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Movie List

 

  • Crocodile Dundee – 1986, Adventure/Comedy/Drama An American journalist travels to Australia to interview a crocodile poacher/hunter, Mick Dundee, and that is just the start! Filmed in the stunning Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, it is one of the all time classic Australian movies which showcases why Australia is so unique.

  • Dead Calm – 1989, Action/Drama A psychological thriller horror movie, which will make your hair stand on end! Filmed on some of the most beautiful and idyllic locations Australia has to offer - in the Whitsunday’s, Hamilton Island and on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, The Queen of the Desert – 1994, Comedy/Drama The amazingly colorful journey of two drag queens and a trans woman who take a road trip from Sydney to Alice Springs to perform a cabaret show in the Red Centre. The film features many locations in New South Wales including Sydney, Silverton, Broken Hill; locations in South Australia including Cooper Pedy; and locations in the Northern Territory including Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. This film showcases Australia’s many diverse and wonderful characters which make us who we are, along with our country’s amazing and picturesque landscapes.

  • Strictly Ballroom – 1992, Comedy/Romance The story of an Australian ballroom dancer and his left footed partner’s journey to the National Championships. Filmed in Sydney, mostly in the inner-city suburbs of Marrickville, Petersham and Pyrmont, as well as a few scenes in Melbourne. Many of the buildings used in the film showcase the landscape of suburban city of Sydney.

  •  Muriel’s Wedding – 1994, Drama/Music/Romance/Comedy A film about a socially awkward young woman whose ambition is to have a glamorous wedding and to improve her social standing. Filmed many on the Gold Coast (Coolangatta/Tweed Heads/Surfers Paradise), with a few scenes shot on Hamilton Island (look for the Resort’s pool) and in Sydney (Oxford Street and Darling Point).

  • Babe – 1995, Drama/Family/Comedy A movie about a gallant orphaned pig with a big heart, who becomes a sheep dog! Many people believe this film was shot in England; however, it was filmed in the town of Robertson, 2 hours from Sydney, in New South Wales. Robertson is in the Southern Highlands and is on the inland route from Sydney to Nowra via Kangaroo Valley.

  • The Matrix– 1999, Action/Sci-fi A Sci-fi movie where a computer programmer is lead into the underworld war to fight against powerful computers. The film was shot in Sydney and you may recognise some of the buildings on Martin Place, Pitt Street, Market Street and York Street (Sydney city centre) in the film, as well as Millers Point (southern entrance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and the Glebe Island Silos at White Bay.

  • Finding Nemo – 2003, Adventure/Family Yes, this technically should not be on this list as it was made in the USA by Pixar Animation Studios. It does have the voices of many Australian actors including Barry Humphries, Bruce Spence, Erica Bana and Bill Hunter and is set in Australia. This animation family movie is about a young clownfish from the Great Barrier Reef who is caught by a diver and is then taken to Sydney to live in a fish tank. His father embarks on a journey to bring him home. The movie showcases one of the original 7 nature wonders of the world, our very own stunningly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, along with many tropical fish, sharks and sea turtles, including a surfer dude Crush. 

  •  Australia – 2008, Drama/Romance/Adventure This is a movie about an English woman who travels to Australia to save the cattle station she inherited. The movie was filmed across 4 different states and territories in Australia – Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. While critics where not kind to this movie, it does have some of the most amazing scenery of Australia, which demonstrates how vast our country really is.

  • The Castle – 2010, Drama/Comedy The Kerrigan family’s David vs. Goliath battle to save their home from compulsory acquisition by the airport next door. It has dozens of quotable quotes and holds a special place in the Australian psyche. Filmed mainly in Melbourne, with footage shot at Essendon Airport and Melbourne Airport as well as the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

  • Red Dog – 2011, Drama/Family Based on a true story of a kelpie born in the Pilbara region of Western Australia who roams the Australian outback, looking for his long-lost master, who united a local mining community in the 1970’s and 80’s. There is a statue of Red Dog in the Pilbara town of Dampier. There is also a presequel called Red Dog: True Blue which is also work a look!

  • The Great Gatsby – 2013, Romance/Drama A Midwest native moves to New York in search of the American dream. He is drawn into the world of the wealthy and flamboyant lifestyle of Gatsby. Filmed mainly in Sydney on locations in Centennial Park, Manly, Glebe Island, Balmain and Parramatta as well as in the Blue Mountains.

  • The Wolverine – 2013, Action/Sci-fi This is a superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine and is the sixth instalment in the X-Men film series. Logan travels to Japan where he struggles to rediscover the hero within himself. While the story is largely based in Japan, several street scenes set in Tokyo were shot in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta and another location for the movie was Surry Hills. The Alaskan film set was shot in the small town of Picton, 80 kilometres south west of Sydney.

  • The Lego Movie – 2014, Drama/Family/Fantasy Based on a Lego mini-figure, Emmet, who is mistaken for the “special” and is thought to be the key to saving the world. It features the soundtrack single “Everything is Awesome”. The movie came from the Sydney based firm Animal Logic, an Australian animation and visual effects digital studio.

  • Peter Rabbit 1 – 2018, Family/Comedy The story of Peter Rabbit and his three sisters who enjoy their life in the McGregor’s vegetable garden in the Lakes District of England, until Mr McGregor’s nephew, Thomas, moves in. It is a battle of wills between Thomas and Peter. While the film was supposed to be based in the English countryside, it was mainly filmed at Centennial Park in Sydney. The production company behind this movie is also Animal Logic. Peter Rabbit 2 was also filmed in Centennial Park and is due out in 2021!

  • Rabbit Proof Fence - 2002 Drama Three mixed-race girls are torn brutally from their Aboriginal mother and sent over a thousand miles away to a training camp for domestic workers as part of a government policy to integrate them into white society. Linking the camp and their distant home territory is a vast rabbit-proof fence, which stretches from one coast to another and just might help the girls find their way back.

Reading List

  • In A Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson

  • The Secret River - Kate Greenville

  • Cloudstreet - Tim Winton

  • The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough

  • The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

  • Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

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