Australia makes great films on the whole (and a surprising number for such a “little place”). I just don’t like that many of them and, strangely enough, for the same reason I don’t like that many French films; they’re just nasty.
For reasons known only to the Aussie psyche, Australian films are predominately quirky comedies (Love Serenade, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Malcolm, Kenny, Crocodile Dundee) or dark, serious films that make you want to take anti-depressants (Puberty Blues, The Boys, Wake in Fright, Shame, Candy, Little Fish, Lantana, Samson and Delilah, Romper Stomper, Rabbit Proof Fence) and some times we mix quirky with depressing (Metal Skin, Two Hands, Proof).
There are of course a fair few comedies that are very Australian (The Castle, Cracker Jack, The Wog Boy, Bad Eggs), the odd crime movie (The Hard Word, The Bank, Gettin’ Square) and the occasional horror (Wolf Creek, The Babadook). Though there hasn’t been an epic of note for a while in my opinion, there’s a history of sweeping dramas like The Man From Snowy River, The Lighthorsemen, Galipoli and Breaker Morant.
And of all these films, the ones I like best would have to be The Big Steal, Gettin’ Square and Young Einstein (which are on the fav’s list), Bliss, Little Fish, Paperback Hero, Strictly Ballroom, Malcolm and Dark City.
But yes, only 3 out of the 69 on my fav’s list are Aussie! Though Little Fish did almost make the list.
On a final note: Dark City brings up one other interesting thing about Aussie films; the absence of sci-fi. Of course Mad Max‘s ridiculous degree of fame makes up for the general lack in this area. Also, in a weird quirk of fate, two other famous sci-fi films were made in Australia: On the Beach & The Matrix.
Of course there are plenty of other Aussie films I could have mentioned here, and that is itself the remarkable thing.