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I Am Woman (2020)

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I AM WOMAN

(2020)

Goalpost Pictures Australia

This uplifting biopic tells the story of Helen Reddy, the fiercely ambitious Australian singer behind the 1971 megahit anthem that became the rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement. Stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey (SA) as Reddy, Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald.

PRODUCER: UNJOO MOON, ROSEMARY BLIGHT

DIRECTOR: UNJOO MOON

WRITER: EMMA JENSEN


Escape From Pretoria (L-R) Daniel Webber as Stephen Lee, Daniel Radcliffe as Tim Jenkin Photographer Ian Routledge, Arclight Films

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ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA

(2020)

Arclight Films

In 1979 apartheid-era South Africa, two men imprisoned in Pretoria Prison plot to escape. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ian Hart, Daniel Webber.

PRODUCER: GARY HAMILTON, MICHELLE KRUMM (SA), DAVID BARRON, MARK BLANEY, JACKIE SHEPPARD

DIRECTOR: FRANCIS ANNAN

WRITER: FRANCIS ANNAN, L.H. ADAMS, KAROL GRIFFITHS (STORY DEVELOPMENT), TIM JENKIN (BOOK)


Animals (2019)

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ANIMALS

(2019)

Closer Productions (SA)

After a decade of partying, Laura and Tyler’s friendship is strained by Laura’s new love and her focus on her novel. A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires, at once a celebration of female friendship and an examination of the choices we make when facing a crossroads. Stars Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee.

PRODUCER: REBECCA SUMMERTON (SA), SARAH BROCKLEHURST, CORMAC FOX, SOPHIE HYDE (SA)

DIRECTOR: SOPHIE HYDE (SA)

WRITER: EMMA JANE UNSWORTH


I Am Mother (2019)

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I AM MOTHER

(2019)

Southern Light Films, The Penguin Empire

In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news. Stars Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne.

PRODUCER: KELVIN MUNRO, TIMOTHY WHITE

DIRECTOR: GRANT SPUTORE

WRITER: GRANT SPUTORE

CO-PRODUCER: ANNA VINCENT (SA)


The Nightingale (2019)

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THE NIGHTINGALE

(2019)

Causeway Films, Made Up Stories

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. Stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr.

PRODUCER: KRISTINA CEYTON, STEVE HUTENSKY, JENNIFER KENT, BRUNA PAPANDREA

DIRECTOR: JENNIFER KENT

WRITER: JENNIFER KENT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: KATE BUTLER (SA)


Top End Wedding (2019)

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TOP END WEDDING

(2019)

Goalpost Pictures Australia in association with KOJO Entertainment (SA)

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. Stars Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox.

PRODUCER: ROSEMARY BLIGHT, KATE CROSER (SA), KYLIE DU FRESNE

DIRECTOR: WAYNE BLAIR

WRITER: MIRANDA TAPSELL, JOSHUA TYLER


Storm Boy (2019)

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STORM BOY

(2019)

Ambience Entertainment, Stormy Productions

When a highly successful retired businessman, Michael Kingley, starts to see things he at first can’t explain, his life takes a dramatic turn. And when his grand-daughter rebels against her father, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and to act to prevent her going down a similar path to one he took years before. He tells her his story, when as a boy he lived a lonely existence with his father, Hideaway Tom, on an isolated coastline and how a bond with an orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival, changed his life forever. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Jai Courtney.

PRODUCER: MATTHEW STREET, MICHAEL BOUGHEN

DIRECTOR: SHAWN SEET

WRITER: JUSTIN MONJO

CO-PRODUCER: PAUL RANFORD (SA)


Awoken (2019)

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AWOKEN

(2019)

McMahon International Pictures, Meridian Pictures, Anomaly Pictures Pty Ltd (SA)

Karla, a young medical student, is trying to cure her brother, Blake, from a terminal sleep illness called Fatal Familial Insomnia, where you are unable to sleep until you die. On her quest to treat him, a more sinister reason for his condition is revealed. Stars Erik Thomson, Sara West, Benson Jack Anthony.

PRODUCER: DANIEL PHILLIPS (SA), CRAIG MCMAHON, CHARLES BILLEH

DIRECTOR: DANIEL PHILLIPS (SA)

WRITER: DANIEL PHILLIPS (SA), ALAN GRACE (SA)


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THE FLIP SIDE

(2018)

Corner Table Productions Australia (SA)

While visiting Australia, English actor, Henry, and his French girlfriend Sophie, stay with Adelaide couple Ronnie and Jeff. What should be a fun break, quickly descends into paranoia, bitter recriminations and truly appalling behaviour. In the end, ‘real Australia’ has had enough and lets them know it. The Flip Side pitches a young Australian couple against the visitors from hell, an insufferable European duo operating with the confidence of the anointed. Stars Eddie Izzard, Tina Bursill, Hugh Sheridan.

PRODUCER: SUE MURRAY, DAVID WILLING, MARION PILOWSKY (SA)

DIRECTOR: MARION PILOWSKY (SA)

WRITER: MARION PILOWSKY (SA), L.A SELLARS


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BAD BLOOD

(2017)

FG Film Productions (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Carrie, an attractive veterinarian accepts an invitation from her fiancée, a best-selling author, for a long weekend away. When she senses something is terribly wrong she decides to leave only to find herself trying to escape the house into a desolate forest fearing for her life and fighting against a psychopathic killer. Stars Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Rob MacPherson.

PRODUCER: DAVID LIGHTFOOT, ATONY I GINNANE

DIRECTOR: DAVID PULBROOK


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CARGO

(2017)

Causeway Films

Cargo is a dual father/daughter love story, unfolding against the backdrop of a deadly outbreak. In a desperate attempt to outrun a violent pandemic, a father stranded in rural Australia has 48 hours to find a new home for his one-year-old daughter after being infected. Stars Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins.

PRODUCER: KRISTINA CEYTON, SAM HENNINGS, MARK PATTERSON

DIRECTOR: YOLANDA RAMKE AND BEN HOWLING


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RABBIT

(2017)

Projector Films

Almost a year after her identical twin disappears, 25-year-old medical student Maude Ashton is haunted by visions of her abduction. Convinced she is still alive, Maude follows the clues to a derelict caravan park where she discovers her fate is intrinsically linked to that of her sister. Stars Alex Russell, Adelaide Clemens, Veerle Baetens.

PRODUCER: DAVID NGO, DANIEL JOYCE

DIRECTOR: LUKE SHANAHAN


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SWEET COUNTRY

(2017)

Bunya Productions

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Stars Hamilton Morris, Shanika Cole, Ewen Leslie.

PRODUCER: DAVID JOWSEY, GREER SIMPKIN

DIRECTOR: WARWICK THORNTON


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BOYS IN THE TREES

(2016)

Mushroom Pictures

On Halloween 1997, two estranged teen skaters embark on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears. Stars Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann.

PRODUCER: JOHN MOLLOY, SANDY CAMERON & KATE CROSER

DIRECTOR: NICHOLAS VERSO


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LAST CAB TO DARWIN

(2015)

A Pork Chop Production

Rex is a cab driver who has never left Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn’t have long to live, he decides to drive through the heart of the country to Darwin, where he’s heard he will be able to die on his own terms; but along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live it, and to live it you’ve got to learn to share it. Stars Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Mark Coles Smith.

PRODUCER: JEREMY SIMS, GREG DUFFY, LISA DUFF

DIRECTOR: JEREMY SIMS


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THE PACK

(2015)

Breakout Movies

Hardened farmer and devoted family man, Adam Wilson, after discovering the last of his livestock have been mauled to death on his farm by a pack of wild dogs, can do nothing but watch as his dreams of continuing the family business are shattered. Furthermore, the arrival of a bank representative at their farmhouse door announcing the foreclosure of their mortgage couldn’t come at a worse time. Angry and defiant, Adam sees the banker off his property, reassuring his saddened wife Carla and their two children Sophia and Kyle that they aren’t going anywhere. But shortly after darkness falls, unsuspecting shadows begin to lurk outside their farmhouse. A pack of wild dogs are preparing to close in, thirsty for blood and ready to attack…Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters with the pack of vicious beasts, Adam and Carla, in survival mode, are forced to protect their two children to make it through the night. Will they make it out alive? Or will they fall victim to…THE PACK! Stars Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie Moore.

PRODUCER: KENT SMITH, MICHAEL ROBERTSON

DIRECTOR: NICK ROBERTSON


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A MONTH OF SUNDAYS

(2015)

Madman Production Company

Real Estate agent Frank Mollard doesn’t like to admit it, even to himself, but he’s in a bit of a rut. He’s recently divorced, has a fractious relationship with his fourteen year old son Frank Jnr and at best he’s treading water at work. Then, one night, he gets a phone call from his dead mother. Stars Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke.

PRODUCER: KIRSTY STARK AND NICK BATZIAS

DIRECTOR: MATTHEW SAVILLE


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GIRL ASLEEP

(2015)

Soft Tread Enterprises

Girl Asleep is adapted from the Windmill Theatre play of the same name. It is the story of Greta Driscoll, a chronically shy girl who is privately falling apart. On the cusp of turning 15, she can’t bear to leave her childhood, containing as it does all the things that give her comfort in the increasingly unstable and incomprehensible new world. Downstairs her birthday party is about to kick off and she must draw on all her strength to venture there and face the music. As the events of the night unfold, going from bad to even worse, a stranger arrives and sends Greta into a parallel place: a latent world that’s weirdly erotic, ultra violent and thoroughly ludicrous. It is there that she will find herself. Stars Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Amber McMahon.

PRODUCER: JO DYER

DIRECTOR: ROSEMARY MYERS


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TOUCH

(2014)

Triptych Productions Pty Ltd

Touch is a haunting mystery that unfolds layer by layer about Dawn, and her daughter Steph, who take to the road after Dawn assaults a man. Hiding out in a secluded motel, Dawn is desperate to keep her daughter hidden yet entertains a risky sexual liaison with a local cop, Nick, by night. Dawn is hiding from something far greater than her words or actions reveal and when the man tracking her closes in, her past finally catches up with her and a shattering truth is revealed, forcing her to go to the one place she doesn’t want to face. Stars Leeanna Walsman, John Crouch, Onor Nottle.

PRODUCER: JULIE BYRNE

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER HOUGHTON


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INNER DEMON

(2014)

Demon Girl Productions Pty Ltd

Influenced by horror films dubbed the “New French Extremity”, Inner Demon starts off as a serial killer abduction thriller and finishes up as a supernatural revenge film. Teenager Sam Durelle and her younger sister, Maddy are home alone when a knock at the door leads Sam down the road to terror. Abducted by a serial killer couple, Sam manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit. Trapped in the house, Sam is propelled into a struggle for survival, one that will push her to the limits not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually.

PRODUCER: SUE BROWN, JULIE BYRNE

DIRECTOR: URSULA DABROWSKY


Hayley McElhinney, Chloe Hurn, Noah Wiseman, Essie Davis in The Babadook - photo by Matt Nettheim

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THE BABADOOK

(2014)

Causeway Films, Triptych Pictures

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” manifests in their home. Stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall.

PRODUCER: KRISTINA CEYTON, KRISTIAN MOLIERE

DIRECTOR: JENNIFER KENT


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THE INFINITE MAN

(2014)

Hedone Productions

The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in an infinite loop. Stars Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades.

PRODUCER: SANDY CAMERON, KATE CROSER

DIRECTOR: HUGH SULLIVAN


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THE ROVER

(2014)

Porchlight Films Pty Ltd in association with Lava Bear Films LLC

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey. Stars Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy.

PRODUCER: LIZ WATTS, DAVID LINDE, DAVID MICHôD

DIRECTOR: DAVID MICHôD


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ONE EYED GIRL

(2013)

Projector Films

Travis, a thirty-something psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient, is fired from his job at the hospital after attacking a patient. On the train he meets a mysterious girl named Grace, who invites him to a special church run by a charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult where he must face his demons and ultimately redeem himself.

PRODUCER: DAVID NGO

DIRECTOR: NICK MATTHEWS


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THE DEAD SPEAK BACK

(2013)

Velvet Orange

The Dead Speak Back journeys through a surreal world of secrets, songs and shadows of the nearly departed, a deepening mystery of a victim of crime disappeared. But at what point do we fall into the mystery too far?

PRODUCER: JULIE BYRNE

DIRECTOR: JASON SWEENEY


Tracks (2013)

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TRACKS

(2013)

See-Saw Films

From director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) comes TRACKS, which tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage. The film, adapted from Davidson’s own memoirs, was produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame).

PRODUCER: EMILE SHERMAN, IAIN CANNING

DIRECTOR: JOHN CURRAN


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WOLF CREEK 2

(2013)

The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor. Stars John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn.

PRODUCER: HELEN LEAKE, GREG MCLEAN, STEVE TOPIC

DIRECTOR: GREG MCLEAN


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52 TUESDAYS

(2013)

Closer Productions

16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week – only on Tuesdays – these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged exploration of desire, responsibility and transformation. Stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer.

PRODUCER: BRYAN MASON, MATTHEW CORMACK, REBECCA SUMMERTON, SOPHIE HYDE

DIRECTOR: SOPHIE HYDE


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CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

(2013)

Vertigo Productions

Blackfella Charlie is getting older, and he’s out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don’t generally make much sense, and Charlie’s kin and ken seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser. Stars David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford.

PRODUCER: NILS ERIK NIELSEN, PETER DJIGIRR

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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THE BOY CASTAWAYS

(2013)

In an abandoned theatre, with the stage itself the puppet-master, five disparate men have disappeared from their complicated adult lives to play at being forever young in ‘Neverland’. It is a magical, parallel universe game – a no-holds barred struggle to stay eternally young – or die trying. Stars Mark Leonard Winter, Amber Matson, Stephen Armstrong.

PRODUCER: JO DYER, STEPHEN ARMSTRONG, ROBERT CONNOLLY

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL KANTOR


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100 BLOODY ACRES

(2012)

Cyan Films

Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their “secret ingredient” to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival. Stars Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan.

PRODUCER: KATE CROSER, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: CAMERON CAIRNES, COLIN CAIRNES


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THE KING IS DEAD!

(2012)

Vertigo Productions

Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood…Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, “interesting” on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese are forced to try and solve the problem of the neighbour from hell themselves…and end up with a corpse on their hands. But even that’s not the worst of it, because the corpse from hell has friends…and even worse, enemies… Stars Roman Vaculik, Michaela Cantwell, Lily Adey.

PRODUCER: NILS ERIK NIELSEN, ROLF DE HEER

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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HERE I AM

(2011)

Scarlett Pictures

The hardest person to forgive is yourself. Karen is a beautiful young woman with a dark past. Fresh out of prison, she finds herself on the streets with a burning desire to turn her life around but no one to call for help. Eventually, she finds a haven at a shelter for Aboriginal women like herself. With the support of her new community of friends, Karen begins the painful journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter, and she is soon propelled to face the most difficult truths of her life.
Along with the creative team behind Samson and Delilah, including producer Kath Shelper and cinematographer Warwick Thornton, director Beck Cole (First Australians) has marked out a place as one of our most important young filmmakers. Set and shot in and around Port Adelaide, her debut feature is a moving story of the strength and resilience of Aboriginal women.
Stars Shai Pittman, Marcia Langton, Quinaiha Scott.

PRODUCER: KATH SHELPER

DIRECTOR: BECK COLE


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RED DOG

(2011)

Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. Stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol.

PRODUCER: NELSON WOSS, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: KRIV STENDERS


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SNOWTOWN

(2011)

Madman

When sixteen-year-old Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. As the relationship grows so do Jamie’s suspicions, until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound father-figure John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer. Stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris.

PRODUCER: ANNA MCLEISH, SARAH SHAW

DIRECTOR: JUSTIN KURZEL


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SWERVE

(2011)

Duo Art Productions

A suitcase of money, a woman, two men; a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere. Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin plays it safe when he has car problems and takes a short cut to a one horse town. But as luck would have it, he comes across a fatal road accident. One of the drivers, Jina, is shaken, the other dead and beside him, a briefcase full of money. When Colin resists temptation and does the right thing, turning it into the local cop, his good deed causes a series of fateful events to unfold. Stars Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons.

PRODUCER: HELEN LEAKE

DIRECTOR: CRAIG LAHIFF


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ROAD TRAIN

(2010)

Prodigy Movies

A supernatural thriller about a group of teenagers menaced by a driver-less train in the Australian outback. Stars Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe, Georgina Haig, Xavier Samuel.
Winner – Australian Cinematographers Society NSW and ACT Highly Commended Features – Cinema
Winner – Melbourne Underground Film Festival Special Jury Award
Winner – Screen Music Awards Australia, Best Soundtrack Album

PRODUCER: MICHAEL ROBERTSON

DIRECTOR: DEAN FRANCIS


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ORANGES AND SUNSHINE

(2010)

Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved – now adults living mostly in Australia – with their parents in Britain. Stars Emily Watson, Aisling Loftus, Stuart Wolfenden.

PRODUCER: EMILE SHERMAN, CAMILLA BRAY

DIRECTOR: JIM LOACH


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LOU

(2010)

A tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Not long after Lou’s father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather crashes in. But when Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love. Stars John Hurt, Lily Bell Tindley, Emily Barclay.

PRODUCER: TONY AYRES, HELEN BOWDEN, BELINDA CHAYKO, MICHAEL MCMAHON, LIZ WATTS

DIRECTOR: BELINDA CHAYKO


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MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX

(2009)

Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it’s an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor’s advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away. Stars Portia Bradley, Jonathan Segat, Sacha Horler.

PRODUCER: BRIDGET IKIN

DIRECTOR: SARAH WATT


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BEAUTIFUL KATE

(2009)

A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets from the family’s past.

PRODUCER: BRYAN BROWN, LEAH CHURCHILL-BROWN

DIRECTOR: RACHEL WARD



THE LAST DRAGON

(2009)

Ampco Films

A western boy. A Chinese girl. An ancient emperor and his daughter’s secret… and a Chinese dragon. Modern times, and Josh and Ling uncover a Chinese dragon that has been hidden for thousands of years, waiting for the time when it can be reunited with its magical pearl of power and wisdom.

PRODUCER: LIU ZHIJIANG, MARIO ANDREACCHIO

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO


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THE BOYS ARE BACK

(2009)

The Boys Are Back is a confessional tale of fatherhood. It follows witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter Joe Warr who, in the wake of his wife’s death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Joe throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: “just say yes”. Raising two boys – a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage – in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with a lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless, and on the constant verge of disaster. The three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Stars Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser.

PRODUCER: TIM WHITE, GREG BRENMAN

DIRECTOR: SCOTT HICKS


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BEAUTIFUL

(2009)

Kojo Pictures

Shot in Adelaide in 2007, Beautiful, the feature debut of Kojo Pictures tells the story of Sunshine Hills, which on the surface appears to be much the same as any other Australian suburb, but within its living rooms and bedrooms many secrets, mysteries and myths are whispered. Stars Deborra-Lee Furness, Peta Wilson, Aaron Jeffery.

PRODUCER: KENT SMITH

DIRECTOR: DEAN O’FLAHERTY


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CLOSED FOR WINTER

(2009)

Goalpost Pictures, Kojo Pictures, R.B. Films

Based on Georgia Blain’s critically acclaimed novel, this locally produced film showcases an impressive performance by international music star Natalie Imbruglia in her first leading role. Closed for Winter tells the story of one woman’s journey to overcome the events of the past and to find a way to move on. It is a story of dark secrets and the power of and celebration of letting go.

PRODUCER: BEN GRANT, KENT SMITH

DIRECTOR: JAMES BOGLE


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LAST RIDE

(2009)

A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who’s wanted by the law for committing a violent crime. Stars Hugo Weaving, Tom Russell, Anita Hegh.

PRODUCER: NICK COLE, ANTONIA BARNARD

DIRECTOR: GLENDYN IVIN


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LUCKY COUNTRY

(2009)

Smoking Gun Productions

Also known as “Dark Frontier”, Lucky Country places the fear of the bush, of being outmatched by something larger than yourself, back at the centre of Australian culture, suggesting the tenuous way that Australians might ever claim to be at home in this landscape. One day, your luck runs out… When three strange men arrive at an impoverished farm with rumours of gold, a young family discover that home is no longer the safest place to hide. Stars Aden Young, Helmut Bakaitis and Robert Menzies.
Winner – Australian Cinematographers Society NSW and ACT Silver Award for Feature Film

PRODUCER: KRISTIAN MOLIERE

DIRECTOR: KRIV STENDERS


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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

(2009)

Shot on location in Iran, produced by Julie Ryan and Kate Croser of South Australian production company Cyan Films and written, produced and directed by Granaz Moussavi, My Tehran for Sale is the story of an Iranian woman, Marzieh. Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear. Stars Marzieh Vafamehr, Amir Chegini, Asha Mehrabi.

PRODUCER: JULIE RYAN, KATE CROSER, GRANAZ MOUSSAVI

DIRECTOR: GRANAZ MOUSSAVI


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HEY, HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER

(2008)

EB Productions

A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

PRODUCER: MIRIAM STEIN

DIRECTOR: CATHY RANDALL


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TEN EMPTY

(2008)

Dragonfly Pictures

A disillusioned son’s trip home is complicated when ten years of family secrets explode over one weekend. Stars Daniel Frederiksen, Lucy Bell, Ethan McIver.

PRODUCER: NAOMI WENCK

DIRECTOR: ANTHONY HAYES


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DISGRACE

(2008)

After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics. Stars John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Jessica Haines.

PRODUCER: STEVE JACOBS, ANNA-MARIA MONTICELLI, EMILE SHERMAN

DIRECTOR: STEVE JACOBS


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TWIN RIVERS

(2007)

Two Tone Pictures

Two Brothers. Two Destinies. One Journey. Stars Darren Holmes, Matthew Holmes, Joshua Jaeger.

PRODUCER: MATTHEW HOLMES

DIRECTOR: MATTHEW HOLMES


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BOXING DAY

(2007)

Smoking Gun Productions

The story of a father’s desperate struggle to reunite his estranged family over the course of a single afternoon. Stars Richard Green, Tammy Anderson, Syd Brisbane.
Winner – Montreal Festival of New Cinema Acting Award (Richard Green)
Winner – Montreal Festival of New Cinema Special Mention (Kriv Stenders)

PRODUCER: KRISTIAN MOLIERE, WAYNE LEWIS, SHANE MCNEIL

DIRECTOR: KRIV STENDERS


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DECEMBER BOYS

(2007)

Becker Films

Based on the classic Michael Noonan novel, December Boys is the story of four orphan teenagers growing up behind the closed doors of a catholic convent in outback Australia. One summer the boys, who have grown to be the closest of friends, find themselves competing for the attention of the same family. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie.

PRODUCER: RICHARD BECKER

DIRECTOR: ROD HARDY


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DR PLONK

(2007)

Vertigo Productions

A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition. Stars Nigel Martin, Paul Blackwell, Magda Szubanski.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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LUCKY MILES

(2007)

Three mismatched blokes are stranded in the Australian desert. Stars Kenneth Moraleda, Rodney Afif, Sri Sacdpraseuth.

PRODUCER: JO DYER, LESLEY DYER

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL JAMES ROWLAND


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ELEPHANT TALES

(2006)

Adelaide Motion Picture Company, Myriad Pictures, Breakout Films

African animals help elephant brothers Zef and Tutu search for the poachers who captured their mother. Stars Patrick Bry, Aymeric Lecerf, Boris Ventura-Diaz.

PRODUCER: MARIO ANDREACCHIO, GEORGES CAMPANA

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO


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LIKE MINDS

(2006)

A forensic psychologist is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate. Stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette.

PRODUCER: JONATHAN SHTEINMAN, PIERS TEMPEST

DIRECTOR: GREGORY J READ



MODERN LOVE

(2006)

Sputnik Films

With his wife and small son, John leaves the city to claim his inheritance, a small shack. But in this strange backwoods, John’s behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre as he crosses the path of locals, some of whom he knows from a distant past. Stars Michael Baldwin, Don Barker, Craig Behenna.

PRODUCER: ALEX FRAYNE

DIRECTOR: ALEX FRAYNE


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TEN CANOES

(2006)

Vertigo Productions, Fandango Australia

It is the distant past, tribal times. Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil, son of the great David Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong. In English storytelling (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this is a film unlike any you have ever seen. Stars Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin.
Shot in the Northern Territory and post produced in South Australia.

PRODUCER: JULIE RYAN, ROLF DE HEER, DOMENICO PROCACCI

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER, PETER DJIGIRR


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THE CATERPILLAR WISH

(2006)

An evocative, gentle drama set in a small seaside township. It explores the themes of belonging, loss and the need to connect – all through the eyes of Emily, a teenage girl. Stars Victoria Thaine, Jamie Black, Susie Porter.

PRODUCER: KATE WHITBREAD

DIRECTOR: SANDRA SCIBERRAS


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OPAL DREAM

(2006)

Sherman Pictures

A touching and uplifting story of a young girl’s relationship with her imaginary friends and the impact this has on her family and a whole town. Stars Sapphire Blossom, Christian Byers, Vince Colosimo.

PRODUCER: LIZIE GOWER, NICK MORRIS AND EMILE SHERMAN

DIRECTOR: PETER CATTANEO


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2:37

(2006)

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. The privately financed feature directorial debut of Murali K Thalluri. Stars Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet, Sam Harris.
Winner – ACS SA/WA Gold Award for Feature Productions – Cinema (Nick Remy Matthews)

PRODUCER: KENT SMITH, MURALI K THALLURI, NICK MATTHEWS

DIRECTOR: MURALI K THALLURI


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DECK DOGZ

(2005)

bj Films

Poker, Spasm and Blue Flame are trying to escape the law, school, parents, their demons and a couple of criminals to realise their burning ambition: to meet world class skating champion, Tony Hawk and compete in his skating competition.

PRODUCER: JENNIFER CLUFF, BILL BENNETT

DIRECTOR: STEVE PASVOLSKY


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WOLF CREEK

(2005)

Ultra Films

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local. Stars John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi.

PRODUCER: DAVID LIGHTFOOT

DIRECTOR: GREG MCLEAN


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STEALTH

(2005)

Sony Pictures

Deeply ensconced in a top-secret military program, three pilots struggle to bring an artificial intelligence program under control … before it initiates the next world war. Stars Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx.

PRODUCER: MIKE MEDAVOY, ARNOLD MESSER, NEAL MORITZ, LAURA ZISKIN

DIRECTOR: ROB COHEN


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LOOK BOTH WAYS

(2005)

Hibiscus Films

A stunning debut film from award-winning animator Sarah Watt, Look Both Ways follows four people over one weekend, as they deal with a life-changing event which leaves them questioning their right to happiness. Stars Mary Kostakidis, Justine Clarke, Daniela Farinacci, William McInnes.

PRODUCER: BRIDGET IKIN

DIRECTOR: SARAH WATT



HUMAN TOUCH

(2004)

Human Touch tells the story of Anna (Jacqueline McKenzie), a singer who reclaims her desire when she agrees to pose nude for photographs taken by wealthy connoisseur, Edward (Chris Haywood). Anna is drawn more and more into Edward’s world.

PRODUCER: MARK PATTERSON

DIRECTOR: PAUL COX



THUNDERSTRUCK

(2004)

Eddie Wong Films

After a near death experience, five boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury whoever dies first next to their idol, the band’s former lead singer the late Bon Scott. Stars Damon Gameau, Stephen Curry, Ryan Johnson.

PRODUCER: JODI MATTERSON

DIRECTOR: DARREN ASHTON



SHOT OF LOVE

(2004)

Gorilla Films

This is Laura’s story: a search for the one dope that really matters… love. Stars Miranda Bien-Lim, Alison Bramich, Maris J. Caune.

PRODUCER: JAMES HARKNESS, MARK PATTERSON

DIRECTOR: JAMES HARKNESS


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PEACHES

(2004)

Peach Films Pty Ltd

Set in South Australia’s Riverland, Peaches is the story of teenage girl, Stephanie (Emma Lung), who is brought up by her aunt Jude (Jacqueline McKenzie) after having survived the crash that killed her parents. On her birthday she begins work at the local cannery under foreman Alan (Hugo Weaving) and is given her late mother’s diary, which allows Steph to understand her legacy and re-create her vision of the world.
Winner – ASSG Best Sound Recording (John Wilkinson)

PRODUCER: CRAIG MONAHAN, DON REYNOLDS

DIRECTOR: CRAIG MONAHAN



TRAVELLING LIGHT

(2003)

Toi Toi Films

Leanne trains to be a teacher in 1971, but she is more interested in seeing life through the lens of her camera. When a visiting American hip poet comes to town and urges everyone to seek out the light, she is not sure if life will ever be the same. Stars Pia Miranda, Sacha Horler, Brett Stiller.

PRODUCER: HELEN BOWDEN

DIRECTOR: KATHRYN MILLARD


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ALEXANDRA'S PROJECT

(2003)

Vertigo Productions

A controversial and provocative adult drama about a relationship gone off the rails. Stars Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bogdan Koca.

PRODUCER: DOMENICO PROCACCI, ROLF DE HEER, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER



THE 13TH HOUSE

(2003)

Smoking Gun Productions

A surreal, Kafkaesque thriller about workplace horror, which follows a young intern’s dangerous climb up the corporate ladder. Stars Damon Gameau, Shaun Micallef, Rebecca Havey.

PRODUCER: KRISTIAN MOLIERE

DIRECTOR: SHANE MCNEIL



THE HONOURABLE WALLY NORMAN

(2003)

Wally Productions Pty Ltd

A meat worker is accidentally nominated to run for Parliament and realises that to save the meat works he has to get elected. All that stands in his way is every other politician in the country and his own fear of public speaking. Stars Kevin Harrington, Alan Cassell, Shaun Micallef.

PRODUCER: JONATHAN SHTEINMAN

DIRECTOR: TED EMERY


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KANGAROO JACK

(2003)

Warner Bros

Two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician, get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $50,000 to Australia, but things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo. Stars Anthony Anderson, Jerry O’Connell, Estella Warren.

PRODUCER: JERRY BRUCKHEIMER

DIRECTOR: DAVID MCNALLY


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PARADISE FOUND

(2003)

Apollo Media, LeSabre, Adelaide Motion Picture Company, Grosvenor Park Productions UK

A successful 19th century American stockbroker leaves his profession to become an artist in Paris. Star Kiefer Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Alun Armstrong.

PRODUCER: GEORGES CAMPANA, MARIO ANDREACCHIO, FRANK HEUBNER

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO



KABBARLI

(2002)

Resonance Productions

A dramatized documentary about Daisy Bates, who promoted herself as a protector of Aboriginal Australian welfare and culture, but whose life was filled with lies and controversy. Stars Lynne Murphy, Mary Regan.

PRODUCER: JO-ANNE MCGOWAN

DIRECTOR: ANDREW TAYLOR


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THE TRACKER

(2002)

Vertigo Productions

When a white woman is murdered in 1920s Australia, a police officer ventures into the outback with an indigenous tracker and a small crew in search of the Aboriginal fugitive accused of the crime. As the pursuit through the dangerous territory drags on, tensions begin to rise between the crew members. Filmed entirely on location in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in South Australia’s northern Flinders Ranges. Stars David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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AUSTRALIAN RULES

(2002)

Tidy Town Pictures

Sixteen-year old Gary Black helps his football team win the championship by accident, falls in love with a beautiful Aboriginal girl from the local mission, and is caught in a terrible conflict with the local community. Stars Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, Lisa Flanagan.

PRODUCER: MARK LAZARUS

DIRECTOR: PAUL GOLDMAN


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BLACK AND WHITE

(2002)

Duo Art Productions

Based on a real-life courtroom drama in Adelaide that went as far as the Privy Council in London, Black and White tells of how two young lawyers embark on a battle to save alleged murderer Max Stuart in a case that has far-reaching consequences, both for themselves and Australian society of the 1950s. Stars Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, Colin Friels.

PRODUCER: HELEN LEAKE, NIK POWELL

DIRECTOR: CRAIG LAHIFF


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RABBIT-PROOF FENCE

(2000)

Jabal Films

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. Stars Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford Wolf, Deborah Mailman.

PRODUCER: JOHN WINTER, PHILLIP NOYCE, CHRISTINE OLSEN

DIRECTOR: PHILLIP NOYCE


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RED PLANET

(2000)

Warner Bros/Village Roadshow

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry. Stars Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore.
Visual FX work done in South Australia by Rising Sun Pictures.

PRODUCER: BRUCE BERMAN, MARK CANTON, JORGE SARALEGUI

DIRECTOR: ANTONY HOFFMAN



TEMPE TIP

(2000)

GIV Productions

In the tradition of The Castle, Tempe Tip is a contemporary Australian feel-good comedy. Stars Jason Donovan, Helen Dallimore, Gary Day.

PRODUCER: DAVID ROWE

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL RALPH


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INNOCENCE

(2000)

Illumination Films

A retired musician (Charles “Bud” Tingwell) renews his relationship with his first true love (Julia Blake), 50 years after they shared a passionate love affair in post-war Belgium. A poignant homage to the human spirit.

PRODUCER: PAUL COX, MARK PATTERSON

DIRECTOR: PAUL COX



ONE NIGHT THE MOON

(2000)

MusicArtsDance Films

A musical drama based on the true story of a young girl who is so entranced by the beauty of the moon that she vanishes while following it. Her father refuses to allow an Aboriginal tracker to assist in the search, and the tracker watches helplessly as the search party stamps her every trace to dust. Stars Kaarin Fairfax, Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell.

PRODUCER: AANYA WHITEHEAD, PAUL HUMFRESS, KEVIN LUCAS

DIRECTOR: RACHEL PERKINS


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THE OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES

(2000)

Vertigo Productions

A man is forced to confront a dangerous female jaguar and his own past through the sacrificial killing of the beast he has grown to love. Stars Richard Dreyfuss, Timothy Spall, Hugo Weaving.
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Winner – IF Award for Best Editing

PRODUCER: MICHELLE DE BROCA, JULIE RYAN

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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SELKIE

(2000)

Bluestone Productions

When a teenage boy learns that his mother has taken a job on a remote island off mainland Australia, he is shattered that he must leave his friends and girlfriend and come with them. Stars Bryan Marshall, Celine O’Leary, Shimon Moore.

PRODUCER: JANE BALLANTYNE & ROB GEORGE

DIRECTOR: DONALD CROMBIE


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CUT

(1999)

Cut Productions Pty Ltd

Years after the original director was killed during the filming of a low-budget thriller, a crew of film students set out to finish where she left off. When the filming begins, so too do the killings. Stars Molly Ringwald, Frank Roberts, Kylie Minogue.

PRODUCER: BILL BENNETT, JENNIFER BENNETT, MARTIN FABINY

DIRECTOR: KIMBLE RENDALL



YOUNG BLADES

(1999)

Le Sabre/Flashpoint

Young Blades follows D’artagnan (Hugh Dancy), a young arrogant swordsman; Radegonde (Sarah-Jane Potts), a clever girl he meets in the woods; and a trio of Musketeers as they attempt to thwart a plot to send France and Spain into war.

PRODUCER: GEORGES CAMPANA, GWEN FIELD

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO



SERENADES

(1999)

West Street Productions

A girl is born to an Aboriginal mother and an Afghan father. Stars Alice Haines, Aden Young, Sinisa Copic.

PRODUCER: SANDRA LEVY

DIRECTOR: MOJGAN KHADEM


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HOLY SMOKE

(1998)

Miramax Films

Ruth’s been brainwashed by a guru in Delhi, India. Her parents in Sydney hire a specialist in reversing this. Ruth is tricked to return to Australia and is isolated in an outback cabin with the specialist. It gets messy. Stars Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton .

PRODUCER: JAN CHAPMAN

DIRECTOR: JANE CAMPION



IN A SAVAGE LAND

(1998)

Savage Land Productions

Two married anthropologists go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research. Stars Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
Winner – Australian Screen Sound Guild Award for Best Achievement in Foley in a Feature Film
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Cinematography
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Music Score
Winner – Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

PRODUCER: BILL BENNETT, JENNIFER BENNETT

DIRECTOR: BILL BENNETT



SALLY MARSHALL IS NOT AN ALIEN

(1998)

Infinity Pictures and Cinar – Canada

An Australian loner (Helen Neville) must prove a new girl (Natalie Vansier) is not an extraterrestrial or else lose her telescope to a bully (Thea Gumbert).

PRODUCER: TERRY J CHARATSIS

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO



SAMPLE PEOPLE

(1998)

Living Motion Pictures

The lives of four groups of urban Australians become intertwined as they try to make their way out of Sydney over the course of a sweltering weekend. Stars Kylie Minogue, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Lyndon.

PRODUCER: EMILE SHERMAN, BARTON SMITH

DIRECTOR: CLINTON SMITH



SIAM SUNSET

(1998)

Artist Services Productions

Perry (Linus Roache) is a successful designer who develops colours for a British paint company, but his life is plagued by bizarre disasters. After his wife is killed in a freak accident, Perry heads to Australia both to escape his everyday life and search for an elusive new colour. While Down Under, he meets Grace (Danielle Cormack), a beautiful woman also trying to get away from a problematic personal life, and the two begin to fall for each other.

PRODUCER: AL CLARK

DIRECTOR: JOHN POLSON


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PITCH BLACK

(1998)

Gramercy Pictures

A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. Stars Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel.

PRODUCER: TOM ENGELMAN

DIRECTOR: DAVID TWOHY



SPANK

(1998)

Ultra Films Pty Ltd

Italian man Paulie returns to his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, after spending three years in a monastery. Stars Vince Poletto, Victoria Dixon-Whittle, Lucia Mastrantone.

PRODUCER: DAVID LIGHTFOOT

DIRECTOR: ERNIE CLARK


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HEAVEN'S BURNING

(1997)

Duo Art Productions

After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail. Stars Russell Crowe, Yûki Kudô, Kenji Isomura.

PRODUCER: AL CLARK, HELEN LEAKE

DIRECTOR: CRAIG LAHIFF



THE REAL MACAW

(1997)

The Becker Group

A macaw that belonged to a pirate 140 years earlier helps its owner’s (Jason Robards) grandson (Jamie Croft) find buried treasure. Also stars Deborra-Lee Furness, Joe Petruzzi.

PRODUCER: MARIO ANDREACCHIO

DIRECTOR: BRUCE HANCOCK, MARGOT MCDONALD, TIM PRESCOTT



DANCE ME TO MY SONG

(1997)

Vertigo Productions

A wheelchair-bound woman (Heather Rose) with cerebral palsy faces torment from an abusive caretaker (Joey Kennedy).

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, DOMENICO PROCACCI, GIUSEPPE PEDERSOLI

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING

(1997)

Artist Services

After a 20-year absence, 36-year-old Sonja (Kerry Fox) returns home to reconnect with her father (Kristof Kaczmarek) and resolve a difficult past.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER

DIRECTOR: RICHARD FLANAGAN



EPSILON

(1996)

Psilon Pty Ltd

An intergalactic love story about a woman from the stars who lands in the outback to teach a traveller about the harmony of the universe, while he helps her understand the nature of love. Stunning cinematography and technical effects from Adelaide-based company Digital Arts make for complex time-lapse images which arrest the eyes as well as the mind.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, DOMENICO PROCACCI

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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LUST AND REVENGE

(1996)

Illumination Films

A man in need of a tax write-off decides to let his useless daughter supervise a sculpture donation. Starring Claudia Karvan, Nicholas Hope, Gosia Dobrowolska.

PRODUCER: JANE BALLANTYNE, PAUL COX

DIRECTOR: PAUL COX


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NAPOLEON

(1996)

Furry Feature Films

A family adventure which tells the tale of golden retriever puppy Napoleon and his friend, the parrot Birdo Lucci, on a journey across the Australian outback in search of home.

PRODUCER: MARIO ANDREACCHIO, MICHAEL BOURCHIER

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO



PARKLANDS

(1996)

Softfruit Pty Ltd

Rosie (Cate Blanchett) returns to her home city on the death of her father, a former policeman (Tony Martin). His diaries hint at corruption, and she also receives hints and veiled threats which support her suspicions. Rosie puzzles about who he was, and about her early life and relationship to him.

PRODUCER: HELEN BOWDEN

DIRECTOR: KATHRYN MILLARD


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SHINE

(1996)

Momentum Films

Pianist David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush), driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Winner – Academy Award for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – Golden Globe for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – BAFTA for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – SAG Awards for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)

PRODUCER: JANE SCOTT

DIRECTOR: SCOTT HICKS


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THE QUIET ROOM

(1996)

Vertigo Productions

A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another. Stars Celine O’Leary, Chloe Ferguson, Paul Blackwell.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, DOMENICO PROCACCI

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER



ZONE 39

(1996)

Media World Features

In a time of misery and fear two enemies come together to prevent an apocalypse conspired by their leaders. Stars Peter Phelps, Carolyn Bock, William Zappa.

PRODUCER: COLIN SOUTH, JOHN TATOULIS

DIRECTOR: JOHN TATOULIS


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KISS OR KILL

(1996)

Bill Bennett Productions

After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.

PRODUCER: BILL BENNETT

DIRECTOR: BILL BENNETT



THE LIFE OF HARRY DARE

(1995)

Infinity Pictures

Harry Dare (John Moore) is a shambolic Adelaide private investigator. He’s still not certain why he’s in the business; perhaps to understand his father’s disappearance, 20 years earlier. But now Harry’s got a real case: who stole his father’s old Kombi van, nicked (oddly) just after Harry finished restoring it? Director Vellis’ detective yarn both delights in the idea of a Kaurna Aboriginal man making ends meet as a private eye and in how Harry’s crime-solving smarts seem to grow directly from his resilience as an Indigenous Australian.

PRODUCER: TERRY J CHARATSIS

DIRECTOR: ALEKSI VELLIS


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THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

(1994)

Latent Image

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret in this iconic Oscar-winning Australian feature film. Stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp.
Winner – Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Lizzy Gardiner, Tim Chappel)
Winner – BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design (Lizzy Gardiner, Tim Chappel)
Winner – BAFTA Award for Best Makeup/Hair (Cassie Hanlon, Angela Conte, Strykermeyer)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Production Design (Owen Paterson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Lizzy Gardiner, Tim Chappel)

PRODUCER: AL CLARK, MICHAEL HAMLYN

DIRECTOR: STEPHAN ELLIOTT


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BAD BOY BUBBY

(1993)

Bubby Pty Ltd

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 the modern and nihilistic life begins. Stars Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, DOMENICO PROCACCI, GIORGIO DRASKOVIC

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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HAMMERS OVER THE ANVIL

(1993)

South Australian Film Corp / Harvest Productions

Debilitated by polio, a teenager who idolises a local horse trainer learns to ride in rural Australia. Stars Charlotte Rampling, Russell Crowe, Alexander Outhred.

PRODUCER: BEN GANNON, PETER HARVEY-WRIGHT

DIRECTOR: ANN TURNER



BACKSLIDING

(1992)

Cast Films

After finding religion during a particularly trying stint behind bars, reformed criminal Jack Tyson and his new wife, Alison become the sole inhabitants of a power plant in the rugged Australian outback, where the two build a pious life together far from negative influences. But the Tysons’ peaceful routine is threatened when the arrival of a new employee, Tom Whitton, ignites Jack’s religious fervor, and slowly begins to draw out his darker impulses. Stars Tim Roth, Jim Holt, Odile Le Clezio.

PRODUCER: BASIL APPLEBY, SUE WILD

DIRECTOR: SIMON TARGET


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UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD

(1991)

Argos Films

In 1999, Claire’s life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts travelling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented. Stars William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Pietro Falcone, Sam Neill.

PRODUCER: ULRICH FELSBERG, JONATHAN T TAPLIN

DIRECTOR: WIM WENDERS


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DINGO

(1991)

Gevest Productions

John “Dingo” Anderson spends his days in the vast sun-scorched Australian outback. By night he sits alone playing his trumpet reminiscing about the day, 20 years ago, when he met and played with the legendary trumpet player, Billy Cross. Ever since that first meeting, Dingo has dreamed of nothing but playing with his idol in Paris. Now is the time to make the dream come true. Stars Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, GIORGIO DRASKOVIC, MARC ROSENBERG, MARIE PASCALE OSTERRIETH

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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RETURN HOME

(1990)

Musical Films

A divorced Australian (Dennis Coard) leaves the city and comes home to his brother’s (Frankie J. Holden) gas station, family and friends. Stars Dennis Coard, Frankie J. Holden, Ben Mendelsohn.

PRODUCER: CRISTINA POZZAN

DIRECTOR: RAY ARGALL



STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

(1990)

Dark Horse Productions

A serious comedy set in a sheltered workshop for adults with disability. Stars Garry McDonald, Brian Vriends, Catherine McClements.

PRODUCER: TERRY J CHARATSIS, TREVOR FARRANT

DIRECTOR: JERZY DOMARADZKI



STRANGERS

(1990)

Genesis Films

Gary Young has his share of problems with women. His ex-wife is threatening his financial well-being in a bitter divorce settlement and his relationship with his girlfriend is suffering irrevocable damage. Then Gary meets Anna. She’s attractive, exotic and outrageous. The chance encounter erupts into a brief affair. But when Gary’s ex-wife is found murdered he becomes ensnared in a terrifying web of deceit. Stars James Healey, Anne Looby, Melissa Docker.

PRODUCER: WAYNE GROOM, CRAIG LAHIFF

DIRECTOR: CRAIG LAHIFF



A STING IN THE TAIL

(1989)

Colosimo Productions

An Australian political satire about Canberra MP Diane Lane, her married lover, Minister for Health Barry Robbins, her journalist best friend Louise Parker, and her own ambitions to become Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Stars Diane Craig, Gary Day, Lynne Williams.

PRODUCER: ROSA COLOSIMO, REG MCLEAN

DIRECTOR: EUGENE SCHLUSSER



SEBASTIAN AND THE SPARROW

(1988)

Colour & Movement Films

A rich Australian boy helps a part-Vietnamese street urchin search for his missing mother in this touching story of teenage friendship. Stars Alexander Bainbridge, Jeremy Angerson, Robert Coleby.

PRODUCER: SCOTT HICKS

DIRECTOR: SCOTT HICKS


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THE DREAMING

(1988)

Genesis Films

A doctor treats a sick Aboriginal man who has defied a tribal taboo by visiting a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams, and involved in a 200-year-old mystery. Stars Arthur Dignam, Penny Cook, Gary Sweet.

PRODUCER: CRAIG LAHIFF, WAYNE GROOM

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO


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FEVER

(1988)

Genesis Films

One of Craig Lahiff’s stylish thrillers, this one centring on a cop who kills a drug runner, takes the cash and goes on the run, pursued by his wife and her lover. A little seen but very atmospheric film noir, with strong character performances. Stars Bill Hunter, Gary Sweet, Mary Regan.

PRODUCER: TERRY JENNINGS

DIRECTOR: CRAIG LAHIFF


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INCIDENT AT RAVEN'S GATE

(1988)

Aquabay

Ex-convict Eddie Cleary gets a job working on his brothers isolated farm. Soon strange incidents have birds dropping from the sky, pets attacking owners, apparitions and a general sense of dread in the town. Stars Steven Vidler, Celine O’Leary, Ritchie Singer.

PRODUCER: ROLF DE HEER, MARC ROSENBERG

DIRECTOR: ROLF DE HEER


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THE LIGHTHORSEMEN

(1987)

Picture Show Pty Ltd

In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock. Stars Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, John Larking.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Music Score (Mario Millo)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound (Lloyd Carrick, Craig Carter, Peter Burgess, James Currie, Phil Heywood)

PRODUCER: IAN JONES, SIMON WINCER

DIRECTOR: SIMON WINCER


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INITIATION

(1987)

Filmbar Pty Ltd

A teenager returns to live with his pilot father after years apart. When the father’s plane crashes in the mountains, he must rely on his Brooklyn-raised son to get him out alive. Stars Bruno Lawrence, Rodney Harvey, Arna-Maria Winchester.

PRODUCER: JANE BALLANTYNE, ANTONY I GINNANE

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL PEARCE


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THE TIME GUARDIAN

(1987)

Jen-Diki

In a futuristic city besieged by murderous cyborgs, Ballard (Tom Burlinson) decides he must go back in time if humanity is to have any chance of survival. With his cohorts Annie (Nikki Coghill) and Petra (Carrie Fisher), he journeys to 1980s Australia to search for the key to help them defeat their destined robotic overlords.

PRODUCER: ROBERT LAGETTIE, NORMAN WILKINSON

DIRECTOR: BRIAN HANNANT , A J PROWSE



TO MARKET TO MARKET

(1987)

Goosey

A young man from a privileged background grows up burdened by the expectations of his family and social class. Stars Philip Quast, Maureen Edwards, Noel Trevarthen.

PRODUCER: VIRGINIA ROUSE

DIRECTOR: VIRGINIA ROUSE


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FAIR GAME

(1986)

Southern Films International

A woman turns the tables on three assailants who terrorised her in the Australian Outback. Stars Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford.

PRODUCER: HARLEY MANNERS, RON SAUNDERS

DIRECTOR: MARIO ANDREACCHIO


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PLAYING BEATIE BOW

(1986)

South Australian Film Corporation

A discontented Sydney teenager travels back in time to 1873, whilst watching an old fashioned children’s game. Stars Imogen Annesley, Peter Phelps, Mouche Phillips .

PRODUCER: JOCK BLAIR

DIRECTOR: DONALD CROMBIE


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MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

(1985)

Kennedy Miller Productions

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town’s queen. Stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence.

PRODUCER: GEORGE MILLER, TERRY HAYES, DOUG MITCHELL

DIRECTOR: GEORGE MILLER, GEORGE OGILVIE


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RUN CHRISSIE RUN

(1984)

South Australian Film Corporation

Run Chrisie Run is a thriiling game of cat and mouse. Chrissie (Annie Jones) and her mother Eve (Carmen Duncan) suddenly become the prey of a group of international terrorists. As they run for their lives, Chrissie learns the terrible secrets of her mother’s past and the shocking identity of her real father.

PRODUCER: HARLEY MANNERS

DIRECTOR: CHRIS LANGMAN



THE FIRE IN THE STONE

(1984)

South Australian Film Corporation

Three Australian teens (Paul Smith, Linda Hartley, Andrew Gaston) seek a fortune in opals stolen by a miner in their desert town of Coober Pedy. Stars Alan Cassell, Ray Meagher.

PRODUCER: PAMELA H VANNECK

DIRECTOR: GARY CONWAY


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FREEDOM

(1982)

South Australian Film Corporation

A disillusioned youth obsessed by fantasies of material wealth steals a Porsche and, with his girlfriend in tow, leads the authorities on a cross-country chase. A local entry into the road movie genre, with excellent stuntwork, high-speed chases and an atmospheric soundtrack. Stars Jon Blake, Candy Raymond, Jad Capelja.

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: SCOTT HICKS


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THE SURVIVOR

(1981)

Tuesday Films

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn’t remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers. Stars Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten.

PRODUCER: ANTONY I GINNANE

DIRECTOR: DAVID HEMMINGS


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BREAKER MORANT

(1980)

South Australian Film Corporation

During the Boer War, three Australian soldiers are court martialed and found guilty of murdering civilian prisoners. Based on true incidents surrounding the British Army’s need to find political scapegoats, the script, direction and performances give this Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film an outstanding emotional impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – AFI Award for Best Director
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor (Jack Thompson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bryan Brown)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Cinematography (Don McAlpine)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
Winner – AFI Award for Best Sound
Winner – AFI Award for Best Production Design
Winner – AFI Award for Best Costume Design.
Winner – Cannes Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award (Jack Thompson)

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: BRUCE BERESFORD


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GALLIPOLI

(1980)

R & R Films

A powerful anti-war statement is made in this Golden Globe nominated film about the mateship between two Australian lads who meet during a race, join the Lighthorse regiment, and become a part of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Stars Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – AFI Award for Best Director (Peter Weir)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Mel Gibson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bill Hunter)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Screenplay (David Williamson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound (Don Connolly, Greg Bell, Peter Fenton)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Editing (William M. Anderson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Acheivement in Cinematography (Russel Boyd)
Winner – ACS Award for Cinematographer of the year (Russel Boyd)
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film – Original

PRODUCER: PATRICIA LOVELL

DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR


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PACIFIC BANANA

(1980)

Pacific Banana Pty Ltd

A commercial pilot, fired from his job for philandering, soars again when he starts a new career with a tiny airline in this bawdy, rollicking comedy in the “Alvin Purple” tradition. Stars Graeme Blundell, Robin Stewart, Deborah Gray.

PRODUCER: JOHN D LAMOND

DIRECTOR: JOHN D LAMOND


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THE CLUB

(1980)

South Australian Film Corporation

Based on David Williamson’s play, The Club offers a nostalgic view of the passionate game of Australian Rules football, in which boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field. Stars Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson.

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: BRUCE BERESFORD


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DAWN

(1979)

Aquataurus Productions Pty Ltd

Biopic of Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser and her quest to become an Olympic champion, following her life from the triumphs of record-breaking swims and her conflicts with sporting officialdom to the eventual breakdown of her marriage. Stars Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, Ron Haddrick, Bunney Brooke.
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film – Original

PRODUCER: JOY CAVILL

DIRECTOR: KEN HANNAM


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BLUE FIN

(1979)

South Australian Film Corporation

Based on the children’s novel by celebrated South Australian author Colin Thiele this coming-of-age film set in the tuna fishing town of Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide, sees a boy try to win the respect of his domineering fisherman father. The son’s skills and endurance are put to the test when father and ship are disabled in a storm.

PRODUCER: HAL MCELROY

DIRECTOR: CARL SCHULTZ


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WEEKEND OF SHADOWS

(1978)

Samson Productions Pty Ltd/SAFC

In the 1930s, a farmer’s wife in a small town is murdered. Suspicion falls on a Polish labourer and a posse is formed to catch him. Stars John Waters, Wyn Roberts, Graham Rouse.

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL, TOM JEFFREY

DIRECTOR: TOM JEFFREY


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THE PLUMBER

(1978)

South Australian Film Corporation / Nine Network

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. Stars Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby.

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR


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MONEY MOVERS

(1978)

South Australian Film Corporation

An armoured car company is the target of repeated heists. Company leadership is enforcing new measures in order to tighten security. The biggest danger of a new heist lies from within the company’s own ranks. Stars Terence Donovan, Tony Bonner, Ed Devereaux.

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: BRUCE BERESFORD


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THE LAST WAVE

(1977)

McElroy & McElroy

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. Stars Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil.

PRODUCER: HAL MCELROY, JIM MCELROY

DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR



THE FOURTH WISH

(1976)

South Australian Film Corporation

The moving story of a father who discovers that his 12-year-old son is dying of leukemia and is determined to make the last days of his son’s life as happy as possible by granting him three wishes. Stars John Meillon, Robert Bettles, Michael Craig.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor (John Meillon)

PRODUCER: JOHN MORRIS

DIRECTOR: DON CHAFFEY


Storm Boy (1976)

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STORM BOY

(1976)

South Australian Film Corporation

A young boy living a lonely existence with his reclusive fisherman father amid the sand dunes on the south coast of South Australia befriends a pelican before meeting a young Aboriginal man who educates him in the ways of nature. Stars Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film

PRODUCER: MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: HENRI SAFRAN


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PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

(1975)

Picnic Productions

During a rural summer 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. Stars Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray.
Winner – BAFTA for Best Cinematography
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Feature Film
Winner – Taormina International Film Festival Golden Charybdis (Peter Weir)

PRODUCER: HAL MCELROY, JIM MCELROY

DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR


Still from Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

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SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY

(1975)

South Australian Film Corporation

A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.
Winner of Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Selected for Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.
Winner of Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Selected for Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.

PRODUCER: GIL BREALEY, MATT CARROLL

DIRECTOR: KEN HANNAM