Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Australia (72 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1946 The Overlanders (Harry Watt)
1955 Jedda (Charles Chauvel)
1966 They're a Weird Mob (Michael Powell)
1971 Outback (Ted Kotcheff)
1973 Castor and Pollux (Philip Noyce)
1974 The Cars That Ate Paris (Peter Weir)
1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock* (Peter Weir)
1975 Sunday Too Far Away (Ken Hannam)
1976 Don's Party (Bruce Beresford)
1976 Storm Boy (Henri Safran)
1976 The Devil's Playground (Fred Schepisi)
1977 The Last Wave* (Peter Weir)
1978 Newsfront (Phillip Noyce)
1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith* (Fred Schepisi)
1979 Mad Max* (George Miller (1))
1979 My Brilliant Career* (Gillian Armstrong)
1980 Breaker Morant* (Bruce Beresford)
1980 Stir (Stephen Wallace)
1981 Gallipoli* (Peter Weir)
1981 Lonely Hearts (Paul Cox)
1981 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior* (George Miller(1))
1982 Heatwave* (Phillip Noyce)
1982 The Last Days of Chez Nous (Gillian Armstrong)
1982 The Man from Snowy River (George Miller (11))
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously* (Peter Weir)
1982 We of the Never Never (Igor Auzins)
1983 Careful, He Might Hear You (Carl Schultz)
1983 Man of Flowers (Paul Cox)
1984 Annie's Coming Out (Gil Brealey)
1984 My First Wife (Paul Cox)
1985 Bliss (Ray Lawrence)
1986 Dogs in Space (Richard Lowenstein)
1986 Malcolm (Nadia Tass)
1987 The Year My Voice Broke (John Duigan)
1988 A Cry in the Dark* (Fred Schepisi)
1988 Celia (Ann Turner)
1989 Dead Calm* (Philip Noyce)
1989 Sweetie (Jane Campion)
1990 Nirvana Street Murder (Aleksi Vellis)
1991 A Woman's Tale (Paul Cox)
1991 Death in Brunswick (John Ruane)
1991 Flirting (John Duigan)
1991 Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse)
1992 Romper Stomper* (Geoffrey Wright)
1992 Strictly Ballroom* (Baz Luhrmann)
1993 Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf De Heer)
1993 Heartbreak Kid (Michael Jenkins)
1994 Muriel's Wedding* (P.J. Hogan)
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert* (Stephan Elliott)
1994 The Sum of Us (Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling)
1994 Traps (Pauline Chan)
1995 Babe (Chris Noonan)
1996 Angel Baby (Michael Rymer)
1996 Shine* (Scott Hicks)
1996 The Quiet Room (Rolf De Heer)
1997 Kiss Or Kill (Bill Bennett)
1997 The Castle (Rob Sitch)
1998 Praise (John Curran)
1998 The Boys (Rowan Woods)
1998 The Interview (Craig Monahan)
1999 Holy Smoke (Jane Campion)
1999 Me Myself I (Pip Karmel)
1999 Two Hands (Gregor Jordan)
2000 Chopper* (Andrew Dominik)
2000 Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods)
2000 The Dish (Rob Sitch)
2001 Lantana* (Ray Lawrence)
2002 Rabbit Proof Fence* (Phillip Noyce)
2002 The Tracker (Rolf De Heer)
2003 Japanese Story (Sue Brooks)
2004 Somersault* (Cate Shortland)
2005 Little Fish (Rowan Woods)

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