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“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994)
If you want a bit of a laugh, some glamour and lessons on how to be fabulous, I suggest watching “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert“. Starring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, the trio embark on a journey for money, fame and pink feathered, beautiful and bold glory. Landing a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert, the films centres around the trios journey from Sydney to Alice Springs on their bus uniquely named, Priscilla. “Don’t follow trends, start new ones”.
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“Wolf Creek” (2005)
Australians love to make art house and horror films, with our current films marketed to a very niche demographic. However when you think of “Wolf Creek“, it is probably the most prominent Australian film that comes to mind. Set in the Australian outback, “Wolf Creek” depicts the perilous journey of three stranded back packers who fall prey to a murderous bushman. John Jarrattgives a startling but unnerving performance as Mick Taylor, and will turn you off travelling anywhere in the Australian outback for a long time. If you’ve seen horrors and thrillers before, then you know what’s coming, but “Wolf Creek” definitely puts its Australian spin on the genre.
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“Muriel’s Wedding” (1994)
Muriel’s had enough of her Australian home town, and spending hours alone listening to ABBA music, dreaming of her wedding. The only problem is she has never dated anybody, ever. Starring Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The United States of Tara) as Muriel, her story is about stolen money, a vacation, name changing and learning to love. This feel-good movie will have you laughing, crying and singing along to the ABBA songs. A must watch!
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“Animal Kingdom” (2010)
Loosely based on the events surrounding the crimes that happened during 1980 in Melbourne, “Animal Kingdom” is certainly one that is not to be missed. Winner of over 36 awards, it currently holds the record for the most number of AFI Awards (Australian equivalent to the Oscars) obtained by a feature film (18). This is one of those films where you either completely love it, or you hate it. If you can be immersed in a crime drama for 113 minutes, and blank out what you expect from a Hollywood film of this genre, “Animal Kingdom” will surprise you where you expect it to bore you. Starring Jacki Weaver as the head of the crime family, her performance is the most notable, earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. “Animal Kingdom” also stars James Frecheville, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford and Ben Mendelsohn.
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“The Loved Ones” (2010)
Ending our list with “The Loved Ones“, it is the horror film you never saw coming. When Brent (Xavier Samuel), turns down Lola’s (Robin McLeavy) invitation to the school prom, she masters a plan for dirty, bloody revenge. Following in the footsteps of “Wolf Creek“, “The Loved Ones” takes the horror genre on a hell-ride and back all on its own. With enough comedic-relief to support its horrific themes, “The Loved Ones” succeeds where it should fail. The brilliant pairing of Robin McLeavy and John Brumpton is the main highlight of this film, and if you can stomach the torture sub-genre, you might like to give this a go.