Ozflicks Guide to the Top 50 Australian Films

Notes: The films are in the order of the Ozflicks Ranking List, and the numbers after the film suggestions are also from this list. Spoilers have been avoided as far as possible in the information about the top 50 Australian films. Look Both Ways (2005) (Sarah Watt) Ozflicks Rating: 5/5 — Ozflicks Ranking: 1/250 Genre:…

Welcome to Ozflicks: An Australian Film Guide

2017 Note: This is not the Ozflix streaming website. That is at https://www.ozflix.tv/ and/or https://www.ozflix.org/. This is a blog about Australian (Oz for short) films by an Australian film lover. I hope to interest people in the many fine Oz films that have been made over the years. I only intend to look at films about Australians and…

Oz Directors of the 1980s – The Arty-Types vs The Crowd-Pleasers

The 1980s saw many changes in Australian film-making, and increasing numbers of films were made in a greater range of genres. As many of the top Oz directors of the 70s moved to Hollywood in the early 80s, two broad types of directors took their place: new ‘serious’ directors, trying to make ‘quality’ films on…

Oz Directors of the 1970s – The New Wave Directors

The 1970s stand out as the most significant decade in Australian cinema, when our national cinema rose from the ashes to bloom again. The 70s became a benchmark and an inspiration for following generations of Australian film-makers. The 70s revival was due in large measure to a small number of directors who pioneered this rebirth,…

Ozflicks Guide to the Top 100 Australian films (Part 3)

Welcome to the third installment of the two-part Ozflicks Guide to the Top 100 Australian Films (obviously that was a plan that did not pan out, and the second part was split in two!). This last section covers films ranked 76-100 in the Ozflicks Ranking List.  If you haven’t seen the first two parts, you may care to check…

Ozflicks Guide to the Top 100 Australian films (Part 2)

This is the second instalment in the Ozflicks Guide to the top Australian films, and covers films ranked 51 to 75 in my  Ranking List.  For the top 50 films, see Ozflicks Guide to the Top 50 Australian Films. The films are in the order of the Ozflicks Ranking List, and the numbers after the…

What Margaret and David say about 400 Oz Movies

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are Australia’s best known and much loved film critics, having appeared on two long-running weekly movie TV review shows for almost 30 years: SBS’s The Movie Show from 1986 to 2004 and ABC’s At The Movies between 2004 and 2014. They reviewed both international and Australian movies and their informed…

Australian Films in World Cinema

Which Australian films are well-regarded internationally? In the last 20 years, a number of publications have begun to produce lists of the ‘1,000 greatest films ever made’. High profile lists have are been produced by the New York Times (2004), Halliwell’s Film Guide (2005), The Guardian (2007), Empire movie magazine (2013), the 1001 Movies You…

What is an Australian film? (including Ozflicks definition)

What is an Australian film? The Great Gatsby, The Piano, The Matrix, Mission Impossible II, Lore, The Sundowners (1960), Salaam Namaste, Walkabout, Oranges and Sunshine, They’re A Weird Mob, The Overlanders, The Rocket, Hacksaw Ridge and Balibo all have been or could be labelled Australian films, but are they really? This is not a straightforward question…

250 Australian Films – Ranked 1-250

[See Notes below the list for further information on the list and symbols] Australian Classics – 5 stars Look Both Ways (2005) (Sarah Watt) (7.1) **> Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) (Peter Weir) (7.6) #+> Gallipoli (1981) (Peter Weir) (7.5) #**> Great Oz films – 4 ½ stars Muriel’s Wedding (1994) (P.J. Hogan) (7.2) #*>…