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Road Movies

See also: my presentation on road movies.
See also: car films.

1% (Stephen MacCallum, 2017) wr. Matt Nable; bikies; WA

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (Stephan Elliot, 1994) journey from Sydney to Alice Springs

As Time Goes By (Barry Peak, 1988) time travel, among other trips

Back of Beyond, The (John Heyer, 1954) classic doco of journey from Maree to Birdsville

Backlash (Bill Bennett, 1987) cops have to bring woman back to town from back of Bourke

Backroads (Phillip Noyce, 1977) of New South Wales

Beneath Clouds (Ivan Sen, 2002) journey from remoter NSW to Sinny

Blackfellas (James Ricketson, 1993)

BMX Bandits (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1983) kids on bikes pursued by bad guys

Bran Nue Dae (Rachel Perkins, 2009) journey back to Broome

Breaking Loose (Rod Hay, 1988) from Sinny up NSW coast

Broken Highway (Laurie McInnes, 1993) you tell me

Burke and Wills (Graeme Clifford, 1985) you know where they go (better than they did)

Cactus (Jasmine Yuen Carrucan, 2008) 'choose the wrong road and you're ...'

Call Me Mum (Margot Nash, 2006) returns to Torres Strait to meet his birth mother

Cars That Ate Paris, The (Peter Weir, 1974) there are a lot of car accidents in Paris

Chain Reaction, The (Ian Barry, 1980) aka Nuclear Run, The Man at the Edge of the Freeway; chase

Dead-End Drive In (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986) not really on the road, but about cars, and there is a car stunt

Doing Time For Patsy Cline (Chris Kennedy, 1997) protagonist on his way from country Oz to Nashville

Driving Force (Andrew Prowse, 1989) aka Roadwars

FJ Holden, The (Michael Thornhill, 1977) driving around Bankstown

Fortress (Arch Nicholson, 1986) kidnapped teacher, children travel home

Freedom (Scott Hicks, 1982) freedom is a Porsche

Goddess Of 1967, The (Clara Law, 2000) Japanese man comes to Australia to buy car, travels with girl

Hang On a Minute, Mate (Alan Lindsay, 1982) prod. Alan Lindsay; Alan Jervis, Kelly Johnson; NZ comedy, road movie; 71 min.

Heaven's Burning (Craig Lahiff, 1997) various pursuits

High Rolling (Igor Auzins, 1977) Judy Davis is the hitchhiker

High Tide (Gillian Armstrong, 1987) Judy Davis drives the Valiant

In Search of Anna (Esben Storm, 1979) 'search for elusive happiness'

Jedda (Charles Chauvel, 1955) Marbuk takes Jedda away to live with him

Journey (Ivan Sen, 1997) a boy on the road; short, 20 min.

Kiss or Kill (Bill Bennett, 1997) on the run from both the cops and the bad guy

Last Ride (Glendyn Ivin, 2009) Hugo Weaving and son travel across Australia

Lucky Miles (Michael James Rowland, 2007) boat ppl travel from NW coast to (presumably) Perth

Mad Max ([Dr] George Miller, 1979) you've seen it

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ([Dr] George Miller, 1981)

Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome ([Dr] George Miller & George Ogilvie, 1985)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Dr George Miller, 2013)

Manganinnie (John Honey, 1980) she journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl

Overlanders The (Harry Watt, 1946) cattle drive from the Territory to Brisbane

Pa Boys, The (Himiona Grace, 2014) road movie; NZ

Paperback Hero (Anthony J. Bowman, 1999) hero drives a truck

Penny Black (Joe Hitchcock, 1015) road movie; NZ

Pork Pie (Matt Murphy, 2017) remake of Goodbye Pork Pie; road movie; NZ

Prime Mover (David Caesar, 2009) main character Mendo is a trucker

Pure Shit (Bert Deling, 1976) driving around Melbourne trying to find good smack

Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, 2001) Aboriginal children escape custody, walk hundreds of miles home

Road to Alice (Stavros Andonis Efthymiou, 1992) short, wr. Stavros Andonis Efthymiou; Hugo Weaving, Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, short, 29 min.

Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981) (American!?) truckie dealing with bad guys while crossing country to Perth

Running on Empty (John Clark, 1982) street racing

Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton, 2009) young Aboriginal couple leave the settlement together

Shaker Run (Bruce Morrison, 1985) NZ; road race

Shame (Steve Jodrell, 1988) biker chick pauses in country town long enough to deal with sexist culture

Slate, Wyn and Me (Don McLennan, 1987) MC chick abducted by yobs

Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977) NZ; on the run in political situation

Spider and Rose (Bill Bennett, 1994) ambo and old chick have weird relationship on the road

Starlight Hotel (Sam Pillsbury, 1987) wr. Grant Hinden-Miller, prod. Larry Parr, Finola Dwyer, Mirage Films, Challenge Film Corp, dp Warrick Attewell; Peter Phelps, Greer Robson, Marshall Napier, Bruce Phillips, The Wizard; Depression era NZ school-kid Kate missing her father badly; temptation to seek him out leads her into diverse and intense encounters with fate; NZ

Stone (Sandy Harbutt, 1974) bikie flick

Stone Bros. (Richard Frankland, 2009) journey from Perth to Kalgoorlie, unlike the films below

Sundowners, The (Fred Zinnemann, 1960) droving

Tears (Ivan Sen, 1998) dp Allan Collins, music Ivan Sen & Alister Spence; two young people (called Vaughn and Lena, as in Beneath Clouds - tho with different actors) leave the mish [mission] and head for the bus-stop, possibly to leave town; Luke Carroll (Vaughn), Jamilla Frail (Lena), Alan Campbell, Trevor Hunt, Anita Fernando, Theresa Shields; shot at Come by Chance, Walgett; short, 15 min.

Thunderstruck (Darren Ashton, 2003) journey to Perth to Bon Scott's marker in Freo cemetery

Tracker (Ian Sharp, 2010) NZ; Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison; lawman brings perp in

Tracker, The (Rolf de Heer, 2002) as the title suggests

Tracks (John Curran, 2013) prod. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, wr. Marion Nelson, John Curran, dp Mandy Walker; Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth; Robyn Davidson crosses the Australian continent with camels

Trouble with E, The (Louise Wadley, pre-production 2013) shooting Sydney and NSW; road movie romance thriller

True Love and Chaos (Stavros Andonis Efthymiou, 1996) across the Nullabor to Perth

Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) (Wim Wenders, 1992) across the world to the outback

Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) attempted journey from the bush to the city

Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) young Aboriginal on 'walkabout' meets English kids lost in bush

Wind (Ivan Sen, 1999) wr. Ivan Sen, prod. Graeme Isaac, dp Allan Collins; tracker theme; in 1857 a young black tracker and his elderly sergeant follow the trail of a killer; Crossing Tracks 'compilation'; short, 35 min.

Wrong Side of the Road (Ned Lander, 1981) doco about two bands on the road

Yolngu Boy (Stephen Johnson, 2001) three boys travel to Darwin to find the father of one

Movies in which characters end up in WA

Against the Grain: More Meat Than Wheat (Tim Burns, 1980) I think the opening scenes are at the Cenotaph in Sydney, but the character(s) are soon in Perth

Drift (Ben Nott, Morgan O'Neill, 2012) in the opening flashback sequence, characters leave Sinny for WA

Japanese Story (Sue Brooks, 2003) the last scene is at Perth airport, if I remember correctly?

Lucky Miles (Michael James Rowland, 2007)

Kiss or Kill (Bill Bennett, 1997) they end up in Margaret River or near there?

Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)

True Love and Chaos (Stavros Andonis Efthymiou, 1996) across the Nullabor to Perth

Thunderstruck (Darren Ashton, 2003) from Sydney to Fremantle

Plus the TV series Upright: across the Nullabor to Perth

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