Starting on January 1st, MOVIE GREATS is presenting “Celebrating Australian Cinema” that will showcase some of our best home grown movies and talent. From Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Romper Stomper, Two Hands and the horrific Wolf Creek – MOVIE GREATS is offering it all. There is horror, arthouse, romance, action and all featuring the unique Aussie way of life are given the spotlight this month.
Here is the list of movies that will air at 8.30pm AEDT every night this month on MOVIE GREATS.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Two transvestites and a transsexual take the road trip of a lifetime from Sydney to Alice Springs for a cabaret engagement in this multi award-winning film now regarded as an Australian classic. Starring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving.
Nominated for three AFI Awards, this dramatic comedy is based on an episode in the life of artist Norman Lindsay, who scandalises a young minister and his wife when they visit his bohemian home. Starring Hugh Grant, Sam Neill and Mrs De Generes – Portia De Rossi.
Winner of two AFI Awards, this epic drama based on historical events follows a group of friends from a regiment of the Australian Light Horse as they take part in the Battle of Beersheba in World War I. Starring Peter Phelps, Gary Sweet and Jon Blake – who we lost in May 2011.
Winning three AFI Awards, this romantic drama follows the tender romance that develops between a young man with an intellectual disability and the lonely older woman whom he works for. Starring Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie.
All Men Are Liars
Nominated for four AFI Awards, this Aussie comedy sees a teenage boy disguise himself to join an all-girl band to earn back a hocked piano, where he falls for the band’s man-hating lead singer. Starring ex E Street’s Toni Pearen.
In this Aussie comedy, two rival take-away shop owners must put aside their differences, when a multi-national burger chain moves in on their turf. Starring Vince Colosimo.
Winner of five AFI awards including Best Film, this comical crime drama centres around a young man who finds himself in hot water when his first job working for a notorious gangster ends badly. Starring Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown.
1992 winner of three AFI awards. Russell Crowe demonstrates his raw talent in this frenzied portrayal of a gang of Melbourne neo-Nazi skin-heads battling for white supremacy. Starring Russell Crowe, in a standout performance.
Gregory Harrison and Arkie Whiteley star in this Australian horror cult classic by director Russell Mulcahy about an mutant wild pig who wreaks murderous havoc in an outback community and the people who seek revenge for the carnage it leaves in its wake.
Playing For Charlie
This drama sees a teenage boy torn between helping his widowed mother care for his baby brother and pursuing a potential career as a football player. Starring Shane Connor.
A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective who is pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted? Starring Hugo Weaving and Tony Martin (another ex E Street member).
The Loved Ones
When a teenager turns down a date to the school dance by a pretty loner, he soon learns rejection is a dangerous mistake to make. Starring Xavier Samuel.
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop’s family and make his fight with them personal. Directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. Stars Mel Gibson and Bruce Spence.
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max becomes a pawn in a decadent oasis of technological society, and when exiled, becomes the deliverer of a colony of children. Stars Mel Gibson and Tina “We Don’t Nedd Another Hero” Turner.
The Nothing Men
Panic and intrigue grip the lives of a group of hardened factory workers with the arrival of a man they fear is a head-office spy sent to rob them of their redundancy payouts. The ruthless baiting between top dog Jack and his men only intensifies when the pacifist of the group, Wesley, befriends the seemingly normal outsider, David. But when Wesley discovers David is hiding a much darker secret, the seeds are planted for an explosive finale that strikes like an emotional sledgehammer and seal the fate of The Nothing Men. Starring Colin Friels.
Picnic At Hanging Rock
This film relates the story of the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic to Hanging Rock on St. Valentine’s Day in 1900, and the subsequent effect on the local community.
A father and son find themselves at odds with one another when a young property developer from the city innitiates big changes for their small community. Stars Gary Sweet.
When a young schoolgirl is raped and murdered, the mateship between a group of surfers is tested as the truth is slowly revealed. It was inspired by the real-life rape and murder of schoolgirl Leigh Leigh in Stockton near Newcastle, Australia on 3 November 1989. Stars Heath Ledger and Jessica Napier.
A US Journalist encounters a man-eating crocodile whilst on assignment in the Australian outback. Stars Radha Mitchell.
Just when you thought it was safe to go hiking in the bushes again…along comes Mick Taylor. Kristy, Ben and Liz are three pals in their twenties who set out to hike through the scenic Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback. The trouble begins when they get back only to find that their car won’t start. The trio think they have a way out when they run into a local bushman named Mick Taylor. Wait until you get a load of what Mick has in store for them. Rumours had it that Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) was based on Backback killer – Ivan Milat.
A woman needing to explore her past, returns to Mildura, where the answers she seeks are difficult to find. Starring ex-Charlies Angel, Rachel Taylor.
Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are two undercover detectives with way too much publicity. Starring Mick Molloy.
The Last Days Of Chez Nous
Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth’s house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with Frenchman J.P., and her rather prickly houseproud ways are causing frictions counterpointed by Vicki’s more laid-back and indolent air. When Beth goes off on vacation to the outback alone with her cantankerous father to see if they can finally get to know each other, relationships in the household start to shift. Starring Miranda Otto.
A pair of young couples on an Outback camping holiday are terrorised by a menacing semi-trailer. Starring Xavier Samuel.
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. Starring Mel Gibson and directed by Peter Weir.
This AFI winning drama chronicles the linked lives of several women and their relationships with their troubled children. Based on the play “Who’s Afraid Of The Working Class” and starring Frances O’Connor.
Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing and report their gruesome find days later. Stewart’s wife Claire is the last to find out. Stars Laura Linney and Deborra-Lee Furness.
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas and Claudia Karvan.
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Animation. When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary Guardians to stop the menace. Voices include Geoffrey Rush and Deborra-Lee Furness.
I Love You Too
A commitment-phobe and a New Ager buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams. Written by “Rove” star Peter Helliar and starring Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski and Megan Gale.