The Land Down Under

In my last entry, I said that I’d return to Australia. As I was compiling a list of movies from that country, I realized that I’d seen many of the films – mostly the comedies. For a look at the rich history and diversity of this amazing country, check out some of the following movies and TV series. I’ve divided them into categories and have even included some nonfiction films. You might end up like me – wishing you’d been lucky enough to be in Oprah’s audience the day she announced she’d be taking everyone on a long trip.


 

Comedy  
The Castle -- Michael Caton
Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II -- Paul Hogan
The Dish -- Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton
Muriel’s Wedding -- Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths


Drama  
Australia -- Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown
December Boys -- Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Thompson
McLeod’s Daughters -- Bridie Carter
Rain Shadow -- Rachel Ward
Romulus, My Father -- Eric Bana
Shine -- Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud
The Sundowners -- Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill 
Walkabout -- David Gulpilil, Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg
 

History  
Breaker Morant -- Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Rod Mullinar
Gallipoli -- Mel Gibson, Mark Lee
Ned Kelly
-- Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts
Rabbit-Proof Fence -- Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, David Gulpilil, Kenneth Branagh
 

Westerns  
Five Mile Creek -- Rod Mullinar, Liz Burch, Louise Caire Clark, Jay Kerr, Michael Caton, Gus Mercurio
The Man from Snowy River and Return to Snowy River -- Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton
The Proposition -- Guy Pearce
Quigley Down Under -- Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo, Tony Bonner
 

Travel  
Amazing Planet Earth – The Island Continent, Australia
Australia: Land Beyond Time
Australia Revealed
Destination Northern Australia