Australia’s Top Five Films

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When you think of the major movie producing countries, you think of America, the UK, India, maybe Japan, but not Australia. That's a mistake though, as Australia has been responsible for many great films over the years. There's a lot to chose from and a perfect night could be gathering some friends and selecting one of the five best Australian films.
 
Wake in Fright
 
The 1971 film also known as Outback has long been considered one of Australia's best films. Wake in Fright is the story of a teacher from Sydney who finds himself stranded in a menacing town in the outback. The film had been lost for years, as there was no video or DVD release until 2009. It could be thought of as a horror film but instead of an external threat, as it's focused on the brutality of man and it's realism. This makes it an effective movie that will stay with you long after you watch it.
 
Romper Stomper
 
Before Russell Crow went to Hollywood, he was starring in Australian crime drama Romper Stomper. It's not a light film, as it focuses on neo-Nazis in a Melbourne suburb and their reactions to the world changing around them. It's character piece that about Crowe's character Hando and how violence affects his life. Sometimes compared to A Clockwork Orange, this isn't a film for the faint of heart but it is an acting showcase from Crowe.
 
Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior
 
The Mad Max films have easily been some of the most influential Australian films of all time. Popular around the world since the eighties, many people are familiar with Max Rockatansky and his adventures in a desolate, dystopian future. While recent instalment Mad Max: Fury Road was great, you can't beat the original sequel. Mel Gibson is at his best as he battles memorable characters such as Lord Humongous in classic set pieces. It's an action film, but one that's intelligent, which is rare in itself, and it does everything well and is always a fantastic film for a night in with friends, so if you're having a movie marathon and don't want to leave the house then a quick call to Deliveroo may be in order.
 
The Babadook
 
The Babadook is only three years old as of 2017 but it has already become a favourite across the globe. The psychological horror film cost $2 million and would go onto to make $7.5 million in total. Rather than relying on jump scares, it makes you fretful with it's intensity and matches it with clever storytelling and a real message. The true monster in the film could be grief, but that doesn't stop the Babadook from being one of the best new horror movie creature in years.
 
Animal Kingdom
 
One of the most decorated Australian films of all time, Animal Kingdom is true story of the Pettingill crime family from Melbourne. A star filled cast with David Michôd as director and writer, it covers the Walsh Street shootings that took place in 1988 and brings it to the screen with amazing performances from the entire ensemble. It received accolades from all outlets, with many award nominations and wins. This crime family is brought to life in a way that keeps you hooked, as you want to see more of these characters in one of Australia's greatest ever films.

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