Australian Films on Revue.
There is an Australian show running on television currently, it’s called
20 to 1, it covers a wide range of things with a rating of 20 to 1 a
recent topic was Australian films and being a movie fan I jotted their
choices down and will list them below.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the order of choice I feel there
are other equally good films that were not mentioned, however when I
came to trying to fit them in I was faced with the problem of which
ones to leave out?
The shows 20 to 1 top Australian Movies are;
20 Muriel’s Wedding; 1994 movie starring Toni Collette, the inclusion
of Toni is enough to earn it a place.
Mr. Nice Guy) this is not a film to watch alone on a dark stormy night,
but is never-the-less a great movie.
18 Babe; 1995 this is a delightful blend of animation, real actors and
real animals it is based around a pig who thinks he is a sheepdog,
one for the whole family.
17 Chopper; 2000 movie based on the life of a real life criminal
Mark ‘Chopper’ Read not a nice man but was saved by Eric Bana’s
16 Romper Stomper; 1992 a violent movie about racism in
suited to a mature audience.
15 Storm Boy; 1976 it is another great family film about a young boy,
played by Greg Rowe, living in near isolation with his fisherman father,
he develops a friendship with a pelican who he names Mr. Percival and
an Aboriginal named Fingerbone Bill played by the brilliant aboriginal
actor David Gulpilil.
14 Strictly Ballroom; 1992 A Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) film
starring Paul Mercurio, it’s a feel good movie about ballroom dancing
(surprise, surprise)which isn’t my favourite subject matter, but this is
done so well everyone likes it.
13 Young Einstein; 1988 Yahoo Serious (yes I’m serious) wrote,
produced, directed and starred in this satirical gem which was based
on the premise that Albert Einstein not only developed the theory of
relativity but also invented Rock ’n’ Roll. It’s a great fun movie.
12 Shine; 1996 Based on the true story of pianist David Helfgott,
Geoffrey Rush gave an Oscar Award winning performance in this
11Puberty Blues; 1981 Based around a surfing culture this is the
only movie I have not seen in this group so I can’t really preview it
10 Sunday Too Far Away; 1975 During the 1950s there were
ongoing disputes between the land owners and the shearers over
fair rates of pay, this movie is set in that era.
Jack Thompson stars in a classic movie about the “Bush”.
The title came about because of a common situation,
Friday- too tired, Saturday- too drunk, Sunday- too far away.
09 The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Desert; 1994
Two Drag Queen’s and a Transexual head for the “Outback” in a
converted school bus “Pricilla” to a soundtrack of ABBA Music,
let your imagination work on their reception in this “man’s world”
the movie won an Oscar for costume design, on a budget of
08 My Brilliant Career; 1979 A movie about an independent young
woman who at the turn of the century chose to live her life a little
differently to most of her peers, starred Judy Davis with an excellent
07 The Man From Snowy River; 1982 A great movie about the
cattlemen from the high country, Tom Burlinson gave a memorable
performance as “The Man” in a scenically beautiful film. Based on the
poem of the same name written by A.B.(Banjo)
06 Breaker Morant; 1979 Based on a true story about 3 soldiers
who were executed during the Boer War. Starred Edward Woodward,
Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson.
05 Mad Max; 1979 Set in the desolate near future the film depicts a
police force struggling to maintain order on the roads. Things go
awfully wrong for Mel Gibson’s character bringing about some hectic
action. American studios ignored this film until the success of the
sequel Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior.
04 Picnic At Hanging Rock; 1975 Set in 1900 the film tells of the
disappearance of three girls and a teacher while on an outing from their
03 The Castle; 1997 A comedy about a family’s struggle to retain their
home in danger of resumption by the Government. Michael Caton as the
head of the family is brilliant, a minor roll for Eric Bana before his big break.
02 Crocodile Dundee; 1986 This brilliant comedy launched Paul
Hogan’s film career onto a world stage that was just waiting for this
sort of comedy, another chance to see the wonderful David Gulpilil.
01 Gallipoli; 1981 Telling the story of the badly advised landing of
of life in the ANZACs first battle in WW1.
As I said I didn’t agree with all of the choices made for the TV
show. I would have omitted numbers 08, 16 & 17 and substituted.
Phar Lap; 1983 A great movie about
worlds) best racehorse who died under mysterious circumstances in
Dons Party; 1976 The interaction of a group of young suburbanites
who gather to watch the results of an election on television. A chance
to see Graham Kennedy (the King of Australian TV) in action.
Kenny; 2005 This low budget comedy come documentary has grown a
huge cult following in a very short time. When you consider that Kenny
spends his time moving portable toilets around the countryside this
comes as a bit of a surprise.
Ok I won’t get pedantic about where these films fit into the list
but I am still unhappy that I didn’t find a spot for at least another
Lantana; 2001 A slick film about the frailty’s of human nature.
Anthony LaPaglia, starred.
The Dish; 2000 Story of the Parke’s radio telescopes role in tracking
the Apollo 11 moon mission.
On The Beach; 1959 Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner came and joined
an Australian cast for this “end of the world” movie.
They’re a Weird Mob; 1966 A comedy about the problems that
“new Australian’s” faced after immigration to
speak English and then Australian and the strange habits of the locals.