mightysparks's Favourite Australian Films

Since I've been exploring our cinema more lately, I've decided to start this list of my personal favourites. I'll update as I see them.
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1.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
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Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins. (114 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
2.
Proof (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker. (86 mins.)
 
3.
The Loved Ones (2009)
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When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. (84 mins.)
Director: Sean Byrne
 
4.
Hercules Returns (1993)
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When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages... (82 mins.)
Director: David Parker
 
5.
Body Melt (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death. (81 mins.)
Director: Philip Brophy
 
6.
Don's Party (1976)
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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson... (90 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
7.
Rogue (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island. (99 mins.)
 
8.
The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom. (76 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
9.
Love Serenade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station... (101 mins.)
Director: Shirley Barrett
 
10.
Dead Heart (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A no holds barred look into the gaping divisions which exist within an Aboriginal settlement in outback Australia. These separations split the inhabitants, straining relationships until something has to give. (104 mins.)
Director: Nick Parsons
 
11.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
12.
Mad Max (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
13.
Napoleon (1995)
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The adventures of Golden Retriever pup Napoleon and his friend, the parrot Birdo Lucci. (81 mins.)
 
14.
Wake in Fright (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
15.
Daybreakers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
 
16.
Lake Mungo (2008)
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A supernatural drama about grief. (87 mins.)
Director: Joel Anderson
 
17.
The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
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In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl... (103 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
18.
Phar Lap (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy. (107 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
19.
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests. (47 mins.)
Director: Mark Lewis
 
20.
The Tunnel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them. (90 mins.)
Director: Carlo Ledesma
 
21.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
22.
Razorback (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed... (95 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
23.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
24.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
25.
2:37 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At 2:37, someone commits suicide in the school lavatory. The day is told up to that point from the viewpoint of six different students. (95 mins.)