This summer, show your support for local productions and buy Australian made at JB Hi-Fi. We’ve plenty to be proud of, on both the big screen and the small – from fair dinkum cinema classics and award-winners, to cult series and quality dramas.
George Miller redefined the model of the modern action movie with this post-apocalyptic quartet comprising Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), Mad Max: Beyond Thuderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). He also made a star out of Mel Gibson, gave Tina Turner a shot at acting, and brought Broken Hill to the world stage. Proudly Australian made and an essential purchase.
First adapted by Peter Weir in 1975, the classic Australian novel by Joan Lindsay is reimagined as a suspenseful mini-series. It’s a bold move considering Weir’s film is regarded as a masterpiece of Australian cinema. Fortunately, this small screen version retains the original’s eerie quality and sense of mystery, and will entrance a whole new generation.
The winner of six AACTA Awards last month including Best Film and Best Director, Warwick Thornton’s second narrative feature is a frontier western set in 1929, and a powerful indictment on the impact of colonialism on the indigenous population. Thornton’s deep connection to his culture and his background as a cinematographer creates a striking fusion of character and landscape.
This rowdy prison drama continues to attract great female talent. Susie Porter joins the cast in Season 6 as heavy hitter Marie Winter – a crime boss with connections to sex trafficking and prostitution, adding further volatility to an already disorderly institution. This local cult phenomenon has just had its sentence extended, having been renewed for a further 20 episodes.
With its quirky blend of ribald humour, kitsch soundtrack, colourful characters and unconventional celebration of Australiana, Stephan Elliott’s riotous road movie is more than a cult classic – it’s a phenomenon. It also spearheaded a major revival of quality Aussie films in the ’90s (and ABBA tunes), and raised vital awareness for tolerance amidst all the fabulous fashion and frivolity.
Sort of an Aussie equivalent to Downtown Abbey, this Logie-winning melodrama is set in the NSW country estate of Ash Park, and reflects the turbulent social changes post-World War II. In this penultimate season, Regina has been committed, Sarah faces demons from her past, and the Bligh family must confront some deep ethical questions. There’s no place like home!
Director Chris Sun brings home the bacon with this unapologetically gory love letter to Ozploitation classic Razorback.This tongue-in-cheek creature feature is as ripper and Aussie as homegrown productions get. Featuring lots of cool practical effects and plum roles for John Jarratt, Roger Ward, Simone Buchanan and Hugh Sheridan, prepare to go hog wild.
Elisabeth Moss returns as Sydney-based detective Robin Griffin. She’s back on her regular beat when the body of a woman is discovered. It’s a case that has personal significance, as the victim may somehow be connected to the daughter she gave up for adoption. Director Jane Campion doubles down on misogyny in conspiratorial form, and we bear witness to its chilling repercussions.