It was an amazing year for Australian Cinema, with each film I saw knocking it out of the park. There were intimate documentaries, films that held up a mirror to society, and those that brought the action to a new level. In this list, we will be looking more at the locally made Australian productions/co-productions and not films filmed in Australia.
So without further ado, these are the best of Australian Cinema in 2019. Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banner to go to the full reviews.
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan
A film about what happens when all your plans fall apart at first contact with the enemy.
Directed by – Kriv Stenders
Written by – Stuart Beattie, James Nicholas, Karel Segers, Paul Sullivan & Jack Brislee
I Am Mother
A robot is left to regrow humanity after a great war when no one is left, but then why is there no one left?
Directed by – Grant Sputore
Written by – Michael Lloyd Green & Grant Sputore
A look at the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that horrifies you from start to finish.
Directed by – Anthony Maras
Written by – John Collee & Anthony Maras
The Australian Dream
A powerful exploration of the systemic racism that permeated Australian society even if we don’t realise that it is there.
Directed by – Daniel Gordon
Written by – Stan Grant
Top End Wedding
One of the best Romantic Comedies that I have seen in years, heartfelt yet still meaningful.
Directed by – Wayne Blair
Written by – Miranda Tapsell & Joshua Tyler
And the Winner is!!!!!
If there was a perfect example of the willful ignorance of Australian society and the harm they have and continue to do to our Indigenous people it is the story of Adam Goodes. It is the exploration of the systemic racism that continues to permeate all parts of Australian society, one that says that you are fine as long as you just play sport, but don’t you dare try and call us on our racism. This is a film that holds a mirror up to Australia, and I for one did not like what I saw.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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