Australasian feature films by release date

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1960s Films


1960

Shadow of the Boomerang (Dick Ross, 1960) World Wide Pictures (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association); "Christian western"; Jimmy Little's first role

Sundowners, The (Fred Zinnemann, 1960) wr. Isobel Lennart, novel Jon Cleary, dp Jack Hildyard, 133 min., Warner Bros; Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Chips Rafferty, Michael Anderson, Lola Brooks, Wylie Watson, John Meillon, Ronald Fraser, Mervyn Johns, Molly Urquhart, Ewen Solon, Ray Barrett (two-up player), Leonard Teale (shearer), John Fegan; Pike & Cooper: 230-231


1961

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


1962

In Search of the Castaways (Robert Stevenson, 1962) NZ/USA, Disney, prod. Walt Disney, wr. Lowell S. Hawley, dp Paul Beeson; Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde White, Michael Anderson Jr, Wilfred Brambell; children's; 16mm; 100 min.

They Found a Cave (Andrew Steane, 1962) Visatone Island Pictures; director, most of the cast, and novelist all from Tasmania, where the film was shot; children's; 63 min.


1963

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1964

Runaway (John O'Shea, 1964) wr. John Graham, John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, dp Tony Williams; Colin Broadley, Nadja Regin, Deidre McCarron, Selwyn Muru, Barry Crump, Gil Corwall, Kiri Te Kanawa; thriller road movie; NZ


1965

Clay (Giorgio Mangiamele, 1965) aka Argilla; wr. dp. ed. Giorgio Mangiamele; first art movie, according to O'Regan 1996: 171, 223; 85 min.

Funny Things Happen Down Under (Joe McCormick, 1965) Pacific Films; children's; Terrible Ten comedy; Olivia Newton-John's first film


1966

Don't Let It Get to You (John O'Shea, 1966) wr. John O'Shea, prod. John O'Shea, dp Tony Williams, ed. John O'Shea; Howard Morrison, Gary Wallace, Carmen Duncan, Normie Rowe, Kiri Te Kanawa; Aussie drummer goes to NZ to find work; comedy musical; 80 min.

They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell, 1966) wr. Richard Imrie [Emeric Pressburger], novel by Nino Culotta [John O'Grady]; Walter Chiari (Nino Culotta), Clare Dunne, Chips Rafferty, Alida Chelli, Ed Devereaux, Slim DeGrey, John Meillon, Charles Little, Anne Haddy, Jack Allen, Red Moore, Ray Hartley, Tony Bonner, Alan Lander, Keith Peterson; satirical comedy


1967

Cobweb on a Parachute (Dusan Marek, 1967) experimental

Journey out of Darkness (James Trainor, 1967) [James Trainor was born WA]; Konrad Matthaei (an American), Ed Devereaux, Kamahl; plot summary Cinema Papers, 129, January 1999: 23; white actor Devereaux blacks up to play Aboriginal tracker, Jubbal, and Kamahl (from Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]) plays an Aboriginal prisoner; when Jubbal dies, the prisoner becomes his captor's guide "out of darkness"

Pudding Thieves (Brian Davies, 1967) wr. Brian Davies; first "Carlton school" (University of Melbourne circle) film; 54 min.


1968

Koya No Toseinin (Junya Sato, 1968) aka The Drifting Avenger; Japanese western shot but not released in Australia

Moeru Tairuku (Shogoro Nishimura, 1968) aka Blazing Continent; Japanese romance shot but not released in Australia

Time in Summer (Ludwik Dutkiewicz, 1968) SA; art movie


1969

2000 Weeks (Tim Burstall, 1969) aka Two Thousand Weeks; wr. Tim Burstall, Patrick Ryan; Jeanie Drynan, Mark McManus, Eileen Chapman, David Turnbull, Michael Duffield, Stephen Dattner, Bruce Anderson, Dominic Ryan, Nicholas McCallum, Anne Charleston, Graeme Blundell; writer's isolation: he only has 2000 weeks to achieve something in his life

Age of Consent (Michael Powell, 1969) wr. Peter Yeldham from book by Norman Lindsay, ed. Anthony Buckley; James Mason, Helen Mirren, Neva Carr-Glynn, Jackie MacGowran

Color Me Dead (Eddie Davis, 1969) crime; Tom Tryon, Carolyn Jones, Rick Jason, Patricia Connolly, Tony Ward, Penny Sugg, Reg Gillam, Margot Reid, Peter Sumner, Michael Laurence, Sandy Harbutt, John Dease, Tom Oliver, Phil Haldeman

Hey Al, Baby (David Minter, 1969) Alan Finney, Chrissie Loh, Peter Carmody, Chris Maudson, Anna Raknes, Eleanor Wilson; 34 min.

Intruders, The (Lee Robinson, 1969) aka Skippy and the Intruders; spinoff from Skippy

It Takes All Kinds (Eddie Davis, 1969) Goldsworthy Productions (Reg Goldsworthy, with Commonwealth United Corporation, US) Robert Lansing, Vera Miles, Barry Sullivan; B movie crime genre quickie shot in Melbourne; budget $300k; 98 min.

Marinetti (Albie Thoms, 1969) Ubu Films, experimental feature; Clem Wright, Susan Howe, David Perry, Aggy Read; colour, 83/90 min.

Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor, The (Nigel Buesst, 1969) Brian Davies (as Squizzy Taylor); biopic doco; 53 min.

You Can't See 'Round Corners (David Cahill, 1969) prod. Peter Summerton, novel by Jon Cleary; Ken Shorter, Rowena Wallace, Carmen Duncan, Judith Fisher, Slim de Grey, Max Cullen, Peter Aanensen, Max Phipps, Henri Szeps; man deserts at time of Vietnam War


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