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Australian/New Zealand Challenge; June 2012
Topic Started: May 26 2012, 12:47:58 PM (1,606 Views)
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Australian Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many Australian or New Zealand films as possible. If you are unsure of whether a film counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (45 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches not allowed.

Challenge runs from 1 June 2012 - 30 June 2012.

There are no official Australian or New Zealand lists, but here are some unofficial lists that may come in handy:
100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
Film.org.au's The Best in Australian Film
CFB's Greatest New Zealand Films

Participants:
1. mightysparks - 48
2. Cippenham - 3
sushantv10 - 3
3. VincentPrice - 2
brokenface - 2
4. Nuclearplanet - 1
Edited by mightysparks, Jul 1 2012, 02:45:25 AM.
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I Love Australia. Looks like fun, I'll give it ago.
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More people need to join this challenge! I will assume all the people who aren't participating are being racist against my country.

Anyway, I just went through the whole '100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema' list to find out where I could locate all the films. I decided I was going to make an effort to complete it. The list is on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/list/AVM_GTC6r3E/ and I made comments next to the films I haven't seen or don't have already on where to find them.

I only searched TPB, Demonoid, KG, CG, my video store and NFSA, so it's possible they could be found elsewhere. But if you want to work on it, it should be a good guide of which ones are easy to find.
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Ok count me in, I will try to watch a few.

I have seen a number of Australian films, they are good as are some New Zealand ones. I am not sure which are worth seeing I have not already seen.

Looks like at least 5 New Zealand ones on official lists I have not seen:

Dead Alive
1992 — a.k.a. Braindead, in 4 top lists

Smash Palace
1981, in 2 top lists

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey
1988, in 1 top list


Once Were Warriors
1994, in 1 top list

Utu
1983, in 1 top list

And a lot more from Australia.
Edited by Cippenham, May 30 2012, 07:17:14 AM.
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I have not seen it but the Barry Mckenzie film is meant to be very funny.
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Australian comedy is almost never funny, so I doubt it :P
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I have seen it. It's not really. The second one (Barry McKenzie Holds His Own) is actually a slight improvement, largely because it has an actual story.
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mightysparks
May 30 2012, 07:33:59 AM
Australian comedy is almost never funny, so I doubt it :P
Actually, I rather like Australian comedy. Even though the humor is often crude, I like the irreverent stance it usually has.

Some Australian/New Zealand comedies I like (yes, even Crocodile Dundee :D ) :

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Two Little Boys (2012)

For non comedy I can recommend :

Once Were Warriors (1994)
Chopper (2000)
Romper Stomper (1992)



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Australian comedy is usually too stupid and 'obvious' for me. But yes, we're not very PC and we make fun of EVERYTHING. Some people seem to take offensive with our sense of humour, but we don't care for those folk :P

Anywho, my favourite Australian movies (in no particular order):
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Hercules Returns (1993)
Body Melt (1993)
The Loved Ones (2009)
Napoleon (1995) - childhood favourite
Mad Max (1979)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Rogue (2007)
Razorback (1984)

Other stuff that's alright:
Babe (1995)
Mary and Max (2009)
Chopper (2000)
2:37 (2006)
Wolf Creek (2005)
The Wog Boy (2000) - don't think any non-Aussie's would get it though
Shine (1996)
Moulin Rouge! (2001) - yes, I kinda like it
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Breaker' Morant (1980)
Griff the Invisible (2010)
The Last Wave (1977)
Gallipoli (1981)
Dead Calm (1989)
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Why has this terrific film just one check here?Hopefully, that will not be the case by the end of this challenge. You hearing me, sparks? ;)
Edited by monty, May 30 2012, 08:46:07 AM.
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May 30 2012, 08:44:43 AM
Why has this terrific film just one check here?Hopefully, that will not be the case by the end of this challenge.
I have that and Wake in Fright on my watchlist :thumbsup:
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May 30 2012, 08:46:17 AM
monty
May 30 2012, 08:44:43 AM
Why has this terrific film just one check here?Hopefully, that will not be the case by the end of this challenge.
I have that and Wake in Fright on my watchlist :thumbsup:
That's good to hear. Btw, the latter is one of my all time favourites.
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I am sticking to official checks for any I watch for this one. So I will not be going with Monty's choice.
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May 30 2012, 09:03:36 AM
I am sticking to official checks for any I watch for this one. So I will not be going with Monty's choice.
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I would like to join but have opted for the 2000s challenge instead. Don't feel I can do both. Have a great time, yawl.

Some I've really enjoyed:

The Navigator
Where the green ants dream (Herzog)
Forgotten Silver
Love Serenade
Edited by 3eyes, May 30 2012, 12:40:46 PM.
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I'm primarily going to focus on the 2000s challenge and maybe westerns in June, but there are some Australian films that I want to see. From the ones among mighty's favorites these interest me the most.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Mad Max (1979) - have seen Mad Max 2, but not this for some reason
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Razorback (1984)
Edited by Kowry, May 30 2012, 12:45:10 PM.
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I AM IN

But a very few with me as of now : Once were warriors , angel at my table , The Navigator....
May search for few more official checks.
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1. Dying Breed (2008) 5/10

Found it amusing that there was an Irish character and she said 'feck' :P


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2. The Plumber (1979) 7/10

Pretty good little thriller.


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Jun 1 2012, 04:53:13 AM
1. Dying Breed (2008) 5/10

Found it amusing that there was an Irish character and she said 'feck' :P


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Irish generally do say that, compare to Father Ted TV series which is brilliant by the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCJK_yDAeOM
Edited by Cippenham, Jun 1 2012, 09:11:18 AM.
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Jun 1 2012, 04:53:13 AM
1. Dying Breed (2008) 5/10

Found it amusing that there was an Irish character and she said 'feck' :P


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Irish generally do say that, compare to Father Ted TV series which is brilliant by the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCJK_yDAeOM
Yeah I know, but I rarely hear it in anything and I'd never even heard the word until a year ago.
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3. Don's Party (1976) 7/10

I liked it, but some of the dialogue was really hard to hear. It's always nice to see Graham Kennedy too coz he's awesome. I found it odd in the trivia it said a glossary of Australian slang was given to audiences at the Berlin festival, but I didn't hear any slang that didn't make sense :(

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4. The Tracker (2002) 6/10

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5. Wake in Fright (1971) 7/10

Worth it for Monty's cameo:
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The kangaroo scenes were painful to watch though. Effective in a way since a human doesn't get any lower than hurting animals.

More people need to join this challenge :( You're all going to regret it when the Australian list becomes official and you've hardly seen any!

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6. Proof (1991) 8/10

Have I somehow missed all the good Australian films until now?

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6. Proof (1991) 8/10

Have I somehow missed all the good Australian films until now?

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I'm shocked. SHOCKED!
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6. Proof (1991) 8/10

Have I somehow missed all the good Australian films until now?

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I'm shocked. SHOCKED!
Two new favourites in a 24 hour period. It's a miracle!
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7. Long Weekend (1978) 6/10

Fitting that I watched it on a long weekend.

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1. Braindead (Peter Jackson, 1992) 8/10

A lot of fun and very sick. I do like a good horror-comedy that just revels in the grotesque.
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8. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) 5/10

I remember when this came out it was EVERYWHERE. I got so fecking sick of seeing Pia Miranda's face on everything I swore to never watch it (also because it looked stupid). So I thought I'd just get it out of the way now. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but it still wasn't very good. The characters were all pathetic and annoying and I kinda hoped it would turn into a disaster movie so they all could die. Seriously, the girl makes no sense. She seemed to be angry that everything in her life is going well :/ I failed to see what the point of it was. There was only bad thing that happened in the entire film and admittedly, I kinda felt bad for her then, but then she got over it in 5 minutes and I was back to wanting her to die.

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9. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) 6/10

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1. Bad Boy Bubby-1993: 7/10

Weird little movie, I have to admit the Australians do weird better than almost anyone else it seems.

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10. Sweetie (1989) 6/10

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11. Pure S (1975) 4/10

Bleh. It was like those really awful Deuce movies like The Muthers, The Executioner and that stupid turkey one.. Blood Freak or something. It was bad and not fun, but it wasn't painful either.

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12. Beneath Clouds (2002) 4/10

I get annoyed at all these films which portray Aboriginals as angelic, making them seem super spiritual and superior to white people (and vice versa, but irrelevant here), so it was nice to see a film portraying them as being like every other person on the planet. That being said, it wasn't very good otherwise. Acting was poor, writing was poor and it just wasn't very interesting. Also confused how Vaughn couldn't tell Lena was Aboriginal, because I could tell instantly, and I can't see how he wouldn't have known.

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12. Beneath Clouds (2002) 4/10

I get annoyed at all these films which portray Aboriginals as angelic, making them seem super spiritual and superior to white people (and vice versa, but irrelevant here), so it was nice to see a film portraying them as being like every other person on the planet. That being said, it wasn't very good otherwise. Acting was poor, writing was poor and it just wasn't very interesting. Also confused how Vaughn couldn't tell Lena was Aboriginal, because I could tell instantly, and I can't see how he wouldn't have known.

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Couldn't have watched something I hadn't heard of :P I'll bookmark it for later though.
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Jun 7 2012, 10:31:05 AM
12. Beneath Clouds (2002) 4/10

I get annoyed at all these films which portray Aboriginals as angelic, making them seem super spiritual and superior to white people (and vice versa, but irrelevant here), so it was nice to see a film portraying them as being like every other person on the planet. That being said, it wasn't very good otherwise. Acting was poor, writing was poor and it just wasn't very interesting. Also confused how Vaughn couldn't tell Lena was Aboriginal, because I could tell instantly, and I can't see how he wouldn't have known.

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You should've watched this one instead
I've seen that. And I didn't have it checked! Don't remember it being anything amazing though..
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