Ah, Australia. You’re only a day away…literally. Boasting some of the finest waters and green lands as natural backdrops, as well as numerous film industry talent, it’s no wonder Aussie movies are pretty darn impressive. From acting to the defining overall style that makes them Australian, IFC is honoring the filmmaking skills of the Land Down Under for an entire weekend beginning at noon on Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd. Here are some of our faves:
- The Hard Word – An infusion of Australian wit with an edgy cops-and-robbers plotline, this film gives a first-hand lesson in Aussie slang. Getting a black eye is the difference between calling someone a “wanker” and not a “mate.”
- My Brilliant Career & Picnic at Hanging Rock – Both of these were made in the 1970s, when film funding got a big boost in Australia. Picnic, directed by Peter Weir (his first feature is the classic “Cars that Ate Paris”), was a stepping stone in the impact Australian cinema had on the international market.
- Proof – A very young Russell Crowe in one of his first roles, just when those exemplary acting chops started brewing.
- Danny Deckchair – A feel-good romantic comedy about a guy who sets off to new heights when his helium-inspired balloon chair takes flight.
- Strictly Ballroom – Celebrated Aussie director Baz Luhrmann puts a comedic spin on the backstage drama of ballroom dancing.
- Garage Days – Solid confirmation that the “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” lifestyle is alive and well no matter what continent you’re on.