The long weekend is upon us with some states enjoying it this weekend, while other states are preparing for their turn next weekend.
Long weekends are a great time to catch up on movies, especially those Australian films you’ve been ‘meaning to see’.
To help you out, Cinema Australia have compiled a list of Australian films you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. They’re available in most formats across multiple platforms. Seek them out and support local filmmakers.
This is in no way a ‘best of’ list, but a list of films we think you will really enjoy.
1. Scare Campaign
Directed by Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes
Starring Meegan Warner, Ian Meadoes and Olivia DeJonge
Synopsis Popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for the last 5 years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV the producers find themselves up against a new hard edged web series which makes their show look decidedly quaint. It’s time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy.
One sentence review The greatest Australian horror film since the original Wolf Creek.
2. Looking For Grace
Directed by Sue Brooks
Starring Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh and Odessa Young
Synopsis After a teenage girl named Grace goes missing, her parents along with the help of an investigator seek to find her, while also juggling their own secrets and stories between them.
One sentence review Odessa Young.
Directed by Stephen Page
Starring Waangenga Blanco, Yolande Brown and Troy Honeysett
Synopsis Djali,a young Aboriginal man journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.
One sentence review More films like this please.
Directed by Ben Chessell
Starring Timothy Spall, Kat Stewart. Lilly Sullivan and John Luc
Synopsis When Chinese-Australian teenager Lawrence fails his high-school exams because of cheating, destroying his dreams of a medical degree, he’s banished to the country for the summer. There, he meets a conman the Professor and his cynical daughter Sarah, and learns that even the sneakiest scam can’t conjure up love.
One sentence review Some great belly-laughs to be had.
Directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
Starring Mangau Dain and Marie Wawa
Synopsis Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.
One sentence review A true masterpiece and an incredible feat of indie filmmaking.
Directed by Simon Stone
Starring Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Mirando Otto, Anna Torve, Paul Schneider and Odessa Young
Synopsis The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.
One sentence review The greatest cast ensemble of any Australian film… ever.
A Month of Sundays
Directed by Matthew Saville
Starring Anthony LaPaglia, John Clarke, Justine Clarke and Julia Blake
Synopsis Miserable real estate agent Frank, whose business is failing and his relationship with his family is at an all-time low, meets by chance Sarah, a nice woman who reminds him of his mother. Their friendship starts healing him emotionally.
One sentence review Matthew Saville and Anthony LaPaglia are a dream team.
Directed by Heath Davis
Starring Steve Le Marquand, Max Cullen and Claire van der Boom
Synopsis A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.
One sentence review Steve Le Marquand proves once again why he’s one of this countries great actors.
Directed by Jennifer Peedom
Synopsis A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14,000 ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
One sentence review It’s for good reason that Sherpa is one of our highest grossing documentaries of all time.