3 items from 2009
It was only five years ago when the Australian Film Institute Awards reached their most sad and pathetic moment. 2005, the year that will live in infamy for followers of Australian film, produced only one (One!) film that the AFI felt worthy enough to award. Cate Shortland's Somersault was nominated for and won every.single.category. The really sad thing is that it probably deserved to win them all, which says more about the slate of Aussie films that year than anything else.
Sidebar: Two of Somersault's wins were for Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington's performances. The former is on the cusp of Oscar and the latter on the cusp of global fame and worship. You could do worse than seeing where these two learnt the ropes.
This year's AFI awards, however, are a much different story. 2009 has been a stellar year for Australian cinema - perhaps the »
- Glenn Dunks
It is hard to fathom that up until now there has been no academic reference on influential and groundbreaking Australian director Rolf de Heer. With films such as Bad Boy Bubby and The Tracker under his belt, as well as Ten Canoes, which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes 2006, and the AFI awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, there is surely a surplus of fascinating material should one choose to compile it. Qut researcher Dr Bruno Starrs has remedied the injustice with a comprehensive academic text titled Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer. »
Australia DVD reviewby Peter Dimako, Editor A remarkably touching epic and one of the most undeservedly underrated films of 2008. Baz Luhrmann’s epic drama “Australia” is a gargantuan feat, capturing elements of romance, oppression, war and drama and leaving one ultimately emotionally satisfied. Vibrant and adventurous, the film quickly gets off the mark with a prestigious cattle farmer being murdered. This is told by the very talented Brandon Walters as Nullah, an Aborigine youth who states that his grandfather King George (David Gulpilil) is thought to have committed said act. Still, with murder in the picture, the film manages to get off to a cheery and lighthearted start. We meet English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who journeys to Australia finding her loved one slain at their Faraway Downs cattle station. At the station, she quickly realizes that her husband’s first in command, a sinister Neil Fletcher (David Wenham »
3 items from 2009
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