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The Best South Australian Produced Films

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Published July 4th 2011
SA Film Corpoation Sunday Too Far Away
Jack Thompson in Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

It's raining outside and you're sick of watching ads on television and feel like a bit of culture. Well, head to the old DVD store (remember them?) or download one of these locally produced movies.

Here are 13 South Australian Films that are probably in the bargain bucket, but films you must see.

1) Storm Boy (1976) Dir: Henri Safran

This simple story of a boy, a penguin and wise Aborigine gave the original Star Wars movie a run for its money in Adelaide cinemas for a few weeks in the summer of 76.

2) Shine (1996) Dir: Scott Hicks.

This low budget movie was nominated for best film and won Geoffrey Rush an Oscar.

3) Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Dir: Peter Weir.

This was the first major film of Peter Weir, who would go onto win an Oscar for Dead Poets Society. The story set around the 1900s, follows school girls lost at the mysterious rock and set a visual standard for Australian films.

4) Alexandra's Project (2002) Dir: Rolf de Heer.

Gary Sweet starts as a smug businessman and father. One day he looks forward to getting home to his adoring family and celebrating his birthday - but there is a massive twist in the plot. This low budget film makes up for it in creativity and cruelty. It's far more shocking than Snowtown.

5) Gallipoli (1980) Dir: Peter Weir.

We all know this story- innocent Aussie diggers dying futile deaths and English sipping tea on the beach. This was one of the roles that established Mel Gibson.

6) Breaker Morant (1980) Dir: Bruce Beresford

Starred Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, John Walters and Rod Mullinar, this is the true story of Australians fighting for the English in the Bore Wars in South Africa.

7) Look Both Ways (2005) Dir: Sarah Watts)

This is an urban story of tragedy and love, which mixes animation with drama. It shouldn't work but it does. It stars Watts' real life husband, William McInnes and Justine Clark.

8) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1993) Dir: Stephen Eliot.

If you don't know this film, you have been living under a rock . It won an Oscar for costume design and started a genre of copy-cat movies abroad.

9) Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome (1985) Dir: George Miller and George Ogilvie

The third in the series starring Tina Turner and Mel Gibson. It was a major international production and blockbuster but was shot around Cooper Pedy.

10) Innocence (2000) Dir: Paul Cox.

Paul Cox is a Dutch born South Australian director, writer and producer. His films are simple, personal and original. This one is about falling in love late in life and stars Bud Tingle.

It's not easy making an idea into a movie on a low budget and the following two road movies have more energy than money;

11) Kiss or Kill (1995) Dir: Bill Bennett

12) Heaven's Burning (1998) Dir: Craig Lahiff.

Heaven's Burning was one of Russell Crows first films. I think the dodgy bits make them charming.

Another surprising cool movie made in South Australia that you might not have heard of is 13) Love Story 2050.

This is a Bollywood science-fiction love story sent in present day Australia and future Bombay. It stars former Miss World Priyanka Chopra and was the biggest ever Bollywood movie shot in Australia. You will be impressed by the Indian CGI and the production value. This movie is sleek, fun and big.

Other remarkable films with a South Australian connection include Sunday Too Far Away, directed by Ken Hannam- the first film made by the SA corporation that shocked audiences by using an Australian accent, Rabbit Proof Fence, directed by Philip Noyce, The Tracker (2001), directed by Rold de Heer, Ten Canoes (2006), directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, which won at Cannes and December Boys (2007), directed by Rod Hardy .

For an even more extensive list go to the South Australian Film Corporation website.
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By Anonymous
Monday, 5th of September @ 12:46 pm
Wow, thats quite impressive. I was working at Film Vic when Ten Canoes was in production. It was partly funded by them.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Sunday, 4th of November @ 11:48 pm
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