List of Australian films
Australian filmmakers were at the forefront of cinema and film, having created what is considered the first feature length narrative film with the release of The Story of the Kelly Gang and other early films by directors John Gavin, W. J. Lincoln and Alfred Rolfe.
Notable Australian films of the early 1900s:
- The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) - The world's first feature-length film.
- Moora Neya, or The Message of the Spear (1911) - One of the first films to depict Indigenous Australians.
- The Sentimental Bloke (1919) - Made by Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell, the best-known partnership in Australian film at that time.
- For the Term of His Natural Life (1927) - Based on the novel by Marcus Clarke; the most expensive Australian silent film ever made.
- In the Wake of the Bounty (1933) - The first film to star Errol Flynn, an iconic Australian "swashbuckler" character.
The mid-1900s had a slow start for Australian film, although saw the first Academy Award won for an Australian film, Kokoda Front Line!. The industry picked back up during the 1970s with one of the first internationally released films Picnic at Hanging Rock and there was also the success of the series of Mad Max franchise films.
Notable Australian films of the 1940s-1950s:
- Kokoda Front Line! (1942) - First Australian film to win an Oscar, for Best Documentary Feature in 1942
- Jedda (1955) - First Australian film to have two indigenous lead actors
- Conquest of The Rivers (1958) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Hard to Windward (1958) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Edge of The Deep (1959) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Power Makers (1959) - AFI winner for Best Film
Notable Australian films of the 1960s:
- Three in a Million (1960) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Bypass to Life (1962) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Night Freighter (1962) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Land That Waited (1963) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Dancing Class (1964) - AFI winner for Best Film
- I The Aboriginal (1964) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Legend of Damien Parer (1965) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Stronger Since The War (1965) - AFI winner for Best Film
- They're a Weird Mob (1966) - Said to have been one factor leading to the founding of the Australian Film Industry. Based on a novel of the same title
- Concerto for Orchestra (1966) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Cardin in Australia (1967) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Change at Groote (1968) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Talgai Skull (1968) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Jack And Jill: A Postscript (1969) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Skippy And The Intruders (1969) - Spin-off of the Skippy the Bush Kangaroo TV series
Notable Australian films of the 1970s:
- Three To Go: Michael (1970) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Homesdale (1971) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Walkabout (1971) - First film appearance of David Gulpilil
- Stork (1972) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Wake in Fright (1971)
- Marco Polo Jr. Versus the Red Dragon (1972) - Australia's first animated feature film.
- Libido (1973) - AFI winner for Best Film
- 27A (1973) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) - Directed by Peter Weir
- Stone (1974) - Directed by Sandy Harbutt
- Sunday Too Far Away (1975) - AFI winner for Best Film, acclaimed for its realism in character portrayal
- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) - One of the first Australian films to reach an international audience; based on a book of the same title
- The Devil's Playground (1976) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1976) - A multi-award winning film
- Storm Boy (1977) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Getting of Wisdom (1977) - Nominated for 5 AFI Awards and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay
- Newsfront (1978) - Winner of 8 AFI awards including Best Film and Best Actor: Bill Hunter.
- Mouth to Mouth (1978) - AFI Nominee Kim Krejus
- Mad Max (1979) - Held world record as the highest profit-to-cost ratio of a motion picture and introduced Mel Gibson to an international audience.
- My Brilliant Career (1979) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Tim (1979) - Winner of 3 AFI Awards including Best Actor: Mel Gibson
The Man from Snowy River was a highly acclaimed Australian film released in the 1980s, along with Crocodile Dundee which boosted the nation's economy and tourism industry. The Year My Voice Broke is also held in high regard, also having been released in this decade.
Notable Australian films of the 1980s:
- 'Breaker' Morant (1980) - Nominated for an Oscar (for Best Screenplay), AFI winner for Best Film
- Gallipoli (1981) - AFI winner for Best Film. Gallipoli is an important historical Australian event
- Lonely Hearts (1982) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Running On Empty (1982) - Classic Australian Drag racing movie
- The Man from Snowy River (1982) - Award winning iconic film
- BMX Bandits (1983) - The earliest film appearance of Nicole Kidman
- Careful, He Might Hear You (1983) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Phar Lap (1983) - Based on the successful Australian racehorse
- Annie's Coming Out (1984) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Bliss (1985) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Crocodile Dundee (1986) - Received International acclaim, Nominated for an Oscar, for Best Screenplay
- Malcolm (1986) - AFI winner for Best Film. One of the first films starring Colin Friels.
- For Love Alone (1986) - Five AFI Award nominations. Nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stars Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, and Naomi Watts in her first film appearance
- The Lighthorsemen (film), a 1987 feature film about an Australian Light Horse unit
- The Year My Voice Broke (1987) - Often cited by film critics as the best Australian film in the past 25 years., AFI winner for Best Film
- Dogs in Space (1987) - A cult film set in the post-punk "little band scene" in Melbourne in 1979.
- Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988) - Directed by John Hillcoat
- Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) (1989) - AFI winner for Best Film and Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar Nominee
- Houseboat Horror (1989) - featuring Alan Dale from Neighbours
Notable Australian films of the 1990s:
- Flirting (1990) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Proof (1991) - AFI winner for Best Film, one of the first major films starring Russell Crowe and Hugo Weaving.
- Romper Stomper (1992) - A multi-award winning film, one of the first major films starring Russell Crowe.
- Strictly Ballroom (1992) - Nominated for Golden Globe, with additional 16 wins and 11 further nominations. AFI winner for Best Film
- The Piano (1993) - New Zealand co-production, won 3 Oscars and received a further 5 nominations. AFI winner for Best Film
- Sirens (1994) - Starred Hugh Grant, Tara FitzGerald, Sam Neill and Elle Macpherson.
- Bad Boy Bubby (1994) - Won four AFI awards; Best Director (Rolf de Heer), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nicholas Hope), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.
- Muriel's Wedding (1994) - AFI winner for Best Film with worldwide success, one of the first films introducing Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) - A cult classic, now a performing musical production. The first large-scale appearance of Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving.
- The Sum of Us (1994) - Russell Crowe, Jack Thompson
- Angel Baby (1995) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Babe (1995) - Won an Oscar, for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and nominated a further six
- Cosi - AFI winner for best screenplay; 2 other nominations. Ensemble piece starring Barry Otto, Toni Colette, David Wenham and Ben Mendlesohn.
- Shine (1996) - AFI winner for Best Film, Geoffrey Rush won Best Actor Oscar
- Idiot Box (1996) - Ben Mendelsohn & Jeremy Sims star
- Hotel de Love (1996) - Aden Young, Saffron Burrows
- Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) - nominated for 5 AFI awards
- Dating the Enemy (1996) - Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan star
- Romeo + Juliet (1996) - a modern version of the Shakespeare tragedy directed by Baz Luhrmann
- Kiss Or Kill (1997) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997) - 10 AFI nominations winner of 4 (inc. Best Actor)
- The Castle (1997) - Low budget, box office success, received national acclaim
- Road to Nhill (1997) - Won the Golden Alexander award at the International Thessaloniki film festival
- The Wiggles Movie (1997)
- Blackrock (film) (1997) - Nominated for 5 AFI awards and the movie debut of Heath Ledger
- Oscar and Lucinda (1997) - Nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design. Nominated for 7 AFI Awards and winner of 5. Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett star.
- Crackers (1998)
- Radiance (1998) - Nominated for 6 AFI Awards and winner for Best Actress: Deborah Mailman
- The Boys (1998 film) (1998) - Nominated for 13 AFI awards, winner of 5, including Best Director
- The Interview (1998) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Paperback Hero (1998) - Hugh Jackman, Claudia Karvan
- Two Hands (1999) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Soft Fruit (1999) - written and directed by Christina Andreef. "Soft Fruit belongs..." NY Times
2000s in the history of Australian film has had some mixed successful films from Moulin Rouge! revitalizing the musical film genre, award winning short film Harvie Krumpet, and box office success Happy Feet.
Notable Australian films of the 2000s:
- The Dish (2000) - An internationally successful film which presents a somewhat fictionalised account of the Parkes Observatory's role in the Apollo 11 moon landing.
- Bootmen (2000) - A multi-award winning film, one of the first films starring Sam Worthington and Adam Garcia
- Better Than Sex (2000) - David Wenham, Susie Porter
- He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (film) (2001) - Noah Taylor
- Chopper (2000) - A multi-award winning influential film based on the character of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read
- On the Beach (2000) - 2 AFI Nominations (Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Jaqueline McKenzie, Grant Bowler, Steve Bastoni)
- The Wog Boy (2000) - Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Lucy Bell
- Looking for Alibrandi (2000) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Bank (2001) - Hi-Tech Thriller capilalising on strong anti-bank sentiment.
- Silent Partner (2001) - A low budget - almost no-budget - film that offers an excellent and sensitive study about mateship between two losers.
- Lantana (2001) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Widely credited with revitalising the musical genre of film and has won 7 major awards and a further 10 nominations.
- Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
- The Man Who Sued God (2001) - AFI nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Don Watson), starring Billy Connolly, Judy Davis and Colin Friels.
- One Night the Moon (2001) - AFI winner and New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Genre award winner. A musical (winner, Screen Music Awards, Australia) based on the true story of a young girl who went missing in the Australian outback in 1932.
- WillFull (2001) - The willfull ghost of a parent returns.
- The Tracker (2002) - AFI winner for Best Actor: David Gulpilil
- Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) - AFI winner for Best Film. Based on the book Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence and stirred debate over its historical accuracy.
- Crackerjack (2002) - Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter
- Dirty Deeds (2002) - 3 wins and 9 nominations.
- The Hard Word (2002) - 5 wins and 8 nominations.
- Swimming Upstream (2002) - Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl
- Cracker Bag (2003) - Cannes Palme d'Or winner, AFI winner for both Best Short Fiction Film, and Best Screenplay in a Short Fiction Film.
- Harvie Krumpet (2003) - Won Oscar, for Best Short Film (Animated)
- Gettin' Square (2003) - AFI winner for Best Film AFI winner for Best Actor: David Wenham
- Take Away (2003)
- Japanese Story (2003) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Undead (2003)
- Love's Brother (2004)
- Strange Bedfellows (2004)
- Peaches (2004) - Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Emma Lung, Matthew Le Nevez
- Somersault (2004) - AFI winner for Best Film
- Wolf Creek (2005) - Seven AFI Nominations - including Best Director (John Jarratt, Nathan Philips)
- Look Both Ways (2005) - AFI winner for Best Film
- The Proposition (2005)
- The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005) - Samuel Johnson, Colin Friels, Jessica Napier, Sacha Horler
- Three Dollars (2005) - Based on the novel by Elliot Perlman and starring David Wenham and Frances O'Connor.
- Little Fish (2005) - Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Noni Hazlehurst all won AFI awards for this film set in Sydney.
- Opal Dream (film) (2006) - Vince Colosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie, Christian Byers, Sapphire Boyce
- Kenny (2006) - AFI winner for Best Actor
- Ten Canoes (2006) - First film made with entirely native Australian Aboriginal spoken languages. AFI winner for Best Film.
- Candy (2006) - Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush in a film about love and how drugs affect your life.
- Jindabyne (2006) - Laura Linney & Gabriel Byrne in a film set in Jindabyne.
- Happy Feet (2006) - The first Australian film to win an Oscar for Best animated feature film.
- Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? (2006) - Answer to Australia's largest murder mystery and winner of Most Outstanding Documentary in the 2007 Logies.
- Last Train to Freo (2006)
- Kokoda (film) (2006)
- Romulus, My Father (2007) - Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film winner starring Eric Bana.
- Lucky Miles (2007)
- The Jammed (2007) Winner Best Film, Best Music, Best Script IF Awards plus 7 AFI nominations. Considered by some leading critics to be the best Australian film of 2007. Achieved the highest screen average opening week for any independent Australian film, in history.
- Clubland (2007)
- Noise (2007)
- Rogue (2007)
- Black Water (2007)
- December Boys (2007) - Based on the book, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
- Newcastle (2008) Australian surfing drama film set in the New South Wales city of Newcastle.
- The Square (2008) - Nominated for 7 AFI awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Winner 2008 IF Awards - Best Sound.
- The Black Balloon (2008) - Featuring Toni Collette, Gemma Ward.
- Unfinished Sky (2008)
- Among Dead Men (2008) - Winner 2008 Action on Film Festival's Best Fight Choreography
- Australia (2008) - a Baz Luhrmann Film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman.
- Balibo (2009)
- Samson and Delilah (2009) - Cannes Camera D'or winner.
- Beautiful Kate (2009)
- Last Ride (film) (2009)
- Mary & Max (2009)
- Charlie & Boots (2009)
- Stone Bros. (2009)
- Cedar Boys (2009) - Nominated for "Best Film" category at the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards in Sydney.
- Offside (2009)
- Bran Nue Dae (2010)
- Animal Kingdom (2010)
- Uninhabited (2010)
- Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)
- Daybreakers (2010) - starring Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas and Vince Colosimo
- I Love You Too (2010) - written by Peter Helliar, starring Peter Helliar, Yvonne Strahovski, Peter Dinklage and Brendan Cowell
- Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
- Red Hill (2010)
- Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos (2010)
- The Reef (2010)
- Wasted on the Young (2010)
- Sanctum (2011) Employed Executive Producer James Cameron for 3D effects. One of the most successful Australian films at the box office.
- A Heartbeat Away (2011)
- Mad Bastards (2011)
- Snowtown (2011)
- Red Dog (2011)
- Little Johnny: The Movie (2011)
- Dingoes & Dubstep in the Red Center (2011)
- The Sapphires (2012)
- Any Questions for Ben? (2012)
- 100 Bloody Acres (2012)
- Wish You Were Here (2012)
- Reverse Runner (2012)
- Bait 3D (2012) Starring Lincoln Lewis
- Satellite Boy (2013), starring David Gulpilil
- Six Lovers (2012), written and directed by Laurent Boulanger
- The Rocket (2013)
- Mystery Road (2013)
- The Great Gatsby (2013) - An Australian/American adaptation of the American novel of the same name and directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film was an international box office success.
- Wolf Creek 2 (2014) Greg McLean directing and John Jarratt reprising his role from the previous film.
- The Lego Movie (2014) Animated and Post-Production, produced in Queensland
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