Australasian Feature Films

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Features released this year, 2019, by date order of release.
Films from 1900-1945 which have survived.
Features released 2017, 2018, 2019.
2018 AACTA winners
'Reviews' (brief notes) of non-Australasian films | Oscars

Coming in July

iammotherI Am Mother (Grant Sputore, 2018) wr. Michael Lloyd Green, prod. Kelvin Munro, Timothy White; Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard; scifi; released 18 July

A teenage girl (Rugaard, called Daughter) is raised underground by a kindly robot 'Mother' (Byrne's voice) - designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger (Swank) arrives with alarming news.

... I Am Mother is thematically rich. It’s just not dramatically rich.
It's far too long, and mistakes too many of its shallow ideas for remarkably deep ones. It has a few too many twists and, most disappointingly, completely discards its first opportunity to make a commentary on human nature by making Daughter a relatively average teenage girl. What would a girl be like who has never felt human touch, only seeing people through old recordings of The Tonight Show? She wouldn’t be as normal as Daughter. But I Am Mother has other intentions, ultimately feeling more like a Terminator rip-off when you want it to share more DNA with Ex Machina. It never gets in the heads of its three characters, using them as two-dimensional action movie pawns.¬†Again, there are some interesting ideas here that could have been shaped into a tighter, more challenging movie, but that wasn’t meant to be Mother's creation. Brian Tallerico.

Coming in August

dangercloseDanger Close: the Battle of Long Tan (Kriv Stenders, 2019) wr. Paul Sullivan, Karel Segers, Jack Brislee, James Nicholas; Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Nicholas Hamilton; Vietnam War; released 8 August

Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam - for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.

Email me: Garry Gillard | New: 16 September, 2012 | Now: 5 July, 2019 - 20 years work