Australian films are pretty special. Did you know that the first ever feature-length film was Australian? It was called The Story of the Kelly Gang and was released in 1906. The movie depicts the final shoot-out between the coppers and Ned Kelly. Go down with a bucket on your head! I digress. My apologies for the incompleteness of this node. I'll just list a few Aussie films now, and update as I remember more. Bliss, Bad Boy Bubby, Mad Max, Proof, Malcolm, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Blackfellas, Dogs in Space, Babe, The Cars that Ate Paris, Breathing Under Water, The Castle, Cosi, Crocodile Dundee (uggh, did I have to remind myself), Death in Brunswick, Spotswood, Don's Party, The Game, Gallipoli, Emerald City (have to include any early Nicole Kidman films, no matter how crappy!) BMX bandits is also a Kidman original. Mr. Reliable, Muriel's Wedding, The Year My Voice Broke, Mull, The Odd Angry Shot, Puberty Blues, Romper Stomper, The Man from Snowy River, Young Einstein,

Not to mention that now that the exchange rate of the Australian Dollar is so poor (or good, if you're not an Aussie), a number of "Hollywood" films are being shot in Australia as it becomes cheaper to do so.

The Matrix was filmed in Sydney using a number of Australian Actors - most notably Hugo Weaving. The sequel is being filmed in Sydney as well.

Holy Smoke was shot in Australia, and I believe that quite a few parts of Star Wars 2: Attack of the Clones are being done here as well. Then there's Moulin Rouge...

Other notable Australian films include Two Hands starring Heath Ledger, Strictly Ballroom, All Men Are Liars, The Heartbreak Kid, Dead Calm... The list goes on.

Unfortunately I've noticed that a number of Australians regard anything which is "an Australian film" as dull or a bit "too artsy". This is probably because there are a lot of fantastic films (usually ones which star Noah Taylor) which lack the multi-million dollar budget of Hollywood films. This is a pity because if you shun Australian films, you'd also miss out on Death in Brunswick.

And Crocodile Dundee II, although I don't think too many would mind that one.

You can't miss The Castle, though. That film is going straight to the pool room.

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