Ozflicks Guide to the Top 50 Australian Films

  Notes: The films are in the order of the Ozflicks Ranking List, which is updated annually and was last updated in June 2017, 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…

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…

Darkest Before the Dawn: Australian films of the 1960s

The 1960s was an era of revolutionary change in American, British and European cinema, as the classic cinemas of the 40s and 50s gave way to more challenging ‘New Wave’ styles. Unfortunately, Australian cinema was in such a low state by 1960 that it was not able to participate in these changes, or even finance…

Australian films of the 1950s: The Dark Ages Continue

After the decline and difficulties of the 1940s, the Australian film industry limped along in the 1950s, with few locally produced films made to entertain Australians. Due to government restrictions on financing for local films and lack of support from local film distributors and other entrepreneurs, most locally produced features were made on tight budgets…

Australian Films in the Dark Ages: Part 1 – the 1940s

People often talk about the Australian Cinema ‘Renaissance’ of the 1970s, but what do we call the years before this ‘Renaissance’, the period of low cinematic output from the 1940s to the 1960s? The names that spring to mind are ‘The Dark Ages’ or “The Middle Ages’, the periods which preceded the historical Renaissance in…

300 Australian Films – Ranked 1-300

A year has passed since I started this site with nothing but an idle notion and a ranked list of the 250 Australian films I’d seen. Now, a year on, I’ve seen another 50 Oz films, and rewatched over 100 of the old ones, and it’s time for a new list. It’s rewarding but sometimes…

The ‘Real’ Box Office Figures for Australian Movies

This page crunches the numbers to show which Australian films have really been the most successful at the box office (traditionally the main source of income for films). I’ve compiled three lists showing the most successful Oz movies (a) at the Australian box office, (b) overseas and (c) combined domestic and international box offices. But…

New Australian Directors of the 1970s – The New Wave Directors

This post looks at the careers and films of Australian Directors who made their first impact in the 1970s: Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford, George Miller, Fred Schepisi, Phil Noyce, Gillian Armstrong, Tim Burstall,  Ken Hannam, Henri Safran, Richard Franklin and Donald Crombie, and briefly mention the works of Philippe Mora, Esben Storm, John Power, Stephen Wallace, Michael Thornton and Bert Deling. We also look at The…

What Margaret and David say about 500 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. Like Bill Collins and John Hinde did before them, they reviewed…

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…