Down Under Flix 2017 Review

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Due to a spot of travel these past few weeks I’m a bit late assembling my Best of 2017 list. But this isn’t a particularly conventional Best of 2017 list either. Instead, this piece is divided into three parts. Firstly, I list the top 10 films covered on Down Under Flix in 2017, along with links to my original reviews. Secondly, I list my top five new Australian releases of 2017. Finally, I list the top 15 films I watched – both old and new, Australian and non-Australian, and excluding any films I’d seen previously – in 2017. Without further ado…

Best films covered on Down Under Flix in 2017:

1. Lonely Hearts (Paul Cox, 1982) – read my review

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2. Mister Johnson (Bruce Beresford, 1990) – read my review

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3. Careful, He Might Hear You (Carl Schultz, 1983) – read my review


4. Storm Boy (Henri Safran, 1976) – listen to my podcast with Andrew Peirce


5. The Year My Voice Broke (John Duigan, 1987) – read my review

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6. The Getting of Wisdom (Bruce Beresford, 1977) – read my review


7. High Tide (Gillian Armstrong, 1987) – read my review


8. Manganinnie (John Honey, 1980) – read my review


9. Hoodwink (Claude Whatham, 1981) – read my review


10. The Big Steal (Nadia Tass, 1990) – read my review

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Best new Australian films of 2017:

1. Jasper Jones (Rachel Perkins, 2017)


2. Lion (Garth Davis, 2016)


3. Mountain (Jennifer Peedom, 2017)


4. Youth on the March (Mike Retter, 2017) – read my review

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5. Australia Day (Kriv Stenders, 2017) – read my review


Best films overall of 2017:

1. A Town Called Panic (Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar, 2009)

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2. The Thin Man (W. S. Van Dyke, 1934)

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3. Lonely Hearts (Paul Cox, 1982)

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4. Mister Johnson (Bruce Beresford, 1990)

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5. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)


6. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017)

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7. Mephisto (István Szabó, 1981)

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8. Careful, He Might Hear You (Carl Schultz, 1983)


9. Storm Boy (Henri Safran, 1976)


10. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)


11. Tie: The Year My Voice Broke (John Duigan, 1987) & Jasper Jones (Rachel Perkins, 2017)

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12. Lion (Garth Davis, 2016)


13. Tie: Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016) & Amateur (Hal Hartley, 1994)

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14. The Decline of Western Civilisation Part II (Penelope Spheeris, 1988)


15. Take this Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2011)


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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