Australian films of the 1970s – The Revival: Part 1 (1970-1974)

The Oz-Cine-Renaissance begins with lots of sauce The sixties had seen the near-death of the Australian film industry, but the 1970s saw Australian cinema, like a keen amateur boxer at Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tent, get its bruised and emaciated body off the mat and start punching its way back to health. However, the film industry…

Ozflicks’ List of 400 Australian Films of the 1980s

The 1980s saw more films made in Australia than any other decade so far. The 80s also saw the rise of the VHS video- watching and renting, meaning that films which were not released at the cinema could be released as a video, and the list below includes a number of ‘straight-to-video’ releases. In addition, the…

Ozflicks’ List of 200 Australian Films of the 1970s

The Australian Film Revival of the 1970s saw a dramatic rise in the number of films made in Australia,  with more than 200 films made.  For more background on the 70s in Australian cinema, see New Australian Directors of the 1970s – The New Wave Directors. The list below is an almost-complete list of feature films made…

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…