As mentioned earlier, today marks ten years since I arrived in this sun drenched land. Therefore, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mark the occasion by seasoning today’s installment of the challenge with an Australia flavor.
So here are three Australian films that I love; the first film I ever saw in this country and my two favourite Australian films of all time.
Shortly before I arrived in Australia my girlfriend scored two free tickets to this new release Australian comedy starring Mick Molloy, Judith Lucy, Samuel Johnson and a host of other acclaimed Australian actors whom I had never heard of. The weekend after I arrived we traveled the short distance from Elwood to the Elsternwick Classic and settled in to watch this film.
However much I enjoyed it at the time (which I did) it wasn’t until I rewatched it in 2007 did I truly begin to love it. Having become much more aware of Australian life and culture in the five years since I’d first seen it, everything from the lawn bowls to the Pokie invasion made a lot more sense than they had during that first viewing.
The other aspect of this movie that I will always be thankful for is that it was my introduction to one of the few geniuses of Australian comedy. Walking home from the cinema that night in 2002 I remember asking my girlfriend who this John Clarke person was…now, I can’t understand how I ever survived without him!
I can’t remember exactly when I first saw this movie (I believe it was as a teenager during my ‘video shop employee’ phase) but I can remember loving it to the point of obsession. It is without question one of the most beautiful and haunting movies I have ever seen and easily one of the greatest Australian movies ever filmed.
Hence why it is my second favourite Australian movie of all time :)
Written and Directed by Sarah Watt
Not only is this movie my favourite Australian film of all time, it is a film I would rank in the top ten of a “1001 films to watch before you die” list. It is a work of supreme, divine beauty that must be seen at all costs!