Every country has its own list of iconic movies that are synonymous with that part of the world and Australia is no different, with movies like Muriel’s Wedding and Crocodile Dundee being instantly recognisable as Aussie flicks the world over.
There are countless homegrown movies that have enjoyed success in Hollywood and now a new survey, conducted by The Adelaide Film Festival, has revealed which Aussie movies people love the most, and you might be surprised by the results.
It was 1997 movie The Castle, starring Michael Caton and Eric Bana, that bagged the top spot, thanks to its hilarious plot which follows the quirky Kerrigan family as they fight to protect their family home from being destroyed to make way for an expansion of Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.
Second place went to iconic comedy Muriel’s Wedding (1994) which starred Toni Collette as the lead character whose sole goal in life is to have a glamorous wedding and leave behind her hometown of Porpoise Spit.
Samson and Delilah (2009) came in third, which centres around two 14-year-old Aboriginal children – named Samson and Delilah – from an isolated community in the Central Australian desert.
Fourth place went to 2002 movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, which focuses on three young mixed-race girls who are torn away from their Aboriginal mother and sent to a training camp for domestic workers.
While the legendary Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which starred Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, rounded off the top five.
On topping the poll, The Castle star Stephen Curry told Inside Film: “That acknowledgement is of course going straight to the pool room…or, if we ever do a sequel, the man cave. It’s worth pointing out that after all these years Darryl has been proved right about 3 Highview Cresent Coolaroo…next year, in real life, it’s getting the NBN!”
However not everyone agreed with the results of the survey, with some calling for The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, to be given credit. One film fan wrote on Twitter: “No. The Dressmaker.”
While another said: “These things are always so subjective. Personally I think Mad Max put Australian films on the map.”