Category:Australian biographical films
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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. An Angel at My Table – An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frames three autobiographies, To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City, an Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. The film follows Frame from when she grows up in a family, through her years in a mental institution. Kerry Fox as Janet Frame Alexia Keogh as Janet Frame Karen Fergusson as Janet Frame Iris Churn as Mother Kevin J. The film not only established Jane Campion as a director and launched the career of Kerry Fox. Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, stating, tells its story calmly and with attention to human detail and, watching it. The film also received praise in The Guardian where Derek Malcolm called it one of the very best films of the year, the Sydney Morning Herald described the film as deeply moving and visionary while Variety described it as being totally absorbing. An Angel at My Table at the Internet Movie Database NZ On Screen page An Angel at My Table at Oz Movies
2. Bright Star (film) – Bright Star is a 2009 British-French-Australian biographical fiction romantic drama film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne. It stars Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny and it was directed by Jane Campion, who wrote the screenplay inspired by Andrew Motions biography of Keats, Motion served as a script consultant on the film. The film was in the competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. The films title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats titled Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art, in 1818 Hampstead, the fashionable Fanny Brawne is introduced to poet John Keats through the Dilke family. The Dilkes occupy one half of a house, with Charles Brown —Keats friend, roommate. Though Fannys flirtatious personality contrasts with Keats notably more aloof nature, she begins to pursue him after she has her siblings, Samuel and Toots and her efforts to interact with the poet are fruitless until he witnesses her grief for the loss of his brother, Tom. While spending Christmas with the Brawne family, Keats begins to open up to Fannys advances, Keats begins to give poetry lessons to Fanny, and it becomes apparent that their attraction is mutual. Fanny is nevertheless troubled by Keats reluctance to pursue her, for which her mother surmises, Mr Keats knows he cannot like you, he has no living and it is only after Fanny receives a valentine from Brown that Keats passionately confronts them and asks if they are lovers. Brown, who sent the valentine in jest, warns Keats that Fanny is a mere flirt playing a game, Fanny, hurt by Browns accusations and by Keats lack of faith in her, ends their lessons and leaves. The relationship comes to an end when Brown departs with Keats for his summer rental. Though Fanny is heartbroken, she is comforted by Keats love letters, when the men return in the autumn, Fannys mother voices her concern that Fannys attachment to the poet will hinder her from being courted. Fanny and Keats secretly become engaged, Keats contracts tuberculosis the following winter. He spends several weeks recovering until spring and his friends collect funds so that he may spend the next winter in Italy, where the climate is warmer. After impregnating a maid, Brown is unable to accompany Keats, Keats manages to find residence in London for the summer, but he is taken in by the Brawne family following an attack of his illness. When his book sells with moderate success, Fannys mother gives Keats her blessing to marry Fanny once he returns from Italy, the night before he leaves, he and Fanny say their tearful goodbyes in privacy. Keats dies in Italy the following February of complications from his illness, in the last moments of the film Fanny cuts her hair in an act of mourning, dons black attire, and walks the snowy paths outside that Keats had walked many times in life. It is there that she recites the love sonnet he had written for her, Bright Star, Keats was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death. During his lifetime his poems were not generally received by critics
3. Crystal Voyager – Crystal Voyager is a 1973 Australian surf film directed by David Elfick. The film is structured as a biography of Greenough and was shot largely in California. It documents Greenough’s search for uncrowded waves, which led to the construction of his 37-foot ocean-going yacht and it also feature Greenoughs surfing friends, Californian Richie West and Australian world champion Nat Young. Crystal Voyager premiered at the Sydney Opera House on 5 December 1973 and had a successful run there before opening in other states. The theatrical 35mm version of the film is different from the original 16mm release and was re-edited by Elfick and it became one of Australias most successful surf films, grossing more than A$100,000 on its initial Australian release, before being picked up by British Hemdale Corporation. Crystal Voyager gained substantial press on its release, mostly due to its reception at the Cannes Film Festival. It had a record-breaking 6-month run in Londons West End, where it played a double bill with René Lalouxs animated science-fiction film Fantastic Planet, in the year it was released the soundtrack won an Aria Award for Best Australian Movie Soundtrack. The closing sequence, Greenoughs short film Echoes, is considered to be the highlight of the film. The group reportedly allowed Elfick and Greenough to use the music in their film in exchange for the use of Greenoughs footage as a background when they performed Echoes in concert. Crystal Voyager at the Internet Movie Database Australian Screen National Film & Sound Archive
4. The Cup (2011 film) – The Cup is a 2011 Australian biographical film about the 2002 Melbourne Cup race and is directed by Simon Wincer. It is about Damien Olivers victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup and this was Bill Hunters final film before his death. Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald called it a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat thought the film was a pleasant-enough viewing experience. At the same time, I was never as riveted as I have been by other and it makes you feel good without ever truly stirring the soul. The Cup The Cup at the Internet Movie Database
5. The Devil's Playground (1976 film) – The Devils Playground is a 1976 Australian semi-autobiographical film written, directed and produced by Fred Schepisi. It tells the story of a boy growing up and going to school in a Catholic seminary and its focus is on the trials of the flesh and the tensions that arise, for both Brothers and students, from the religious injunction to control ones sexuality. In August 1953, the 13-year-old Tom Allen attends a Catholic juniorate / in Melbourne, students and Brothers face individual challenges of faith and self-restraint. The film financing took three years to arrange, eventually coming from the Australian Film Commission and the Film House, Schepisis own company and it was shot in 1975 mostly at Werribee Park near Melbourne. The Devils Playground grossed $334,000 at the box office in Australia, according to Schepisi, the movie almost got its money back. The Devils Playground was released on DVD with a new print by Umbrella Entertainment in November 2008, the DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, an interview with Fred Schepisi, and audio commentary with Fred Schepisi. This film was released on Blu-ray by Umbrella Entertainment in June 2014, cinema of Australia Devils Playground The Devils Playground at the Internet Movie Database The Devils Playground at Oz Movies The Devils Playground at the National Film and Sound Archive
6. Hammers Over the Anvil – Hammers Over the Anvil is a 1993 Australian biographical romantic drama film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ann Turner. The screenplay was written by Peter Hepworth and Ann Turner, the film is loosely based on the novel by Alan Marshall. The original music score is composed by Not Drowning, Waving, based on the novel of the same name by Alan Marshall, the film is set in the early 1900s in the Outback, centering around a young Alan Marshall and the people in his town. Charlotte Rampling also stars as an English lady, Grace McAlister, complications arise as an attraction develops between East and Grace and young Alan deals with the complexities of growing up. The script was written by Peter Hepworth then rewritten by Ann Turner. It is set and filming in South Australias Red Creek in seven weeks on 11 October and 29 November 1991, Hammers Over the Anvil grossed $50,491 at the box office in Australia. Cinema of Australia Russell Crowe filmography South Australian Film Corporation Hammers Over The Anvil at the Internet Movie Database Hammers Over the Anvil at the National Film and Sound Archive
7. The King (2007 film) – The King, The Story of Graham Kennedy is an Australian television film examining the life of Australian entertainer Graham Kennedy. It later aired on the Nine Network on 27 August 2007, the screenplay was written by Jaime Browne and Kris Mrksa, the director was Matthew Saville and the producer was Jason Stephens. Filming began on 6 December 2006 with a A$2.1 million budget, the ABCs Ripponlea studios were utilised to film the scenes for sequences involving Kennedys roles on In Melbourne Tonight and Blankety Blanks. Stephen Curry lost 14 kilograms to portray the young Kennedy, and it also stated The movie is not linked with controversial book The King & I, launched in the prior month by Kennedys former lover, Rob Astbury. Syndrome will likely pursue him every time he tries to buy groceries, I dont think people cared about that If people had said, Im not going to watch a poof on TV, then hed never have rated. He was Australias most famous, successful entertainer but how much do we see of that in the film, brown was also reported as saying, I thought it was very bleak and it was a portrait of somebody not very like the Graham Kennedy I knew for many years. Was there a dark side to him. Bert Newton, Well, I guess everyones got a dark side. I suppose it might be that, I dont know why, and you know in the twenty-first century thats all that important. I would think that from a sexuality point of view, when he began in television, I mean back then, if someone didnt marry well they must be. At the 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards The King won the award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries, Curry also picked up the award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama and Saville for Best Direction in Television
8. Life (2015 film) – Life is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Luke Davies. It is based on the friendship of Life photographer Dennis Stock and Hollywood actor James Dean, starring Robert Pattinson as Stock, production took place from February to April 2014 in Toronto and Los Angeles. The film had its premiere at 65th Berlin International Film Festival, in the United States, it was released through a simultaneous limited theatrical release and video on demand on December 4,2015 by Cinedigm. The story follows Dennis Stock, who works at the Magnum Photos Agency and got an assignment to shoot rising Hollywood star James Dean, friendship developed between them during the assignment, as the pair traveled from Los Angeles to New York City to Indiana. Luke Davies started writing the script in 2010 and he was initially interested to write a script about James Dean but as he researched about Dean, he found that the one thing which stood out most was Deans images at Time Square by Dennis Stock. Afterwards, Davies found more about Stock and wrote the screenplay for the film, Corbijn initially turned down the offer to make biopic on James Dean. But the story of the photographer Dennis Stock interested him more as You know, the James Dean portion of the story wasn’t my interest. Talking about the casting, Corbijn said that Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have, when I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role and Dane is really interesting. He has a face, but its a hard face to grasp. Its hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same goes for James Dean, Corbijn later revealed that Rob was quickly on the horizon for me, and after we met I didn’t meet anyone else for that role. Talking about portraying James Dean, DeHaan said that He had a specific voice so Ive gotta have it. His voice was a lot higher than mine, but its fun, you know, the harder it is, the more fun it is, but its definitely a challenge, for sure. Pattinson said about his character in the film, Hes a really bad dad, and you don’t really see that in young guy parts. He just doesn’t love his kid, or is incapable of it, and it kind of pains him. About the interaction between the characters he said, It’s a little ego battle, and a lot of it is about professional jealousy. And added thats what drew him to the role in the film, in February 2014, Ben Kingsley joined the cast as president of the Warner Bros. Writer Luke Davies joined the film in cameo appearance, on March 14,2014, it was announced that Joel Edgerton has joined the cast of the film as Magnum Photography editor John G. Morris. Edgerton, about his involvement in the film, said that It was a situation where it was never going to be something I was involved in and they lost an actor, I love these people, I love everything they’re about, the story and script was really fascinating
9. Mao's Last Dancer (film) – Maos Last Dancer is a 2009 Australian film based on professional dancer Li Cunxins autobiography of the same name. Li Cunxin is portrayed by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Chi Cao, Australian Ballet dancer Chengwu Guo, the film also stars Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Wang Shuangbao and Amanda Schull. The film premiered on 13 September 2009, at the Toronto International Film Festival, general release in Australia and New Zealand began on 1 October 2009. It began screening in the United States on 33 screens in August 2010, in the era of Maos Cultural Revolution, 11-year-old Chinese boy Li Cunxin resides in a rural village commune in Shandong Province, destined to labour in the fields. As often occurred in times, government officials fanning out across the nation seeking young candidates for centralized training arrive at this school. Forwarded to a Beijing audition for a place in Madame Maos Dance Academy, he is admitted for ballet training based on a series of physique, years of arduous training follow, Li surpassing his initial lukewarm interest and mediocre performance after inspiration from senior teacher Chan. Lis determined courage garners a formerly disparaging teacher to influence the Academy to allow him the opportunity for a stay in the United States. Lis encounters with US life cause questioning of the Chinese Communist Party dictates upon which he has been raised, quickly attracting the attention of the local ballet scene, Li together with Stevenson requests a time extension in America, but the Chinese government refuses. Overwhelmed by the opportunities offered in America and in love with Mackey, with legal advice that the Chinese government would recognize certain residence rights arising from an international marriage, Li and Mackey rush into a marriage. To declare personal responsibility for his decision and hopefully avoid consequences for his family and Stevenson, the Chinese resident diplomat forcibly detains Li in an attempt to coerce his return to China. Unknown to Li, the situation quickly evolves when the media, when Li perseveres in his refusal to repatriate, the Chinese Government agrees to release him but revokes his citizenship and declares he can never return to the land of his birth. Li and Elizabeth are set to depart for Florida but Li is persuaded to stay by Stevenson for his ballet company, dooming Elizabeths prospects of dancing success. Burdened by this, plus concerned for and unable to communicate with his family, Cunxin continues to excel as a dancer, Li is eventually granted permission to visit China. Li and McKendry give an impromptu outdoor ballet performance to the villages uproarious cheer, closing credits announce that, Li Cunxin danced in China with the Houston Ballet in 1995, a performance broadcast to an audience of over 500 million people. He and Mary McKendry now live in Australia with their three children, ben Stevenson left the Houston Ballet after 27 years as Artistic Director. Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading choreographers, he is now Artistic Director of the Texas Ballet Theater, charles C. Foster still practices law in Houston. He is recognized internationally as an authority on Immigration Law, Elizabeth Mackey danced with the Oklahoma Ballet for some years. She is now a speech therapist, working mainly with children, the score utilises a standard Western orchestra, with the addition of a number of Chinese instruments
10. Ned Kelly (1970 film) – Ned Kelly is a 1970 British-Australian biographical film. It was the seventh Australian feature film version of the story of 19th century Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and it is notable for being the first Kelly film to be shot in colour. The film was directed by Tony Richardson, and starred Mick Jagger in the title role, scottish-born actor Mark McManus played the part of Kellys friend Joe Byrne. It was a British production, but was filmed entirely in Australia, shot mostly around Braidwood in southern New South Wales, Ned Kelly is forced by police persecution to become a bushranger. He robs several banks and is captured after the Siege of Glenrowan. In the early 1960s, Karel Reisz and Albert Finney announced plans to make a film about Ned Kelly from a screenplay by David Storey, Finney and Reisz flew to Australia in October 1962 and spent ten weeks picking locations and doing research. The movie was meant to be Finneys next project after Tom Jones with filming to start in March 1963, the British arm of Columbia Pictures agreed to put up the entire budget. However, British labour union regulations required a mostly British crew, italy and Spain were looked at as alternatives but the project was eventually abandoned. Finney and Reisz went on to make Night Must Fall instead, the project passed on to Tom Jones director Tony Richardson, who wrote the script in collaboration with Ian Jones, a Melbourne writer and producer of TV drama and expert on Ned Kelly. According to Kevin Brownlow, Ian McKellen was originally set to play the lead, I am taking this film very seriously, said Jagger at the time. Kelly wont look anything like me and you wait and youll see what I look like. I want to concentrate on being a character actor, during pre-production, other filmmakers announced their own Ned Kelly projects including Tim Burstall, Gary Shead and Dino de Laurentiis. She was hospitalised in a coma, but recovered and was sent home and she was replaced by a then-unknown Australian actress, Diane Craig, then studying at NIDA. Shooting began on 12 July 1969 and took ten weeks, the letter was Kellys first attempt to gain public sympathy. However, Kellys well-known letter, The Jerilderie Letter, is omitted from the film, the film was poorly received at its opening, and is still regarded as one of Richardsons least successful efforts. It was effectively disowned by Richardson and Jagger, neither of whom attended the London premiere, as late as 1980 Jagger claimed he had never seen the film. Gerry Fishers cinematography, however, has been praised for its craftsmanship — reposoir, shadow, reflection, unfortunately, his other film Performance came out just before Ned Kelly and failed. We have every belief that Ned Kelly will not do well either, in addition, Tony Richardson, the filmmaker handled the material in a very slow-paced manner and we have not been able to persuade him to make the cuts necessary to improve the film
11. Ned Kelly (2003 film) – Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film based on Robert Drewes 1991 novel Our Sunshine. Directed by Gregor Jordan, the adapted screenplay was written by John Michael McDonagh. The film dramatises the life of Ned Kelly, a bushranger and outlaw who was active mostly in Victoria. In the film, Kelly, his brother Dan, and two other associates—Steve Hart and Joe Byrne—form a gang of Irish Australians in response to Irish and English tensions that arose in 19th century Australia. Heath Ledger stars in the role, with Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts. The film starts out with a young Ned Kelly rescuing a boy from drowning. It then pans to the Australian bush with Ned talking about his father and he then awakens in the Australian outback and sees a white mare. He rides it into town, only to be arrested and subsequently imprisoned in 1871, for stealing the horse, even though it had actually been stolen by Wild Wright. Two years later he is released and comes home to a welcome from his Catholic Irish family. The Kelly family are working to get ahead in life, by owning horses. One night at a bar, a local Victoria Police Officer named Fitzpatrick, after several attempts, Kate insists she doesnt want one. Ned intervenes and hostilities ensue when fellow officers help Fitzpatrick, getting back at Ned, the Victoria Police Officers confiscate the Kellys horses. Ned, his brother Dan and their friends Steve Hart, Joe Byrne, Aaron Sherrit, one evening later, Fitzpatrick arrives at the Kelly house, while Ned is away, to visit Kate, only to be told that she doesnt want to see him. Fitzpatrick tells them they have warrants for them, for horse stealing, a fight ensues and Fitzpatrick returns to the police office, telling the others that Ned Kelly shot him. The police then arrest Neds mother, Ned, Dan, Steve and Joe become outlaws on the run. They later meet some Police in the Victorian bushlands and kill Constable Lonigan, for the following months the Kelly Gang avoids capture, living in the outback, often without food. The Colonial Government sends in Superintendent Francis Hare, who many people including Aaron. Aaron, being told that they dont want to harm his friend Joe, Joe learns of this and arrives one night armed with a loaded shotgun and kills Aaron for being an informant
12. Phar Lap (film) – Phar Lap is a 1983 film about the racehorse Phar Lap. The film stars Tom Burlinson and was written by famous Australian playwright David Williamson, Phar Lap, known affectionately as Bobby by his strapper Tommy Woodcock, collapses and dies in Woodcocks arms, at Menlo Park in California, in 1932. The news is greeted with sadness and anger in Australia. The remainder of the film is done as flashback, five years earlier, Phar Lap arrives in Australia, purchased for ₤168 sight unseen from New Zealand. His trainer Harry Telford, his wife Vi and young son Cappy watch as hes lowered onto the wharf by sling, mrs Telford comments that she wonders what his American friend will think. Davis is not impressed with the underweight, wart-ridden colt, calling him a cross between a Sheep dog and a Kangaroo, and orders Telford to sell him immediately. Telford protests, saying that the pedigree is exceptional, with Carbine The greatest horse of them all on both sides of his bloodlines. Davis agrees to him to Telford for three years, keeping only one third of the winnings, though Telford must pay for his upkeep and keep his name out of it. As Phar Lap is brought into the stables, he and Woodcock form a strong bond, however, Telford is soon forced to reinstate Woodcock when Phar Lap stops eating and wont let anyone near him without ripping the shirt from their back. After convincing Davis to pay the ₤30 entry fee, this pays off at the 1929 AJC Derby run at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The film shows this as Phar Laps first win although his first was six months earlier in the RRC Maiden Juvenile Handicap at Sydneys other main racecourse Rosehill. The win saves Phar Lap from being sold and the winnings, as the Great Depression bites, Phar Lap wins every race he enters. Davis attempts to capitalise on his success through shady betting schemes with known gambling identity Eric Connolly, in preparation for the Melbourne Cup, the premier race in Australia, Davis pressures Telford to scratch Phar Lap from the Caulfield Cup, to maximise Daviss betting returns. Under great financial pressure, Telford reluctantly agrees, as Woodcock walks the horse back from track work, someone tries to shoot the horse in the street. Woodcock and Phar Lap go into hiding at a farm outside Melbourne. Phar Lap wins, ridden by champion jockey Jim Pike, in the 1931 Cup, the VRC, led by its Chairman Lachlan McKinnon, imposes an unprecedented weight of 10 st 10 lb, to better horse racing and refuses to allow Davis to scratch his horse. Phar Lap surges to the lead but fades and finishes eighth, the horse is now back under Daviss control, after the three-year agreement runs out. Davis then offers half of Phar Laps ownership to Telford for ₤20,000, Telford then has a hoof injury faked on the horse and hoodwinks Davis into thinking that the Red Terror is lame and agreeing to sell the half share for only ₤4,000
13. The Railway Man (film) – The Railway Man is a 2013 British–Australian war film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It is an adaptation of the autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2013, during his time in the camp as one of the Far East prisoners of war, Lomax is tortured by the Kempeitai for building a radio receiver from spare parts. The torture depicted includes beatings, rape and waterboarding, apparently, he had fallen under suspicion of being a spy, for supposedly using the British news broadcast receiver as a transmitter of military intelligence. In fact, however, his intention had been to use the device as a morale booster for himself. Lomax returns to the scene of his torture after he has tracked down Japanese secret police officer Takashi Nagase, in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate. When he finally confronts his former captor, he first asks questions similar to how his captors interrogated him years before, the situation builds up to he nearly whacks Nagase, but instead breaks furniture in anger. Soon after, Lomax pushes the officer into a human cage, Nagase soon reveals that the Japanese were brainwashed into thinking the war would be a victorious one for them, and how he never knew the high casualties caused by the Imperial Japanese Army. Lomax eventually frees Nagase, and throws his knife into the nearby river, after an indefinite period of time, Lomax returns with his wife, Patricia, to Thailand. He meets up with Nagase once again, and after an apology, which he accepts, the epilogue tells that Lomax and Nagase stayed friends until their deaths in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Firth said of the film, I think what is not often addressed is the effect over time and we do sometimes see stories about what its like coming home from war, we very rarely see stories about what its like decades later. This is not just a portrait of suffering, how that damage interacts with intimate relationships, with love. Rachel Weisz was originally to play Patti, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with re-shoots for other films. Shooting began in April 2012 in Edinburgh and North Berwick in East Lothian and St Monans in Fife, on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has a score of 66% based on reviews from 109 critics. The consensus reads, Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story, at Metacritic, the film received a score of 59/100 based on 33 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews. Kidman, Firth and Irvine were all praised for their roles, ken Korman agreed with the notion stating Kidman finds herself playing an unabashedly middle-aged character. She rises to the occasion with an appreciation of her character’s own emotional trauma. The film grossed $4,415,429 in the US, philip Towle from the University of Cambridge, who specialises in the treatment of POWs, awarded the film three stars out of five for historical accuracy
14. Romulus, My Father (film) – Romulus, My Father is a 2007 Australian drama film directed by Richard Roxburgh. Based on the memoir by Raimond Gaita, the tells the story of Romulus and his wife Christine. The film marks the debut for Australian actor Richard Roxburgh. It was commended in the Australian Film Critics Association 2007 Film Awards, the film tells the story of Romulus Gaiţă, a Romanian immigrant to Australia after World War II and his struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up his son, Raimond. As close family members die around him Raimond has to deal with the deterioration of his fathers mental health and it is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son. Eric Bana as Romulus, the father of Raimond, kodi Smit-McPhee as Raimond, the son of Romulus and Christine. Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946 and arrived in Australia in 1950 at the age of four, franka Potente as Christine, the mother of Raimond and the former wife of Romulus. Marton Csokas as Hora, a friend of Romulus, Hora becomes a temporary father figure to a young Raimond Gaita while his father is in a psychiatric hospital. com
15. The Sapphires (film) – The Sapphires is a 2012 Australian musical comedy-drama film based on the 2004 stage play of the same name which is loosely based on a true story. The film is directed by Wayne Blair and written by Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs, production began in 2010, with the casting of the four members of The Sapphires and filming taking place in and around Albury in Australia and Vietnam during August and September 2011. An alcoholic, Irish talent scout, Dave Lovelace, is scolded by his boss for being late despite him sleeping in his car that is near work, soon, Dave goes to make a call and he says they have been granted a spot to audition in Melbourne. Back at their place, Gail, Cynthia and Julies mother tells him he can take them but without Julie, until Julies father tells him not to worry about her. Advised by their grandmother, they meet up with their cousin Kay and she rejects the offer of joining them, but later changes her mind and meets up at their uncles place. After days of practising their moves, they are almost ready until Julie gives Cynthia a letter from her fiance that he is going to call it off. Despite that, they manage to audition very well and Kay comes up with the name, The Sapphires. The Sapphires are a success with the crowds, but infighting among the women threatens to tear the group apart, Gail acts as the groups aggressive matriarch. Kay struggles with her identity because 10 years earlier, she was taken away by government officials because her light skin made her a good candidate for assimilation into white culture. Julie proves to be the groups best voice with a shot at a singing career, Dave and Gail begin a romance, but his reckless behavior and a personal secret push Gails patience to the limit. When The Sapphires do another gig, Cynthia drinks with some of the men and is not allowed to go on again, the girls manage to escape in choppers. At a home, Gail reads Daves letter and realizes he wanted to propose to her, the women band together and finish their tour. Dave survives and Gail is reunited with him in a Vietnam hospital, the Sapphires return to Australia and Gail and Dave announce to the family that they plan to marry. The Sapphires give a performance for their friends and family in the yard of their home. They performed at hotels, pubs, cabarets, clubs, parties, army barracks, when they were invited to Vietnam to perform for the troops, Briggs and Mayers declined, as they were against the war, so Robinson enlisted her sister Lois Peeler to join her. In Vietnam, the duo of Robinson and Peeler performed backing vocals for a New Zealand Maori band they had performed with in Melbourne. It was this Maori band who introduced them to soul music, director Wayne Blair, talking about the creation of the Lovelace character, said Thats where we went a bit Argo. Tony Briggs said in an interview in The Age in 2004 he found it liberating as a writer to expand the number of characters as it made the dynamics of the story richer
16. Shine (film) – Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, John Gielgud, Googie Withers, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Nicholas Bell, Chris Haywood, the screenplay was written by Jan Sardi, and directed by Scott Hicks. The film made its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Geoffrey Rush was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1997 for his performance in the lead role. A man wanders through a heavy rainstorm finding his way into a restaurant, the restaurants employees try to determine if he needs help. Despite his manic mode of speech being difficult to understand, Sylvia learns that his name is David Helfgott and she returns him to the hotel and despite his attempts to engage her with his musical knowledge and ownership of various musical scores, she leaves. As a child, David is growing up in suburban Adelaide, South Australia, Helfgott has been taught to play by his father, Peter, a man obsessed with winning who has no tolerance for failure or disobedience. David is noticed by Mr. Rosen, a local pianist who, after a conflict with Peter. As a teen, David wins the state championship and is invited to study in America. Although plans are made to raise money to send David and his family is initially supportive, Peter eventually forbids David to leave and abuses him, crushed, David continues to study and befriends local novelist and co-founder of the Communist Party of Australia, Katharine Susannah Prichard. Davids talent grows until he is offered a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, Davids father again forbids him to go but with the encouragement of Katharine, David leaves. In London, David enters a Concerto competition, choosing to play Rachmaninoffs enormously demanding 3rd Concerto, as David practices, he increasingly becomes manic in his behavior. David wins the competition, but suffers a breakdown and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital. David recovers to the point where he is able to return to Australia, David relapses and is readmitted to a mental institution as a young man. Years later, a volunteer at the institution recognizes David and knows of his musical talent and she takes him home but discovers that he is difficult to control, unintentionally destructive, and needs more care than she can offer. She leaves him at the hotel earlier in the film. David has difficulty adjusting to life outside the institution, and often away from the hotel. David wanders to the nearby restaurant, the next day David returns to the restaurant, and the patrons are astounded by his ability to play the piano. One of the owners befriends David and looks after him, in return David plays at the restaurant
17. Snowtown (film) – In the poor Adelaide suburb of Salisbury North, 16-year-old Jamie lives with his distressed mother, Elizabeth Harvey, and his brothers — including Troy, who rapes Jamie. One day, his mothers boyfriend takes indecent photographs of the boys, when the police are reluctant to intervene, Elizabeth is contacted by Barry, a gay man who introduces her to John. John, who despises paedophiles and homosexuals, continually harasses the boyfriend until he moves away, John begins to assume the role of Jamies father figure. Barry tells John the names and addresses of paedophiles in the area, Jamie finds himself slowly drawn into Johns homophobic and violent tendencies, unable to escape his charismatic and intimidating dominance. On one occasion, he has Jamie shoot his dog, John meanwhile influences the rest of the neighbourhood with his extremely homophobic views, and separates Barry from his younger boyfriend Robert. Only Troy seems to dislike John, Barry soon disappears, leaving behind only an answering machine message saying that he is going to Queensland. John brings Jamie in as the member of his small team who bury men. Shortly afterward, Jamie visits his drug-addicted best friend Gavin with John, later one night, John and Robert take Jamie into his garden shed and show him the bodies of Barry and Gavin. Distressed, Jamie lashes out at John but remains under his influence, when John learns that Jamie has been abused by Troy, he and Robert torture Troy. Jamie later kills the brutalised Troy in an act of mercy, now desensitised, Jamie assists John in carrying out several murders. John and his store the bodies in the vault of an abandoned bank in the town of Snowtown. Jamie is persuaded by John to lure his half-brother Dave to the bank building, Jamie drives with him to the town, vaguely conscious of what he is doing, and leads Dave into the building, where he is met by John and Robert. Unaware of what is going on, Dave watches Jamie shut the door of the bank, the film was produced by Warp Films Australia, a collaboration between Warp Films and distributor Madman Entertainment. Peter Campbell of Warp Films Australia had to get the remaining suppression orders lifted so the film could be premiered, Snowtown is Kurzels first feature-length film as director. His short film Bluetongue was shown at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, apart from Henshall and Greene, the actors were locals with no acting experience, whom Kurzel had found in the area where the murders occurred, with most from Davoren Park. Kurzel himself grew up in the area and felt that using locals would move the film from being a one dimensional horror show to a human story showing what happens when people are disadvantaged. Davoren Park is considered one of the most violent and dysfunctional suburbs in Australia, according to Kurzel, far from the wow, Im going to be a movie star attitude that he had expected, he had some difficulty convincing them to take part. The film was shot in Smithfield Plains, South Australia, an suburb of the Adelaide metropolitan area
18. The Story of the Kelly Gang – The Story of the Kelly Gang is a 1906 Australian silent film that traces the exploits of 19th-century bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang. It was directed by Charles Tait and shot in and around the city of Melbourne, the film ran for more than an hour with a reel length of about 1,200 metres, making it the longest narrative film yet seen in the world. It was first shown at Melbournes Athenaeum Hall on 26 December 1906, a commercial and critical success, it is regarded as the origin point of the bushranging drama, a genre that dominated the early years of Australian film production. Since its release, many films have been made about the Kelly legend. In 2007, The Story of the Kelly Gang was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register for being the worlds first full-length narrative feature film, historian Ian Jones suggests bushranger stories still had an indefinable appeal for Australians in the early 20th century. The Story of the Kelly Gang was made by a consortium of two involved in theatre—entrepreneurs John Tait and Nevin Tait, and pioneering film exhibitors Millard Johnson. The Tait family owned the Melbourne Athenaeum Hall and part of their concert program often included short films, Melbourne film exhibitors Johnson and Gibson also had technical experience, including developing film stock. Credit for writing the scenario is generally given to brothers Frank, John. Unfortunately, with the passage of time and the desire to make a story of it they created a maze of contradictory information. There is evidence that at least one other bushranging film had made before 1906. This was Joseph Perrys 1904 short Bushranging in North Queensland, made by the Salvation Armys Limelight Department in Melbourne, one of the worlds first film studios, there is considerable uncertainty over who appeared in the film and a number of unsubstantiated claims have been made regarding participation. In her memoirs, Viola Tait claimed the part of Ned was played by a Canadian stunt actor, shooting of the film reportedly involved a budget variously estimated between £400 and £1,000 and took six months. Worked without a scenario, and pieced the story together as he went along, lincoln also claimed that the principal characters were played by the promoters and their relatives, who certainly made no pretensions to any great histrionic talent. Viola Taits memoirs, published in the early 1970s, identifies Charles as being chosen as director because of his theatrical experience and her account confirmed that many of the extended Tait family and their friends appeared in scenes. Much of the film was shot on the property of Elizabeth Taits family at Heidelberg, other scenes in the film may have been shot in the suburbs of St Kilda, and possibly Eltham, Greensborough, Mitcham, and Rosanna. The Victoria Railways Department assisted by providing a train, costumes were possibly borrowed from E. I. Coles Bohemian Company, and members of the troupe may have performed in the film. According to Viola Tait, Sir Rupert Clarke loaned the suit of Kelly armour his family owned for use in the film