Paul Chubb, Kim Deacon, Michael Caton, Geoffrey Rush; Whatham is English; Hargreaves' character was based on Carl Synnerdahl who pretended to be blind for eighteen months, from the time of his arrest until his subsequent transfer to a minimum security prison; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Hook, Line and Sinker (Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader, 2011) drama; NZ
Hope (Damien Power, AFC Indivision funding 2004) Power is Tasmanian; Serhat Caradee, Daniella Ortega; day in the life of suicidal teenage girl
Hopeless (Stephen Hickey, 2000) comedy; NZ
Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, The (Brendan Donovan, 2010) William McInnes, Robyn Malcolm, Joshua McKenzie; drama; NZ
Hordern Mystery, The (Harry Southwell, 1920) Southwell Screen Plays, prod. Harry Southwell, wr. Miss M. F. Garwood from novel by Edward Finn, dp Tasman Higgins, 5600 ft; Claude Turton, Flo Little, Floris St George; Jekyll-and-Hyde story
Horseman, The (Steven Kastrissios, 2008)
Horseplay (Stavros Kazantzidis, 2003) co-wr. Stavros Kazantzidis, prod. Allanah Zitserman (Kazantzidis's partner), Mushroom Pictures; Marcus Graham, Abbie Cornish, Jason Donovan, Alyssa McClelland, Natalie Mendoza, Damien Richardson; crime caper comedy set around the Melbourne Cup; failed financially: took only $141000 (Australian, 7 July 2004)
Hostage: The Christine Maresch Story (Frank Shields, 1983) aka Savage Attraction; prod. Basil Appleby, Frank Shields for Frontier Films, wr. Frank Shields, John Lind, from a true story, dp Vincent Monton, music Davood Tabrizi, design Phillip McLaren, ed. Don Saunders; Gabriella Barraket, Clare Binney, Bert Cooper, Hank Johannes, Kerry Mack, Judy Nunn, Ralph Schicha; Eastman colour, 35mm Panavision, 90 min.
Hostage to Fate (Angelo Salamanca, 2001) crime
Hostages, The (Catherine Millar, 2002) TV, wr. Peter Yeldham; Sophie Lee
Hot Target (Denis Lewiston, 1985) aka Restless; NZ
Hotel de Love (Craig Rosenberg, 1996) wr. Craig Rosenberg, prod. Michael Lake, David Parker; Aden Young, Simon Bossell, Saffron Burrows; farcical romantic comedy about two brothers who love the same girl; Melbourne
Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras, 2017) Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey; dramatisation of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks on Taj Mahal hotel
Hotel Sorrento (Richard Franklin, 1995) wr. Richard Franklin, Peter Fitzpatrick, play Hannie Rayson, dp Geoff Burton; Joan Plowright, Caroline Goodall, Tara Morice, Caroline Gillmer, Ray Barrett, John Hargreaves, Nicholas Bell, Ben Thomas; AFI Best Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Barrett)
Hound Of The Deep, The (Frank Hurley, 1926) aka Pearl of the South Seas; Stoll Picture Productions, prod. wr. dp Frank Hurley; Jameson Thomas, Eric Bransby Williams, W G Saunders, Lillian Douglas; shot Thursday Island PNG; 4950 ft
Hounds of Love (Ben Young, 2016) wr. Ben Young, prod. Melissa Kelly, dp Mick McDermott; Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Ashleigh Cummings, Damien de Montemas; crime
House Opening (Judith MacDougall, 1980)
Houseboat Horror (Ollie Martin, Kendal Flanagan, 1988) slasher
Housebound (Gerard Johnstone, 2014) wr. Gerard Johnstone; Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru; mystery; NZ
Housos vs Authority (Paul Fenech, 2012) aka Housos vs. Authority; Tahir Bilgic, Elle Dawe, Paul Fenech, Jabba; comedy; general release 1 November 2012
How McDougall Topped The Score (V. Upton Brown, 1924)
How the West was Lost (David Noakes, 1987)
How to Change in 9 Weeks (Simone North, 2008) wr. Tony Cavanaugh, Simone North; 15-year-old Australian girl goes missing, found to have been murdered by her babysitter
How to Meet Girls from a Distance (Dean Hewison, 2012) Owen Black, Jonathan Brugh, Richard Falkner; comedy
How Willingly You Sing (Gary Patterson, 1975) wr. prod. Gary Patterson for Inch Films, dp Peter Tammer; Isaac Gerson, Braham [sic] Glass (the mother), Morris Gradman, Allan Levy, Garry Patterson, Jerry Powderly, Jim Robertson; Melbourne, colour, 16 mm, 89 min.
Howling 3: The Marsupials (Philippe Mora, 1987) Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley (Jerboa), Dasha Blahova, Max Fairchild, Ralph Cotterill, Leigh Biolos, Frank Thring, Burnum Burnum
Hugh and Heke (Reston Griffiths, 2010) Ariana Ashby, Davey Briggs, Shara Connolly; comedy
Human Touch (Paul Cox, 2004) prod. Mark Patterson, wr. Paul Cox, dp Ian Jones; Aaron Blabey, Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris Haywood, Rebcca Frith; beautiful young woman in an unhappy marriage decides to model nude for an aging, blind, impotent artist (Chris Haywood); with his encouragement, she embarks on an affair with his young wife, while Haywood "watches" them with his hands so that he can then translate their experiences into art; premiere Melbourne Film Festival July 2004; Toronto FF September 2004; FFC budget $2,118,882, box office $24,924; Aust release 14 April 2005; released in Australia by Magna Pacific to DVD rental 8 March 2006; 101 min.
Humpty Dumpty Man, The (P. J. Hogan, 1989) wr. Karl Zwicky, P. J. Hogan; Frank Gallacher, Frederick Parslow, Rod Mullinar, John Frawley, Deborra-Lee Furness; thriller; released on video; prolly based on David Combe, Australian Trade Commissioner who was linked to a Soviet spy
Hungry Heart (Luigi Acquisto, 1987) aka Lay Off wr. Luigi Acquisto, prod. Rosa Colosimo; Nick Carrafa, Kimberly Davenport, Lisa Schouw, Dagmar Blahova, Norman Kaye, John Flaus, Sheila Florance
Hunt Angels (Alec Morgan, 2006) docudrama; Australian release August 10 2006; little-known episode in Oz cinematic history: true and little known story of Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks, tenacious of the Australian film industry; premiere 23 July 2006 Chauvel Theatre; opening film MIFF 26 July 2006
Hunting (Frank Howson, 1991) John Savage, Kerry Armstrong, Jeffrey Thomas, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Rigg, Rhys McConnochie, Nicholas Bell, Jacek Koman, Gareth Wilding-Forbes; film noir
Hurrah (Frank Shields, 1998) Marton Csokas, Tushka Bergen
Hurricane Smith (Colin Budds, 1991) aka Dead on Delivery; Carl Weathers, Jurgen Prochnow, Cassandra Delaney
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