8 Aussie films we can’t wait to see

Directed by: Michael Kantor
Written by: Raimondo Cortese, Michael Kantor
Staring: Paul Blackwell, Matthew Connell, Mark Leonard Winter, Megan Washington & Tim Rogers.
Release Date: TBA
In a nutshell: Four men are gathered in a theatre where they enact a twisted version of Peter Pan, singing songs to tell their stories, their wishes and their fears.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Megan Washington’s hypnotic rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop gives us goose bumps every time we watch the teaser trailer for The Boy Castaways. Cinema Australia also loves a debut & this flick is riddled with ’em.

Directed by: Ivan Sen
Written by: Ivan Sen
Staring: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson & Ryan Kwanten
Release Date: 17th October, 2013
In a nutshell: An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We never thought it would be possible, but Hugo Weaving just gets better with age. Weaving’s performance in The Turning was a phenomenon and if recent reviews are anything to go by it’s just as impressive here. Going by the trailer it seems like Aaron Pederson has finally been given a role he can get his teeth into.

Directed by: Mark Hartley
Written by: Justin King
Staring: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths & Sharni Vinson
Release Date: 17th October, 2013
In a nutshell: After killing his mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Patrick was one movie from Hartley’s illuminating 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood that Cinema Australia was hoping to see remade. It has all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned fright night at the picture house.

Directed by: Christopher Houghton
Written by: Christopher Houghton
Staring: Leeanna Welsman, Matt Day & Greg Hatton
Release Date: Filming
In a nutshell: A metaphysical thriller about a woman on the run with her young daughter in tow. Hiding out in a small hills town, events escalate as their unimaginable past catches up with them and an impossible choice must eventually be made.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Another feature film directorial debut, but what we’re most exited about is Matt Day. Arguably one of Australia’s most underrated actors, Day’s performance in Sarah Watt’s My Year Without Sex was an absolute blinder.

Directed by: Greg Mclean
Written by: Greg Mclean & Aaron Sterns
Staring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr & Shannon Ashlyn
Release Date: 20th February, 2014
In a nutshell: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: John Jarrett’s terrifyingly sinister Mick Taylor stands strongly alongside Max Rockatansky as one of this countries most interesting screen characters. The line, “We used to love playing Rolf Harris when we were kids.” was cut from the film for obvious reasons. Oh, Mick.


Directed by: Matthew Saville
Written by: Joel Edgerton
Staring: Joel Edgerton, Melissa George, Jai Courtney & Tom Wilkinson
Release Date: TBA
In a nutshell: Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: We’ll be honest, the female crew at Cinema Australia go weak at the knees at the sight of Joel Edgerton. On a more professional level though he’s one of the Australian film industries greatest assets. His brilliant scribing capabilities were on show with The Square, let’s hope they’re equally as good, if not better, with this one.


Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Written by: Rolf de Heer
Staring: David Gilpilil
Release Date: TBA
In a nutshell: Charlie’s Country centres around an aboriginal man struggling to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Collaborations like the one between Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil are as rare as hen’s teeth in the Australian film industry and the two haven’t missed the mark yet. They’re previous films together The Tracker and Ten Canoes were both critically successful which makes it even more exciting.

Directed by: Brendan Cowell
Written by: Brendan Cowell
Staring: Damon Herriman, Brendan Cowell & Matt Day
Release Date: TBA
In a nutshell: In 1815 a young convict leads a wretched guerrilla army of outlaws, deserters and bushmen in open rebellion against the morally corrupt government on the notorious prison settlement of Van Diemen’s Land.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Anything that treats the audience to a bit of Australian history gets the thumbs up from Cinema Australia. Another debut, this time in the form of Brendan Cowell. Simon Harding’s sweeping cinematography is nothing short of stunning.

3 thoughts on “8 Aussie films we can’t wait to see

  1. I agree with Karen Borger … but can you give us 8 alternatives? I’ll start the ball rolling.

    1) Summersault – written and directed by Cate Shortland starring Abbie Cornish
    2) Beautiful Kate – directed by Rachel Ward and starring Sophie Lowe and Rachel Griffiths

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