News Roundup August 2016

A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news.


In 1986 Brian Trenchard-Smith, featured in last month’s news roundup, unleashed Dead-End Drive In (1986) upon the world. A dystopian action thriller in the Ozploitation tradition, the film presents a future where delinquent youth are sent to concentration camps, which happen to be drive-in cinemas. The flick is getting a nifty Blu-ray release with all the bells and whistles from cult label Arrow Video.

Read the press release via Dread Central


Is a director’s list of favourite films newsworthy? When that director is Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), absolutely yes. Wright’s a voracious consumer, and he’s put together a list of his 1000 favourite films in order of release. It’s a fascinating line-up mixing typical canon titles with auteur-centric cult items and some sneaky gems.

A dozen Australian films made Wright’s list. Those titles were (in order of year)

  • Wake in Fright (1971)
  • Walkabout (1971)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  • Long Weekend (1978)
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
  • Roadgames (1981)
  • Ghosts… of the Civil Dead (1988)
  • Romper Stomper (1992)
  • Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
  • Animal Kingdom (2010)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

I can’t fault any of those choices, and I love that Roadgames and Long Weekend figure on there.

Read the rest of Wright’s lineup via MUBI


Dendy Cinemas at Circular Quay Sydney is screening a series of Australian contemporary classics between now and late September. All are great films and (mostly) crowdpleasers absolutely worth your cash and patronage. Read the lineup below.

  • Phar Lap (1983) – 22 August
  • Babe (1995) – 29 August
  • Gallipoli (1981) – 5 September
  • Red Dog (2011) – 12 September
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – 19 September
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986) – 26 September

For further details, visit Dendy


Speaking of Crocodile Dundee (1986), the massively successful leathery larrikin turns thirty this year, which prompted The Daily Mail to look back at the cast and where they are now. Since it’s tax season, the piece is especially topical (sorry Hoges!)

Where are the stars of Australia’s highest-grossing film Crocodile Dundee?

Den of Geek also got in on the festivities by looking back at the third film in the series, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001).

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles: revisiting the film


Another classic Australian film also hit a milestone this year: Scott Hicks’ Shine (1996), which turned twenty. SBS put together an illuminating Cheat Sheet on Shine to commemorate.

Click here for SBS’s Cheat Sheet: Shine


Each day on internet stalwart Ain’t it Cool News, contributor Eric Vespe (aka Quint) posts a Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day. This week he’s got George Miller on the mind, posting photos from behind the scenes of the great director/doctor’s films. See the photographs at the links below.

Author: downunderflix

This site was created by Ben Kooyman, a teacher and writer based in Sydney, Australia hoping to shine some light on some neglected local films...

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