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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Naked Bunyip, The (John B. Murray, 1970) prod. Phillip Adams; Graeme Blundell, Barry Humphries, Jacki Weaver

Naked Country, The (Tim Burstall, 1985) aka Morris West's The Naked Country; prod. Ross Dimsey for Naked Country Productions, wr. Tim Burstall, Ross Dimsey, from novel by Morris West, dp David Eggby, music Bruce Smeaton, design Philip Warner, ed. Tony Paterson; John Stanton, Rebecca Gilling, Ivar Kants, Tommy Lewis; Charters Towers, Qld; colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Nancy Nancy (Timothy Spanos, 2003) Tim Burns; black comedy musical shot Coronet Bay Vic

Napoleon (Mario Andreacchio, Michael Bourcher, 1993) Napoleon is a dog

Narcosys (Mark Bakaitis, 2000) wr. Adam Breasley; scifi

Savage Islands (Ferdinand Fairfax, 1983) aka Nate and Hayes (USA); USA/NZ copro; dp Tony Imi; Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps, Jenny Seagrove, Grant Tilly, Bill Johnson; 101 min.

Nation is Built, A (Frank Hurley, 1938) dramatised documentary to celebrate sesquicentenary of white settlement; see Pike & Cooper: 151, third column

Natural Injustice (Warren Coulton, tba) wr. Jamie Hurley, prod. Jamie Hurley, Warren Coulton, Southern Cross Films; Jamie Joseph, Tony Bonner, Paula Duncan, Val Lehman, Kimberley Cooper, Jess Orcsik, Rob Williams, Carmel Rose, Eric McMullen; Qld; drama

Natural Justice: Heat (Scott Hartford-Davis, 1996) telemovie, prod. Paul D. Barron, dp Russell Bacon; Claudia Karvan, Steve Bastoni, Sonia Todd, John Moore, Martin Jacobs, Jeremy Sims, Igor Sas, Maurie Ogden, Lynette Narkle; shot and set in York, WA; pre-sold Channel 7; 93 min.

Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, The (Vincent Ward, 1988) Aust/NZ, Arenafilm, prod John Maynard, dp Geoffrey Simpson; Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby, Paul Livingston, Sarah Peirse; 93 min.

Navigator, The (Eddie Arya, 2013) wr. ed. dp Eddie Arya; Jamie Vergan, Sarah Bishop, Audrey Williams, Gracie Williams; family lost in the bush; thriller; Aust release October

Neath Austral Skies (Raymond Longford, 1913) Lottie Lyell

Ned (Abe Forsythe, 2003) Abe Forsythe as Ned, Jason Donovan; spoof (on Ned Kelly), grossout comedy; [Abe Forsythe is the son of actor Drew Forsythe]

Ned Kelly (Tony Richardson, 1970) wr. Tony Richardson, Ian Jones; Mick Jagger; NOT an Australasian production

Ned Kelly (Gregor Jordan, 2003) Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, Naomi Watts; 105 min.; William D. Routt, 'Red Ned', Metro, 136: 10-17.

Needle (John V. Soto, 2010) wr. Anthony Egan, John V. Soto; prod. Deidre Kitcher, dp Stephen F. Windon; Ben Mendelsohn, John Jarratt, Khan Chittenden, Luke Carroll, Michael Loney, James Hagan; horror; WA; 90 min.

Nest (Kimble Rendall, tba) wr. Kimble Rendall, Paul Staheli; Bingbing Li, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz; horror

Neophytes and Neon Lights (Shane T. Hall, 2001) comedy

Never Say Die (Geoff Murphy, 1988) wr. Andy Borowitz, Geoff Murphy, prod. Barrie Everard, Geoff Murphy, Murray Newey, dp Rory O'Shea; Lisa Eilbacher, Temuera Morrison, Tony Barry, George Wendt, Geoff Murphy, Barrie Everard, Colin Clarke; investigative journalist, anti-apartheid; NZ

Never Tell Me Never (David Elfick, 1998) Claudia Karvan as Janine Shepherd, skier whose legs are injured in traffic accident; broadcast Channel 10, May 1998, 19 December 2001

Newcastle (Dan Castle, 2008) wr. Dan Castle; youth drama; surfing, coming-of-age

Newman Shame, The (Julian Pringle, 1977)

Newsfront (Phillip Noyce, 1978) wr. Phillip Noyce, orig. script Bob Ellis, prod. David Elfick, Palm Beach Pictures, dp Vincent Monton, design Lisa Coote, ed. John Scott; Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Gerard Kennedy, Chris Haywood, John Ewart, Bryan Brown; first Australian film to be shown on an Australian airline; "in Newsfront there is the thematizing of the 'baleful American' influence on Australian popular culture and political culture." (O'Regan: 28); many AFI awards; Eastman colour, 35mm, 110 min.

Next Door to the Velinskys (Darren K. Hawkins, 2010) Matt Doran, Chloe Traicos, Rudi Yap; thriller

Next of Kin (Tony Williams, 1982) prod. Robert le Tet, Timothy White for The Film House, SIS Productions, wr. Michael Heath, Tony Williams, dp Gary Hansen, design Richard Francis, Nick Hepworth ed. Max Lemon; John Jarratt, Jackie Kerin, Charles McCallum, Gerda Nicholson, Alex Stitt; sister of mother of main character (Jackie Kerin) is nuts; suspense film, horror; Pat Gillespie (1993: 105) describes the film as "[a] young woman's journey into her mother's horrifying past"; Eastman colour, 35mm, 95 min.

Ngati (Barry Barclay, 1987) wr. Tama Poata, prod. John O'Shea, dp Rory O'Shea; Tuta Ngarimu Tamati, Iranui Haig, Tawai Moana, Michael Tibble, Oliver Jones, Wi Kuki Kaa; first feature dir. by Maori; in a remote seaside village, an Australian doctor becomes involved in public and personal crises; NZ; 92 min.

Nickel Queen (John McCallum, 1971) Perth; colour, 35 mm, 89 min. prod. Joy Cavill, John McCallum, wr. Joy Cavill, Henry C. James, John McCallum, story Anneke & Henry James, dp John Williams, design Bernard Hides, music Sven Libaek, ed. Don Saunders; Ed Devereaux, Peter Gwynne, John Laws, Tom Oliver, Alfred Sandor, Ross Thompson, Doreen Warburton, Googie Withers; WA

Niel Lynne (David Baker, 1985) aka Best Enemies; prod. Tom Burstall; Sigrid Thornton, Paul Williams, Judy Morris, Brandon Burke, David Argue, Alan Cinis; drama/thriller; story of two boyhood friends tracing their fates and loves from the turbulent era of the late 1960s to the 1970s; 105 min.

Nightclub (A. R. Harwood, 1952) Cambridge Films, prod. David Bilcock, wr. A. R. Harwood, dp Len Heitman; Joey Porter, Joff Ellen, Joan Bilceaux, the Clarence Sisters, the Leonard Boys, the Spencer Trio, the Geoff Kitchen Quintette; golddigger and playboy; Bill Winters goes to a country town to work quietly on the script for a musical show; 55 min.

Night of Fear (Terry Bourke, 1973) horror; 54 min.; see Michael Helms, Cinema Papers, 129, January 1999: 27

Night the Prowler, The (Jim Sharman, 1979) aka Patrick White's The Night the Prowler; prod. Anthony Buckley for Chariot Films, wr. Patrick White from his short story, dp David Sanderson, design Luciana Arrighi, ed. Sara Bennett; Terry Camilleri, Ruth Cracknell, John Derum, John Frawley, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Kerry Walker; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.

Night We Called It a Day, The (Paul Goldman, 2003) wr. Peter Clifton, Michael Thomas, prod. Peter Clifton, Nik Powell, Emile Sherman; Joel Edgerton, Rose Byrne, Dennis Hopper, Melanie Griffith, Portia de Rossi; Frank Sinatra's season in Australia

Nightingale, The (Jennifer Kent, 2017) Tasmania 1829

Nightmares (John D. Lamond, 1980) co-prod. wr. Colin Eggleston; horror, scifi; memorable review by Scott Murray in Murray 1995: 64; 82 min. Gothic thriller

Nim's Island (Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, 2008) adventure fantasy

Nim's Island 2 (Brendan Maher, 2013) aka Return to Nim's Island; adventure fantasy; Aust release 28 March

Nirvana Street Murder (Aleksi Vellis, 1991) wr. Aleksi Vellis; Mark Little, Ben Mendelsohn, Mary Coustas, Sheila Florance; black comedy

No. 2 (Toa Fraser, 2006) wr. Toa Fraser, prod. Tim White, Lydia Livingstone Philippa Campbell, Colonial Encounters & Southern Light Films, finance New Zealand Film Commission, Working Title Films, Miramax Films, NZ On Air, TVNZ; Ruby Dee (Nanna Maria) Tuva Novotny (Danish Maria); inspired by a dream of her childhood back in Fiji, Nanna Maria demands that her grandchildren put on a big feast at which she will name her successor

No Bag Limit (Andrew Vial, 1973) David Gulpilil

No Escape (theatrical title) (Martin Campbell, 1994) aka Escape from Absolom, The Penal Colony (working title and title of the book); set in prisons of the future; shot in Queensland; Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen

No Time for Games (Stephen Luby, Charles Watt, Mark Savage, 1987)

No Through Road (Sam Barrett, 2008) James Helm, Megan Palinkas, George Shevtsov; WA

No Worries (David Elfick, 1993) Amy Terelinck, Geoff Morell, Susan Lyons, John Hargreaves, Steven Vidler, Ray Barrett, Harold Hopkins, Ngoc Hanh Nguyen (Binh); family has to leave the farm in hard times and come to the city, where the daughter makes a new, Vietnamese friend

Nocturnal (Paul Harris, Wallace Finley, date not given in source: Twin Peeks) wr. Paul Harris, Wallace Finley; drama, thriller; 67 min.

Noise (Matthew Saville, 2007) wr. Matthew Saville, prod. Trevor Blainey; aftermath of mass murder on suburban train; Australian release 3 May 2007

No-one Can Hear You (John Laing, 2001) thriller; NZ

Norman Loves Rose (Henri Safran, 1982) prod. Basil Appleby, Henri Safran for Norman Films, wr. Henri Safran, dp Vincent Monton, design Darrell Lass, ed. Don Saunders; Carol Kane, Tony Owen, Myra de Groot, David Downer, Barry Otto, Sandy Gore, Warren Mitchell; comedy; Jewish 13-yr-old falls in love with sister-in-law who falls pregnant; Eastman colour, 35mm, 98 min.

North of Chiang Mai (John D. Lamond, 1992) Sam Bottoms

Northbound Ltd (George Palmer, 1926)

Nostradamus Kid, The (Bob Ellis, 1993) wr. Bob Ellis, dp Geoff Burton; Noah Taylor, Miranda Otto, Arthur Dignam, Peter Gwynne, Jack Campbell, Erick Mitsak, Loene Carmen, Alice Garner, Lucy Bell, Jeanette Cronin, Hec McMillan, Colin Friels, Bob Maza

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation! (Mark Hartley, 2008) doco compilation with many clips of films from the 1970-80s

Not Suitable for Children (Peter Templeman, 2012) romcom; Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook, Ryan Corr, Bojana Novakovic, Laura Brent, Alice Parkinson; WA

Nothing Like Experience (Peter Carmody, 1970) Bill Garner, John Romeril, Martin Phelan, Tony Rudd, Warren Woolcock, Anna Raknes, Jane Washington, Lindsay Smith, Peter Cummins, Brian Davies, Dave Downey, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Garrie Hutchinson, Tim Burstall, Nigel Buesst; 50 min.

Now Add Honey (Wayne Hope, 2015) wr. Robyn Butler, prod. Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Louisa Kors, Gristmill, Screen Australia funding, Roadshow distribution; Robyn Butler, Angus Sampson, Ben Lawson, Lucy Durack; Melbourne

Now and Forever (Adrian Carr, 1983) prod. Teisha Ghent for Now and Forever Film Partnership, wr. Richard Cassidy from novel by Danielle Steel, dp Don McAlpine, music Bruce Rowland, design Rene & Rochford ed. Adrian Carr; Cheryl Ladd, Robert Coleby, Carmen Duncan, Christine Amor, Aileen Britton, Alex Scott, Kris McQuade; Eastman colour, 35mm, 102 min.

Now And Then (Mark Turnbull, 1981) Tony Barry, Ian Gilmour, Lisa Peers; 50 min.

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows (David Caesar, 2016) wr. Tony Ayres; spinoff from the 2013 TV series Nowhere Boys

Nowhere Else (Danial Donai, 2012) doco-makers end up in SA town of this name

Nugget, The (Bill Bennett, 2002) Eric Bana, Stephen Curry, Dave O'Neil, Belinda Emmett, Peter Moon, Vince Colosimo, Max Cullen, Jane Hall; comedy, set in Mudgee NSW; released 17 October 2002, released on DVD 5 March 2003; 97 min.

Number 96 (Peter Barnardos, 1974) spin-off from the TV show

Nun and the Bandit, The (Paul Cox, 1992) novel by E. Grant Watson; two brothers kidnap girl and the nun comes along also; filmed Maldon, Bacchus Marsh

Nurse Cavell (W. J. Lincoln, 1916) aka Edith Cavell

Nutcase (Roger Donaldson, 1980) wr. Keith Aberdein, Ian Mune, prod. Aardvark Films, Endeavour Productions, NZFC, dp Graeme Cowley, grip Stuart Dryburgh; Nevan Rowe, Ian Watkin, Michael Wilson, Ian Mune; NZ

Nuts, Bolts And Bedroom Springs (Gary Young, 1975) exploitation


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