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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 4 (1996-2004)

In Part 4 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time, we take a look at the best films released between 1996 and 2004. As a nation, this was a period of significant cultural shift for Australia. Globalisation and an increasingly diverse population were moving Australia further away from…

By James Curnow
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films of All Time: Part 2 (1971-1982)

Well here it is, Part 2 of our five part series on the 100 greatest Australian films of all time. While Part 1 focused on the earliest beginnings of the nation’s cinema through to the end of the 1960s, here we’ll be exploring the birth of the Australian New Wave in the 1970s. This was…

By James Curnow
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The 100 Greatest Australian Films: Cinema Down Under

Why write a list of the 100 greatest Australian films? While recently browsing through a book on the history of Australian cinema, it occurred to me that most Australian film buffs and cinephiles actually have a very limited concept of the nation’s cinematic output. Except for those films that first garner significant positive attention internationally,…

By James Curnow
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Kasimir Burgess’ Fell: Great Distances and Close Scrutiny

“I don’t know shit about you.” Uttered almost 80 minutes into the 93 minute-long debut feature from Kasimir Burgess, this line perfectly captures the remoteness and intense insular focus of recent Australian film Fell (Felix Media, 2014). Fell follows the story of two men whose lives irreversibly intersect over the tragic hit-and-run death of a…

By Kirsten Stevens
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Words from Oz: 65 classic Australian movie quotes

Why compile a list of quotes from classic Australian movies? I’m not entirely sure. Nor am I sure that my definition of “classic” will sit well with all aficionados of Australian film – my taste for the ironic appreciation of Ozploitation cinema is not shared by all. However, having compiled this list, I will take…

By James Curnow

Five films that make the cut: Update from the Melbourne International Film Festival

Time for another report from the Melbourne International Film Festival! It’s quickly becoming apparent that my viewing schedule is ridiculously ambitious, as was my intention to keep the blog entirely up to date throughout. Nevertheless, I’ll keep plugging away and try to keep things as close to real-time as possible. This year, I’ve had the…

By James Curnow