There’s a shedload of fair dinkum classics to revisit on our national day, but what’s on the horizon in 2018? Here are seven homegrown flicks to support at the cinema this year.
Stephan Elliott has never repeated the success of his breakout hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying. His latest is a crude and kitsch coming-of-age tale, set during the 1970s in the beach suburb of Wallaroo, and sharing more in common with Welcome to Woop Woop than Priscilla. The true blue cast includes Guy Pearce, Radha Mitchell, Asher Keddie, Jack Thompson, and even Kylie Minogue. In cinemas now.
After shooting a white man in self-defence, an Aboriginal stockman goes on the run with a posse in hot pursuit in this outback western set in Alice Springs during the 1920s. Directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), this is a magnificent looking film with something important to say. Starring Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, and introducing indigenous actor Hamilton Morris, Sweet Country is already being tipped as the film to beat at this year’s AACTAs. In cinemas now.
This Australian-US co-production, directed by the Spierig Brothers (Predestination, Jigsaw) and shot in Melbourne, stars the majestic Dame Helen Mirren as the eccentric heiress of the Winchester firearms fortune, who believes her labyrinthine house is haunted by those killed by the titular rifle. The malevolent mansion – seven stories tall and with 200 rooms – actually exists, and is considered the world’s most haunted house. Enter if you dare on February 22.
THAT’S NOT MY DOG!
Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Tim Ferguson and Lehmo are just some of the local comedians assembled for this celebration of the Aussie art of telling a killer joke. With the cast playing themselves, the film revolves around a party thrown by Jacobson, where the guests are required to bring the funniest jokes they know. The cinematic equivalent of a comedy festival, get ready to LOL on March 15.
Simon Baker directs, co-writes and stars in this adaptation of Tim Winton’s Miles Franklin Award-winning novel set in coastal WA during the 1970s. Two teenage boys find themselves mentored by a former pro surfer named Sando (Baker), in this soulful rite-of-passage tale. One of the most anticipated Australian films of the year, and co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake. Surf’s up on May 3.
Enter the dangerous world of outlaw motorcycle gangs, where the heir to the biker club throne (played by Ryan Corr, Wolf Creek 2) is struggling to modernise the gang’s outdated approach to crime. It’s Sons of Anarchy Down Under, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms on the big screen, and possibly a modern successor to the 1974 biker classic, Stone. Check out our interview with Ryan Corr and co-star Abbey Lee from TIFF 2017. In cinemas August 30.
This outback horror flick about a giant, rampaging feral pig captures the swinish spirit of Russell Mulcahy’s Razorback (1984) and features a bonza Aussie cast including John Jarratt, Ernie Dingo, Chris Haywood, Hugh Sheridan, Simone Buchanan, Nathan Jones, Steve Bisley and Roger Ward. Directed by Chris Sun (Charlie’s Farm), Boar premiered at Monster Fest last November, although a national release date is still TBC.