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4 Made in Melbourne Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
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Published July 17th 2012
Melbourne's winters can be miserable and the prospect of heading out on those cold July nights is often nothing short of daunting. So instead of heading out into the icy darkness, stay in with your woolly socks on and the heater going. If the latest Hollywood blockbuster has been sold out at your local DVD library, shop locally and check out these movies that were made in Melbourne.
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Two good Melbourne flicks for a rainy day

The Castle
A heart-warming David and Goliath comedy with the well-intentioned but ill-informed Kerrigan family taking on the government and big business who try to compulsorily acquire their eyesore of a home abutting the airport. With great opening gags introducing the characters, the movie doesn't lose its way as the plot unfolds thanks to a wonderful script and magnificent performances from the whole cast. This movie is more Australian than Don Bradman riding Phar Lap up the slopes of Gallipoli.

The Magician
Made for around $15K by a group of RMIT film students 'The Magician' is a genius black comedy. With the hand-held mockumentary format, the premise of this story is a film student named Max who follows his neighbour around during his work life. Could be a pretty boring storyline of Sylvania Waters proportions were it not for the fact that his neighbour just happens to be a hitman. Very few video shops will have this one so you'll most likely have to find it on the internet.

With moments of comedy and drama this low-budget flick punches well above its weight. The plot revolves around a police officer on adjusted duties thanks to his tinnitus, stationed in an information caravan set up at the scene of a recent shooting. Brendan Cowell plays the lead role with aplomb and is ably supported by the rest of the cast. This movie does not miss a beat and given the Australian-ness of this piece I can only describe it as a corker.
On the Beach
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On the Beach
A Hollywood blockbuster filmed in Frankston? You bet. Fred Astaire's in the movie but doesn't dance a step? Uh huh. Made in 1959 starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner 'On the Beach' is a fascinating time capsule of the world when nuclear destruction was a real fear. Melbourne is one of the last habitable places on Earth after the northern hemisphere pushed the buttons to unleash a nuclear holocaust. Great performances and an emotive subject matter the movies stands up well despite being over 50 years old.
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Why? It's cold out
When: When the wild wind's whistling
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