My Top Ten Australasian Films

See also my longer alpha order list of best Australasian feature films and my best films list by date.

Lantana (Ray Lawrence, 2001) wr. Anthony Bovell; Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Kerry Armstrong, Rachael Blake, Vince Colosimo, Russell Dykstra, Daniella Farinacci, Peter Phelps, Leah Purcell, Glenn Robbins; AFIs 2001: best picture, direction, actor, actress &c.

Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) aka Outback (US); wr. Evan Jones, novel Kenneth Cook, dp Brian West, ed. Anthony Buckley; Gary Bond, Donald Pleasance, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, John Meillon

Newsfront (Phillip Noyce, 1978) wr. Phillip Noyce, orig. script Bob Ellis, dp Vincent Monton; Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Gerard Kennedy, Chris Haywood, John Ewart, Bryan Brown

Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) wr. Edward Bond, novel James Vance Marshall, dp Nicolas Roeg; Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [Roeg], David Gulpilil, John Meillon; UK production about two white Australian children stranded in desert and helped to safety by young Aborigine

Razorback (Russell Mulcahy, 1984) prod. Jim & Hal McElroy, wr. Everett De Roche, novel Peter Brennan, dp Dean Semler, music Iva Davies; Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood, David Argue, Judy Morris; horror parody

Man of Flowers (Paul Cox, 1983) wr. Paul Cox, Bob Ellis, dp Yuri Sokol; Norman Kaye, Alyson Best, Chris Haywood, Sarah Walker, Julia Blake, Bob Ellis, Barry Dickins, Patrick Cook, Victoria Eagger, Werner Herzog

Beneath Clouds (Ivan Sen, 2002) wr. Ivan Sen, dp Alan Collins; Damian Pitt, Dannielle Hall; Best Director, Cinematography, AFIs 2002

Animal Kingdom (David Michôd, 2010) Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver; crime; Cannes

Burning Man (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2011) Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis, Rachel Griffiths, Kerry Fox, Kate Beahan

Sunday Too Far Away (Ken Hannam, 1975) dp Geoff Burton; Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning, Jerry Thomas, Peter Cummins, John Ewart, Sean Scully, Reg Lye, Graham Smith, Ken Shorter, Lisa Peers, Ken Shorter

Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991) Hugo Weaving, Genevieve Picot, Russell Crowe

Malcolm (Nadia Tass, 1986) dp David Parker; Colin Friels, John Hargreaves

Bad Blood (Mike Newell, 1981) Jack Thompson, Carol Burns; NZ; drama; VHS; 113 min.

Idiot Box (David Caesar, 1996) wr. David Caesar; Ben Mendelsohn, Jeremy Sims, John Polson, Susie Porter; Kev and Mick rob a bank cos it seems like a good idea at the time

What follows for comparison is Evan Williams' top ten. I got this from Facebook where someone put it (June 2014) without a reference; I'm guessing it was published in The Australian newspaper. We have three films in common: Wake in Fright, Newsfront, and Lantana. I don't strongly disagree with any of the other seven he's chosen, tho I question his deeper reasons for choosing The Sapphires, which doesn't make it to my top hundred. The other six could equally well have been above as well as below. In fact, maybe I should ...


The top ten Aussie films, in terms of box office grosses, are (@ 31 August 2013) according to Screen Australia data, in order: Crocodile Dundee, Australia, Babe, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge, Crocodile Dundee 2, Strictly Ballroom, Red Dog, The Dish, The Man from Snowy River. Three of those ten are from Baz Luhrmann, three from Dr George Miller, one from the other George Miller, two from Paul Hogan. Priscilla is now eleventh. IF data have The Great Gatsby in sixth place (giving Baz a fourth in the top ten) but SA seems not to count that as local.

Garry Gillard | New: 19 May, 2007 | Now: 3 April, 2018