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(Paste Magazine)   50 years ago, Australian outback cinema was invented. Here are nine films beyond Walkabout you should see, one of which is Mad Max, another of which is "perhaps remembered most for its violent kangaroo hunting sequences"   (pastemagazine.com) divider line
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2021-08-12 9:28:31 PM  
The Last Wave was pretty cool ... 30 years ago.
The Coca Cola Kid was fun too.
DNRTFA though - they may not be on the list.
 
2021-08-12 9:41:55 PM  
Wow, that was actually a good list. A few I've seen and several that I'd check out.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2021-08-12 9:43:33 PM  
List fails without "Young Einstein".
 
2021-08-12 9:57:48 PM  

jbc: List fails without "Young Einstein".


And/or "Reckless Kelly".

/On a more serious note... "The Interview" is pretty good.
 
2021-08-12 10:42:43 PM  
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2021-08-12 11:45:23 PM  
Wake in Fright was pretty good. I saw it on Netflix I think a couple years ago.
 
2021-08-13 12:59:56 AM  
"Mystery Road" - It has one of the more realistic gun fights I've ever seen in a movie.  And Hugo Weaving being a bad ass...
 
2021-08-13 3:05:40 AM  
Okay. They had Priscilla on there so I'm happy.

You need to be in a certain mood to view it, but Romper Stomper is quite good. It was released in 1992 and stars Russell Crowe as the leader of a Neo-Nazi gang. It's a harrowing watch.
 
2021-08-13 3:18:23 AM  
The Proposition. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 
2021-08-13 3:25:11 AM  
I'm a big fan of Muriel's Wedding. This list could stand to be less masculine.
 
2021-08-13 3:39:25 AM  
The Last Wave is a mind blower. Walk About is mesmerizing. As is picnic at hanging rock. Very many great movies. Thank you for a reminder to watch some of these. Good on ya, mate.
 
2021-08-13 3:39:32 AM  
"The Proposition"
WE HAVE A WINNER!
 
2021-08-13 3:40:13 AM  
PS
Nick Cave always wins
 
2021-08-13 4:07:21 AM  
No Quigley Down Under? Shame on you and maybe the Dingo ate your baby. Because this isn't Dodge City and you aren't Wild Bill Hickock.
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2021-08-13 4:26:11 AM  

Is_This_Us: No Quigley Down Under? Shame on you and maybe the Dingo ate your baby. Because this isn't Dodge City and you aren't Wild Bill Hickock.
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They said outback, not outhouse.
 
2021-08-13 4:30:19 AM  
RE: Walkabout - my parents took me to see this when i was a kid (not sure how old) and it was traumatizing.

To be fair, i'm not sure if it was this movie in particular because i think it was a double feature with "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
 
2021-08-13 5:06:04 AM  
ACKTUALLY Ned Kelly was hanged at Melbourne Gaol, he survived the shootout because of his home made suit of armour
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Also Joan Lindsay's house was just around the corner from mine, as was Rupert Murdoch's mum's.
 
2021-08-13 5:07:41 AM  

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About as violent as the real Paris...
 
2021-08-13 5:13:54 AM  
Walkabout is a movie I think I'll never watch again, like many of the Criterion films I own. In my circle, I use them at movie and Antichrist more as threats than invitations.
 
2021-08-13 5:17:35 AM  
No Rabbit-Proof Fence?
 
2021-08-13 5:26:07 AM  
Razorback has been overlooked for far too long.
 
2021-08-13 5:33:06 AM  
Walkabout you say? Mmmm, Jenny Agutter. Difficulty: 17YO Jenny Agutter with "tasteful" nude scenes.

List also fails to mention Age of Consent, with 22YO Helen Mirren playing a 16YO girl. Of course, the Great Barrier Reef isn't exactly the outback, but I recall the movie fondly (nude scenes again). I used to live next door to Neva Carr-Glynn who played the old harridan.
 
2021-08-13 5:41:53 AM  
Yeah walkabout is awful. My friend's dad is in it.

Anyhow, I'd say Jedda was the first outback movie and max max 2 far more of an outback movie than the first
 
2021-08-13 5:49:58 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Okay. They had Priscilla on there so I'm happy.

You need to be in a certain mood to view it, but Romper Stomper is quite good. It was released in 1992 and stars Russell Crowe as the leader of a Neo-Nazi gang. It's a harrowing watch.


Came for Romper Stomper, as it wasn't on the list.
 
2021-08-13 6:56:19 AM  

Jesus McSordid: Walkabout you say? Mmmm, Jenny Agutter. Difficulty: 17YO Jenny Agutter with "tasteful" nude scenes.


I think that is not accurate. Jenny played a girl that was supposed to be 17. But look at the dates. Jenny just turned 18 and was legal. She was a known child star in the UK. That is why they had all those shots. They could now. Born in 1952. Film released in 1971, so filmed in 1970.
Yes ... Mmmmmmm... Jenny Agutter.
 
2021-08-13 7:04:10 AM  
Was about to complain that they would have not mentioned "The Rover", then IRTFA...

For those that liked Mad Max - it isn't a MM film, it could be fitted in sometime around the first movie.
 
2021-08-13 7:28:20 AM  
I PUT THE MONEY IN THE JACKET

AND THE JACKET ON THE KANGAROO..

AND NOW HE HOPPIN' AWAAAAAYYYYY

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2021-08-13 7:42:31 AM  
List fails without a head on a stick down at Wolf Creek.
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2021-08-13 7:59:25 AM  

Is_This_Us: No Quigley Down Under? Shame on you and maybe the Dingo ate your baby. Because this isn't Dodge City and you aren't Wild Bill Hickock.
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Wasn't Quigley produced by an American company and it was just set in Australia. The list is for moves produced by the Australian movie industry.
 
2021-08-13 8:08:48 AM  
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2021-08-13 8:30:10 AM  

sweetfark: RE: Walkabout - my parents took me to see this when i was a kid (not sure how old) and it was traumatizing.

To be fair, i'm not sure if it was this movie in particular because i think it was a double feature with "The Man Who Fell to Earth."


I saw it on a double feature with "Diamonds Are Forever".
 
2021-08-13 9:12:01 AM  

nigeman: Yeah walkabout is awful.


Counterpoint:

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2021-08-13 9:19:59 AM  
I really enjoyed Goldstone from 2016. Very much a western but also quite noirish, it's about an indigenous detective who arrives in an outback mining town to investigate a missing person. It's not a perfect film but it's beautifully shot, the story is solid, and the acting is top notch. If you like most of the movies on this list you should definitely give this one a shot.

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2021-08-13 9:55:14 AM  
Not Quite Hollywoodis a must-see documentary about early Australian cinema.

Be careful, this trailer is EXTREMELY NSFW as it contains copious nudity and all kinds of bloody violence.

Not Quite Hollywood - TRAILER - Ozploitation!
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2021-08-13 11:32:29 AM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: No Rabbit-Proof Fence?


Came to say this, leaving vindicated.

Ragin' Asian: You need to be in a certain mood to view it, but Romper Stomper is quite good.


" 'Ello, Davey..."

It's been a minute since I've seen it, but I remember the street-fighting scenes being very viscerally filmed, like you were really on top of some people getting the piss beaten out of them.
 
2021-08-13 11:52:07 AM  
good list from the titles I've watched.  I would add The Last Wave. A personal fave due to being  more dreamlike and haunting than the excellent and enigmatic Picnic at Hanging Rock.
 
2021-08-13 11:56:04 AM  
Not a movie but Mr. In between is fantastic and based on a move called the magician
 
2021-08-13 11:58:41 AM  
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2021-08-13 12:27:36 PM  
They left out Peter Jackson's best movie:

Official Trailer: Bad Taste (1987)
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2021-08-13 12:39:31 PM  

Archie Goodwin: Is_This_Us: No Quigley Down Under? Shame on you and maybe the Dingo ate your baby. Because this isn't Dodge City and you aren't Wild Bill Hickock.
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They said outback, not outhouse.


Then explain the fact that none of the films on the list have a Donk.
 
2021-08-13 1:52:03 PM  

Wireless Joe: They left out Peter Jackson's best movie:

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+1 funny but it's set on the South Island of NZ
 
2021-08-13 2:38:42 PM  
Every single frame of that movie is carefully thought out
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2021-08-13 2:55:04 PM  
Mad Max? Really? Sorry, but that movie was terrible. I watched Mad Max because I'd seen Road Warrior and thought it was great. Holy crap, was I disappointed.
 
2021-08-13 3:02:04 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Ragin' Asian: Okay. They had Priscilla on there so I'm happy.

You need to be in a certain mood to view it, but Romper Stomper is quite good. It was released in 1992 and stars Russell Crowe as the leader of a Neo-Nazi gang. It's a harrowing watch.

Came for Romper Stomper, as it wasn't on the list.


Or this.
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2021-08-13 3:12:24 PM  
Wake in Fright f*cked me the hell up. It goes to so many desperate, desolate places, literally and figuratively. You hold on to any shred of hope for these miserable characters, but you know it's just going to slip through all of your fingers. But you keep hoping. It's devastating. I just love Donald Pleasence in basically anything, though, and his performances in this and THX 1138 alone are just truly impressive for any single person's career. I love the strange, menacing queerness of his performance, especially since it isn't the standard homophobic "gay = predatory" menacing, but something almost existential or nihilistic.

The Last Wave was already mentioned a few times, and that was also an unnerving, intense experience. Peter Weir is a weird guy, and I love it. Picnic at Hanging Rock was one of the first "art films" I remember deliberately watching, and it really haunted me for a long time--so many unanswered questions, so much queer subtext.

I'm surprised The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith or Sunday Too Far Away weren't on the list, but maybe they're just too low-budget or something. Jimmie Blacksmith was just oppressive and sad, in a good and important way, and I think Sunday is an essential film about labor struggles.

Auatralians, particularly white Australians, have an uncomfortable, unbalanced relationship with the land they occupy, and it manifests profoundly in their films. They know they don't belong there, and they know the land knows they don't belong there. Their films showcase the fear and awe with which they regard their hostile surroundings.
 
2021-08-13 3:17:07 PM  

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2021-08-13 3:35:29 PM  

Jake Havechek: frankb00th: Every single frame of that movie is carefully thought out[Fark user image image 425x238]

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Dinki-Di dogfood doesn't exist, it was a prop made entirely for the movie.


Uuuuh thanks?
 
2021-08-13 5:56:39 PM  

austerity101: Wake in Fright f*cked me the hell up. It goes to so many desperate, desolate places, literally and figuratively. You hold on to any shred of hope for these miserable characters, but you know it's just going to slip through all of your fingers. But you keep hoping. It's devastating. I just love Donald Pleasence in basically anything, though, and his performances in this and THX 1138 alone are just truly impressive for any single person's career. I love the strange, menacing queerness of his performance, especially since it isn't the standard homophobic "gay = predatory" menacing, but something almost existential or nihilistic.

The Last Wave was already mentioned a few times, and that was also an unnerving, intense experience. Peter Weir is a weird guy, and I love it. Picnic at Hanging Rock was one of the first "art films" I remember deliberately watching, and it really haunted me for a long time--so many unanswered questions, so much queer subtext.

I'm surprised The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith or Sunday Too Far Away ...



I will never forget that movie. I screwed up my courage and asked a beautiful girl for a date. She agreed and we were going to see "Local Hero" at the little repertory theater on the University campus. We get to the ticket counter only to find that Local Hero had been replaced with Sunday Too Far Away: a film about itinerant sheep shearers who go on strike.

The date didn't go as well as I had hoped.
 
2021-08-13 6:21:50 PM  
"perhaps remembered most for its violent kangaroo hunting sequences"

Yeah, I bet it is......

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2021-08-13 11:42:50 PM  
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