The problem isn’t the film’s adherence to a tried and true formula, or its absolutely rudimentary narrative, but the flat and careless execution of it all.
When David Gulpilil was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Molly Reynolds began making this affecting documentary.
Wake in Fright premiered at Cannes in 1971 but met with a shocked reaction. It largely fell into obscurity for 40 years, yet is now considered a classic.
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The Mad Max franchise offers a distinctively Australian take on the action genre. And the fifth film, Furiosa, promises to be yet another extravaganza
The sequel to 2018’s Occupation, this new alien invasion film is overly ambitious, both incomprehensible and shrill.
Many workers in the film industry are excluded from JobKeeper.
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JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don’t work that way.
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A series of films made between 1927 and 1952 shone a light on the convict ruins of Port Arthur and helped develop dark tourism in Australia.
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Miss Fisher is one of Australia’s highest-earning small-screen exports. But it’s biggest success has come from how it built a community of fans.
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Australia has a long history of gothic storytelling in literature and cinema. A new podcast series shows how ordinary life can have an edge of malice.
Through Paul Hogan and Crocodile Dundee we can learn a lot about the enduring myth of the Aussie Bloke.
The mythical Australian bloke is white, straight, and able-bodied – he’s Crocodile Dundee. But where does this legend come from, and what is his future?
Prototype’s first season of experimental films took video art off the gallery wall and placed it in your smart phone.
Prototype is a new 12-part series of Australian video art, designed to bring the genre out of the gallery and onto the smartphone.
Mike Wheeler (Sam Smith) and his taxi driver (Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad) in Jirga.
Jirga has a clear message to the Taliban, Westerners, and other Afghans - even in the horror of warfare you can’t escape moral accountability.
Adaptations are a learned skill – can Australian cinema do it successfully?
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With the success of films like The Dressmaker, book adaptations are giving a much needed boost to the Australian box office. So why are there so few? And why isn’t adaption a compulsory part of screen studies?
David Gulpilil as Jagamarra Jurunba, Mark Weaver as Bellyup, Dougie McCale as George and Cameron Wallaby as Pete in Satellite Boy.
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The French capital will light up to the sights and sounds of Cleverman, Samson and Delilah, and The Sapphires.
This film conveys a uniquely Australian sensibility, at equal turns calm and intense.
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Filmed in 29 days on a shoestring budget, Downriver’s bush setting and narrative twists give it an expansive feel. It is a visually stunning piece, with superb performances and an utterly gripping story.
The Mad Max trilogy has had a tremendous influence on action cinema – and next week, the series resumes.
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George Miller’s Mad Max films have aged remarkably well – perhaps because they have had such a profound influence on the films that followed them.
Director Greg McLean and John Jarratt on-set shooting Wolf Creek 2.
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We know the transformation of global media technologies pose particular challenges to local filmmakers – and that the rewards are still slim. But there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the industry.
Many Australian films have significant cultural capital that should also be considered when measuring their level of success.
Vincent O’Donnell speaks with David Tiley, editor of ScreenHub magazine, about financing film production in Australia and looking beyond box office numbers to measure a film's success.
Critics write the obituaries for Australian films the weekend they’re released. Is there a better way to understand the industry?
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By all reports the Australian cinema is dead. Left for dust by the noisy distractions of big budget movie franchises and the smaller diversions of teeny shiny devices. All you can see in any direction…
David Gulpilil starts in Rolf de Heer’s new film Charlie’s Country, a subversive comedy shot in the Northern Territory.
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Rolf de Heer’s new film Charlie’s Country, which opened yesterday, examines the day-to-day experiences of an older man in Arnhem Land as he struggles for independence and respect in his home town. The…