Top 5 Aussie films for Australia Day
Laura Webster | On 26, Jan 2014
To get yourself in the mood for Australia Day celebrations, why not take some inspiration from Australian cinema.
Yes, there are stereotypes. Yes, there are mullets and overdramatised accents. Yes, there is some great Australian spirit.
Here are our top five quintessential Aussie films.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Watching an Australian outback crocodile hunter try and adapt to the concrete jungle of New York is sure to get you saying gâ€™day. While the film draws most of its laughs by playing to our stereotypes, we canâ€™t help but love Paul Hogan as the cork-hat-wearing Crocodile Dundee. While youâ€™re are it, get in the Aussie spirit and watch the sequel as well.
The Castle (1997)
Every Australian is partial to an underdog story, itâ€™s in our blood. The Castle is surely one of the best. Â As a quirky, working class family is on the verge of losing their home to a commercial airport, watch as the ‘Aussie Spirit’ triumphs against the law and proves that your home truly is your castle.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
This cult classic was noted for bringing Australian cinema to the world stage. The story of three drag queens travelling the Australian outback is both hilarious and poignant. Expect to be swept away with outrageous costumes and brilliant dance numbers.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The Australian outback has never looked so ominous. Based on the infamous Hume Highway murders, three backpackers find themselves trying to escape from a murderous Aussie bushman. While this film probably wonâ€™t make you feel anymore Australian, it will remind you to pack a rechargeable car battery, extra petrol and spare tyres on your next road trip.
Murielâ€™s Wedding (1994)
‘Youâ€™re terrible Murielâ€™, is a phrase that will forever be ingrained in your memory after watching this film. As misfit and ABBA loving Muriel goes on a journey of love and self-discovery, youâ€™ll be laughing and cringing at the same time.
This Australia Day weekend, throw on your stubbies and thongs, chuck a sausage on the barbie and relax with one of our Australian classics.