A roundup of classic films and catalogue titles currently in the news
Adelaide Cinematheque is currently running a retrospective of films directed by the late Paul Cox. Films screened include:
- Man of Flowers
- Lust and Revenge
- Lonely Hearts
The season starts 25 August. For further information, visit Adelaide’s Mercury Cinema website
Another news roundup, another list. This time, it’s the BBC’s list of the 100 best films of the 21st century as voted by 177 critics. Three Australian films and/or films by Australian filmmakers made the list.
- George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (no. 19)
- Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (no. 53)
- Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (no. 92)
I can’t fault those selections – all three are great films – and while I could fault the small number of Australian films/films by Australian directors, I won’t. I get it. It’s a global list, there’s stiff competition, and most local films don’t get the necessary exposure internationally.
Still, in the spirit of list-making, here are ten other worthy Australian films and/or films by Australian filmmakers from the last fifteen years: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Proposition, The Tracker, Not Quite Hollywood, The Quiet American, The Square, Animal Kingdom, Lantana, Wolf Creek, and Australia.
Russell Mulcahy and Simon Wincer are eclectic, underappreciated directors. Mulcahy, who I’ve written about previously, looms large in the pantheon of music video directors and helmed flicks such as Razorback, Highlander and its first sequel, and Swimming Upstream (read our review here). Wincer helmed Ozploitation gems Snapshot and Harlequin, prestige pictures Phar Lap and The Lighthorsemen, the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, and the delightfully mixed bag of Quigley Down Under, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Free Willy, Lightning Jack, and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, among others.
And in the 1990s, both directors were tasked with adapting old school pulp superhero properties that originated in the 1930s. Mulcahy helmed 1994’s The Shadow, featuring Alec Baldwin as the crimefighter created by Walter B. Gibson and immortalised on radio by Orson Welles. Meanwhile, Wincer helmed 1996’s The Phantom, featuring Billy Zane as Lee Falk’s purple-clad Ghost Who Walks.
Slash Film recently interviewed both Mulcahy and Wincer about these projects as well as their wider careers, and they’re good reads.
Read Mulcahy’s The Shadow interview (via Slash Film)
Read Wincer’s The Phantom interview (via Slash Film)