Australian movies (extended list)by dfle3 | created - 13 Jan 2014 | updated - 14 Jun 2017 | Public
Not to be confused with my non-poll related original list of Australian movies which I rate or are reminders for me to watch:
I'm adding today (02/05/2014) box office results for these films via information from Wikipedia. I'll try and add data about how many AFI (i.e. Australian Film Institute) Awards some of these films got as well...but I won't be fanatical about this.
N.B. The A.F.I. Awards are now knows as AACTA Awards! Wikipedia states:
"The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award, known as the AACTA Awards".
Hopefully the following URLs are useful for people looking for box office information on Australian movies:
Various all time box office records:
Current weekly box office results and archives from early 1997:
Weekend and yearly takings from 2000 onwards:
Year on year total admissions and total box office results:
I initially started out giving Wikipedia box office results in Australia for a small number of films but am now using the Screen Australia link for top 100 Australian movies of all time box office returns...which I think Wikipedia maybe citing in any case. The all time box office ranking also comes via Screen Australia's list of the top 100 grossing Australian movies of all time, in Australia.
*N.B. I should point out that the order of box office takings films would no doubt change once you adjust for inflation...which these rankings aren't...see an example of this in my entry for "Crocodile Dundee".
AFI Best film winners and nominees:
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1. 27A (1974)
86 min | Drama
A middle-aged "metho" drinker joins Alcoholics Anonymous and undergoes a psychiatric examination. As a consequence, he is committed to a hospital for the criminally insane, to be detained ... See full summary »
1974 AFI Winner Best film
The film is a about an alcoholic who voluntarily submits himself for psychiatric treatment instead of serving a prison term over a minor criminal offence. "27A" is a section of the Queensland Mental Health Act at the time which allows institutions to keep people in care until they are fit for release.
2. 100 Bloody Acres (2012)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their "secret ingredient" to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival.
Votes: 3,527 | Gross: $0.01M
3. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
Approved | 100 min | Drama, History, War
Three young Australians join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian Light Horse cavalry, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part ... See full summary »
"It was a massive success at the box office, grossing £10,000 within its first three weeks of release, enabling Famous Features Ltd to buy out the interest of the New South Wales government for £15,000. The film was seen by 287,000 in Sydney alone during a ten-week run on first release. Female lead Betty Bryant was sent to Singapore for the film's premiere in June 1941. While there she met MGM executive Mauriece Silverstein who she would later marry, leading to her retirement from acting" and:
Budget: £30,000 Box office: £130,000
4. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
R | 114 min | Comedy
Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.
Followed by its sequel "Barry McKenzie holds his own" (1974).
"This was the first Australian film to surpass $1 million at the national box office, and it led the Australian box office in 1972. The film recovered its $250,000 budget within a few months after release".
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 43,930 | Gross: $11.22M
Australian box office: A$16,459,245
#12 Australian movie of all time by box office gross in Australia.
6. All This Mayhem (2014)
Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History
All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »
Saw this discussed on At The Movies this week (2nd week of July, with Judith Lucy and Jason Di Rosso filling in for Margaret and David). Sounds very interesting...about two brothers from Australia who were ranked #1 and #2 in the world of skateboarding and rivals to Tony Hawk. Apparently it's a Shakespearean tale to be told about them!
7. The Sex Therapist (1973)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance
Australian waterbed salesman Alvin Sees a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women
Budget: A$202,000 Box office: A$4,720,000
"The film was a massive success and took $4,720,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $36,721,600 in 2009 dollars. This is 7th highest grossing Australian film of all time when adjusted for inflation" and
"It was accompanied on release by a 48 minute promotional documentary Inside Alvin Purple directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith.This film was pulled from screening due to censorship concerns but was passed after some cuts had been made".
89 min | Comedy
Alvin Purple, the world's most unlikely sex symbol stumbles from woman to woman and job to job in this zany, sexy Australian comedy.
See "Melvin, son of Alvin" for the next in this series.
9. Angel Baby (1995)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
Two schizophrenics meet during therapy and fall passionately in love. Ahead of them lies the inevitable road to disaster - one they share to the end.
1995 AFI Winner Best film
Budget: A$3.5 million
Box office: A$1,070,726
10. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 52,292 | Gross: $1.04M
Budget: A$5 million Box office: A$6,019,846
2010 AFI Winner: Best film; Best actress, Jackie Weaver; Best supporting actor, Joel Edgerton;
Won numerous international awards too, including many for Jackie Weaver.
11. A Test of Love (1984)
PG | 96 min | Drama
In the 1970s, Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor) joins the staff of Brentwood Hospital, a government facility for handicapped children in Melbourne, Australia. One of her patients is ... See full summary »
1984 AFI Winner Best film
Budget: under A$1 million
A.k.a. "A test of love".
Based on a true story about a woman with a disability.
12. Any Questions for Ben? (2012)
114 min | Comedy, Romance
Ben (Josh Lawson) is a twenty-something up and coming marketing guru who is invited to his old school to speak at a careers event, which is also attended by Alex (Rachael Taylor), an old ... See full summary »
Another Working Dog production.
Budget: A$11,000,000 Box office: A$2,839,714
13. Arctic Blast (2010)
92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth, it then sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice and begin a new Ice Age.
Brian Trenchard-Smith film.
Co-production with Canada.
Did not include BTS's previous film "In her line of fire" (2006) as it's a U.S. production.
Subsequent films mentioned in Wikipedia are either U.S. produced or tv movies or don't have linked articles. As of today (03/06/2014) those films are:
The cabin (2011, tv movie) Absolute deception (2013, U.S.) Drive hard (2014)
Antony I. Ginnane produced this Australia/Canada co-production according to Wikipedia.
His previous film was the UK film "Ten dead men" which was the sequel to "Left for dead". He executive produced that film.
14. The Assigned Servant (1911)
44 min | Short
According to Wikipedia a silent, "lost" film with a budget of:
15. Attack Force Z (1981)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History
A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.
[Maybe it was this week or the week before - today is 19/06/2014 - ABC TV had a story on this real life commando unit from World War II. Might have been on a programme like "Australian story"...or a one off documentary on this topic.]
16. Australia (2008)
PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Votes: 115,164 | Gross: $49.55M
From Screen Australia link at top,
Australian box office: A$37,555,757 (Australian take in Australian dollars)
#2 Australian film (all time).
17. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror
A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.
Votes: 178,928 | Gross: $0.92M
If I'm reading Wikipedia correctly, this film was equal winner of:
2014 AACTA Winner Best Film (along with "The water diviner")
Wikipedia states that this film was critically acclaimed and earned:
Budget: $2 million
Box office: $5.4 million
18. BabaKiueria (1986 TV Short)
29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
Role reversal study of the historically inaccurate "plight" of Australian Aborigines in modern Anglo-Saxon society. Indigenous "whities" [sic] are being persecuted by racist black people ... See full summary »
"The film won the 1987 United Nations Media Peace Prize".
19. Babe (1995)
G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.
Votes: 110,898 | Gross: $66.60M
Australian box office: A$36,776,544
#3 Australian film (all time).
20. Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.
Votes: 30,030 | Gross: $18.32M
21. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.
Box office: A$808,789
AFI Winner: Best director; Best lead actor, Nicholas Hope; Others
22. Bad Eggs (2003)
98 min | Comedy, Thriller
Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are two undercover detectives with way too much publicity.
Budget: A$4.5 million
Box office: A$2,317,820
24. Balibo (2009)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.
Based on a true story.
Australian box office: A$1,330,863
25. Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)
93 min | Comedy
Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is kidnapped by Count Von Plasma, the vampire head of an isolated Eastern European dictatorship who mistakes her for the Queen of England and thinks that ... See full summary »
Box office: A$1,407,000
"Most of the film was shot on location in England, Wales...British unions constantly objected to Australian cast and crew working in Britain".
26. Beaconsfield (2012 TV Movie)
111 min | Drama
The true story of Brant Webb and Todd Russell, who were trapped nearly a kilometer below the surface.
Wikipedia states that this was intended to be a mini-series but morphed into a tv movie. About a mine collapse in Australia which made national headlines due to some survivors being trapped underground.
27. Beautiful Kate (2009)
R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery
A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »
Budget: A$4,300,000 Box office: A$1,618,490
28. Beneath Clouds (2002)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
Lena is the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn is a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no transport.
Aboriginal movie with many numerous film awards both here and internationally.
Budget: A$2.5 million Box office: A$548,416
29. Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
R | 122 min | Drama, History, War
In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
Based on true story from World War 1.
30. Ben Hall and His Gang (1911)
33 min | Short
A silent film, considered "lost".
31. Bingo, Bridesmaids & Braces (1988)
90 min | Documentary
The follow-up documentary to "Fourteen's good, eighteen's better", after the first in this series "Smokes and lollies". Next in the series were:
Bingo, bridesmaids and braces Not fourteen again Love, lust & lies
32. The Black Balloon (2008)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance
All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?
Votes: 8,304 | Gross: $0.09M
2008 AFI Best film winner.
Budget: A$5 million
Box office: $2,136,663
Won many overseas films awards too.
33. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Drama, History, War
In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.
Votes: 6,025 | Gross: $8.21M
34. Blessed (I) (2009)
113 min | Drama
Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.
Mentioned in "David Stratton's stories of Australian cinema" (first broadcast on 06/06/2017) in regard to films made by women.
Box office: A$457,898 (Australia)
35. Bliss (1985)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama
After a near-death experience, a man wonders if he actually did die and is now in Hell.
Votes: 1,190 | Gross: $0.66M
1985 AFI Winner Best film
Budget: A$3.4 million Box office: A$1,144,863 (Australia); $660,537 (USA only)
36. Blue Fin (1978)
PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ... See full summary »
37. Blue Fire Lady (1977)
96 min | Drama, Family
A girl's love of horses meets with her father's disapproval.
Produced by Antony I. Ginnane. Wikipedia notes that this children's movie is a departure from his normal horror/sex movies.
38. BMX Bandits (1983)
PG | 88 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.
Nicole Kidman's first feature film. By Brian Trenchard-Smith. This film seems to get mentioned a lot in Australian comedies...notoriously bad or something. Wikipedia mentions some other references to this movie in international pop culture.
Australian box office: A$124,649
39. Body Melt (1993)
AO | 81 min | Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death.
Made a list of the top 20 "body horror" movies of all time: Taste of cinema, 08/04/2014).
40. Bootmen (2000)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Charismatic tap dancing Sean tries to find a way out of working at the steel mill. When failure brings him home he starts his own dance group wearing hardhats. He must then find inspiration in the steel mill he once tried to escape.
Votes: 2,168 | Gross: $0.02M
41. The Boys (1998)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama
Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,256 | Gross: $0.00M
Wikipedia states that the soundtrack was nominated in that category for the ARIA Awards (the Australian music awards).
42. BoyTown (2006)
88 min | Comedy, Music
"Boytown" concerns a successful 80s boy band of the same name reforming their band in contemporary times in the hope that they can capture some of their former glory and that the fans will ... See full summary »
"BoyTown grossed $3,135,972 at the box office in Australia".
Interesting entry in Wikipedia over an unreleased mockumentary entitled "BoyTown confidential:
"The official BoyTown website features clips from a mockumentary BoyTown Confidential, hosted by Tony Martin as "Kenny Larkin", his character from the movie.
The mockumentary was supposed to be included in its entirety on the DVD release of BoyTown, but was not included. Mick Molloy's Molloy Boy Productions has commented that it was left out due to lack of post-production funding, however Tony Martin said that he would have paid the estimated $5000 post-production cost as he believed it was one of his finest works. Speculation persists that Molloy thought the mockumentary would upstage the film itself. This has led to an ongoing rift between longtime collaborators Martin and Molloy".
I'm a fan of Tony Martin.
43. Bra Boys (2007)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport
A film about the cultural evolution of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys.
Votes: 1,178 | Gross: $0.05M
Can't say that this surf movie rings a bell (someone suggested this movie for that topic and with its title I thought they were winding me up!) but Wikipedia has some good things to say about it:
"The documentary became Australia's highest-grossing non-IMAX documentary film and won the Best Documentary at the 2008 Movie EXTRA Filmink Awards".
44. Bran Nue Dae (2009)
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,634 | Gross: $0.11M
Aboriginal film with film awards here and internationally.
Budget: A$7 million Box office: A$7,509,061
45. Breaker Morant (1980)
PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Votes: 11,458 | Gross: $7.14M
1980 AFI Winner Best film
Budget: A$800,000 Box office: A$4,735,000, $3.5 million
'Breaker Morant grossed A$4,735,000 at the box office in Australia,which is equivalent to A$16,809,250 in 2009 dollars'.
47. Bungala Boys (1961)
58 min | Family