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 action to a new level.
It was also a great year for overseas films made in Australia like Aquaman, but in this list, we will be looking more at the locally made Australian productions/co-productions.
So without further ado, these are the best of Australian Cinema in 2018. Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in question.
As I have gotten older I am not afraid
of having a good old-fashioned ugly cry in the cinemas when the time calls for it,
and hell I probably got emotional just writing this list (Spoiler: I did). Sometimes
they are tears of grief, sometimes they are tears of joy, and even still
sometimes they are tears of anger.
Emotion is a core part of the cinema experience, and if you can’t get us to
emotional respond to your characters and/or
the situation, well then I am sorry you have failed in making a good film.
So without further ado, these are the films of 2018 that emotionally wrecked us.
Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in
Also, there were so many films that
emotionally moved me this year, these are only the top five, you can see them
Tension is one of the most difficult
facets of filmmaking to pull off because
it requires the script, direction, acting, and editing to all work in tandem to
evoke the perfect pace. If just one part of that group misses then the most
important part of the film falls apart.
In 2018 we continued to see some excellent use of tension used to build mystery, or to be the harbinger of the coming
dread, or even the ticking clock of inevitability.
So without further ado, these are the moments of tension that kept us on the
edge of our seats in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers
ahead for the films in question.
TL;DR – Sweet Country is a film I think more people need to see because it confronts our nation’s past and helps contextualise the grief of a people.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – No
Review – There are some films that are so perfectly timed with their release that they capture a moment in time. We saw that last year with Wonder Woman (see review) and we are likely to see it in a months’ time with Black Panther, and if there was ever a film that Australians needed to watch at the moment it is Sweet Country. It is a film that is both bleak and beautiful, fascinating and demoralising, a difficult film to watch, but also one that everyone needs to see.