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.
Pa Boys, The (Himiona Grace, 2014) road movie; NZ
Pacific Banana (John D. Lamond, 1981) prod. John D. Lamond, SAFC, wr. Alan Hopgood, dop Gary Wapshott, design Herbert Pinter, ed. Ray Dalry; Graeme Blundell, Robin Stewart, Deborah Gray, Alyson Best, Helen Hemingway, Luan Peters, Manuia Taie; Filmed in Huahine, French Polynesia, and Norwood Studios in Adelaide; sexploitation; Eastman colour, 35mm widescreen, 80 min.
Pack, The (Nick Robertson, shooting SA June 2014) wr. Evan Randall Green, prod. Kent Smith, Michael Robertson; Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell, Kieran Thomas McNamara; horror/thriller; pack of wild dogs
Pact, The (Strath Hamilton, 2003) wr. Hugh Hamilton O'Brien, prod. Phillip Avalon, dp Martin McGrath, ed. David Stiven, sound Stephen Smith; Sigrid Thornton, Robert Mammone, Peter O'Brien, Basia A'Hern, Grant Dodwell, Saskia Burmeister, Jamie Crofts
Painted Daughters (F. Stuart-Whyte, 1925) Australasian Films, dp Lacey Percival; Marie Lorraine
Palm Beach (Albie Thoms, 1980) prod. Albie Thoms, wr. Albie Thoms, dp Oscar Scherl, music Terry Hannigan, design Dave Fennell, Abe Follington, ed. Albie Thoms; Nat Young, Ken Brown, Amanda Berry, Bryan Brown, Julie McGregor, Lyn Collingwood, John Flaus, David Elfick; Albie Thoms's only feature film, notable for use of sound; experimental narrative feature; Eastman colour, 35mm, 88 min.
Pallet on the Floor (Lynton Butler, 1986) John Bach, Tony Barry, Bruce Spence; NZ
Pandemonium (Haydn Keenan, 1987) aka Haydn Keenan's Pandemonium; David Argue, Amanda Dole, Arna-Maria Winchester, Mercia Deane-Johns, Esben Storm, Rainee Skinner, Kerry Mack, Lex Marinos; 88 min.; "least boring Australian film ever made" - Geoff Gardner, Murray 1995; woman arrives at Bondi saying she has been raised by dingoes
Panic at Rock Island (Tony Tilse, 2011) telemovie; Grant Bowler, Zoe Cramond, Eli Kent, Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling, Marshall Napier; drama horror scifi
Panyee FC (Matt Devine, tba) wr. Natash Pincus, prod. Martha Coleman; true story Thai football team, sport; Australian story development funding
Paper Planes (Robert Connolly, 2014) aka How to Make a Paper Plane; wr. Robert Connolly, Steve Worland, prod. Arenamedia, dist. Cinemaplus, Arclight; David Wenham, Sam Worthington, Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Oxenbould, Alex Williams; childrens; MIFF; Aust general release 15 Jan 2015
Paperback Hero (Anthony J. Bowman, 1999) prod. Lance Reynolds, John Winter; Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman, Angie Milliken, Andrew S. Gilbert, Jeanie Drynan; 96 min.
Paradise Found (Mario Andreacchio, 2003) wr. Mario Andreacchio, John Goldsmith; Kiefer Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Alun Armstrong, Thomas Heinze, Chris Haywood, Nicholas Hope, Marco Andreacchio; biopic of Paul Gauguin; Aust/UK/Fr/Ger copro
Paradise Road (Bruce Beresford, 1997) aka Beyond the Wire, A Voice Cries Out; Glenn Close, Susie Porter, Cate Blanchett
Parallels (Ben Warner, 2005) scifi; 74 min.
Parer's War (Alister Grierson, 2014) wr. Alison Nisselle; Matthew Le Nevez, Adelaide Clemens, Nicholas Bell, Khan Chittenden; telemovie biopic war; broadcast ABC 27 April 2014
Parker (Jim Goddard, 1984) aka Bones; Bryan Brown (David Parker), Cherie Lunghi, Kurt Raab; Australian businessman is kidnapped then released, and sets out to find out what happened
Parklands (Kathryn Millard, 1996) wr. Kathryn Millard, prod. Helen Bowden, dp Mandy Walker; Cate Blanchett (first feature), Tony Martin; set in Adelaide; on the Travelling Light DVD; 50 min.
Part One - 806 (Chris Lofven, 1971) scifi; 70 min.
Part Two - The Beginning (Chris Lofven, 1970) scifi; 10 min.
Partisan (Ariel Kleiman, 2015) wr. Sarah Cyngler, Ariel Kleiman; Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Sapidah Kian; thriller drama
Passage (Arthur Cantrill & Corinne Cantrill, 1983) experimental, 65 min.
Passing Winds (tba, tba) wr. John Jarratt, prod. John Jarratt, Kris Maric, Craig Kocinski; Craig McLachlan, Steve Bisley; comedy western
Passion Love Beauty (Garnet Mae, 2010) wr. Aimée-Lee Curran, Garnet Mae, Adrian Powers, Sam Rugg, dp Kawai Ho, ed. Garnet Mae; Maria Gajewska, Christopher Hiraishi Mae, Angelina Joseph, Garnet Mae, Jarrah Sexton
Passion: The Story of Percy Grainger (Peter Duncan, 1999) prod. Matt Carroll; Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof, Claudia Karvan, Simon Burke, Linda Cropper, Julia Blake
Pastmaster (Steve Jodrell, not made, 1997) wr. Peter Bibby, short story by Lloyd Davies; Nigel Hawthorne; comedy; apparently not funded
Patriarch, The (Lee Tamahori, 2016) aka Mahana; wr. John Collee, Witi Ihimaera; Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning; family drama
Patrick (Richard Franklin, 1978) prod. Antony I. Ginnane, Richard Franklin, Patrick Productions, Australian International Film Corporation, wr. Everett De Roche, dp Don McAlpine, music Brian May, design Leslie Binns, ed. Edward McQueen-Mason; Susan Penhaligon, Rod Mullinar, Robert Helpmann, Bruce Barry, Julia Blake, Frank Wilson; horror and scifi; Agfa colour, 35mm, 120 min.
Pawno (Paul Ireland, 2015) wr. Damian Hill, prod. Paul Ireland, Damian Hill, dp Shelley Farthing-Dawe; John Brumpton, Kerry Armstrong, Mark Coles-Smith, Maeve Dermody, Damian Hill, Malcolm Kennard, Tony Rickards, Daniel Frederickson; ensemble
Paws (Karl Zwicky, 1997) children's
Peaches (Craig Monahan, 2003) wr. Sue Smith, dp Ernie Clark; Emma Lung (Steph), Hugo Weaving (Alan), Jacqueline McKenzie, Matthew Le Nevez, Tyson Contor; budget AUD $5.5mill; set in peach cannery, two time frames, 1980s and present, three intertwined love stories + econ rationalism, declining power of unionism; centres on Steph (Emma Lung) and her discoveries about late mother from diary; Alan is former union rep, now foreman; world premiere Montreal FF, 28 August 2004; 108 min.; FFC budget $3.060,062, box office $280,462
Pear ta ma 'on maf (Vilsoni Hereniko, 2004) aka The Land Has Eyes, prod. Merata Mita; Sapeta Taito, Rena Owen, John Fatiaki
Pearls and Savages (Frank Hurley, 1921) documentary about Anglican missions in Papua; with additional footage expanded to become With the Headhunters in Papua, 1923: Hurley presented both films lecturing from the stage; see Pike & Cooper 1998: 131-3
Pearls Before Swine (Richard Wolstencroft, 2000) Wolstencroft is director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival
Peggy (Kevin Lucas, seeking funding 2004)
Penny Black (Joe Hitchcock, 1015) road movie; NZ
People Who Still Use Milk Bottles (Brian McKenzie, 1991) dp Ray Argall; Barry Dickins, John Flaus, Melissa Jaffer, Barry Jones
Percy Gets A Job (William Stratford Percy, 1912)
Perfect Creature (Glenn Standring, 2006) vampire; NZ
Perfectionist, The (Chris Thomson, 1987) wr. David Williamson from his play, prod. Patricia Lovell, dp Russell Boyd; Jacki Weaver, John Waters, Steven Vidler, Noel Ferrier, Kate Fitzpatrick, Linda Cropper, Maggie Dence
Personal History of the Australian Surf, A (Michael Blakemore, 1981) Being The Confessions Of A Straight Poofter autobiographical documentary, written and directed by Blakemore, in which he plays his own father
Personality Plus (Clem Maloney, 2009)
Peter and Pompey (Michael Carson, 1988) wr. John Misto; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations
Peter Vernon's Silence (Raymond Longford, 1926) Production Company: Longford-Lyell Productions, dp Arthur Higgins; Rawdon Blandford (Peter Vernon), Walter Hunt (Philip Kingston), Loretta May (Marie), Rene Sandeman, Iris Webster, Beryl Gow, John Faulkner, George Chalmers, Billy Ryan, Victor Davy, Annie Permain; last of the Longford-Lyell productions before Lyell's death in December 1925; an uninspired melodrama about a man's loyalty to his mate; 5830 ft.
Petersen (Tim Burstall, 1974) prod. Tim Burstall for Hexagon Productions, wr. David Williamson, dp Robin Copping, music Peter Best, design Bill Hutchinson, ed. David Bilcock; Jack Thompson, Wendy Hughes, Jacki Weaver, Helen Morse, Arthur Dignam, John Ewart, Charles Tingwell, Christine Amor, Cliff Ellen, Belinda Giblin, Sandy Macgregor, George Mallaby, Dina Mann, Anne Pendlebury, Tim Robertson, Lindsay Smith; Sydney, colour, 35mm, 107 min.
Phantom, The (Simon Wincer, 1996) shot in N. Qld but NOT Australian
Phantom Gold (Rupert Kathner, 1937) Harry Lasseter's reef
Phantom Stockman, The (Lee Robinson, 1953) Chips Rafferty, Charles Tingwell, Rod Taylor; produced by Southern International (Lee Robinson & Chips Rafferty)
Phantom Treehouse, The (Paul Williams, 1984)TV, animated, children's
Phar Lap (Simon Wincer, 1983) prod. John Sexton for John Sexton Productions, Michael Edgley International, wr. David Williamson, dp Russell Boyd ed. Tony Paterson, music Bruce Rowland, design Larry Eastwood, ed. Tony Paterson; Vincent Ball, Tom Burlinson, Celia de Burgh, Ron Leibman, Judy Morris, John Stanton, Martin Vaughan; Eastman colour, 35mm, 118 min.
Phar Lap's Son (Dr A. L. Lewis, 1936) aka Phar Lap's Son?; South Seas Films Ltd, technical advisers Jack Welsh, Lee Hill; Harry V. Smith, Peggy/Peggie Collie; NZ; 5623ft, 63 min.
Piccolo: The Dolphin Prince (Greg McLean, preproduction 2013) wr. Greg McLean, Chris Wheeler, copro Greg McLean, Alan Lindsay, Vue Group (Bunbury); animated; apparently not made
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975) prod. Jim & Hal McElroy, prod. Patricia Lovell, wr. Cliff Green from novel by Joan Lindsay, dp Russell Boyd; Kirsty Child, John Fegan, Vivean Gray, Dominic Guard, John Jarratt, Anne Lambert, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Ingrid Mason, Garry McDonald, Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts, Martin Vaughan, Jacki Weaver; thriller
Picture Show Man, The (John Power, 1977) prod. Joan Long for Limelight Productions, wr. Joan Long from Penn's Pictures on Tour by Lyle Penn, dp Geoff Burton, music Peter Best, design David Copping; Tony Barry, Patrick Cargill, Sally Conabee, Jeanie Drynan, John Ewart, Harold Hopkins, Garry McDonald, John Meillon, Judy Morris, Grant Page, Rod Taylor; Melbourne, colour, 35mm, 98 min.
Picture This (John Fisk, 2003) comedy
Pictures (Michael Black, 1981) wr. Robert Lord, John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, Pacific Films; Kevin J. Wilson, Peter Vere-Jones, Helen Moulder, Elizabeth Coulter; photographers in 1880s NZ; in pioneer New Zealand, two brothers learn about the realities of their new and different life; 87 min.
Pictures (Michael Black, 1981) in pioneer New Zealand, two brothers learn about the realities of their new and different life; NZ
Pigeon (Vincenzo Gallo [Steve Morelli], 1997) Kate Fischer, Garry Hillberg
Pinky Pinky (Alastair Orr, tba) Lizzette Atkins, Unicorn Films; a South African-Australian co-production; mythical creature preys on innocent young girls; in development, according to the production company website
Pioneers, The (Franklyn Barrett, 1916) novel Katharine Susannah Prichard; Longford also made this story into a film in 1926
Pirate Movie, The (Ken Annakin, 1982) loosely based on The Pirates of Penzance
Pirates of the Airwaves (Charlie Haskell, 2014) radio pirates; NZ
Pitch Black (David N. Twohy, 2000) wr. Jim & Ken Wheat; prod. Tom Engelman; Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, John Moore, Simon Burke; horror, 150 min.
Place at the Coast, The (George Ogilvie, 1987) wr. Hilary Furlong, dp Jeff Darling; novel Jane Hyde, The Bee Eater; John Hargreaves, Heather Mitchell, Tushka Bergen, Aileen Britton, Willie Fennell, Michel Fawdon, Julie Hamilton, Sue Ingleton, Margo Lee; rite of passage; tourist development
Plains Empty (Beck Cole, 2005)
Plains of Heaven, The (Ian Pringle, 1982) prod. John Cruthers for Seon Films, wr. Ian Pringle, Doug Ling, Elizabeth Parsons, dp Ray Argall, composer Andew Duffield, design Elizabeth Stirling, ed. Ray Argall; Adam Briscombe, Jenny Cartwright, Reg Evans, John Flaus, Gerard Kennedy, Richard Moir; Fuji colour, 16 mm, 80 min.
Playbook, The (Darran Scott, 2013) wr. Darran Scott, dp Damien Beebe; Mick Preston, Harry Borland, Kath Gordon, Luc Longley, Dennis Coard, Darran Scott; basketball drama; Aust release 7 July 2013
Playing Beatie Bow (Donald Crombie, 1986) novel by Ruth Park; Imogen Annesley, Peter Phelps
Playing for Charlie (Pene Patrick, 2008)
Plex, The (Tim Boyle, 2008) comedy
Plum Role (Zak Hilditch, 2007) wr. Zak Hilditch; Matt Hardie, Laura Henderson, Luke Jago, Adam McGurk; 74 min.
Plumber, The (Peter Weir, 1978) wr. Peter Weir; prod. Matt Carroll, music Rory O'Donoghue, Gerry Toland, dp David Sanderson; Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond, Henri Szeps; black comedy; 76 min.; doctor's wife terrorised by visits by strange plumber
Plunge into Darkness (Peter Maxwell, 1977) John Jarratt; horror
Point of No Return (Vincent Monton, 1993) aka Countdown; Marcus Graham is ex-soldier Grady
Police Rescue: The Movie (Michael Carson, 1994) Gary Sweet, Zoe Carides, Steve Bastoni, John Clayton; Sonia Todd
Portrait of a Lady, The (Jane Campion, 1997) wr. Laura Jones, dp Stuart Dryburgh; Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelly Winters, Richard E. Grant, Shelly Duvall, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, John Gielgud; NOT Australasian
Possum Paddock (Charles Villiers, Kate Howarde, 1921) prod. Kate Howarde, from the play by Kate Howarde, dp Lacey Percival; John Cosgrove, James Martin, Leslie Adrien, Jack Kirby
Postcard Bandit, The (Tony Tilse, 2003)
Powder Burn (Stephen Prime, 1999) Gillian Phillips, Tim Nicholls, Gregory J. Read; released 19 August 1999, Sydney; 96 min.
Power And The Glory, The (Noel Monkman, 1941) aka The Invaders dp Arthur Higgins; action
Praise (John Curran, 1998) wr. Andrew McGahan based on his novel, prod. Martha Coleman, dp Dion Beebe; Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler, Tex Perkins, Marta Dusseldorp, Joel Edgerton; AFI Nomination 1999; 98 min./100 min.
Predestination (Michael & Peter Spierig, 2014) wr. Michael & Peter Spierig, story Robert A. Heinlein, prod. Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, dp Ben Nott, ed. Matt Villa, music Peter Spierig, costume design Wendy Cork; Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor; 'a temporal agent who has to recruit his younger self to pursue the one criminal who has for a lifetime eluded him'; MIFF 31 July; received nine AACTA award nominations; Australian general release 28 August
Predicament (Jason Stutter, 2010) Jemaine Clement, Heath Franklin, Hayden Frost; crime comedy; NZ
Presence, The (John Rhall, 1991)
Prey (George Miller, 2008) thriller; six travellers enter a sacred Aboriginal site in Australia and fall under a century-old curse
Prey (Oscar D'Roccster, 2009) aka The Outback, Dreamtime's Over; wr. John V. Soto, Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman; Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jesse Johnson, Natalie Walker; horror; 76 min.
Price, The (Dunstan Webb, 1924)
Price of Milk, The (Harry Sinclair, 2000) comedy drama; NZ
Primal (Josh Reed, 2010) horror thriller
Prime Mover (David Caesar, 2009) comic drama; William McInnes, Andrew S. Gilbert, Lynette Curran, Jeanette Cronin, Gyton Grantley, Emily Barclay, Michael Dorman, Anthony Hayes, Ben Mendelsohn
Princess Kate (George Ogilvie, 1988) wr. Kristin & David Williamson; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations
Prisoner of St Petersburg, The (Ian Pringle, 1990) dp Ray Argall; Noah Taylor, Solveig Dommartin; Noah's character thinks he's in a novel by Dostoevsky
Prisoner Queen (Timothy Spanos, 2003) wr. Timothy Spanos from his novel Mirror Balls and Prisoner Queens
Prisoners (Peter Werner, 1982) Aust/NZ; prod. Antony I. Ginnane, John Barnett; Tatum O'Neal, Colin Friels, Shirley Knight, David Hemmings, Bruno Lawrence, Ralph Cotterill, John Bach, Ira Seidenstein, Michael Hurst; never released
Private Collection (Keith Salvat, 1972) wr. Keith Salvat, Sandy Sharp, Keisal/Bonza Films, dp David Gribble; Peter Reynolds, Pamela Stephenson, Brian Blain, Grahame Bond, John Paramor, Noel Ferrier, Les Foxcroft; comedy; Sydney, colour, 16 mm, 92 min.
Professional Idiot, The (Nick McLean, 2012) Simon Gray, Robert Reitano, Robert Crampton, Raelene Richards; dramedy
Promised Woman, The (Tom Cowan, 1976) prod. Richard Brennan, Tom Cowan for BC Productions, wr. Tom Cowan from Throw Away Your Harmonica, play by Theo Patrikareas, dp Tom Cowan, design Gillian Armstrong, composer Vassili Daramaras, ed. David Stiven; Gillian Armstrong, Takis Emmanuel, Kate Fitzpatrick Nikos Gerissimou, Yelena Zigon; Sydney; colour, 35 mm, 84 min.
Proposition, The (John Hillcoat, 2005) wr. Nick Cave, music Nick Cave; shooting Winton Qld October 2004; Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Emily Watson, John Hurt, David Wenham, Tom Budge, David Gulpilil, Leah Purcell, Tom E. Lewis; epic period Western; Australian-British co-production, three brothers charged with brutal crime 1880s; 104 min.
Prospector, The (Rachel Perkins, tba) wr. Craig Silvey, prod. Darren Dale, Miranda Dear; WA goldrush; Screen Australian story development funding
Puberty Blues (Bruce Beresford, 1981) prod. Joan Long for Limelight Productions, wr. Margaet Kelly, from book by Kathy Lette, Gabrielle Carey, dp Don McAlpine, music Les Gock, Tim Finn, design David Copping, ed. William Anderson; Nell Schofield, Jad Kapelja, Jay Hackett, Ned Lander, Tony Hughes, Sandy Paul, Geoff Rhoe; girls want to surf too; Lesley Speed, "You and me against the world: revisiting Puberty Blues", Metro, 140, 2004: 54-60; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Punisher, The (Mark Goldblatt, 1988) New World Pictures (au), wr. Robert Kamen, dp Ian Baker; Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett, Jeroen Kabbe, Kim Miyori
Punishment (Danny Matier, 2008) Nicholas Bishop, Roxane Wilson, Scott McRae; drama thriller
Puppy (Kieran Galvin, 2005) prod. Melissa Beauford, wr. Kieran Galvin, dp Tom Gleeson; Nadia Townsend, Bernard Curry; explores the complex and strangely beautiful relationship that develops between a delusional man and a suicidal young woman when he holds her captive at his remote property
Pure Shit (Bert Deling, 1975) aka Pure S***; wr. Bert Deling, dp Tom Cowan, prod. Bob Weis; Gary Waddell, John Laurie, Ann Heatherington, Carol Porter, Helen Garner, Phil Motherwell, Max Gillies; premiered Perth FF; commercial release 1976
Pursuit of Happiness, The (Martha Ansara, 1988) prod. Martha Ansara, wr. Martha Ansara, Laura Black, Alex Gibson; Anna Gare, Laura Black, Peter Hardy, Jack Coleman; set and shot in Fremantle WA; female journo involved in peace movement; low-budget political thriller
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